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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rainbow February 2016

Love is in the Air…. Greetings on Valentine’s Day !

1. Quilled Paper Heart Stamp from USPS   2. The world needs more love letters...New Romantic Stamp by Slovenia Post featuring  love letter with fountain pen.

Dehradun          February  2016           Vol. IX                Issue # 98
Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin Edited by Jeevan Jyoti for free circulation among philatelists

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Dear Reader, 

I am pleased to release Special Valentine's Day - February 2016 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. I hope you will enjoy the articles  and send your feedback .  It is really nice to see  the new Governing Council of PCI in action. I hope the suggestions given by the members and philatelists will be taken into consideration regarding evaluation system and other neglected classes of the exhibit categories. It is often observed in  the state level exhibitions that some classes like FDC, Special Cover, Social philately, Frugal philately etc are not judged properly as  sometimes even jury is not aware about its judging guidelines. Finally the results are declared by general evaluation on the basis  of presentation and material. Most of the attention and importance is given to the Traditional, Thematic,  Postal History  classes and rest of the classes are given average marks . There is a need to highlight the importance of other classes too in the exhibitions. There should be a provision of special awards  in unpopular classes  to promote them.

This is all for this month.... 
More in Next ...Until then …Happy Collecting !!
                                                                                                                         -- Jeevan Jyoti   


§  From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§  Recent Indian Issues
§  In The News
§  Doon Philatelic Diary
§  Beginners’ Section
§  Specialized Section 
§  Lighter Side
§  New Issues from Other Countries
§  Reader’s Right
§  Philatelic Clubs and Society
§  Blogs & Websites on Philately
§  Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter

From  the  Desk  of  Naresh Agrawal 


While I had asked Mrs. Jeevan Jyoti to publish my column giving my opinion on promotion of other classes of philately in India such as Social Philately and Frugal Philately which are less known and less developed but are demand of the time; she asked me to hold the same for the next column along with my article related to the same which was published a few years back and suggested me to give my comments on trends and methods of awarding  participants in philatelic exhibitions so that participant may improve his exhibit. She referred to me  the  mail addressed to the Secretary General of PCI sent to her by Sri Ajay Agrawal on this aspect.

Well, for me the points raised by Sri Agrawal were not new. Many a times ,I have written  and re-iterated that analytical judgment is more important than just giving award. We need to understand that the jury’s work is to not just to evaluate the exhibit within the set parameters such as knowledge, development of theme, knowledge completeness, presentation, rarity etc ..but also suggest how to improve the exhibit. In fact, the exhibitions are not just show cases of the collections of the exhibitors but  are the platforms where they get opportunity to improve the efforts, learn more about the development and improvement of their exhibits also.

The points raised by Sri Agrawal in his mail are  :

1.  In every Dist., State and National Philatelic Exhibition, Mark Sheet must be given to the exhibitor, with comments regarding the minus points found in the exhibit and few lines on how to improve further the exhibit, must be given by the Judges.

2.  Number of jury may be increased, if required as time span is less
Well, both the points are valid and of course genuine and striking. Mark sheets must be provided and must have comments of the jury. I do understand there is less time. Hence, jury must be accompanied by another person to write his comments, preferably a  stenographer/short hand writer who can write down the comments immediately. But writing comments in front of the exhibit frames is essential not later.

Increasing number of jury is the most valid point as genuine evaluation needs time and in big shows, time is always less. Hence, there is great need of increasing number of jury which will not only help quality evaluation / judgment but will help giving proper comments too.

Further, it is important to note that, a jury is never a master of all classes of philately. But in India, a jury is handed over the task to evaluate / judge exhibits of all the classes at least up to State/Zonal/Circle level shows. A postal History Jury is asked to evaluate huge number of Thematic Exhibits. Now what would be the fate? How can we expect quality judgment? How the philately can be improved? To add to this, a non philatelist or an incompetent person (normally from DOP) is also accompanied as jury. No, this is undesirable. If, separate and appropriate jury for major classes are engaged this will automatically lessen the load on single jury and also help proper and quality marking & preparing mark sheets with appropriate comments. So,I suggest “Appropriate jury for specific class”.

I still say , discussion with jury on the exhibit frame is the best way to know the goods and bads of one’s exhibit but it is not practically possible all the times as some times jury has less time to spend on frames and sometimes the exhibitor is absent.

So, I too endorse the comments and appeal of Sri Agrawal and look forward for appropriate decision by the PCI governing council in its next meeting to be held on 28th of this month.

Through this column, I take opportunity to request PCI to discuss on following points also in its next meeting as these points will certainly help in promotion and development of philately in the time to come :

1.  How digitalization can be given place in exhibitions ?

2.  How civil recognition can be given to the philatelists ?

3. Cost cutting on various heads such as inaugural, cultural, closing functions, costly hotel stays, transport, decors etc. and diverting funds for promotion of philately.

4. Making better relations with DOP and having better check and control on various aspects of stamp issuing, philatelic material designing and printing, better functioning of Bureaus, better organizing of  philatelic shows by active role of philatelists  etc.

5. Lessening expenditures for exhibits displayed abroad. Contribution by PCI, arranging sponsors to share the expenditures etc. as frame fee and overheads are playing very negative role in promotion of philately. Better transparency in functioning of commissioners.

6. Making regulations for control on philatelic clubs and societies. Mere making members will not help at all.

7. Developing philatelic promotional material such as CD’s, PPT’s, print material and contacting educational ministry / departments of different states to ensure philately is given place in their study curriculum at school level in any manner.

The list is long but as PCI is the think tank and controlling apex body of philatelists in India, I hope the above few suggestion will be given due consideration.


- Naresh Agrawal : email : 

Recent Indian Issues  

·         3 December 2015 - Zoological Survey of India – Rs 5, Rs 25 + MS
·         23 December 2015 – Sumitra Nandan Pant – Rs 5
·         26 December 2015 - Alagumuthu Kone – Rs 5
·         30 December 2015 - Institute for Defence Studies and
·         Analyses – Rs 5
·         24 January 2016 - Income Tax Appellate Tribunal – Rs 5
·         25 January 2016 - Vibrant India Rs 25b + MS
·         6 February 2016 – International Fleet Review – Rs 5


Recent Special Covers

25 December 2015 - Diamond Jubilee of Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore

19 December 2015 - 22nd All India Forest Sports Meet 2015, Bengaluru

19 December 2015 - L. M. Thapar School of Management – Dera Bassi

20 December 2015 – Our Lad of Health Church, Ariankuppam, Pondicherry

17 December 2015 : VALPEX 2015 Dharsana Salt Satyagrah Smarak, Valsad

3 January 2016 - Hot Air Balloon Carried Cover -.Pollachi

4 January - 2016Sri Krishna Mutt Paryaya Mahotsava- Udupi

6 January 2016 - Padma Vibhusan Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade –.Dharwad

7 January 2016 – KERAPEX 2016 - Thrissur District Co-Operative Bank – Thrissur

7 January 2016 – KERAPEX - 2016 Diamond Jubilee Celebration of College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur

9 January 2016   - KERAPEX - 2016 Laloor Model Solid Waste Management Project (LAMPS) – Thrissur

7 January 2016 – KERAPEX 2016 - Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) – Thrissur

7 January,- 2016Asha Kiran - A Ray of Hope - Mumbai

8 January 2016 - KERAPEX 2016  -  Arattupuzha Pooram – Thrissur

8 January 2016 – KERAPEX 2016 - Muziris Heritage Project – Cheraman Juma Masjid – Thrissur
8 January 2016 - KERAPEX 2016  St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary, Carmelgiri, Alwaye – Thrissur

9 January 2016 - KERAPEX 2016 -Save Elephant – Save Culture – Thrissur

8th January 2016 - Rajmata Jijau – Pune

9 January 2016.Golden Jubilee of Sujatha High School – Hyderabad

9 January 2016- 6th Annual Conference of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) - Bangalore 

15 January 2016 -  Karimabad Bharat Scout Group Centennial – Mumbai

 15 January 2016 - Late Shri Dinanath Dalal – Panaji

16 January 2016 –Sri Paonta Sahib, Sirmour District, Himachal Pradesh

16 January 2016 – MAHAPEX  2016  - Pandav Leni – Nashik

16 January 2016 - MAHAPEX  2016 -  Late Smt. Kusumben Mehta – Nashik

 17 January 2016 - MAHAPEX  2016  -   Kalaram Mandir – Nashik

17 January 2016 - MAHAPEX  2016  -  City of Grapes – Nashik

18 January 2016 -  MAHAPEX  2016 -  Nashik Dhol – Nashik

28 January 2016 - Silver Jubilee Celebrations Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History ,​ Coimbatore

22 January 2016 - Seth G S Medical College and K E M Hospital - Mumbai

30 January 2016 Martyr’s Day – Lucknow

In The News

Commemorative Stamp on 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s visit to Sri Lanka by Sri Lanka Post – 4th October 2015

The Hare Krishna movement in Sri Lanka is active in Sri Lanka, especially in Kotahena (Colombo 13) due to the presence of a Hare Krishna Temple in this area. The 50th anniversary of spiritual leader Srila Prabhupada’s visit to Sri Lanka was celebrated by the devotees and congregation of ISKCON Sri Lanka on the 19th August 2015. Srila Prabhupada’s visited the island on 19th August, 1965.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s visit to Sri Lanka a commemorative stamp and commemorative cover was released by Sri Lanka Post on 4th October 2015 at the function held at Ramakrishna Mission Hall, Wellawatta, Colombo - 06. The Honourable Deputy Minister of Posts of Sri Lanka Mr. Dulip Wijesekara released the stamp and handed over the commemorative covers with the stamps to the special invitees of the function.

World Stamp Show Held Once Every Ten Years is awaited eagerly by stamp collectors worldwide

Don‘t miss the philatelic event of the decade! With less than several months to go ‒ the time that will fly by quickly ‒ we now embark on our journey to World Stamp Show-NY 2016 (WSS-NY), which will be held May 28-June 4, 2016 in New York City.
Every ten years, the United States hosts an historic event in which people from around the world come together to honor the postage stamp. This year’s eight-day celebration entitled: World Stamp Show-NY 2016 is scheduled from May 28th to June 4th, 2016, at the Javits Center located at 655 West 34th Street in New York City. In addition to hundreds of thousands stamps from around the world, this year’s exhibition will include the world’s most valuable postage stamp, John Lennon’s childhood stamp album, vintage postal vehicles, and much more.
Visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are expected to attend the free exhibition and retail event at which they can buy from more than 200 of the world’s most notable and respected stamp dealers, bid on rarities through revered auction houses, view nearly 60,000 pages of stamp exhibits, attend seminars, or just “Take a Walk Around the World” through the 60+ country post offices participating in the exhibition.
On display will be very valuable and rare stamps, including the British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta stamp, produced in 1856, sold in 2014 for $9.5 million, and considered to be the world’s most valuable object by weight. Those new to the hobby of stamp collecting will receive complimentary stamps and guidance from “stamp buddies” on how to begin collecting in the “Beginner’s Area”, with planned activities for those attendees from six years of age to 96.
“For more than 150 years, postage stamps have connected people from all over the world”, says Wade Saadi, President of World Stamp Show-NY 2016. “Just as Passport stamps show where people have traveled to in the world, postage stamps are a unique way of learning about history, geography and even pop culture. Collectors are able to tell stories of the past, such as who was the president of the US in any given year; what cars were popular when; or when the world was at war, as well as to commemorate a wide variety of themes, including artwork, inventions, animals, sports, and world leaders”.
“Throughout the ages, stamp collecting has been a passionate hobby of some very famous people from all walks of life including: Pope Francis (boyhood collector), Queen Elizabeth, Patrick Dempsey, Warren Buffet, Maria Sharapova, Nicolas Sarkozy, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie Wood, Bill Gross, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jacques Costeau, and George Bernard Shaw, among others.
For generations, letters have delivered news of events, both happy and sad occasions, business, politics, discoveries, and family history. By the same token, postage stamps reflect the times and teach us about people, places and events, reflecting on the talk of the day”, continued Mr. Saadi. “Stamp collecting is a great way to connect with the past and present, obtaining valuable knowledge that requires being mindful ‒ without the need for technology”.

 Stampex turns 60 years old! A great philatelic event is anticipated by collectors worldwide

The United Kingdom‘s premier philatelic show, Stampex, will celebrate its 60-year diamond anniversary during its Feb. 17-20, 2016, spring exhibition.
This will be an extra-special event for all stamp collectors and traders, as well as a unique opportunity to learn more about the history of stamps and the hobby itself. The 60th Anniversary show, organised by The Philatelic Traders’ Society, will take place at The Business Design Centre (BDC) in Islington from 17th-20th February 2016.
The exhibition will have a special showcase to commemorate this special anniversary. Visitors can also expect over 100 stands, featuring specialist collections, national competitions and special displays by the Association of British Philatelic Societies entitled ‘Seven Nations Challenge’ with teams from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, UK and USA, including a full national exhibition.
A children’s stand, from Stamp Active Network, will include a range of fun and engaging activities as well as a live auction on the Saturday of the show featuring items donated by Stampex stand holders. As the exhibition falls during half term, this will be a fantastic day out for families, enabling them to embark on their new collecting adventure together.
Unlike most other London-based shows, entry is free and all who visit may purchase a show-specific Smiler Sheet and receive a free catalogue and postcard, which make lovely keepsakes and souvenirs and are highly collectible pieces.
New addition to 11th Definitive Series on ‘Makers of India’.

Department of Posts has issued one more definitive stamps in new 11th Definitive Series on ‘Makers of India’ in denomination of 25 paise depicting Mahatma Gandhi.

Recent Stamp Exhibitions

PHILATAIPEI 2016 : World Stamp Championship Exhibition

 Mr. Anil Suri is  the National Commissioner for India of PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition being held at Taipei, Taiwan from October 21 to 26, 2016. This is fourth World Stamp Championship show which will be the highest level of competition in philately where the best philatelists in the world will compete for awards.  There will be 3 finalists: The World Champion, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up.  The World Champion is therefore recognized as having won the highest award in the world's stamp competitive exhibitions.
World Stamp Show-NY 2016

World Stamp Show, New York 2016 will be held from 28th May to 4th June 2016 at New York, USA.
Shri Dhananjay Desai of Ahmedabad  is Commissioner  for this exhibition. He may be contacted for participation at email :
Website of exhibition :
Date :  May 28-June 4, 2016
Venue :  Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 on Level 3 taking up 294,000 square feet.

PUNPEX – 2016

Third State Level Philatelic Exhibition PUNPEX  2016 will be held from
 6th to 9th February 2016 At DAV College, Sector-10, Chandigarh

Utsav-2016, 8th Delhi State Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 15th to 17th February 2016 at New Delhi

Contact: Assistant Director (Postal Operations)
O/o Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle,
Meghdoot Bhawan, New Delhi - 110 001

Phone: 011-23617633, 23612391 | Email:
Venue: National Science Center, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

India Post 2016 Wall Calendar

India Post has launched wall calendar for the year 2016 featuring Baramasa series of paintings on twelve pages of calendar. A set of four commemorative stamps featuring Ritu Rang (Vasant / spring), Greeshm / summer, Varsha / monsoon) and Hemant /winter) issued in 1996 has been reproduced on all pages of calendar. Each stamp highlights the essence of the season it depicts.
The India Post 2016 Calendar is available for sale at the price of Rs 250 in all philatelic bureaus and it is also available at ePost Office portal of India Post.

Set of Picture Postcards on “Mammals of India” released by North Karnataka Postal Circle

A set of picture postcards have been released by North Karnataka Postal Circle depicting “Mammals of India” on the occasion of 67th Republic day at Dharwad. This is 14th Set of picture postcards on issued by North Karnataka Postal Circle. The set contains 48 cards and comes in an attractive box and is priced Rs. 150/- per set. For more information contact

Special Cover and Picture Postcards on Martyr’s Day – 30th January 2016

Martyrs day in India is celebrated to pay homage to the victims who fought for the freedom, welfare and progress of the India and sacrificed their lives. It is celebrated every year all over the country on 30th of January. India is the country among other 15 countries of the world where Martyrs Day is celebrated every year to pay homage to the freedom fighters.
To commemorate Martyr’s Day, a Special Cover with brochure and a set of three Picture Postcards were released by Lucknow Philatelic Society at Philatelic Bureau, Lucknow G.P.O., Lucknow on 30th January 2016.
Price of the Special Cover with brochure on Rs.5/- Charkha Stamp is Rs. 30/- each and a set of three picture postcards is Rs. 60/- per set with cancellation. Uncancelled picture postcards are priced at Rs. 40/-.


I have an earnest request to the contributors regarding their articles. Kindly send articles in Word format with limited number of images. Articles and news  in PDF will not be accepted . If found necessary, some  images could be deleted from the articles as there are certain technical limitations in uploading too many images on blog in a single post. I hope from now onwards the contributors will understand this problem and do as requested.

Doon Philatelic Diary

Dehradun Brigade and the Battle of Neuve Chapelle

- Abhai Mishra

During World War -1, in 1914 the 7th (Meerut) Division was part of Indian Expeditionary Force sent to reinforce the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) fighting in France. The Meerut Division was led by Lieutenant-General C.A. Anderson.  The Meerut Division consisted of Dehradun Brigade, Garhwal Brigade, Bareilly Brigade, Engineers, Pioneers and Mounted troops. The Dehradun Brigade was led by Brigadier General C.W. Jacob and consisted of the following

·         1/Seaforths
·         1/9th Ghurkas
·         2/2nd Ghurkas
·         4/Seaforths (T.F.)

Dehradun Brigade took part in the battle of Neuve Chapelle, France during 10-12 March 1915 as part of the 7th Meerut Division against the Germans. The battle of Neuve Chapelle was important for the British in many senses. Neuve Chapelle was the first set-piece offensive battle undertaken by the British from static trench-lines. Trench warfare, although not seen for the first time in the First World War, was new to many of the soldiers and the staff officers. Hence, this battle was the first time that several innovations were used, such as timed lifts of barrages. Neuve Chapelle was where the British started to learn the hard lessons that led to the practices undertaken in many if not all subsequent offensives.

Brigade signal station (Dehradun Brigade) HQ section at work in the field, St. Floris, France.

Though the offensive lasted officially for only three days, but it proved to be the turning point in liberating France from Germans.

FPO number 13 was part of the Dehradun Brigade serving in France. The letters of the service persons were duly censored for onward transmission.

The valour of Indian soldiers especially of Gurkhas was exemplary. After the end of WW-1, Indian Memorial was erected in Neuve Chapelle to commemorate the gallantry and courage of Indian soldiers. Our Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi visited the memorial on the occasion of 100th anniversary of the fierce and decisive battle.

Indian War memorial at Neuve Chapelle

The Gurkhas in action during the battle

Dehradun has important place in the historical colonial history timeline. It was here during the battle of Nalapani in 1814 that the British after defeating Gurkhas, were so impressed by their bravery that included them in their army by raising the Sirmoor Battalion. It is also unique that the British erected a war monument at Nalapani, Dehradun commemorating their enemies. Since then Gurkhas has become integral part of the British army and had won many battles during WW-1 and WW-2. The importance of this town can very well be understood that a Brigade was named after it during the great war of 1914-16.

- Abhai Mishra : email:

Beginners’ Section



This 1951 statue “Baboon and Young” kept in Museum of Modern Art, New York is an amazing piece of art and imagination created by Pablo Picasso in which the Baboon face was formed from two toy cars—one upright, the other turned upside down—that Picasso had borrowed from his son Claude, and her tail was an automobile spring. The baboon's ears were made from cup handles, and her round belly was a large jug whose handles form the shape of her shoulders.


They are known for their fragrance, beauty and their colourful blooms. Blooms resembling to Birds and Animals also exist. One such variety is “Flying Duck Orchid” (Caleana major), a small orchid, about 50 cm tall, that grows in eastern and southern Australia. It’s the most remarkable flower bears an uncanny resemblance to a flying duck.Orchids are a beautiful and distinctive type of flower that is also one of the most diverse.

Specialized Section

Some Remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks – 36

Some Unidentified Cancellations

 - Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap

These are the cancellations of the late period and were apparently introduced only for Poona and Bombay City. These have not been mentioned by Renouf in his monographies, but have been noted by Jal Cooper in his book "Early Indian Cancellations"

1892 QV Postal Stationery Envelope (2As & 6 P. Surcharged on 4 Annas 6 Pies/HG5)
from Poona to London, the die on the envelope defaced by ""/POONA/11-AU/92"
Backstamped "WEST WOOD / 3/AU29/92"

Any correspondence is welcome --  Dr Avinash B. Jagtap : email :


© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

Sending an e-mall or SMS doesn’t have the same impact as a card we choose personally and accompany with a hand written massage of love on Valentine Day. We can make it more romantic by mailing this heartfelt love letter in an envelope bearing a Rose stamp with sweet fragrance of roses.

Thanks to Bhutan first in producing many special stamps also came up with this exciting idea of stamps with rose scent on 30 Jan 1973 issuing a set of six beautiful stamps and a Miniature Sheet   featuring l5ch Wendy Cussons, 25ch Iceberg, 30ch Marchioness of Urquijo, 3Nu Pink Parfait, 6Nu Roslyn and 7Nu Blue Moon roses and on s/s   again as Airmail stamps. During the production of these stamps, each stamp was perfumed to smell like a rose by soaking in rose essence. Each stamp smelled like the rose variety that was depicted on the individual stamp. Since these stamps have an expected scent-lifespan of only about 3 months, the issue went unnoticed.


After a long gap of 27 years in year 2000 South Korea released a scented rose stamp as its Love issue. This 170 Weun heart shaped stamp depicted the American Sign Language for “I Love You" -a personified hand within heart holding a rose releasing sweet fragrance of rose.

This idea of rose scented stamps revived in a great way in.200l which in true sense can be enthroned with the title “Year of Scented Stamps" as philatelic market flooded with various aromatic issues having scents of rose, coffee, tea chocolate orchid etc. All this made possible due to striking innovation of printing stamps with special ink where scent is held within microcapsules/bubbles. As the ink surface is damaged by gentle rubbing, the bubble bursts and the scent is released. Stamps, printed with such type of ink are expected a scent life span of 3 -5 years or more, depending upon the amount of scratching done to the stamp.

South Korea used this scratch and sniff technology to commemorate Philkorea-200l releasing two diamond shaped stamps featuring Red Queen Rose   and Pink Rose   with sweet scent of rose on 18th July 2001 also as two stamp mini sheets. Again a scented rose love issue on 2nd Aug 2001 along with a S/s depicting heart filled with red roses.

Norway issued its first set of aromatic stamps in the form of two self-adhesive booklets on 22 June 2001. They contain Red Roses -"Heidenk onigin"(Queen of the Heath) and Pink Roses -"Old Master"   and Grand Prix & Champagne roses.  All are designed by Enzo Finger and printed in offset by John Enschede; The Nederlandscorresponding to the first class domestic rate 5.50 Nok denominated these stamps are always ready to release delicate scent of charming garden roses if they are gently rubbed by finger.

To promote tourism and its perfume industry, Norfolk Is also adopted this fascinating idea of issuing scented stamps .On 9th June 2001 it released a set of 6 floral stamps which smell like perfume. One of this   depicted a woman with roses and has a tab also featuring a beautiful rose branch with perfume of rose.

The Netherlands honoured the International Horticultural Exhibition "Floride-2002 issuing a lovely pane of 10 stamps on April 27, 2002 with 6 floral designs including a rose with rose smell.

The appeal and beauty of the rose has stood the test of time and is the only flower that is understood universally. To symbolize love and dignity no other flower has been able to replace the rose since the dawn of the civilization. From 2002 an onwards most of the scented issues from different parts of the world came out as greeting issues and Roses were their most favorite choice.

The single biggest sales day for "The World's Favorite Flower" is Valentine Day when more than 1.5 million roses are delivered each year as a tangible expression of words unspoken around the globe. Austria filled the Valentine's mail of year 2002 with the delicate scent of rose coming out of the bouquet of flowers featured on its Euro 0.87 denominated stamps issued on 8 Feb.

South Korean 15thJan 2002 greeting issue was a unique set having 4 different smelling stamps out of which one has rose on it with rose scent.

Valentine Day is commemorated with passion and excess in Thailand with commercial business taking the lead in promoting this day of Love while florists, hoteliers and restaurants make in huge profit. Thai postal authorities also dropped their toes in this stream of water and in 2002 they released their first aromatic stamp featuring Antonia Ridge –rose variety with thick and soft, velvet like petals. The very beautiful red rose scented stamp printed 4 million in quantity, all sold out within hours.

This warm welcome of scented issue in philatelic world and great economic prospect, Thai post made a regular practice of issuing scented rose stamps commemorating Valentine’s Day each year afterwards. In 2003 the country’s postal authorities released a set of two 4b stamps   depicting one heart shape stamp with unusual Blue Nile rose – a lavender colour sweet fragrant blossom while the other shows a bear holding a rose bouquet. In terms of Language of Roses, Orange symbolizes ‘desire’ and this colour of rose was chosen for1 Feb 2004 issue.

‘Red’ symbolizes love and respect, and this colour rose was featured on its unique 2005 Valentine’s Day issue printed on flocked paper impregnated with rose scent.

Pinkish red was the colour of rose chosen by Thai post for its 2006 issue. But this time your fingers too can feel its presence by touching as it was embossed.

2007 issue was a rose in Yellow colour, the symbol of joy and gladness and 2008 issue, a light pink rose being the  next to Red , in the most favorite colour  list of roses, and symbolizes gratitude, appreciation, admiration and sympathy. 

Its 2009 issue was a White rose where as 2010 a long steamed Red embossed rose and a s/s depicting a composite of its previous aromatic issues. A Heart filled with roses and rose scent was the theme of 2011 issue.

The scent of roses is often compared to that of wine as well as other fragrances that are familiar to us. If there is something called real “raised fragrance" it would be that of the old historical roses of the alba-, gallica- and damascene- rose families. All these happen with the 19 Nov. 2002 issue of Switzerland. A set of 5 aromatic stamps were released out of which 4 depicted scented rose varieties. Designs are    inspired by the painting of great rose painter Pierre Joseph Redoute and are prepared by the famous Swiss Graphic designer Anne Marie Trechslin. Rose varieties depicted were named after the actress Ingrid Bergman, Bella Vaudoise, Charmain and Fruhlingrgold.

Malaysians also received an early whiff of love when the country’s postal authorities released a set of 4 stamps m portraying pink, red Rosa hybrida and in pair yellow Rosa hybrida & Floribunda and a S/S   featuring a Floribunda miniature and a highly scented Centifolia rose used for preparing Attar.

Belgium commemorated its 2005 Ghent Flower Show releasing a set of 3 stamps with an olfactory component titillating the senses illustrating Belinda, Pink Iceberg and Old Master roses.

Australia putout a self-adhesive Red rose issue in 2006 for Valentine Day with sweet fragrance of rose   and again in 2008 a “Love Blooms” Self –adhesive sheet let. This Silver foiled high-build varnished sheet let of 10 rose scented stamps is printed with flexographic printing process and bears the image of a classic red rose in full bloom. This issue again added a new dimension to our Valentine’s Mail. Now we can even add our love ones photograph as tab with this stamp with the help of Australian post Personalized Stamp Service offered for this issue.

India post also recognized the revenue-generating power of the scented stamps and in 2007 released a set of 4 scented stamps   featuring local rose varieties Bhim, Delhi Princess, Jawahar and Neelam (I made my Valentine Mail priceless for my wife placing the last stamp of this series “NEELAM” on the envelope which by coincidence is also the name of my wife). Sheet let and S/s were also released, decorated beautifully, with more verities of roses as ornamental border.

Year 2008 witnessed two more scented rose issues, one from Argentina as an M/s and the other from Israel depicting white roses.

The use of scented stamps is a novelty that is becoming more and more prevalent. Also the subject of all of the stamps issued with scents, flower-scented stamps are the predominant type. Since the rose has a rich symbolic life and in recent centuries has become closely associated with love, beauty and passion, a major portion of issued floral scented stamps is occupied by Rose.

Year 2010 get fragrant with beautiful Bookletissued by Germany on 1 March depicting Red roses and on 14 January,Morocco- Rosa damascene.Cyprus also chosen Rosa damascene for its 23 March 2011rosescented stamps.

In 2012 on 14 February Hong Kong released one S/s for Valentine Day and Taiwan on 10 February 2012, a set of twolove heart raised flower arrow scented ink gutter pair stamps and a S/s.

Year 2014 again filled with perfume of roses released by various aromatic issues of Bosnia, Monaco and Malaysia.

But Croatia jumped one step ahead and instead of only flower or a bouquet of flowers released a beautiful S/s of a Croatian Botanical Garden with sweet aroma of Roses.

Philippine in 2014 issued Rose scented block of 4 stamps and 1 S/s featuring five paintings of its former President Corazon Aquino.

Year 2015 also saw many scented issues and one from Thailand is my favorite.

We may hope more rose scented stamps in near future with some new innovations capable of making our future Valentine’s Day mails even more personal and more romantic.

-Dr Satyendra Kumar  Agrawal : email :

Third Reich Horse Racing Stamp Issues

- Col (Dr) J Dutta & Dr (Mrs) A Dutta


During the years of the Third Reich, horse racing was a very popular spectator sport in Germany. People flocked to the annual national races in great numbers, even in the waning days of World War II, when going to large public events meant taking the chance of getting caught in an Allied bombing raid, but that didn't stop them at all. Aside from the wagering aspects of the races, they were also major social events, as is the Kentucky Derby, in the United States, today.

During the period from 1936-1944, the government of the Third Reich sponsored a number of national horse races. As a result, quite a few surtaxed postage stamps of the collecting thematic, horses on stamps, were issued. The surtaxes on these German stamp issues usually went to pay for the event or to provide the funding for the sweepstakes prize.

The Brown Ribbon of Germany

The "Brown Ribbon" was an annual July horse race run in Munich (Riem), from 1934-1944. One of the best known racing venues in Germany was the race track at Riem, just a few short miles from Munich. It was the home of International Racing Week, and as part of the Brown Ribbon of Germany, all sorts of of events took place - track racing, hurdles, and even steeplechase.

Surtaxed postage stamps (below) were first issued for the event in 1936 and the issues were continued annually until 1944. All of these issues feature horse themes, and the stamps are marvelous examples of the engraver's art.

1936 (left), from the souvenir sheet. Stamp shows jockeys racing horses.
1937 (right), from the 1936 souvenir sheet. The stamp portion was overprinted "1 AUGUST / 1937 / MUNCHEN- / RIEM".

1938 (left). Goddess of Victory riding a horse, extending her left arm, in which she holds a victory wreath.
1939 (right). Man holding the reins of two rearing horses.

1940 (left). Ancient warrior, holding wreath of victory, and riding in a chariot, drawn by three horses.
1941 (right). Amazons, with shields and spears, riding galloping horses.

1941 Brown Ribbon stamp issue on cover dated July 27 with commemorative cancel.

1942 (left). Brown Ribbon of Germany banner in front of three racing horses.
1943 (right). Hunter on horseback, blowing a horn.

1944 (Center). Race horse with foal.

German Derby
The German Derby is an annual race for three-year-old colts and fillies, usually run in Hamburg around July.

1939 (Above). Race horse "Investment" and jockey. Issued to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the race. The surtax was divided between Hitler's National Culture Fund and the race promoters.
The Blue Ribbon Race
During the Second World War, the German Derby became known as the "Grosser Deutschlandpreis der Dreijahrigen" um "Das Blaue Band" or, loosely translated, the "Greater Germany Sweepstakes of Three-year-olds" in "The Blue Ribbon" race. Surtaxed stamps (below) were issued during 1940-1942 for the race, which was run in Hamburg. In 1943 and 1944, the race was relocated to Hoppegarten.

1941 (Top), 1940 (Left), 1942 (Right). Race horses.

The Grand Prize of Vienna at Freudenau
The race track in Freudenau, the port section of Vienna, was built in 1839 by the Vienna Horse Racing Society. The Imperial Box and the covered grandstands were added in 1870. Historically, in Austria, horse racing was a huge spectator sport during the Imperial period, especially for the upper classes, royalty, and military officers.

The two sets of stamps, shown above, were issued in 1943 and 1944 under the Third Reich for the Vienna horse race in Freudenau

- Col Jayanta Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta : email :

Lighter Side

Collection of stamps and Coins  are parallel to each other. One who collects stamps had certainly collected some coins during school days.. Same is with the collectors of coins. There are some who love to collect both. So I am giving this special article on coins   for the lovers of stamps  and coins  on  Valetine’s Day. - Editor


© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

Throughout history, there have been many symbols for love. Hearts, forget-me-nots and eternity knots show an everlasting and unbreakable bond. For those beginning or celebrating their lifelong union, coins are a traditional gift which symbolise hope, fortune and prosperity. These unashamedly sentimental tokens become precious keepsakes and valuable heirlooms.

Heart Shaped

The Government of Niue has launched 1 Dollar silver coins in 2014 which derives their inspiration from Valentine’s Day. The coin, ideally struck in the shape of a heart is also two-sided, that is each piece one left and one right come together to form the heart-shaped “always with you” silver valentine, the perfect way to say I love you! As a two piece offering, the coin is designed to keep one side and give the other half to your significant other.

It is produced by the Mint of Poland in Warsaw on behalf of the Government of Niue and each side includes a deep red coloured application, also in the shape of half a heart. Above the heart, the inscription “ALWAYS WITH YOU” is placed with the first word on one half, the other words on the second side. On the obverse, two red heart-shaped Swarovski crystals are embedded on each side along with a miniature portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth together with the year of issue and the coin’s denomination of “ONE DOLLAR” seen on each half.

The Pacific island of Palau has tried to appeal to coin collectors with   their most unusual   set of heart-shaped coins. A 2009 minting featured a pair of angels, while the 2012 run showed a heart with wings and the slogan "My heart flies for you."

Its 2013 heart shaped coin is different from all those that have gone before in that it has upon its reverse a big, heart-shaped lump of genuine amber embedded within it. Not the most subtle of decorations, it has to be said, but it does match the shape of the actual coin. What does stand out however is the quality of the art on the coin’s face. Depicting a pair of elephants standing head-to-head in a natural setting, with a different ‘reflection’ in the water in front, it does look a well-executed piece of work. For us the amber is a little oversized, but if you like it, there’s little to complain about with the rest of the design given its intended market. The obverse carries the usual Rainbows End shield of Palau, along with the denomination.

The Mint of Poland together with the National Bank of Poland launched their 2012 coin issues program with a bash. They organized a celebration for the first strikes of coins commemorating the “Great Orchestra of Christmas” charity, an organization which raises money for underprivileged children nationwide.  The year 2012 is also the 20th anniversary of the charity, which is inscribed on the coins.

The coin is designed by Urszula Walerzak and includes the commemorative 20th year anniversary text along with a tree and heart flowers. The reverse depicts a piano keyboard cascading up and down the left side of the coin along with the emblem of Poland, the eagle and the coin’s face value of 10 Zlotych.

There are large number of Heart shaped coins released by other countries keeping in view the market potential, hard to cover all in this article. Only few are depicted here I wish for my Valentino. ‘
“Love Unites”-Tokelau 2014, “Happy Valentine’s Day” ,Cook Island, 2014, “Eternal Love” 2015,“Missing you”, Liberia,2009 and ”Endless Love”, Mariana Islands,2005.

Puzzle Shaped
In addition to these Heart Shaped Coins,First-of-Its-Kind Puzzle Shaped Coins for the One You Love also minted by Mint of Poland (who have become widely known and highly regarded for producing coins with innovative shapes and technical advancements) for Government of Niue in 2012.The coins take the shape of inter-connecting jigsaw puzzle pieces, which actually fit together to form one larger coin of two halves. Designed by the artist Beata Aleksandrowitz, the coins also include cut crystals from Swarovski and a colour application depicting a red heart, also in two halves.

The reverse design of the coin includes a pair of “love birds” each of them perched on a branch surrounded by flowers and offering their half of the heart to one another. On one half of the coin is the word “YOU” and on the corresponding side, the word “ME”. The obverse of the coins also offers corresponding elements, including a string of heart-shaped balloons which illustrate two halves along with the year of issue “2012” and the coin’s denomination of 1 Dollar. A cameo-style effigy of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II is placed on each half.

The coins are struck in sterling silver and in proof quality.
Murrine Milleflori Glass Art
The glass processing technique Millefiori was already known in Ancient Rome and is nowadays mainly continued on the island of Murano close to Venice.
Firstly long glass rods, known as Murrine, are handmade, cured and then cut into discs. After that the individual multi-coloured glass discs are placed into a mould, heated gently and slowly melted. Thus, unique Patterns emerge, of which no two are alike.
The finished artwork explains without words why Millefiori means “thousand flowers “in Italian.
In this amazing handmade5$ silver coin you see in every detail the magic of uniqueness issued by Cook Islands in 2015.

Forever Love

The Major Mitchell Cockatoo is one of Australia’s most beautiful birds. It has pink feathers across its face, chest, and belly, with pure white tail feathers and a brilliant red and yellow striped crest. The birds are regarded as representative of true love since they mate for life and can live several decades.

The Perth Mint of Australia released in 2014 “Forever Love” 1/2 oz. Silver Proof Coin depicting two Major Mitchell Cockatoos. They are perched on a heart shaped branch with bush flowers and leaves with one bird presenting its mate with a sprig of gum blossoms and the words “Forever Love” appear above.

The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions include the “2014” date and monetary denomination of “50 cents”. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.

One more in this series of “Forever Love” coin features two doves (who seem to be kissing!) flying in front of a heart-shaped pink ribbon. The beauty of the colour and balance of the design enhance its desirability. Perfect for Valentine's Day, this stunning, pure silver proof also makes a perfect wedding gift, or as the most unique anniversary gift the happy couple will ever receive!

Scented Rose
In true sence, Valentine’s Day and Roses are synonmus of each other.The first coin where you can literally smell the roses is the third in the series of scented coins featuring famous plants of the world is beautiful full colorLong-Stemmed red rose on a 100 Francs coin from Benin.  Released  in2011,the coin is actually scented - it smells like a real rose!

In 2013, Niue also released a 1$silver aromatic  coin depicting a red rose with fragrance of rose.

Another important addition in this series of Valentine’s Day coins is that of Canada's 24-Karat Golden Rose!
When the first immigrants began arriving in Canada, many brought the botanical treasures from their homeland. The first roses to arrive were from France, but they were ill equipped to endure the extreme climates of North America. It wasn't until later that hardier varieties began to tempt their fate against the Canadian winter.
One of the most notable is R. Hugonis, or Father Hugo's rose, named after Father Hugh Scallon, the missionary who discovered this beautiful yellowish-orange rose in China and sent it to England in 1899. It wasn't long before the tough disposition of this rugged rose became obvious, and the Golden Rose of China was brought to Canada.
Now you, too, can have this vigorous beauty, minted in silver and preserved in 24-karat gold-plating on this beautiful Canadian issue from 2005.

New issues from other Countries


22 January 2016 - Together


28 January 2016 : 50th Anniversary of the Irish Heart Foundation


15 January 2016 : EHF European Men's Handball Championship Poland 2016

Reader’s Right


Respected Dear Shri Rajesh Kumar Bagri,                                                                        

Philatelic Greetings.

Suggesting a resolution, which according to me, should be passed in PCI meeting and sent to India Post and all the Dist level, State level, National level Jury and Judges in India for strict implementation, if we all want to upgrade philately in India.


In every Dist., State and National Philatelic Exhibition, Mark Sheet must be given to the exhibitor, with comments regarding the minus points found in the exhibit and Few lines on how to improve further the exhibit, must be given by the Judges.

Giving Mark sheet to all the participants & few lines in writing to all the participants on their Mark sheet, what was missing in the exhibit, how to improve further the Exhibit will help immensely to the participants. It can be posted also to the participants after 8/10days. The sheets are of no use to Post Dept., but the quality of exhibit can become much  better. We can see much improved exhibit next time. It is not possible for every exhibitor to attend the exhibition and discuss his exhibit with jury members. Many a times he even doesn't know who the judges are. Many a times the juries do not have time.

Bronze winner is surprised why he didn't get Silver. Silver winner is surprised why he didn't get Gold. Gold winner is surprised why he didn't get Best exhibit, Champions of Champion.  Unnecessary grudge is born towards Dept. and Hon. Judges & the exhibitor always think that some favoritism is being done.

It may be said that for jury it is not possible to write remarks, sometime due to paucity of time, and critic session is the best way to tell exhibitor about how to improve the exhibit. But in critic session general points for improvement of the exhibit are brought in light. Juries can't remember individual exhibits and advice. These points are very well available in books. Every exhibitor does not attend the exhibition. Many a times, time of critic session is short, and sorry to add many a times, critic session is cancelled due to lack of time.

Whereas jotting down few lines while judging the exhibit, what the jury is thinking is very easy (on which Hon. Jury is deciding regarding the exhibit).

Just the thing is Hon jury attends for all the days of exhibition & gives sufficient time. Otherwise if needed, no. of Hon. Juries should be increased. By Grace of God we have No. of world class Juries in India and instead of keeping 3 Juries, 6 must be kept in an exhibition of 400 Frames.

It can be said that the interaction among exhibitors as well as organizing talks in the philatelic clubs will help in improving the exhibits with the help of jotted down principles & guidelines in the books (It is immensely useful & must for a beginner). But I wish to say that interaction between Philatelists, Clubs is useless before getting Mark Sheet and missing points from Boss (Hon. Jury). Unless and until you know WHAT to improve, you can't go for searching HOW.

The feedback of Judges will be like appraisals of participants which will help participants in improving their next exhibits & we will be able to see much better quality in next exhibition.

It won’t be out of way to mention that this is a routine practice adopted in foreign exhibitions.


- Ajay Agrawal   LA18, (Akola, Maharashtra)


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