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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Rainbow July 2016


UEFA EURO 2016 France

This  new stamp marking the Euro 2016 football championship issued by French Post  smells of freshly-cut grass. 

July 2016       Volume IX            No.103

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Dear Reader

I am pleased to release July 2016 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. A specialized National Philatelic Exhibition on Nature and Environment, Naturepex 2016 is going to be held in Bhubaneshwar from 30th September to 2nd October,2016. Philatelists from all over India are requested to be part of this grand thematic stamp exhibition with their participation and presence. This exhibition is being organized by Eastern India Philatelists’ Association with active support of Department of Posts. The main objective of this exhibition is to make people aware  about protection of nature and conservation of the  environment. The exhibits relating to Nature, Flora & Fauna, Environment and related subjects will  be exhibited in this exhibition.  My best wishes to the organizing team of this show . Let’s join hands and make this exhibitiob a great success.

This is all for this month. More in next issue ….

Happy Collecting !! 
                                                                                                          …. Jeevan Jyoti  


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



Being a thematic philatelist my major concern and inclination has always been to look for what is happening around  in thematic field of philately. The news for me is not very encouraging  when I look at results of Indian participants in NY2016 World Stamp Show concluded  in this month at New York. As I understand none of the Indian philatelists won any award in THEMATIC CLASS though there is one in Youth Philately  apart from the other in Postal History, Revenue, Traditional and Literature classes where Indian participants performed reasonable / appreciably well.

Well, I really don’t know that how many entries were there in this class from India but I don’t see any award not even Bronze. Less or no participation from India is alarming. Good participation but no award is even  discouraging. Where is this class of philately going? Where do we stand? What is the reason behind this? New comers to the philately get their entry in to this world through thematic only. The attraction of color and the beauty of stamps is depicted through this class only. This is the class which is the back bone of philately. Maximum philatelists opt  and pursue this class. But  where will their collection and exhibiting end up? National Level is the highest point in that case.

If I say the scenario is shameful, it will be too harsh and disgraceful but then what should I call this? What our philatelic thinkers are doing? What the philatelic wing of India post and Philatelic Congress of India doing? If they say, it is none of their business then who is to think and plan for better future of this class. First of all, there is a need to sit and find out reasons for this state of Thematic Class. Some of the points may be :

1.    High cost of participation comprising of exhibit fee and the other expenditure restricting Thematic Philatelists to participate
2.    Non availability of good thematic exhibits
3.    Lack of up gradation of exhibits in line with the changing rules and international standards
4.    Non conversant Indian philatelists with the latest Generation System of Thematic Philatelic Exhibiting as it is the time of the 4th Generation Thematic Exhibiting
5.     Rising cost of thematic philatelic material particularly the exclusive one suitable for International Standards.
6.    Very lenient marking at India National Shows  ending up in poor results in International Shows
7.    Lack of proper guidance
As I understand there were quite a good awards given to the thematic philatelists of other countries in the show. Even some Gold medals have been awarded. Why could not we Indian perform there.
Well, I don’t know what will happen in future but this is sure if performance in Thematic class falls, this will certainly affect the growth of philately in India. However, I would appeal to the thematic collector / exhibitors to participate in forthcoming International Shows. Get their exhibits refreshed and studded with batter and desirable thematic philatelic material. Get guidance from senior and knowledgeable philatelists, commissioners etc.. My best wishes to them.
Any way,it is high time to think, act and  see the better philatelic future of thematic in India. 

Naresh Agrawal  : email :

Recent Indian Issues  

·         8 March 2016 - UN Women He for She – Rs 5 & Rs 25 + MS
·         11 March 2016 - National Archives of India – Rs 5
·         13 March 2016 - Allahabad High Court – Rs 5 & Rs 15 + MS
·         14 April 2016 – Fire Services in India – Rs 5
·         27 April 2016 - Govardhanram Tripathi – Rs 5
·         21 May 2016 – Swami Chidanada – Rs 5
·         10 June Tata Power – Rs 5
·         20 June 2016 – Surya Namaskar – 6 x Rs 5 , 6 X Rs 25 + M/S

22nd stamp in Makers of India - 11th Definitive Series - Rs. 3 - Bhimsen Joshi

Recent Special Covers

1st June 2016 : Diamond Jubilee : Evangelical Church of India , Chennai

17 June 2016 :  Diamond Jubilee of Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology. Kochi

21 June 2016 : 75 years of Mumbai Philatelic Bureau, Bangalore
21 June 2016 : Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Of Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mumbai
24 June 2016 : Golden Jubilee Celebrations Of Bishop Heber College,  Tiruchirappalli, Tamil-Nadu
28 June 2016 :  Seth Shankardan Nahata, Bikaner

 In The News

Chandrapur headmaster's snap wins him a stamp of approval

Amol Bais, a resident of Chandrapur, couldn't hide his enthusiasm as he recollected the first day of 2016 as if it was yesterday. Seated in an open vehicle during the morning safari, he saw Maya, the tigress from Tadoba, getting a 'hug' from her cub, and even as he immortalised that moment, he had no clue that months later his iconic image would end up being used on a postal stamp.
Bais, a wildlife photographer and headmaster of a school for tribal students at Durgapur on the periphery of Tadoba Andhari National Park, said his joy knew no bounds when he got to know that state forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar was not only impressed with this adorable picture but has also selected it to be used for the stamp.
Recalling the day, Bais said he was in the jungle for the morning safari, when at around 9 am he saw tigress Maya crouching for a kill, igniting the photographer in him with the hopes of capturing some action shots of beautiful Maya on the hunt.
"Somehow the spotted deer in front of her were alerted and they took to their heels, leaving Maya with a dejected look. We too were disappointed and as we heard her growling faintly, her young one emerged from the bushes. I was then looking for a perfect angle, and to my surprise, I saw the cub standing on its hind paws and holding her mother with its front paws as if almost consoling her," said Bais adding that even as he captured the precious moment between the mother and her cubs even he could not help but get emotional.
According to the 36-year-old, who has been photographing tigers and other wildlife for a decade now, his biggest moment for this image came when Save the Tiger – a facebook page on tiger conservation, started by wildlife enthusiast Raj Krishnani, posted this photograph and it ended up receiving more than 2.4 lakh likes and was shared by 24,000 people.
"The image was also published by Daily Mirror, UK. And what gave me immense joy was that this image was presented by the forest minister to various dignitaries including Union environment minister and also for pamphlets of Tadoba national park," he said.
"We had requested the Centre for a postage stamp on Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, which is one of the oldest in the country. We hope that this stamp will be released on July 29, on the occasion of the World Tiger's Day," said Mungantiwar adding that the beautiful image has a strong message on conservation and that he was happy to know afterwards that this photograph was taken by Bais who happens to be his neighbour in Chandrapur.

Now, track your speed post, parcel using mobile app

 Jamshedpur, June 16: The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology (IT), Ravi Shankar Prasad is scheduled to visit Jamshedpur on June 17 and 18.  During his visit to the steel city, Prasad will inaugurate the Delivery App at Bistupur post office.
There is no need for users to visit the post office any more. They can now get postage stamps and envelopes delivered at their doorstep. 
A new mobile app, launched by the postal department, not only introduces residents to their postman, but also allows them to order stamps and envelopes. Once residents enter their area, the app, called My Postman, throws up the name, number and photo of that area’s postman.
The app will help people provide information as to when will the postman deliver the speed post, registered post and parcel.
People will also get to know online about the location of the goods they have speed post or register. In Jharkhand the service will be begin from Jamshedpur. The post man delivers speed post, registered post, express parcel and business parcel in villages also.
According to the current facility, after the parcel is delivered to the concerned person the postman gets the receiver to sign on a delivery slip.
But, there have been several complaints that postman without delivering the speed post or registered post, sign on the delivery paper them and complete the procedure.
However, with the new facility in place the old system will complete end. Under the new facility the postman will be provided with the mobile phone from the department while speed post, registered post and parcel will be booked by the department and the people who book their parcel can check the status on the website of the postal department.
Now, when the postman comes to deliver the speed post or parcel to the concerned person, he will take the signature on the mobile through the App and not on a delivery sheet.
AP Singh, Senior postmaster of Singhbhum Circle, said, ‘In the first phase Eight postman of Kadma post office will get facility to use mobile app and later all the post offices and postman will be incorporated in the facility. With the Postman Mobile App the parcel service will be regularized’, he added.
 “Once the customer has the credentials, he can coordinate with the postman while awaiting delivery of important documents like passports,” said Singh.
Along with this, all postmen have been asked to carry smart phones so that they can home deliver stamps and envelopes, which residents can order through the app.  In fact, the app is part of a series of initiatives by the department to rejuvenate the dying business. 

Recent Stamp Exhibitions

NATUREPEX-2016, National Philatelic Exhibition on Nature and Environment will be organized by the Eastern India Philatelists’ Association with active support of the Department of Posts, Government of India from 30th September to 2nd October, 2016 at KiiT International School, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha with an objective to aware people for protection of nature and conserve our environment. The exhibits relating to Nature, Flora & Fauna, Environment and related subjects will only be exhibited in this exhibition The exhibition will be of 400 frames and will be competitive one.
The main theme of the exhibition is ‘Save our Nature & Environment’. This exhibition would give extensive mileage to the promotion of Philately as well as create awareness to save our environment and to preserve the endangered species in our country.
Participation in the exhibition is open to all philatelists throughout  India. Exhibitor should be a member of a registered Philatelic Society/ Association/Club.
The prospectus and the entry form can be downloaded from the website :

Two new classes have been included in Naturepex-2016, those are Class-7, Modern Philately (Mophila) and Class-8, Philatelic Literature (relating to Nature and environment) and a separate guideline has been mentioned in the new corrected prospectus.

Last date of submitting forms : 12 August 2016

-Ajit Kumar Dash : Secretary, EIPA

Commissioner for MELBOURNE 2017 (FIAP) Philatelic Exhibition

Mr. Madhukar Jhingan has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the MELBOURNE 2017, 34th FIAP Asian International Stamp Exhibition to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 30 March to 2 April 2017.
Contact  information: 
Mr. Madhukar Jhingan, 
Indian National Commissioner, MELBOURNE 2017, 
49-D/BG-5, Paschim Vihar, NEW DELHI - 110 063 
Mob: +919811160965 

CHINA 2016 - 33th Asian International Stamp Exhibition

 CHINA 2016 will be held at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center, Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China from December 2 - 6,  2016.

CHINA 2016 (33th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) will be organized under the Patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) and Recognition of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).Mr Surajit Gongvatana is the FIAP Co-ordinator of CHINA 2016

This exhibition is organized by the All-China Philatelic Federation, jointly with the State Post Bureau of The People’s Republic of China, The People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and China Post Group.


Mr.Surendra A. Kotadia is National Commissioner for CHINA - 2016 from India. His contact details are as below.

                        1119 MAKER CHAMBER - V
                        221 JAMANALAL BAJAJ ROAD, NARIMAN POINT
                        MUMBAI 400 021 .                                           

                         TELIPHONE  + 91 22 22024130/31
                         MOBILE         + 91 98199 03789
                         FAX                + 91 22 22843275
                         E-MAIL :

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.
Anil Suri : email : 8130827029, 9811176908

THAILAND 2016, 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition

Nonthaburi, Thailand, August 10-15, 2016

 National Commissioner: Rajan Jayakar : email :

                                                                      Mobile : 9821072417

Mr Umesh Kakkeri has been appointed as Asstt. Commissioner of India for " Thailand 2016 ", 32nd Asian Stamp Exhibition to be held at Bangkok from , August 10-15, 2016. email :

Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office, new attraction in Pandharichi Wari procession flagged off on 28th June 2016

 Alandi a small city, 25 km from Pune is popularly known for the Samadhi Mandir of Saint Dnyaneshwar. Saint Dynaneshwar is said to have stayed in Alandi for some time of his 21-year short life. After translating the Bhagavad Gita into Marathi he attained Samadhi here at the age of 21. During the Pandharpur Pilgrimage a procession known as ‘Pandharichi Waari’ that carries symbolic sandals of Dnyaneshwar on a Palkhi starts from Alandi to reach Pandharpur on Ashadhi Ekadashi.

On the occasion of Pandharichi Waari, ‘Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office’ housed in a Mail Motor Service Van of Department of Posts was flagged off by Shri Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, Postmaster General, Pune Region on 28th June 2016. Under the initiative of Pune Postal region, the Mobile Post Office will provide communication service to the Warkaris and their families from 28th June to 15th July 2016.

On the first day of Waari, a Picture Postcard depicting face of Saint Dnyaneswar at Alandi Temple with the Special Cancellation of Mobile Post Office at Alandi Devachi was also released. Address side of the postcard depicts route of Pandharichi Waari from Alandi to Pandharpur including places of halts. Speed Post articles were also booked at the Mobile Post Office.
Next halt of the 'Waari' would be at Pune on 29th and 30th June at Palkhi Vithoba Mandir, Bhavani Peth Pune. During these two days 'Waarkari' (devotees) can avail 'My Stamp' facility at this location also. 'My Stamp' facility can also be availed through Mobile Post Office.

News from Philatelic Clubs and Societies

Philatelic Congress of India

A two day programme has been organized in Bangalore by the PCI which includes Seminars, Presentations and Discussions along with the Special General Body (SGB) and Governing Council Meetings of the PCI to be held on 2nd & 3rd July, 2016 .

On 2nd July 2016, a seminar on Postal Stationery Exhibiting was conducted by Shri Ajeet Singhee, President of Philatelic Congress of India. Second Philatelic Seminar on 'Exhibiting Now' - Current Trends and Techniques for preparing a better exhibit and win a higher medal, conducted by Shri Madhukar Jhingan, Vice President of Philatelic Congress of India at PCI meet, Bangalore.

Interactive Session on Traditional Philately,  Postal History,  Thematic, One Frame, Modern Philately and Open Class disciplines conducted by a panel of Shri Ajeet Singhee,  Shri Sahadeva Sahoo,  Shri Sunder Bahirwani and Shri Rajesh Bagri.
Courtesy – Prashant Pandya

Philatelic Society of Delhi

Members of Philatelic Society of Delhi gathered for the June monthly meet on the 26thday of June at Indian Building Congress, RK Puram (Sector 6), New Delhi. More than thirty philatelists from different part of National Capital Region were present to grace the discussions. 

The meeting started with the early bird lucky draws in which Mr.Vivek Bhargava, Mr.Kuldeep Jalandara and Mrs. Anu received gifts from the Society Secretary, Mr.Sandeep Murjani, the vice president, Shri Udai Saxena and a fellow philatelist Mr. Manish Mohan. The meeting started with a round discussion on the pricing policy being followed by the Department of Post on their ePost selling platform. Also, the announcement for the “Stamp World by PSOD” to be held in mid of October was made and the governing council discussed the preparation plan for the upcoming event with the society members.

Society members enjoyed the Delhi summer accompanied by tea and cookies, after which philatelic presentations followed. The first to go was the episode two of aninformative series of presentations called "Tale of a Mail" by executive member Mr.Aditya Asthana. The subject of this episode was “The Overland Mail Route”. Thomas Fletcher Waghorn’s initial efforts of delivering letters to India in 90 days and the road blockers he faced, were shown. The forum also enjoyed discussing the four routes from London to Suez as facilitated by Messer’s Waghorn and Co. in 1842.

The session continued with two more presentations given by Mr. Sandeep Murjani which covered all the special covers issued throughout India in the month of February and March 2016. The slide deck had 74 beautifully illustrated slides. Mr Murjani described the subject and importance of each cover in detail.

Mr. Sandeep Murjani felicitated Mr. Anil Suri for his outstanding achievement at the New York Show 2016. Mr. Suri won the third Large Gold for his collection. Mr. Ajay Mittal and Mr. Angeet Suri were congratulated for winning Vermeil medals at the same show. Mr. Madhukar Jhinghan& Mr. Suri shared their experiences of visiting the NY 2016.

-Aditya Asthana
(Executive Member)
Philatelic Society of Delhi


ITS Postal Auction No.73

A detailed list of "ITS Postal Auction No.73" with 140 Lots of Indian stamps, Miniature sheets, Sheet-lets, Thematic sets from different countries etc available at :

Last date to send Bids 30.07.2016  scans of some lots can be viewed at :

Doon Philatelic Diary

WW-II & Idol Book Depot

-Abhai Mishra

On the outbreak of World War - II open censorship was imposed in India under Defence Regulations. All the articles sent through the post were subjected through postal censorship. For foreign communications censorship stations were established at Belgaum, Bombay, Calcutta, Chitttagong etc. I had in my collection a cover which was sent to The American News Company, New York, USA from Idol Book Depot, Dehradun dated 01-Sep-41 during WW-II. For quite some time the cover remained a mystery to me as I have been living in Dehradun since 1996 and had never seen any Book depot of this name. My inquiry with other people was also rendered futile.

The cover had censor label "OPENED BY CENSOR" along with Royal insignia with code "273 C" on the left which is essentially a wrapper with which the examiners closed the sides of the cover after it was read and censored. Different type of labels were used by the stations and Mr. Conrad Morenweiser has listed over 200 such labels. It also bear a triangular censor mark "PASSED BY CENSOR C 6".These marks were used between May 1940 to March 1942 and code "C" referred to Bombay.

 During one of our heritage walks around Astley Hall in Dehradun Mr. Lokesh Ohri, convenor INTACH pointed towards a house and said that during WW-II the famous writer Ruskin Bond used to live here. Ruskin Bond has mentioned that across the road there was one Idol Book Depot where he was a frequent visitor during his childhood. In one of his novel "Secrets" he has mentioned that during the war Dehradun town was sort of a recreational centre for Allied troops. Dehradun also had a civilian internment camp at Premnagar as well as Group four, prisoners of war camp at Clementown. To avoid fight on the streets American soldiers were allowed three days a week, the British three days a week and the other POW's once a week. One of very interesting old postcard of Dehradun depicts two German POW's along with a Scottish soldier.

The place where Ruskin Bond thronged for books while living in Astley Hall, now houses an ATM of Punjab & Sind bank. The "Idol Book Depot" which boggled my mind for long has been closed long back.

References :

1. Postal Censorship in India 1939-1945 by Brig. DS Virk
2. Secrets by Ruskin Bond 

- Abhai Mishra : email :

Beginners’ Section

Picture Postcard Creator

Japan Postal Museum has installed device called Picture Postcard Creator. You have to select readymade template on the screen and then you have to click your photo on screen adjusting the pose according to template image and print the picture post card. All do it yourself. Per visitor one picture postcard is allowed. (Its free of cost but no next picture postcards allowed)

Courtesy – Prashant Pandya


In 1661, after complaints that letter-carriers were delaying the post, the first Postmaster General of England- Henry Bishop came up with a hand struck date stamp designed to show the date on which a letter was received by the post and to ensure that the dispatch of letters would not be delayed. It was known as “Bishop Mark” and was first used in the General Letter Office just off Post Office Yard, and there is now a plaque in the Princes Street side of NatWest to commemorate it. The stone even has a small AP/19 ‘Bishop Mark’, because the first day of use was 19 April. 

The original London Bishop Mark consisted of a small circle of 13 mm diameter, bisected horizontally, with the month (in serifed lettering) abbreviated to two letters, in the upper half and the day of the month in the lower half. Similar marks were used later in Scotland and Ireland, and then adopted by numerous British colonies during the 17th and 18th Century.

At the time of introduction, Bishop announced, “A stamp is invented that is put upon every letter showing the day of the month that every letter comes to the office, so that no Letter Carrier may dare detain a letter from post to post; which before was usual.”

Specialized Section

Father of Science Fiction (Pt II)

© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

Father of Science Fiction (Pt II)

Verne wrote his two masterpieces when he was in his forties. One is “Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea” (1870) which relates the voyages of the submarine Nautilus, built and commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, one of the literary figures in whom Verne incorporated many of his own character traits.

Submarine Nautilus

“Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea”

Another, “Around the World in Eighty Days” (1873) is the story of a successful bet made by a typical Englishman, Phineas Fogg, a character said to have been modelled on Verne's father, who had a mania for punctuality, or the art of timeliness.

Phineas Fogg

'To go around the such a short time and with the means of transport currently available, was not only impossible, it was madness’, but one ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days - and he is determined not to lose. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, the reserved Englishman immediately sets off for Dover, accompanied by his hot-blooded French manservant Passepartout. Travelling by train, steamship, sailing boat, sledge and even elephant, they must overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard - who believes that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England - to win the extraordinary wager. Around the World in Eighty Days gripped audiences on its publication and remains hugely popular, combining exploration, adventure and a thrilling race against time.

“Around the World in 80 Days”: Phileas Fogg in India and more

Other popular novels include “The Mysterious Island” (1875)   “Michael Strogoff” (1876) and The Lighthouse at the End of the World (1905).
“The Mysterious Island” novel is a crossover sequel to Verne's famous Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways, though its themes are vastly different from those books.The plot focuses on the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific.

“The Mysterious Island”

“Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar” is a novel written by Jules Verne in 1876. Critics consider it one of Verne's best books. Unlike some of Verne's outs novels, it is not science fiction, but a scientific phenomenon is a plot device.  The book has been adapted several times for films, television and cartoon series.

The Movie “Michel Strogoff” staring Curd Jurgens

In this “Mission Impossible" tale of intrigue set in Russia, a traitor has inspired the fierce Feofar Khan to invade Siberia and foment a rebellion. A sinister plot to assassinate the Czar's brother, the Grand Duke, is discovered but all telegraph lines have been cut.
Only one of the Czar's couriers is qualified to handle the dangerous and arduous mission to warn the Siberian Governor General of the impending invasion... Michael Strogoff.

“Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar”

The Lighthouse at the End of the World is also an adventure first drafted in 1901 and published posthumously in 1905. The plot of the novel involves piracy in the South Atlantic during the mid-19th century, with a theme of survival in extreme circumstances, and events centring on an isolated lighthouse. Verne was inspired by the real lighthouse at the Isla de losEstados, Argentina, near Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.
In 1971 the novel was adapted into a movie, “The Light at the Edge of the World”.

The Lighthouse at the End of the World in 1905 - A Great story about adventure and Pirates
Verne's total literary output comprised nearly eighty books, but many of them are of little value or interest today.

Verne's literary output
One noteworthy feature of all his work is its moral idealism, which earned him in 1884 the personal congratulations of Pope Leo XIII (1810–1903). "If I am not always what I ought to be," Verne once wrote, "my characters will be what I should like to be." His interest in scientific progress was balanced by his religious faith, and in some of his later novels (such as The Purchase of the North Pole, 1889), he showed himself to be aware of the social dangers of uncontrolled technological advances.

Pope Leo XIII (1810–1903)

His works of imagination, and the innovations and inventions contained within, have appeared in countless forms. A number of successful motion pictures were made from Verne novels, starting in 1916 with 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, The Mysterious Island (1929 and 1961), From the Earth to the Moon (1958), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959), and, perhaps the most popular, and Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Movie Posters

Walt Disney also adopted few adventures and produced very successful animation films.

Jules Verne’ DISNEY Movies

Verne’s influence extends beyond literature and film into the world of science and technology too, where he inspired generations of scientists, inventors, and explorers.
He wrote about submarine, space travel, terrestrial flight and deep-sea exploration before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised.

A Modern Day Radio Communication Satellite and Broadcasting Equipment Visions from “The Barsac Mission”

A Battle Tank, Submarine, Flying Cars and more visions that are now real from Science Fiction books of Jules Verne

Modern day Helicopter Visions seen in “Robur the Conqueror” with a flying ship with Helicopter Blades
In 1954 the United States Navy launched the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, named for Verne’s Nautilus.

The Atomic Submarine, a vision first seen in “Twenty thousand Leagues under the Sea”

And for more than 130 years, adventurers such as Nellie Bly (1890), Wiley Post (1933), and Steve Fossett (2005) have followed in the footsteps of Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg by attempting to circumnavigate the globe in record-breaking times.

The Real Life Phileas Fogg

“From the Earth to the Moon” in 1865, who would ever have imagined that Verne was 

predicting that just over 100 years later, Neil Armstrong would walk on the moon and will experience Weightlessness?

Passengers in zero gravity, First Moon Landing and man’s walk on the moon

Verne and his enduringly popular Voyages extraordinaire continue to remind us that “What one man can imagine, another will someday be able to achieve.”

Verne’s popular Voyages extraordinaire

-      Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal : email :

New issues from other Countries

France is hosting UEFA final championships

From the 10th of June to the 10th of July 2016 France is hosting the final phase of the Championship of European Footballing Nations, for the third time after 1960 and 1984; when they became the European champions for the first time.
There are several technical innovations: first a round format (with 24 stars in the perforation, as the number of teams in competition), but also a silver ink, which gives a metallic appearance to the trophy, and grainy, giving relief to the balloon … But above all, this stamp feel … the lawn! “He has a grass smell freshly cut” promises Post.
France was chosen as the host nation on 28 May 2010, after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals. The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne, and Toulouse. It will be the third time that France hosts the tournament, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals. The French team has won the European Championship twice: in 1984 and 2000.

The culture of Jersey is the culture of the Bailiwick of Jersey. It offers an arts and culture scene that is unlike any other. From its award-winning theaters and magnificent performing arts centers, to its unique museums and music venues, this island can offer you anything you want. Especially interesting is the 1950s popular culture of Jersey, which has been celebrated the new special stamps released by Jersey Post.

Situated in the bay of Mont St Michel, France, the island of Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, measuring just 45 square miles. Its colourful history and culture has been affected by the Roman invasion of Britain, the struggle between French and English crowns, and occupation by Nazi forces during World War II.
Many of the Island’s inhabitants are Jersey born, and many have come from countries near and far, to work, start families and enjoy the outdoor life for which Jersey is so well known.
As with residents of mainland Britain, Islanders have embraced the ever-changing influences of fashion, music, art and technology, and the 1950s particularly allowed popular culture to blossom following the oppression of the German occupation and hardships endured during the immediate post-war years.
28 June 2016 : Malaysian Calligraphy

POS Malaysia issued set of 3 stamps and a souvenir sheet  on Malaysian Calligraphy in which 1st stamp showing words written in Tamil language

Reader’s Right
Price of Special Covers Special philatelic items
The special covers issued by various agencies are being sold for Rs.50 by e post office whereas as they used to be available for Rs.10 or 15. I fully understand that the issue of spl covers is costing a lot as Rs.12500 to be paid for releasing the same (to postal dept) at venue, and printing as well as putting a stamp on the cover etc. I understand it was necessary to give 200 of the spl covers without stamps to concerned PMG office . The philatelic bureau used to sell them for Rs.10 with stamp and cancellation., where as that practice is stopped now and 300 covers instead will have to be given to e post office and the spl covers are not available with the concerned PMG/philatelic bureau..
Spl packs being sold by e post office the postal dept have issued a sheetlet of the International yoga day but is available only, with the relevant pack at e post office as was mentioned there and not with the other philatelic Bureau. This I think did not happen earlier and the sheetlets were available with the philatelic Bureau as well. Also with the e post office only full sheets of stamps are available and buyers can't purchase less than sheets. Also many spl packs available with e post office are not available with philatelic bureau. The e post office looks like catering for dealers than average philatelists . Some of the spl paks issued by e post office as well as by some some philatelic bureau are highly priced. For example I purchased a spl pack of Musicians issued by Madras circle at Madras for Rs.300 where as it contained stamps worth only 40 Rs. and the rest probably for printing the folder.with the picture of DK Pattammal. Also a large no of definitives have been issued recently I think as on now 18 and they are not available with post offices as well as philatelic bureau where as they have to be used regularly.
I feel few of the points mentioned above are creating problems for average philatelists and one of the important aspects the postal dept should concentrate on is to encourage philatelists, and the increasing cost is distracting many to take philately as a hobby.

-Cdr. G Sri Ramarao,I.N,(Retd.), Visakhapatnam

Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin July 2016

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Promotional Section

Picture Postcard on Pandharichi Waari Procession

Picture Postcard on Pandharichi Waari Procession at Dive Ghat released on 30th June 2016.  Picture Postcard depicting ‘Waari’ procession at Dive Ghat was released with Special Cancellation of Pune. Wari photographs clicked by photographer Sandesh Bhandare are featured on all the picture postcards. Another set of 5 postcards depicting images of postage stamps issued on ‘Sant Namdeo’, ‘Sant Eknath’, ‘Dnyaneshwari’, ‘Sant Tukaram’ and ‘Sant Dnyaneshwar’ is also available at Rs. 50 per set. Orders for Picture Postcards can also be placed at Pune Philatelic Bureau.

Picture Postcards on Surya Namasakar and two Stamp Booklets on Yoga released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle

A set of 12 picture postcards showing 12 postures of Surya Namaskar has been released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle. Back side of the cards shows the steps to be followed to perform Surya Namaskar. Set of 12 picture postcards is priced at Rs. 250 and available in all philatelic bureaux in Andhra Pradesh.

Two information booklets on Yoga have also been released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle. The booklets gives a brief description on the various Yoga postures which are depicted in the stamps. Information on asanas of Surya Namaskar along with Mantra for the respective posture is given. One book contains 4 commemorative stamps issued on Yoga in 1991, one stamp issued in 2015 and set of 12 stamps on Surya Namaskar issued on 20th June 2016. The booklet is priced at Rs. 800.

Courtesy - News and Image Resource to this issue : International Stamp News; Indian Philately Digest ;  Prashant Pandya – Vadodara,  Kasinath R. – Tanjore , Sandeep Mujrani

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