Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin edited and published by Jeevan Jyoti from Dehradun.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Rainbow August 2016

Rio 2016

Dehradun      August 2016      Vol. IX   No. 104

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Ms. Jeevan Jyoti, c / o Mr. Ajay Srivastav, Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun – 248002. India

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Dear Reader

I am pleased to release August 2016 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. August is the month for Rio 2016 Olympics. Many countries have issued special stamps to commemorate this world's biggest sport event which is going to be held from 5th August to 21st August 2016 at Rio De Janerio, Brazil. India Post is expected to issue a set   of  4 stamps, 2 in Rs 5 and 2 in Rs 25 denomination with miniature sheet and sheetlets, But a set of stamps must have been issued by India Post earlier this year to commemorate this great  event as many Postal Administrations have already released stamps on 2016 Olympics. Some of the best stamps of Rio 2016 have been mentioned in this issue. India Post should bring a change in its stamp issuing policy. World events like Olympics must get a prominent place on Indian stamps....After all, stamps  are little ambassadors of the country... as well as stamps play an important role in popularizing event among one and all. But the stamp issuing policy in our country is influenced by many factors such as political, social, regional etc......A change in the stamp themes featuring personalities, events, places and many more social campaigns could be well observed with the change in the ruling political party which rules with different ideologies.. Let's hope for a wonderful set of stamps from India Post for RIO 2016 ! Best wishes to all participants of this mega sport event !! Have a great time with Rio 2016.

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
§  Reader’s Right
§  Acknowledgement
§  Philatelic Clubs and Society
§  Blogs & Websites on Philately
§  Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter
§  Promotional Section



Looking in to the past, the communication was limited to letters which took number of days to reach destination, telegrams were only used send specific limited word message, later wireless and telephones with limited lines available and various other limitations…I mean there was limited opportunities for proper  and prompt conversation.  But today communication technology has reached the heights which allow unlimited access to exchange information  and views in different  forms.

This advancement in information and communication technology has   given us strong media  for communication and interact.  With upcoming of mobile, new generation smart phones and other communication equipments and systems;  SOCIAL MEDIA has found new dimension and direction. It has become very powerful medium of exchange of information not limited to specific area but across the borders, almost all around the world.

Of late, the importance of social media in philately has been seen with great enthusiasm. Face Book and Whatsapp are the major  apps which are being utilized by philatelists to display, to discuss and to put before the philatelic fraternity what one possesses and want to sell or purchase philatelic material. There are groups  which help in sales of material online through these apps. There are auctions groups which are run on these apps and are being highly appreciated. People have sold and purchased good lot of material available at their fingertips. I remember the advertisement of a mobile network  a few years back which stated “World at your fingertips”. And so is now. Complete philatelic world is fingertips truly.

Face book has made its impact before whatsapp. It is being watched and used by philatelists all over. Various face book groups such as World of stamps Public Group, Indian Philately Public Group, Indian Philatelists’ Forum Public Group, Indian Philately, etc .  have developed and have become nice platform to discuss various aspects of specific field of philately. These groups and dedicated to information sharing, research information, exchange of views etc.

Whatsapp groups have made even a stronger impact.To name a few such active whatsapp groups in India, there are  Bharat Pila, Dphila-‘India Post Ind’, Dphila India Pre independence”, Dphila Postal History”, Re1 Auction BP, Re1 Auction Only, Post Independence, World Thematic  Stamp Collectors, Exhibit Collectables Only, Offers & Counter Offers, Worldwide Postal History, Philatelic Research- News, Unusuals & Odd Shape etc.. I am myself member of these and quite often take advantage of these. One must admit that the administrators of these groups are surely dedicated philatelists who are willing to serve and promote philately. My hats off to them as I wish to place my thanks to all of them.

Not to comment on their side affects like undue hike in prices of certain items, chances of strong addiction of viewing of different sites constantly, chances of over expenditure on the hobby, getting tempted to buy unwanted material etc.; these sites / groups are genuinely helping promotion of philately. These groups are faster, quicker and instant unlike e-bay etc.. The displays are better as full or part images with instant facility of viewing clear and magnified images. These facilitate exchange of information quickly. Whatsapp message, SMS or Tele discussions can be held. Thus  the philatelic contacts also develop. New friends are made. Information is shared. Latest developments in field of philately are discussed.

Let me clear here that the groups are not dedicated to sale and purchase of philatelic material but are helping in outing before the members/viewers, the news and latest information, display of once material, acting as platform for exchange of views, helping in research on different subjects of philately etc.
Thus I appreciate the entry of such groups in philatelic field and appeal  philatelists to become members of such groups of their choice but at the same time warn them to  limit  their membership to the number of groups and the time the dedicate.

Naresh Agrawal  : email :

Recent Indian Issues 

·       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
·       29 July 2016 – Tadoba Andhari National Park – Rs5, Rs 25 + MS

Recent Special Covers

22 July 2016 : Special Carried Cover – Air Asia carried Cover Kabali Special Flight 22 July 2016 Bangalore- Chennai-Bangalore
26 July 2016 : Kargil Divas, Bangalore
27 July 2016 : Gajamutthassi – Dakhshayani - Trivandrum

Orchids - A Set of Picture postcards

Karnataka postal circle on 23-07-2016 released a set of 12 Picture Postcards on Orchids.

Set of 12 PPC on Olympic Events

A Set of 12 Picture Post Cards on Olympic Events was made available at Post Shopee and Epost  by India Post , Karnataka Circle.

- Suresh R, Bangalore

 In The News

UNPA has partnered with the International Olympic Committee and the UN Office on Sportfor Development and Peace to develop and issue these colorful stamps which feature several Olympic sports.

The Olympic movement inspires people to contribute to a peaceful future for humankind through the educational value of sport. It brings together athletes from all parts of the world for the Olympic Games. One of the objectives of this great international sporting event is to promote peace, respect, mutual understanding and goodwill ‒ goals it shares with the United Nations.

Follow the performance of Dutch Olympic athletes through 3 unique stamps by Post NL

PostNL has introduced a set of three innovative stamps with an original design and special functions: through the stamp sheet ‘Olympic Games 2016′, everyone with a smartphone can receive the latest news about Dutch medal winners in Rio.
Olympic beach volleyball stars Sophie van Gestel and Jantine van der Vlist today received the first stamp sheet from Mark-Jan Pieterse, manager of Marketing from PostNL.
After scanning the barcode on the stamp sheet, you will see the three stamps appear on the smartphone. By clicking on the image of the stamps, you visit the website of TeamNL where you can read the latest news about the Dutch medal winners. The content will be provided daily by the Dutch sporting organisation, NOC*NSF. This collaboration brought about a unique stamp, which will allow everyone to follow the achievements of the professional athletes.
Pure ambition reflected in stamps
Sport is reflected in the design of the stamp sheet: when it comes to competitive sports, the Dutch win regularly. During the Olympic Games as well. The stamp sheet consists of gold, silver and bronze stamps. Together they form the podium upon which the three winning teams or athletes are honoured. The golden stamp is the largest in size and the TeamNL logo has already been placed on the medals.
Extra shine
Mark-Jan Pieterse (PostNL representative) about the stamp sheet: ‘With this stamp issue we give an added shine to the performances of our TeamNL medal winners during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.’ Jantine van der Vlist (Beach Volleyball Olympic athlete) is surprised by the unique function of the stamp sheet: ‘It’s fantastic that you can also keep up to date with our performances in Rio through stamps.’

Sports for Development and Peace

Sport as a universal language can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. To promote the contribution of sport to peace the UN Postal Administration has issued a set of 12 stamps. The date of issue (22 July) comes exactly a week ahead of the start of the Olympic Truce period for this year‘s 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Based on the ancient Greek tradition of ekecheiria calling for a truce during the Olympic Games to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage, in 1993 the United Nations revived this ideal by passing General Assembly Resolutions in every Olympic year to urge Member States to respect the Olympic Truce.
Through its most recent resolution in October 2015, the General Assembly called on Member States to observe the Truce from the seventh day before the start of the XXXI Olympic Summer Games until the seventh day following the end of the XV Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Pluto stamp earns world record for traveling 3 billion miles


Who could guess that the tiny piece of paper will enter the Guinness Book of World Record? And it has really happened! Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp traveled more than 3 billion miles on a spacecraft to the dwarf planet has earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp.
The stamp also served as NASA’s rallying cry to set the record straight for exploring Pluto.
This record will extend another 1 billion miles, as NASA recently announced the New Horizons mission will journey beyond Pluto to visit a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 — considered to be one of the early building blocks of the solar system.
The U.S. Postal Service and NASA marked the achievement July 19 at a ceremony at Postal Service headquarters. Space fans are asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #PlutoExplored!
“In 2006, NASA placed a 29-cent “Pluto: Not Yet Explored” stamp on board the New Horizons spacecraft on its way to Pluto and beyond,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer and Executive Vice President Jim Cochrane. “That historic flyby with Pluto took place last summer — July 14, 2015, to be precise — after New Horizons travelled more than three billion miles in its nine and a half year journey.”
“Two months ago, at the World Stamp Show in New York City, we issued the “Pluto—Explored!” Forever Stamps that honor the milestone of the New Horizons’ flyby. I think employees at NASA and the Postal Service can take pride in what these accomplishments represent for our organizations and for our country — the talent, the dedication, the hard work, the technological achievement.”
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official adjudicator Jimmy Coggins presented the certificate to Cochrane. NASA Director of Planetary Science Jim Green and New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute provided the back story on the stamp and the New Horizons mission.
“The farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp is a quite an impressive achievement, as it spans many planets and billions of miles. As stamps are synonymous with travel, it is fitting that one would travel within the solar system,” said Coggins. “It’s an honor to be a part of this historic moment and welcome the United States Postal Service to the Guinness World Records family.”
“The New Horizons mission to Pluto is not only writing space history, it’s setting a high bar for achievements beyond its many science discoveries,” said Green. “NASA joins the U.S. Postal Service in expressing our mutual appreciation for this special recognition.”

“The New Horizons project is truly honored to be recognized by Guinness World Records for its achievements,” said Stern. “Among my personal favorites are being the fastest spacecraft ever launched, the first mission to explore the Pluto system, the mission that explored the farthest worlds ever visited, and now sending a U.S. postage stamp farthest from Earth!”

Stamp collector on a mission ! 1 million stamps bought to reignite stamp collecting among the youth

Stamp collecting is a popular hobby but mostly among seniors who find this interest one of the greatest pastimes. So it is more than important to promote this hobby among the youth too. With this purpose an avid stamp collector Doug Heenan has bought more than a million stamps to add to his 230,000-strong collection in the hope of reigniting collecting by Dunedin youth.
It would take a fair bit of saliva to lick and stick a million stamps but luckily for 88-year-old Mosgiel man Doug Heenan, he only has to sort them. The recent widower has just spent $25,001 on 83 cartons filled with more than one million stamps in the hope of reigniting stamp collecting as a pastime for Dunedin’s youth.
Mr Heenan has been a collector since the age of 6and his collection before the recent purchase numbered about 230,000, some dating as far back as 1840. His most expensive stamp, a “full-faced queen”, was worth about $2000.
“I’ve collected them all my life and I’m interested in getting the youth of this country collecting stamps. You learn a lot. You learn history and politics. Any subject under the sun. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like”.
“Stamp collecting was becoming a lost art and it was about youth having an interest in something outside of technology”, Mr Heenan said.
The new stamps were bought by tender from New Zealand “accumulator” the late Brian Read, who owned the country’s largest stamp collection. The premium stamps were auctioned last month.
Mr Heenan preferred to sort his stamps “thematically” and paid careful attention to their worth. Most of his collection was in albums but pouches of stamps could be found around his living area and now, with the recent purchase, his garage was chocker.
Asked about how long it took to sort them when he acquired new stamps, Mr Heenan said: “You do what you have to do. If there’s any time left over, I look through them”.
Mr Heenan planned to take some of the stamps to schools “if there was enough interest” in the hope of educating children and sorting the stamps at the same time.
He described the hobby as complete “satisfaction”.
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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

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MELBOURNE 2017, 34th FIAP Asian International Stamp Exhibition to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 30 March to 2 April 2017.
Mr. Madhukar Jhingan is the Indian National Commissioner for the MELBOURNE 2017.
Those interested in participating may please contact Mr. Madhukar Jhingan, National Commissioner for India of MELBOURNE 2017.

(M) +919811160965, Email:
Last date for submitting the forms to the National Commissioner is October 14, 2016

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 :

Doon Philatelic Diary

The man behind the Pundits

Abhai Mishra

One of the major scientific projects taken by the British was the “Great Trigonometric Survey” (GTS), which aimed at mapping each and every inch of India. It was the brainchild of William Lambton who started it in 1802 from Madras. In addition to surveying he also wanted to remove the anomalies of the existing maps which were largely inaccurate.  George Everest took the helm of GTS affair in 1823 after the death of William Lambton. He completed the Great Meridional Arc, which formed the backbone of the numerous triangular grids, culminating it at Mussoorie. When the survey reached the Himalayan Ranges things became tricky as there were many independent kingdoms including Nepal and Tibet. These kingdoms forbade any intrusion by the surveyors.

The cover is addressed to Major Montgomerie, Great Trig. Survey, Dehra Doon, NWP (North West Province) and is sent by the Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department. At the back it contains the official seal and has delivery postmark of Deyra Doon dated Feb. 1873 .

Sir George Everest retired in 1843 and Andrew Waugh was appointed as his successor. Captain T.G. Montgomerie was in charge of the Kashmir survey between 1855 and 1865. Montgomerie joined the Bengal Engineers in 1851 and subsequently the GTS in 1855. In 1861 he mooted the idea of training native surveyors so that they can cross the frontiers as local traders and carry out the survey work clandestinely without arousing any suspicion. These surveyors were called “Pundits”. His proposal was accepted by the Indian Government in 1863. The Pundits were meticulously trained at the Dehra Dun in Survey headquarters. They were trained to walk exactly 2000 paces to cover one mile. Buddhist rosary with 100 beads (rather than usual 108) was used to assist counting. To measure the direction a compass was concealed at the centre of the drum. For measuring the height they used the boiling-point thermometer. The first Pundit was Abdul Hamid who went to Yarkand. The other famous Pundits who went to Tibet secretly for surveying were Nain Singh, Mani Singh and Kishen Singh. The contribution of the Pundit’s in the survey was immense as they were able to explore those regions which were inaccessible to the Europeans.

Reference – The survey of India and the Pundits by Michael Ward, The Alpine Journal, 1998

- Abhai Mishra : email :

Beginners’ Section


It all happened on 23rd of December, 1903, the day known in Denmark as Little Christmas Eve, when a kind hearted Postal clerk Einer Holboell standing behind the counter, selling stamps by the thousands .Suddenly his face lift up and he said himself, “If we could only catch people while they are in this holiday mood and filled with kind sentiments, I am sure that they would buy a charity stamp to be put on every Christmas Post. What a lot of money could be made to help sick and needy children!”

The idea of Einer Holboell was received enthusiastically by the Danish people. The King of Denmark gave his approval and in 1904 the world’s first Christmas seal was issued, bearing the likeness of the Danish Queen (Louise of Hesse-Kassel) and the word Julen (Christmas). Over 4 million were sold in the first year at DKK 0.02 per seal. During the first six years, enough funds were raised to build the Christmas Seal Sanatorium in Kolding, which was opened in 1911.
The sale of Christmas Seals for collecting funds for anti-tuberculosis work, (In early a greatly feared disease in beginning of 1900 having its harmful effects on children seemed particularly cruel, was soon taken up by other countries and today almost all National TB Associations are collecting large sums of money through this Campaign. 
The majority of all TB seals since then were issued at Christmas time and included the international symbol against TB, the double barred cross of Lorraine.
Courtesy : Facts Philately Enjoyment Digest

Specialized Section


© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

Whenever I churned the Ocean of Philately, it yielded few jewels and this time collectible covers, postmarks and stamps with hidden footprints of famous Wars and Peace treaties.

US CIVIL WAR: “Adversity” covers

Although it was a tragic time in the US history, the American Civil War of 1861 created a bonanza of material for postal historians and cover collectors.
By and large, the Northern industrial states were in favour of abolishing slavery, while the agrarian South felt the system was necessary to provide cheap manpower to raise crops. It led the famous civil war of America during 1861-1865 and Southern states began seceding from the Union, forming the Confederate States of America on Feb. 4, 1861.
Union navy and railroad blockades isolated the Confederacy from all markets creating shortages of almost every kind of commodity, including one of particular interest to collectors of Confederate covers: the paper shortage, which created a scarcity of envelopes to send letters.

A Georgian soldier stationed in Florida wrote home to his wife to write half page letters, so he could answer on the other half - with paper so scarce. To meet this demand every source of paper imaginable was used to create envelopes: the backs of title pages from books, sheet music, maps, hotel guest registers, insurance forms, advertisement flyers and a host of other paper sources. Given these dire, adverse situations, collectors refer to these envelopes as “adversity” covers. Some of the most colourful adversity covers were created from wallpaper either cut from surplus rolls or stripped from the walls of living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Homemade Adversity Covers allowed the Confederate mails to continue and collectible for stamp collectors.

American Civil War “Adversity covers” made of Wall papers and Used Envelopes

On June 1, 1861, the Confederate States set up its own postal system and took over the existing U.S. postal facilities in the South. After that, U.S. postage was no longer valid in the South.Many U.S. stamped envelopes were in Southern hands but were no longer valid, so they were used as regular envelopes with no postal value.

U.S. 3¢ George Washington stamped envelope used as an ordinary envelope with no postal value, affixed with a pair of Memphis, Tenn., postmaster’s provisional stamps towards postage

Also, the Confederacy printed no stamps to use for postage until the fall of 1861, so some offices created their own provisional stamps.

Envelopes made from wallpaper and other used papers franked with the   Confederate States Stamps

Patriotic Covers

Another collectible came from this American Civil War was in the form of “Patriotic Covers” which were war-time propaganda phenomenon produced by both the North and the South during the Civil War.
To write their letters home, soldiers purchased paper, envelopes, ink and pens from settlers. Stationary makers printed many styles of patriotic stationery and envelopes quite popular among soldiers.

Patriotic Covers

Illustrated stationery reveals the strong emotions generated by the Civil War. In the North envelopes bearing patriotic illustrations appeared even before hostilities broke out. Soon after the war began, Southern stationers also marketed patriotic envelopes picturing flags, cannons, political leaders, slogans, soldiers, and caricatures of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Gen. McClellan, Col. Elmore Ellsworth, and other political heroes, among other war-related themes.

Patriotic Cover depicting political leaders

Patriotic envelopes were also prepared with mottos and verses. They were first made for the mails and then as souvenirs.

Patriotic Covers with mottos and verses

US Patriotic Covers during World War II

Patriotic Covers of US prepared during World War II (1939-45) are also very interesting and collectibles.


"Deliver Us from Evil" with half-dressed and naked women with Nazi officers 

To convey their love and emotions for their family and wish to preserve the memory of their war involvement during World War I, the Silk Postcards, also known as “WW1 Silks” were very popular among the British and American servicemen on duty in France because of their beauty and uniqueness.

Silk Postcard
These Postcards were prepared by local refugee French and Belgian women workers who embroidered different motifs onto strips of silk mesh which were sent to factories for cutting and mounting on postcards.
The themes for most of the silks produced are patriotic and feature British, French and American flags, symbols and greetings.  

Incorporated into postcards, they became fervently popular with British soldiers billeted in foreign towns, as a way of expressing their strong feelings of love, patriotism, and occasions......
They were rarely posted in the open mail, but sent home to "Blighty" via courier (once approved by an Official Censor who initialled each card) to loved ones, in brown transparent envelopes, protecting the message in transit and complying with post office regulations that they did not "inconvenience post office machinery". There were no Postage Stamps on these cards as troops were entitled to free postage.

Used Silk Postcard without postage stamps
Some of these cards had the central portion cut as a flap so that a tiny printed greeting card could be inserted in a pocket behind the silk front and the stiff back.  

Postcard with pocket
They were first produced in 1914 through 1918 and declined substantially in 1919 onwards and are not found after around 1923.It has been estimated that as many as 10 million handmade cards were produced during the wartime period.
                                                                                                                                                   To be Contd.....

-       Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal : email :

U S Postmasters’ Provisional Stamps, 1845-47

-Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta

In the Act of March 3, 1845, the United States Congress standardized postal rates throughout the nation at 5¢ for a normal-weight letter transported up to 300 miles and 10¢ for a letter transported between 300 and 3000 miles, with these rates to take effect on July 1, 1845.

In Great Britain, such uniformity had been adopted as a necessary prelude to the issue, in May 1840, of the world’s first adhesive postage stamps, to be used for the prepayment of mail. (Before this standardization, the many different postal rates in different jurisdictions had made fees too unpredictable to prepay all letters with stamps as a matter of course, with the result that recipients of letters—rather than senders—generally paid the postage on them.) It was clearly Britain’s standardization that led the U. S. Congress to do likewise in 1845; but while preliminary versions of the Act of March 3 also dealt with the possibility of issuing stamps, the law finally enacted did not authorize the U. S. Post office to do so.

The designs of the eleven provisional issues varied widely in sophistication, as did the methods used to produce them. Five were printed in sheets from engraving plates:

·        New York (steel-plate; forty subjects)
·        Baltimore (twelve subjects: nine 5¢ stamps, three 10¢ stamps) (Note: Baltimore also employed three hand stamps of the "James M. Buchanan" signature to imprint indicia on envelopes. It should be noted that the signature is not that of the future president, but of his cousin: James Madison Buchanan, the Postmaster of Baltimore.)
·        Burlington (ten subjects)
·        Providence (copperplate, twelve subjects: eleven 5¢ stamps, one 10¢ stamp)
·        St. Louis (copperplate, six subjects: three 5¢ stamps, three 10¢ stamps; plate later modified [1846] to produce one 5¢ stamp, three 10¢ stamps and two 20¢ stamps).
Two provisional issues were typeset:
·        Alexandria (two subjects)
·        Boscawen.

The Millbury stamp was printed from a woodcut; the New Haven and Lockport issues were handstamped; the Annapolis provisional was an indicium printed on an envelope.
The rarest of the provisionals, known in but a single copy, are those of Boscawen and Lockport. Unique as well is the Alexandria "Blue Boy" variant, the only surviving example printed on blue paper. According to census data supplied by Siegel Auctions, only six additional copies of the Alexandria Provisional are known, all on buff-colored paper. Notably rare as well are the provisionals of Annapolis (2 copies extant), New Haven (11 copies) and Millbury (19 copies). Baltimore 10¢ labels are also scarce (7 copies). Five hundred copies of the Brattleboro issue were produced, but only 52 are known. Providence printed at least 5500 5¢ stamps and 500 10¢ stamps. Among the eleven provisionals, the New York issue was produced in the largest quantity by far, with 143,600 stamps delivered to the New York Post Office.

The national U. S. stamps introduced on July 1, 1847 essentially conformed to the design features of the New York Postmaster’s provisional—not surprisingly, given that both the provisional and national issues were designed and printed by the same New York firm (Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson). With the issue of stamps for nationwide use, postmasters' provisionals became obsolete—having played, however, an appreciable role in accustoming the public to the use of stamps for prepaying postal fees.

 When the Alexandria Provisionals were first issued, the city was still part of the District of Columbia, but was in the process of being retroceded to the State of Virginia, a process finalized on March 13, 1847. While buff colored copies are known to have been used before that date, the “Blue Boy” was not postmarked until November 1847, and may thus have been produced when the city was already "Alexandria, Virginia."

Alexandria "Blue Boy" and Alexandria, D. C

The Alexandria "Blue Boy" is a very rare stamp. It takes its name from the feature that makes it unique: its color. One of the few surviving stamps from a rare issue—the Postmaster's Provisionals produced in Alexandria, D. C. beginning in 1846, only seven of which are known—the Blue Boy is the sole example printed on blue paper (the others are on buff-colored paper). Postally used, the Blue Boy remains affixed to its original envelope, which last sold in 1981 and still holds the record for the highest priced cover of United States philately. The Alexandria provisionals were produced under the auspices of the city's postmaster, Daniel Bryan. While just who supplied the stamps is undocumented, experts think it likely that they were fashioned with the equipment of a newspaper down the street from the post office, the Alexandria Gazette, published by Edgar Snowden. The provisionals were printed in pairs from a typeset form that produced two not-quite-identical images, classified by philatelic experts as Type I and Type II. The Blue Boy is one of the four surviving Type I stamps; only three Type II examples are known. Both types conform to same general circular design, which presents an outer rim of rosettes surrounding a smaller ring of text: "ALEXANDRIA "* POST OFFICE. *"; and, at the stamp’s center, the horizontal word "PAID" with the numeral "5" below it. However, while Type I has forty rosettes, only thirty-nine appear on Type II—which, moreover, differs from Type I in its spacing of letters and asterisks. The provisionals' two-at-a-time production indicates that at least one Type II Blue Boy must have once existed.

The single surviving Blue Boy today remains attached to the yellowish envelope on which it was originally mailed, cancelled with a "PAID" handstamp. Its last recorded sale took place in 1981, when a German collector acquired it through the dealer David Feldman for one million dollars. Were this cover to come on the market today it would almost certainly fetch many times that sum: a price significantly outstripping any paid to date (2013) for a philatelic item.

The Blue Boy paid postage for a letter written by James Wallace Hoof on November 24, 1847 and sent in secret to his second cousin Janette H. Brown, whom he was courting against the wishes of her family. The stamp only narrowly escaped destruction, for at the bottom of his letter James wrote "Burn as usual." He and Janette had to wait almost six years before they could marry, at last tying the knot on February 17, 1853.[1]
At some time, Janette put the letter into a sewing box, and it was not found there until 1907, when her daughter, also named Janette, came across it. Later that year, a collector acquired the envelope for $3,000 (only three other examples of Alexandria provisionals were then known). The letter remained among the family papers.

Given that the Blue Boy was a provisional and local—rather than regular and national—issue, there is room for disagreement over whether it fully merits placement in the elite category of one-of-a-kind stamps alongside the Treskilling Yellow of Sweden and the British Guiana one cent magenta.

Alexandria "Blue Boy" Postmaster's Provisional on the cover, 1847

Annapolis, MD

 Brattleboro, VT

New York, NY

Placed on sale on July 14, 1845, this was the nation’s first provisional stamp to be issued by a local post office in response to the congressional postal reform act that had taken effect two weeks earlier. Baltimore announced the issue of a provisional stamp one day after New York, on July 15, and New Haven soon followed. The New York issue has been cited as "the most elegantly executed and widely used of the group of provisionals issued by eleven different [U. S. post] offices between 1845 and 1847."
Preparations for issuing the New York provisional were among the first acts of the city’s Postmaster, Robert H. Morris, who took office on May 21, 1845 (the previous year he had completed a term as the 64th Mayor of New York). For the production, Morris contracted a leading security printer specializing in banknotes, Rawdon, Wright and Hatch. Creating a design around a stock banknote image of George Washington, the firm produced an engraving plate that printed forty stamp images. Morris received the first batch of stamps on June 12, and that day he sent copies of the letter excerpted below to postmasters in Boston, Philadelphia, Albany and Washington, enclosing a sample stamp in each:

My dear sir,

I have adopted a stamp which I sell at 5 cents each. The accompanying is one….Your office of course will not officially recognize my stamp, but will be governed only by the post office stamp of prepayment. Should there by any accident be deposited in your office a letter directed to the City of New York with one of my stamps upon it, you will mark the letter unpaid, as though no stamp was on it, though when it reaches my office, I shall deliver it as a paid letter. In this manner, the accounts of the offices will be kept as now….    ”
While other cities would see fit to offer more than one provisional denomination--Providence printed 5¢ and 10¢ stamps, while the St. Louis Bears appeared in 5¢, 10¢ and 20¢ values--Morris deemed a single stamp sufficient for New York. This decision reflected New York’s central location in the cluster of major coastal cities: the 5¢ postal rate covered the cost of transporting mail any distance up to three hundred miles, and little of New York’s correspondence went further (the situation was otherwise in Providence and far-off St. Louis).
Given that New York was then the base for most of the security printing firms that produced bank notes and other certificates for local financial institutions around the nation, it is not surprising that New York’s provisional stamp would exemplify the highest available standards of design and production. That smaller cities could not necessarily take state-of-the-art printing facilities for granted is shown by the accompanying illustration of the only other Provisional of this era that employed an image of George Washington, printed from a wood-cut die and issued by the Millbury, MA post office in 1846.

Although New York Provisional, introduced on July 14, 1845, was the first stamp ever issued by a local U. S. Postmaster, its newness proved no barrier to its acceptance by the public. New Yorkers were already familiar with stamps previously offered by private mail carriers. Indeed, they were quite accustomed to seeing stamps that bore George Washington's image. In February 1842, a New York carrier, the City Despatch Post, had printed a rather crude 3¢ Washington issue for use by its customers (the first adhesive postage stamp produced in the Western hemisphere); and the service offered a second version of that Washington stamp with modified lettering several months later when the U. S. Post Office purchased the company as a subsidiary for continued local mail pick-up and delivery.

The New York Provisional was available only at the city's post office, and to guarantee authenticity, the Postmaster or one of his representatives initialed every stamp in red ink. Morris's RHM is present on only a small percentage of the stamps; most of this secretarial drudgery fell to the younger of the two brothers-in-law he had hired as his Assistant Postmasters: 23-year-old Alonzo Castle Monson, whose ACM became ubiquitous.

These provisionals enjoyed wide use. In all, Rawdon Wright and Hatch made eighteen shipments of the Provisionals to the New York Post office, the last of which--on January 7, 1847--brought the total of stamps delivered to 143,600. The design and production quality of this issue was so high that when the U. S. Post Office set about issuing national postage stamps several months later, it immediately contracted the firm (now renamed Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edson) to print them, bypassing the normal competitive bidding process. The appearance of the first U. S. national postage stamps on July 1, 1847 put an end to the necessity for provisionals. For the 1847 US stamps, the printer furnished a design similar in style to that of the provisional issue but more than 20% smaller in size.  (No subsequent U. S. definitive issue—even the so-called large banknotes of 1870-1890 would be as large as the New York Postmaster’s Provisional.)

Providence, RI
Welcome B. Sayles, postmaster of Providence, RI, received permission from Postmaster General Cave Johnson to issue provisional stamps.
Sayles issued these on 24 Aug1846


St. Louis, MO

 St. Louis bears were instigated by postmaster, John M. Wimer. Bears were offered in three denominations: 5¢, 10¢ and 20¢; the earliest known postmark date on a stamp of the issue is November 13, 1845.

The following notice appeared in the Missouri Republican on November 5, 1845:
LETTER STAMPS. Mr. Wimer, the postmaster, has prepared a set of letter stamps, or rather marks, to be put upon letters, indicating that the postage has been paid. In this he has copied after the plan adopted by the postmaster of New York and other cities. These stamps are engraved to represent the Missouri Coat of Arms, and are five and ten cents. They are so prepared that they may be stuck upon a letter like a wafer and will prove a great convenience to merchants and all those having many letters to send post paid, as it saves all trouble of paying at the post-office. They will be sold as they are sold in the East, viz.: Sixteen five-cent stamps and eight ten-cent stamps for a dollar. We would recommend merchants and others to give them a trial. The stamps owe the name "bears" to the image that appears upon them: a drawing of the Great Seal of Missouri, on which two standing bears hold a heraldic disc rimmed with the slogan "Unite[d] we stand[,] divide[d] we fall." The drawing is meant to suggest that the bracketed final "d"s are covered by the bears' paws, but fails in this aim because artist miscalculated the letter-spacing. A third bear is discernible within the disc (in the bottom-left quadrant), which also contains a crescent moon and a sketch of the US Coat of arms. A ribbon beneath the bears' feet contains the State of Missouri’s motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the well-being of the people be the highest law.)

The Bears were printed from a copper plate of six images arranged in two vertical rows of three, made by a local engraver, J. M. Kershaw. Although in use for only a year-and-a-half, the plate was twice modified. In its original form, it produced only 5¢ and 10¢ stamps (the former in the left row, the latter in the right). At some time in 1846 the Postmaster decided that a 20¢ denomination would be of use, and had the two top left images altered to replace their "5"s with "20"s. After sufficient quantities of 20¢ stamps had been stocked the plate was again reworked to restore the original 5¢ denominations.

The first known listing of St. Louis Bears in philatelic literature occurred in 1873, but few examples of these stamps were known until 1895, when a porter in the Louisville Kentucky courthousefound a trove of 137 St. Louis Bears while burning waste papers in the furnace. These were authenticated by the noted philatelic expert Charles Haviland Mekeel and enabled him to confirm the existence of the 20¢ denomination (some experts had believed that the few previously known copies were forgeries). More Bears have since surfaced, but they remain quite rare, particularly examples of the 20¢ value. Almost all of them, moreover, are in very poor condition. The most common varieties of 5¢ and 10¢ Bears (on greenish paper) are valued in the Scott catalogue at $8,000 in used condition and the 20¢ on gray lilac paper is listed at $50,000. Examples on other paper types are more costly still.

1.    Snee, Charles (editor) (2012). Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers 2013. Scott Publishing Co. pp. 3–4. 
2.    The Frelinghuysen Collection, Sale 1020, Siegel Auction Galleries, March 28, 2012, "New York, New York" p. 70.
3.   Lester G. Brookman, The United States Postage Stamps of the Nineteenth Century, Volume I, 1847–1857 (David G. Phillips Publishing Company, North Miami, 1989).
4.     Dutta, Jayanta, Dutta, Anjali, Dutta, Jayoti, Dutta, Ananya, 2008. Rare Stamps of the World. Army Philatelic Society, Mumbai.

- Col Jayant Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta : email :

New issues from other Countries

New Zealand

‘Be the Inspiration’ is the theme of New Zealand’s 2016 Olympic Games campaign. It tells the story of how this nation supports and inspires its athletes as they prepare to pull on the iconic black singlet ‒ which has been worn with pride by generations before them. To support its sporting teams New Zealand Post has prepared for releasing ten special stamps under the title “Road to Rio”.
The journey to Rio is symbolised by a long ribbon that weaves its way throughout New Zealand, showing the path that the athletes have taken and the inspiration and support they have built along the way. Starting and ending with Te Mähutonga (the Southern Cross), the ribbon travels across the green hills, mountains and native forests of New Zealand to the beaches and bright lights of Rio de Janeiro.


Rio has deserved to be a host to the sports world. Here, not only football is religion. This great nation with samba running in their veins has great stories to tell in all sports. To mark the upcoming Olympic Games Croatia Post has introduced a special stamp honoring the hosting city and the sportsmen that are to take part in this colossal sporting event.
There are cities which ceased to be a part of one state. They have become cities of the world which you call by their nickname and which you feel close to you as if you had lived there. Such a city is Rio. Some 500 years ago the Portuguese were the first to sail into the Guanabara Bay where today a city of music and sports lives round the clock – a home to all people of the world – figuratively and literally. And, just to remind you, the language is Portuguese. From 2016 Rio is also Olympic town which launches it into the most elite society of our planet.
This stamp enriches your unique collection of Olympic stamps of Croatian Post and opens a space for new stories and legends on capabilities of human body. This suggests a joyful and playful stamp whose green, Brazilian colour is associated with Amazonas – a world’s treasure of subsistence stored in Brazil. Rio has deserved to be a host to the sports world. Here, not only football is religion. This great nation with samba running in their veins has great stories to tell in all sports.
The number of competitors will come close to 10 500. In 28 sports 306 sets of medals will be awarded. Representatives from 206 National Olympic Committees will participate and for the first time also the sportsmen and sportswomen from Kosovo and Southern Sudan. New sports are rugby 7 and golf. The hosts had to prepare 33 competition grounds – and not only in Rio. In the magic of Olympic Games as hosts participate also the inhabitants of Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Manaus and the capital Brasilia.


Every nation has its great values, and Romania has an impressive number of personalities of which it is proud, and whose achievements have crossed the borders of the country. One of these figures is the world‘s largest gymnast Nadia Comaneci. To express the special honor to this great sportsman Romfilatelia has introduced a special stamp and two bright souvenir sheets making sport lovers and not only, relive the excitement of that day of July 18th, 1976, when a child changed a world, Nadia Comaneci.
Nadia Comaneci’s achievements have revolutionized world gymnastics and thus she entered history as the best Romanian athlete of all time that was submitted to the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1993.
On July 18th, 1976, a 14 year old gymnast from Romania surprised the sports world with an unrivaled performance: “absolute” 10 at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. The electronic display was not programmed to show grade 10, because there were only three spaces to show the grade, so that the screen showed grade 1.00. Nadia Comaneci got, on this edition of the Olympic Games, the perfect score, winning three gold medals in the individual all-around, balance beam and uneven bars, one silver medal with the team and one bronze for the floor routine.
“Nobody knows when exactly they enter history. There is no specialty manual in the field, to tell you how to deal with the moment. As I was the last to compete in the uneven bars, I immediately started to warm up for the beam. While I was doing warm ups for the beam, the electronic board displayed the grade. A 1.00. I kept warming up, ignoring what had happened, focused on the next exercise. Béla came near me and I asked him: Is it really a 10, Sir? His smile widened from ear to ear and he said yes”, Nadia recalls with nostalgia.
The stamp and the two souvenir sheets of the issue suggestively illustrate the moment of July 18th, 1976, when Olympic gymnastics attained perfection through the performance of a 14 year old child, who dominated by her impeccable technique. The illustrated sleeve of the souvenir sheet features in the background the word ten in the six official UN languages – English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese. The image of the 14 year old child is brought into the present by the current image of the champion. The two souvenir sheets bring philatelists the gift of two premieres – a symbolical run printing of 2016 pcs., suggesting the marking in 2016 of 40 years of perfection in gymnastics, as well as two types of special paper with security features that the two souvenir sheets are printed on.
Hong Kong

6 July 2016 : 57th International Mathematical Olympiad 2016

The 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), being held in Hong Kong from 6 to 16 July 2016, is hosted by the International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee (IMOHKC) with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as the Host University and the Education Bureau as the Supporting Organisation. More than 100 teams from all over the world will compete in this year’s contest. To mark this major mathematical event, Hongkong Post has  issued a stamp sheetlet on this theme.

The IMO is a competition for secondary school students. The event, held annually in a different country or territory, provides an opportunity for exchange among youngsters from around the world who are under the age of 20 and gifted in mathematics, and nurtures students’ interest in mathematics. The IMOHKC was founded in 1986. In collaboration with the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, the committee voluntarily provides talented local students with mathematical Olympiad training and other learning opportunities. Hong Kong has been participating in the IMO since 1988, with the six representing contestants handpicked annually by the IMOHKC among the students attending training courses.

The stamp sheetlet features an illustration of Ceva’s Theorem, a tool frequently used in mathematics to solve problems in geometry. The stamp is circular in shape and shows a geometric problem formulated by Hong Kong, which was adopted as one of the questions in the 2010 IMO.

Reader’s Right


 - Ilyas Patel

I have gone through your views on “POOR STATE OF THEMATIC PHILATELY IN INDIA” in which you discussed about dismal performance of Indian philatelists in group: thematic in international show. I wish to share my views with reference to last two international shows; Singapore-2015 and NY-2016. In both these international exhibitions, no entries were granted to Indian participants in thematic class. Of late I learnt that Pradip Jain was granted entry in this class as first time participant but he could not participate at NY-2016. What I have learnt is that the organizing committees for both these shows decided to grant entry to only those participants who earned LV and above medal at international in thematic. To the best of my knowledge, so far in India, only Dr. S. Agrawal has win LV for his rose exhibit and of late Pragya Kothari, son of Pradip Jain has recently won LV for his exhibit on “I and my Bow”. None of them applied for participation. The basic question arised here is, unless and until a participant is not opportunised, how one will learn and progress and reach to higher level medal. International shows are plate form where one can test his capabilities and have ample chance to enhance himself with others. When doors are closed, opportunity never exists.

Secondly, though I am not a right person to comment but I feel that by allowing only LV and above winning exhibits in their stamp show by the respective nations, it indicates that they are confining competitions with only cream just to make their show bright and successful. Doors are closed for prospective aspirants. Does it a fair competition? Why to test only cream? Who will help us in this situation; PCI or FIP? 
The major problem in thematic is in our understanding and hair line demarcation between thematic and philately. Many participants fail to understand this. They may possess superb thematic material which may not comply with reference to philatelic knowledge and guidelines. Here one has to discover a wide range of philatelic material that is compatible to one’s theme. Thus philately and thematic go together and still separate.  The more numbers of philatelic varieties displayed in an exhibit, higher will be the chance for higher award. In his article “Way to Gold” Dr. S. Agrawal has opined that on an average a LV and above winning exhibit may have 70+ philatelic varieties in their exhibit. He himself displayed 77 in his LV winning rose exhibit. Just imagine 77 different philatelic items and that too compatible to his theme plus a very sound philatelic knowledge, understanding for each of that item displayed and historical background as well. Very difficult! It requires passion, time, elaborate efforts and research capabilities. There is a famous saying; “any person who reached to a level of highest award, say Gold in Olympic or elsewhere, he may have imparted 10,000 hours of efforts behind it”. How do we stand here? The FIP and APS have published list of philatelic items that may have place in an exhibit, worth reading and kept handy every time. 2G, 3G or 4G are just with reference to enhanced philatelic knowledge coupled with your theme and understanding. Dr. Agrawal have contributed three useful articles for thematic exhibits; all published in RSN earlier issues worth reading it and kept it as ready reference. 

Of course participating at an international level is a very costly affair, one cannot participate in every exhibition. Here one has to restrict himself to one in five years. If there is a strong desire to win “G” or “LG”, there is no limit. While doing my research on my theme bridges, I came across a very famous saying “SUCCESS IS JUST A BRIDGE AWAY!” With last two experiences, I have added; provided bridge is available to you!

- Ilyas Patel, Ahmedabad email :

- Naresh Agrawal

In response to my article related to poor state of thematic in India, my dear learned friend Sri Iliyas Patel has given his detailed opinion and views. From his views what should be concluded? There is no bridge which could connect  thematic philatelists in India to the level as that of NY2016. No large vermeil in International…no entry to NY2016. If such is the standard, it should be clearly informed beforehand. The basic motto “Opportunity for all” is badly and sadly defeated. No staircase to go up. No platform to get yourself assessed for the hard work, collecting and changes you have made in your exhibit for years. One is judged before he or she is judged truly.
This practice / decision of NY2016 committee must have given shock to many aspirants. But now is the time to think about future of thematic in India. The absence of huge number of most befitting variety in one’s exhibit ranging to around 100, display to adhere to the 4.5th generation exhibiting set by FIP which probably is not known to everyone  and rising expenditure of such rare, unique and exclusive philatelic material  will  certainly restrict  the Indian aspirants participation to limited shows only  and will stop their way to higher awards.

Certainly Indian philatelic think tank has to come out with some solutions to help Indian thematic philatelists to get higher awards in World shows.

- Naresh Agrawal 
Unissued Legendary Singer stamps on sale !!

- Cdr. Sriramarao Gandikota

As you are aware 10 stamps of legendary singers and one miniature sheet were to be issued in June though the date has not come. However the stamps were released in the marked before the due date possibly by philatelic bureau Mumbai as one dealer exclusively from Mumbai is selling them at high price and I am watching for the last 10 days and the price is shooting upto 800-900 for 10 stamps and miniature for Rs.1500.
As a thematic collector of music stamps looking for these stamps for the last one year and disappointed as they were prematurely released and withdrawn by India Post.

I understand few staff responsible for this was suspended by India post. The India post should actually arrest the dealer as his e mail address is available on the net and he is the only one selling them on e bay for the last few days and possibly he with the association with philatelic Bureau staff acquired the lot.

I feel since the government must have spent lot of money the India post can take up with the police and confiscate the released items and then  release the stamps at a future date.

The India post can consider issuing stamps on living greet personalities such as great artists dancers and great monuments, temples, mosques, churches etc. There are many great artists who got Padma Vibhusan Padma Bhushan etc. There are 8 stamps issued so far by India post on living personalities including the latest being Sachin Tendulkar.

- Sriramarao Gandikota Cdr, Vishakhapatnam : email :

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