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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rainbow September 2016

The Canonization of Blessed Teresa

Date of Issue : 2 September 2016

Vatican Post anticipates the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata with the special postage stamp, which will be released Sept. 2, two days before Pope Francis officially declares her a saint. The 95-cent stamp features a wrinkled but radiant Mother Teresa smiling in her blue-trimmed, white sari. Overlaid is another image of her holding the hand of a small child.

Dehradun    September     2016     Vol. IX     No. 105

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Dear Reader

I am pleased to release September 2016 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. Recently I came across a wonderful advertisement by Spain Post to promote philately among one and all. This advertisement has a great message. But the way it has presented the message of mental health is superb. Hats off to the person who came with this innovative idea. Our columnist Mr Naresh Agrawal has very well explained it in his column. But just wish to share with all of you that one must pursue a hobby in order to avoid any kind of  negative thinking and put  the mind in a positive direction. Philately is the only hobby in the world  which gives the opportunity and  pleasure to know more and study  about  any of your favourite topics whether its music, sports, wildlife, literature or scientific invention in a very interesting way through the small picture depicted on the tiny postage stamps issued on various occasions

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


Spanish Post introduced a special collecting booklet highlighting various hobbies and collectables consisting of eight self-adhesive stamps illustrating objects relating to badge, pipe, coin and stamp collecting. All these collectable groups are also depicted on the stamps and the cover issued. This shows the interest of Spanish Postal Department to create hobby amongst the people.

Of all these hobbies, philately is said to be there for good health, relaxation, calm, silence and peace.  Yes, any hobby itself serves all these purposes. Let us understand what hobby is? Hobby is re-creation done by one from the core of heart for pleasure and relaxation. It is an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure  and  interest. For book lovers, books are the best companion and serve the way for relaxation. Philately is not only fun but it refreshes the mind and body; assist one in staying healthy, active and happy. It is a proven fact that spending time doing the things that we enjoy can help delay signs of aging and the pleasure in participating can lead to positive feelings that can help fight against various illnesses. For philatelists/ stamp lovers…stamps are the best mean for this purpose.

Today’s life is full of stresses causing psychological disorders manifested as physical disorders or disease. One must understand that he or she should follow one hobby to check this psychological and /or physical  disorders. Of late, Spanish Postal Department has come up with one wonderful advertisement for promotion of philately which highlights this aspect only. According to the advertisement, of all the meditations and medications, collecting stamps or adopting  philately is one of the best means to have longer and healthy life. The advertisement states that the solution for depression, anxiety  and stress is philately. It is for all ages, has rapid effect, no expiry date and no side effect. 

One can say the best doctor, the best medication, the best treatment is philately. So we can quote  like this  “One dose of hobby a day…keeps a doctor away”

Be with the stamps from the heart and get your heart beating right all the time. Undoubtedly philately has the following major health benefits. These are  : Improved memory, Reduced Stresses, Improved Self esteem resulting in better confidence and so positive thinking and attitude and Better Quality sleep.

Hence, philately truly is a means of meditation which keeps your mind away from anxiety, depression,  stress and calms the stress already existing thus betters one’s overall mental and physical health. In one of the lectures given by one learned person he said that philately helps in concentration of mind and develops one pointed energy  usage which not only helps in  health improvement but overall personality development.
Therefore, the new slogans  for promotion of philately are :

“One dose of hobby a day…keeps a doctor away”
“Philately for fun, philately for wealth
  Philately to run, philately for health”

Wishing all my philatelist friends a happy stamp collecting and enjoying healthy and  better life.

Naresh Agrawal  : email :

Recent Indian Issues  

·         9 July 2016 - BSE (The Bombay Stock Exchange) – Rs 5
·         29 July 2016 – Tadoba Andhari National Park – Rs5, Rs 25 +

·         5 August 29016 – Rio 2016 – 2 x Rs 5 + 2 X Rs 25 + MS
·         8 August 2016 – Orchids – 2xRs5,2 x Rs 15, 2 x Rs 25 + MS
·         15 August 2016 – Tourism in India – Rs 25 + MS
·         26 August 2016 – Indian Metal Handicraft – 2 x Rs 5, 2 x Rs 15,2 x Rs 25 + MS
·         27 August 2016 - Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamy – Rs 5

Recent Special Covers

10 August 2016 : Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam, Vijaywada
10 August 2016 : Amravati , Krishna Pushkaram – Amravati
13 August 2016 :  World’s biggest Shirdi Sai Baba idol of Machilipatnam , Vijaywada
16 August 2016 : Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnu temple, Srikakulam 
18 August 2016 :  Martyrs of 18th August 1942 at Mohammadabad tehsil, Ghazipur

19 August 2016 : Olymphilex India 2016 - Bangalore

19 August 2016 :  ISKCON Golden Jubilee Celebrations , Vijaywada (AP)
22 August 2016 :  Golden Girls of India - Pride of Nation – Ranchi
22 August 2016 :  First Madras Exchange Light House – Chennai
22 August 2016 : Vijayawada Book Festival Society, Vijaywada
23 August 2016 :  Bapu Museum, Vijayawada 

 In The News

U.S. Postal Service Honors Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Consulate General of India, New York.

The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils. 

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, it is considered by some to be the start of the new year.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as “a necklace of lights.” During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.

Stamp on Mother Teresa by India Post

Mother Teresa will be canonized on September 4, 2016. On this occasion,Department of Posts will issue a commemorative stamp  on 4th September.

Innovative British stamps get Asiago ‘Best Design’ award for 2015

Royal Mail won the Asiago international award for philatelic art for the best stamp issue of 2015.Eight innovative stamps released by Royal Mail received this honorable award that is often considered the Oscars of Stamp Design and are awarded annually in Asiago Italy. 
This year the jury included a stamp designer, journalist, philatelist and film critic.  The awards are presented under the patronage of the President of Italy and Circolo filatelico Sette Comuni, the Seven Towns Philatelic Circle.
CIFO (Collezionisti Italiani di Francobolli Ordinari), the Italian equivalent of the ABPS (Association of British Philatelic Societies) reported this on 5 July.
The judges were favourably impressed, “the present boldly treatment of a difficult subject as the latest inventions of British scientists in the fields of optical fibers, stainless steel, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), electronics, bionics, road safety, through striking images and visually perfect, and concise captions but easily understood.”
The stamps were designed by GBH and printed by International Security Printers in lithography.
Royal Mail said, “GBH created original visual interpretations of the inventions’ key functions for six of the stamps, while two were designed using existing imagery and computer generated imagery illustration.”

Portugal won the prize in the Ecology category, for four stamps, with a Polish stamp for World Blood Donation Day taking an award from the Italian Academy of Philately and Postal History. 

Spain received the award of the Palladian Axademy of Vicenze fo ra miniature sheet promoting Exfina, the Spanish national stamp exhibition.

Glass stamp from Austria

This year, on June 10, Austria issued an impressive stamp made of glass. It presents the reverse-glass painting tradition of the municipality of Sandl in Upper Austria in the miniature scale of a postage stamp. With this glass stamp, Austrian Post is presenting a very special, exclusive stamp and once again showing a great deal of innovative spirit when it comes to stamp design – to date no stamp valid for franking has ever been made out of glass anywhere in the world.

The glass stamp shows one of the famous “Sandlbilder”: a reverse glass painted Pietà from the Upper Austrian municipality of Sandl. In reverse glass painting the design is painted on the back of the glass, enabling the front to be cleaned easily, which was a big advantage in the smoke-filled farmhouse parlours of yesteryear. There is a long tradition of reverse glass painting in Sandl. This is because there were many glass works in the nearby Bohemian forests, from which sheets of glass could be acquired easily and cheaply. Glass painting provided peasant families with a welcome additional source of income; during the winter the whole family worked together to produce the mostly religious designs step by step, each member of the family having his or her own particular task e.g. painting in the outlines or filling in the coloured areas.

The traditional design of the Pietà (also known as a Vesperbild in German) dates back to the 14th century. It shows the Virgin Mary weeping over the dead body of her crucified son, Jesus. She is usually depicted alone, cradling the body of her son in her arms. The subject of the Mother of Sorrows probably came to Sandl via the devotional images which were supposed to remind believers of Christ’s suffering. The reverse glass painting used in this glass stamp comes from the last quarter of the 19th century. The painters are unknown – as was usual, the work was a colla- borative effort. Particularly noteworthy aspects are the bold colours and the expres- sive brush strokes, which strongly emphasise  Mary’s pain and Jesus’ suffering. The seven swords in Mary’s heart symbolise the seven sorrows of the Mater Dolorosa, the Mother of Sorrows, Mary, whilst the tendrils of flowers below the cross represent the hope which Jesus’ sacrifice brings to all people.

A real furor in the philatelic world

Stamp enthusiast from Czech Republic bought world’s most expensive stamps !

An unidentified Czech investor has bought the two most expensive stamps in the world ‒ the red and blue Mauritius.

The price was not disclosed but it is estimated to have been Kč 100 million, or US$4.1 million. The transaction was reported by both financial newspaper Hospodářské noviny and tabloid Blesk. The anonymous owner plans to display the stamps at the Praga 2018 world stamp exhibition.
Stamp expert David Kopřiva consulted on the sale and says it is the first time the stamps are in Czech hands. The name of the seller was also not disclosed, but the transaction took place in Britain, according to Kopřiva. Further details, such as whether they are on an envelope together or are separate, were also not disclosed.
The stamps are rare but not unique. A blue Mauritius sold in 2011 for $1.7 million. Experts say that prices for rare collectibles such as these stamps go up in times of uncertainty.
The red Maritius stamp is denominated at one penny, while the blue sold for two pence. They were printed in 1847 and feature a portrait of Queen Victoria. The stamps were issued by the British colony of Mauritius, and are the first British Empire stamps produced outside of Britain.
The original text on the stamps said “Post Office”, which was later changed to “Post Paid”. Despite the high value put on them now by collectors, the engraving is actually quite primitive as was common for stamps in distant colonies. The engraving was by Joseph Osmond Barnard, who stowed away on a ship in 1838. He was thrown off the ship in Mauritius; his original destination had been Sydney, Australia.
His initials JB appear on the lower right margin of the portrait. Some 500 stamps of each denomination were printed with the Post Office text, and many were used on envelopes for invitations to the Governor’s Ball. Some 27 stamps are known to exist today.
Most of the stamps are in private hands, but some can be seen in the British Library in London and in museums in Mauritius, Berlin, Stockholm and The Hague. Several notable collectors have owned examples over the years. Britain’s King George V paid £1,450 for an unused blue Mauritius at an auction in 1904, which was a world record price at the time.
The stamps have also been the subject of an episode of The Avengers television series, a play and a novel.

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 natures 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.
During Naturepex-2016 exhibition a number of Philatelic activities like Stamp Design contest, Quiz competition and Letter Writing competitions will be held at the venue.

SIPA Diamond 2016, Diamond Jubilee Stamp Exhibition 

25th - 27th November 2016

South India Philatelists' Association will be organizing Diamond Jubilee Stamp Exhibition from 25th to 27th November 2016 at Chennai.

St. Bede's Centenary Auditorium,
No. 37, Santhome High Road,
Santhome, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.
For more information contact: Phone : +91-44-32001626, 32914769,
Mobile : +919840645487, +919444491111
E-Mail :


MELBOURNE 2017, 34th FIAP Asian International Stamp Exhibition will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 30 March to 2 April 2017.

Mr. Madhukar Jhingan is the Indian National Commissioner for the MELBOURNE 2017.
MELBOURNE 2017 will have following classes:
FIAP Championship Class, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately,  Thematic, Maximaphily, Revenue, Open, Youth, Literature, One Frame and Modern Philately (1980 onwards).
The Entry Fee for One-Frame Exhibit is US$80, and for Literature the Fee is US$55 per exhibit. The participation is free for Youth Class. The Entry Fee for all other classes is US$55 per frame.
The Entry Forms are now available for download
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.

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

Thailand 2016 - 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition

  Results of Indian participants at Thailand 2016

32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition organised by the Philatelic Association of Thailand Under the Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) is being held at  "The Mall Convention Center (MCC Hall), 4th floor the Mall, Ngamwongwan Shopping Center, Nonthaburi, Thailand from 10 to 15 August 2016.

Congratulations to all the winners !!

Sr. No.
Name of Exhibitor
No. of Frames
Kishor ChandakHandstruck Postage Stamps of IndiaPostal History
Large Vermeil
Umesh KakkeriPortuguese India upto W.W.- I, (1914)Traditional
Dr. K. S. MohanPostal History of TravancorePostal History
Large Silver
O. P. KediaPostal Staioneries of Gwalior StatePostal Stationery
Large Silver
Shakil AhmedFemme DishabilleThematic
Large Silver
Rajan JayakarCalcutta Court of Small Causes (1869 -1885)Revenue
Large Silver
Shubhrajyoti BeheraWonders of Nature - Conserve it or Lose itYouth (16 - 18 Years)
Large Silver
Urja NeurgaonkarExotic Miniature Pieces of ArtsYouth (19 - 21 Years)
Large Silver
Dhirubhai MehtaMorvi, Former India Native StateTraditional
Silver Bronze
Andalib PankiMaginficent OrchidsThematic
Silver Bronze
Manohar ThakreFishes - We may not be knowing ?Thematic
Silver Bronze
Naval Kishore TatiwalaGems & JewelleryThematic
Silver Bronze
Meena MuthaJain ReligionThematic
Silver Bronze
Meena MuthaEducation through PhilatelyThematic
Silver Bronze
Mrugank DivekarBirds KingdomYouth (16 - 18 Years)
Silver Bronze
S. Satish KumarWonders of NatureThematic
Ayman JetpurwalaTringular TreasureThematic
Aaqib PankiMiniature Sheets on BirdsYouth (10 - 15 Years)
Certificate of Participation
Ulhas ChogleNikola TeslaOne Frame
Certificate of Participation
O. P. KediaWar Contribution Stamps of Dewas StateOne Frame
Certificate of Participation
Shanti Swarup Rath and Bibhudatta MishraPhilatelist Kaleidoscope, 1947-2013Literature

Indian Jury Members: Mr. Rajesh Bagri, Mr. Sahadeva Sahoo

Indian Commissioner: Mr. Rajan Jayakar, Assistant Commissioner: Mr. Umesh Kakkeri

Doon Philatelic Diary

Doon, Dhoon, Dun - Derah, Deyrah

It's Dehra Dun

Abhai Mishra

Dehra Dun is made of two words, “Dehra” and “Dun”. Guru Ram Rai, the elder son of Sikh Guru Har Rai came here in 1675 and established his camp in Dhamawala area. “Dehra” comes from “Dera” which means camp. “Dun” refers to valley, so Dehra Dun means camp in the valley. With the British arriving here in 1814 during the Anglo-Gurkha war. Municipality was established in 1867 and railways came here in 1900. During the British rule many derivatives of the word “Dehra Dun” were used. It is interesting how the postal markings changed with the period of time.
After the Anglo-Gurkha war and subsequently signing of Treaty of Sigauli, the postal services were established by the British in present Garhwal & Kumaon in 1816 under the Non-Regulation Provinces Act. Before the Post Office Act of 1854 that introduced postage stamps, hand-stuck stamps were used on the letters. From 1816 to 1854 "DERAH DOON" was mainly used on the hand-stuck stamps. 

After the introduction of postage stamps in 1854, duplex cancellation with numeral "126" was used. In these examples dating back to 1865 and 1869 "DEYRAH" is used.

1870's again witnessed an interesting change in spelling. In these examples of 1870's it is spelt "DEYRADOON" and sometime with a spacing "DEYRA DOON".

In 1875, yet another change happened. These two letters of 1875 and 1880 show the spelling as "DEHRADUN", without any spacing. So it was in 1875 that post office spelt it in the way as it is today, but without a spacing between DEHRA & DUN.

It seems that somewhere in 1890's British realised that 'DEHRA' and 'DUN' had separate meanings. In these two covers dating back to 1895 and 1898 it is spelt as 'DEHRA-DUN'. The use of hyphen between DEHRA and DUN confirms the hypothesis.

From 1890's onward it's spelt as "DEHRA DUN" with a gap. The first example here is Jai Hind cancellation of 15 August 1947 (Independence Day), still showing "DEHRA DUN". The second example of 1952 also depicts "DEHRA-DUN".

For ninety years things remained unchanged. In 1983 when the Dehra Dun philatelic bureau was opened, due to unknown reasons, the bureau cancellation spelled it "Dehradun". The gap was gone though on the cover it was printed Dehra Dun. Slowly all the available cancellations were changed. In the Uttaranchal State formation, oath ceremony invitation card it's "Dehradun" though the old boxed city cachet still announces it as "DEHRA-DUN". 

There were couple of stamps issued by the Indian Govt. which featured the city's name. In 1954 (World Forestry Congress) & 1997 (RIMC) stamp it is spelled as "DEHRA DUN" but in 2010 (Doon School) issued it is written "DEHRADUN". One thing is for sure that the correct spelling is "DEHRA DUN" which has dominated the 200 years or so postal history of Dehra Dun. Only recently it has changed and need to be discontinued, because it is actually DEHRA DUN.

- Abhai Mishra : email :

Beginners’ Section

Little Known Facts about Olympic Games

It happened with 1912 Olympics in Stockholm where artists, architects, writers and musicians were allowed to compete in events just like the traditional athletes subject to the artwork bearing a definite relationship to the Olympic concept, so all epic poetry, musical compositions and oil paintings were required to reflect some aspect of sports. It was also necessary with Songs and sculptures.

The entire concept was the brainchild of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Father of Modern Olympic and founder of the IOC, who felt that in order to recreate the events in modern times; it would be incomplete to not include some aspect of the arts.

In 1912, the number of entrants was rather disappointing: only 35 artists are known to have sent works of art to Sweden, but gold medals were awarded in all five categories.
By 1928, over 1,100 artworks filled the Amsterdam Olympics exhibit. At the 1932 games in Los Angeles, the arts exhibit garnered 384,000 visitors.
According to the medals won, Luxembourg painter Jean Jacoby is the most successful Olympic artist ever. He won gold for his painting ‘Etude de Sport’ in 1924, and for his drawing ‘Rugby’ in 1928.

Ireland’s first Olympic medal was a Silver for painting by Jack Butler Yeats—brother of poet W.B. Yeats who won a silver medal for his oil canvas, The Liffy Swim, in 1924. 

From 1912 to 1948, juries awarded a total of 151 medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions before ending in 1948. Sadly, art medals awarded over the years were also deleted from the official Olympic record.


Father of Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin was not a traditional athlete but received a GOLD medal in 1912 Stockholm, Sweden Olympic Games in which he introduced “Literature” reflecting some aspect of sports as an Olympic event and submitted his works “Ode to Sport” under the pseudonyms George Hohrod and Martin Eschbach from Germany as an entry.
Olympic medals for this category continued till 1948 and as in the athletic events, gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to the highest ranked .Entered works were required to be limited in length to 20,000 words, and could be submitted in any language, provided they were accompanied by English and/or French translations or summaries.
Courtesy : Facts Philately Enjoyment Digest

Specialized Section

(Part II)

© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

When the Latvian National Council declared the country a republic on November 18, 1918, the continuing war between Germany and Russia kept the Baltic area in turmoil. Thus, when a postal service was set up in December, quality paper was scarce and the new Latvian postal administration chose surplus German military war maps for printing their first stamps, a lithographed 5-kopek issue.65 different maps were used for the stamps from a series covering western Russian lands, which began in 1914 and totalled 467 different sheets. The areas included Poland, Lithuania, most of Latvia and parts of Estonia. The maps were unfinished; that is, their backs were unprinted and they were not trimmed to a smaller size for folding. The map paper is a dark cream colour.

Stamps printed on un-finished old Maps and used on cover
The stamp designed by Ansis Cirulis shows 3 ears of grain with a ring around the grain stalks, and a rising sun with 3 stars in the rays around the sun. Each stamp sheet has 228 stamps in 12 rows of 19. This unusual arrangement allowed for a maximum number of stamps per printing sheet.

Full sheet of 228 stamps of 5k

Latvian stamps were also printed on the blank side of unfinished, uncut, partially printed sheets of banknotes due to paper shortages. The independence issue of 1919 was printed on unfinished banknotes from the Workers and Soldiers Council in Riga. A later issue was printed on notes from the Russian occupation government under General Bermondt-Avalov, and on notes used by the German occupiers, Philippine Follow-Up.

Latvian stamps printed on Bank Notes, 1919
Latvia also used war maps to prepare Envelopes to meet the shortage of papers.

Cover made from 1/4 of map P17 Birze, Riga CDS 18.12. 19, sent to Hamburg, Germany. This was one month after the first anniversary of Latvia's declaration of independence, 18 .11. 1918. Two flaps are folded over to show the map.

Cover made from 1/4 of map O16Bauska,Riga, CDS 29 .1. 20, sent locally. Top flap folded to show map.


Indian Struggle for Freedom is known for many movements led by Gandhi and other freedom fighters on local as well as national levels. One less known and also of very short life was “Postal movement” (in my view), stated by Indian Congress with aim not only to provide cheap postal service to Indians   than Imperial post  but also to give a fight on economic front (like “Swadeshi Movement”) undercutting the huge earning of Imperial post in India .
Congress of India tried to establish a postal system circa 1930 and issued Postal envelopes on white laid paper 121 x 96 mm with two rubber impressions of three pies (¼ Anna) stamp.

  Postal stationery envelope that was swooped up during the raid and turned in as evidence
But theory of Jaiswal for postcard rate seems doubtful as in Kalyan Negal’s collection postcards were impressed with only one indicum with denomination 1 paise. Also it is in Bengali which also unfolds the secret of Congress of India Postal System as Kolkata, the then British India capital.

This postal service could not survived for long as per police record, when the local Congress body were ready to issue their covers, the Police swooped down and seized the whole outfit, + 13 enthusiasts spent a span of their lives in jail. A few covers were allowed to go through, but only sufficient to establish that the Congress Postal Service was something more than an idea.

After War, few philatelic living testimonies of Peace treaties are also worth collecting.

Covers posted from “Morokulien” post office are excellent example of peace and cooperation between two countries and a peace massage to the world.
It may be surprising but a Post Office established in a mythological country Morokulien in between Norway and Sweden, stamps the letter with a single postmark included names of all the three countries in it. It is also the only place where one can legally post letters with stamps from two countries. Even the combination of a Norwegian and Swedish stamp is allowed.

Why? It is an interesting story to know. In 1959, newspapers reported the formation of a new country, “Morokulien” which is a combination of the Norwegian and Swedish words for fun, Moro and kul respectively. Morokulien often is called a "country", which it certainly is because of the geographical demarcation from Norway and Sweden. However, Morokulien is no nation in terms of the international law. Also known as “the Republic of Peace”, Morokulien is about 6 hectares demilitarized zone and came into existence by civilian efforts to establish peace between two neighbouring countries. One may – symbolically – become a citizen of Morokulien and can purchase a Morokulien passport for fun. Morokulien thus has citizens, but no inhabitants. It is a living example of peace memento to Norwegians and Swedish, but is moreover a peace message to the world. Can we hope to form such mythical countries also on the boarders of Indo-Pak, Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-China?

Cover bearing Norway stamp cancelled with a single postmark included names of all the three countries in it.

Cover bearing Norway and Sweden stamps cancelled with postmarks included names of all the three countries in it.

For few early years of its establishment, letters also found postmarked with only name included “Morokulien”.

Early envelope postmarked only “Morokulien”


Can you imagine a Post Office in which entering middle door you'll be in two states at the same time - one foot in each? Yes, it is “Texarkana” Post Office of The United States which split down the middle between the state boundary of Texas and Arkansas built in 1931-33.

Commemorative Postmark

Vintage Post Card, 1954

It is an another example of peace and cooperation from where you can post from any state but the Postmark will be same and includes name of both the states without their separate zip codes 71854 for Texarkana, Arkansas or 75501 for Texarkana, Texas.

Common Postmark for two states

A historic marker at the building reads: "Each state (Arkansas and Texas) had separate post offices until 1892," at which point the first joint post office was constructed on the state line.Inside the postal lobby the postal retail counter is located on the Texas side of the state line, while PO Boxes (with separate sections for Texas and Arkansas box mail) are located on the Arkansas side of the line.

Covers bearing postmark included names of both the states

-      Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal : email :


- Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta

Grills were made by embossing the stamp, breaking paper fibers, and allowing canceling ink to soak deeply into the paper. This made it difficult to remove cancels and reuse stamps. Charles Steel, who oversaw postage stamp production in the 1860s, patented the grilling method. It was used for nine short years – 1867 to 1875. Grilling resulted in some of the greatest U.S. stamp rarities, including the legendary “Z” Grill..
Grills are classified by the dimensions of the grill pattern and are measured in millimeters or by counting the number of grill points. There are eleven major


 “A”            Grill            Covers the entire stamp

“B”            Grill             18x15mm            (22x18pts)

“C”            Grill            13x16mm            (16-17x18-21pts)

“D”            Grill            12x14mm            (15-17-18pts)

“Z”            Grill            11x14mm            (13-14x18pts)

“E”            Grill            11x13mm            (14x15-17pts)

“F”            Grill            9x13mm            (11-12x15-17pts)

“G”            Grill            9 ½ x9mm            (12x11-11 ½ pts)

“H”            Grill            10x12mm            (11-13x14-16pts)

“I”            Grill            8 ½ x10mm            (10x11x10-13pts)

“J”            Grill            7x9 ½ mm            (10x12pts)
The letters that classify the various grill types do not denote the size, shape, or appearance of the grills. Rather, they simply indicate the order in which they were discovered.

G grill on a stamp of the 1869 issue

Four stamps featuring the "B grill" pattern are known to exist, all used. All of them are of the three-cent denomination, and are numbered as Scott #82. All four stamps came from a letter sent to Prussia. The stamps were originally given a Mason, Texas cancel. Once they went to Germany (on or about March 3, 1869), they were given a German transit-date stamp. The cover was discovered in 1969 and raised controversy in the philatelic market because certain issues of the much more common "C grill" had been partially erased. This occurred during the grill roller's changing to use C grills instead of the all-over A grill. No additional "B grill" stamps have been discovered since, and one of the stamps from the cover was sold in 1993 for $85,000. Another B grill was sold again as part of the 1998 Zoellner sale (which featured the 1c Z grill) but sold for about $155,000. In 2008, the stamp was sold again, this time for over one million dollars.
The exception to the rule is the “Z” grill, which was identified by William L. Stevenson. Stevenson could not decide to which family of grills this particular type belonged. Nor did he know which other families it preceded or followed and so he designated it as “Z Grill,” where “Z” signifies the unknown. 

Visible in general from the back of the stamp only, grills may also be felt by lightly running a fingertip over the surface. Depending on which type of roller was used, the pattern may be “points up” or a “points down.” The ridges on an indented roller force the paper into the recesses, creating raised points, while a roller with raised pyramids will cause the points to be forced down into the paper, forming a series of depressions.
The least-widely used of these patterns (all associated with the 1861-68 issue) were the "B" and "C" Grills (both found on only the three-cent denomination), the "D" Grill (found only on the two-cent and three-cent denomination) and the "A" Grill (found only on the three-cent, five-cent and thirty-cent denominations). The rarest grilled U. S. stamps are:

  • thirty-cent I Grill (1 surviving copy)
  • one-cent Z Grill (2 surviving copies)
  • fifteen-cent Z Grill (2 surviving copies)
  • twelve-cent I Grill (2 surviving copies)
  • ninety-cent I Grill (3 surviving copies)
  • three-cent B Grill (4 surviving copies)
  • five-cent A Grill (4 surviving copies)
  • ten-cent Z Grill (6 surviving copies)
  • thirty-cent A Grill (8 surviving copies)

1867 3c Washington, rose, C grill

F grill on this 1867 stamp is visible as a grid pattern in the ink of the cancellation

The one-cent stamp of 1869 with G grill

The United States was the first country to issue grilled stamps and was the only country to do so until the mid-1870s, when Peru also began using grills. The National Bank Note Company was responsible for producing both countries’ stamps.

The Benjamin Franklin Z Grill, or simply "Z-Grill", is a 1-cent postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in February 1868 depicting Benjamin Franklin. While stamps of this design were the common 1-cent stamps of the 1860s, the Z-Grill is distinguished by having the so-called "Z" variety of a grill pressed into the stamp, creating tiny indentations in the paper. Although the 1-cent Z-Grill is generally cited as the rarest and most valuable of all US postage stamps, the 15-cent Lincoln Z-Grill is just as rare and the 10-cent Washington Z-Grill scarcely less so. All three of these stamps were produced at the same time, along with more common Z-grill versions of the contemporary 2-cent, 3-cent, 5-cent and 12-cent stamps (The earliest known postmarks on Z-grill stamps date from January 1868). The "Z" pattern, unique among grill templates used by the Post Office because it incises horizontal ridges into the stamp rather than vertical ridges, was replaced within a very short time, for stamps with the D- and E-Grills were already being postmarked in mid-February.

The purpose of grilling was to permit the canceling ink to be better absorbed into the stamp paper, thus preventing reuse of stamps by washing out the cancellation marks.
The use of grills was found to be impractical and they were gradually discontinued after 1870.

There are currently only two known 1-cent 1868 Z-Grills, both with cancellation marks. One is owned by the New York Public Library as part of the Benjamin Miller Collection. This leaves only a single 1-cent 1868 Z-Grill in private hands. This 1868 1 cent Z-Grill stamp sold for $935,000 in 1998 to Mystic Stamp Company, a stamp dealer. Siegel Auctions auctioned the stamp as part of the Robert Zoellner collection. Zachary Sundman, the eleven-year-old son of Mystic Stamp Company President Donald Sundman, was the individual responsible for wielding the paddle and doing the actual bidding.

Later, in late October 2005, Sundman traded this Z-Grill to financier Bill Gross for a block of four Inverted Jenny stamps worth nearly $3 million. By completing this trade Gross became the owner of the only complete collection of U.S. 19th century stamps.
Although the National Banknote Company ceased to issue U. S. Stamps after being supplanted by Continental in 1873, it soon began to produce stamps for Peru, on a contract that stipulated the use of the grilling process. Grills of three different types appear on regular issue stamps of Peru produced between 1874 and 1884. One of these Peru grills displays the horizontal ridges that characterize the American Z grill, but the Peruvian version is smaller in size, measuring 9 x 14 mm. The other two grills measure, respectively, 11 x 15½ mm. and 10 x 12 mm.

Illustration of Z Grill &  F grill

United States Z Grill stamps

Benjamin Franklin 1 cent Z Grill only 2 known left New York Public Library Benjamin Miller Collection and right the Gross collection

1867 Z-Grill 2c Jackson Stamp

Washington 10 cent Z grill only 6 known

Lincoln 15 cents Z grill only 2 known

The only four known "B" Grill 3¢ stamps were all discovered on a cover to Germany as recently as 1969.

Grills on the earlier issues were very well defined. However, grilling stamps after they were printed introduced an extra step in the production process that added costs and delays, and, in order to reduce both, the practice of grilling up to six sheets at a time was adopted during the printing of the large "banknotes" of 1870-71. As a result, the grill impressions on these stamps are usually faint and incomplete. Such poor grills could scarcely be said to be doing their job, and soon afterward the experiment of adding grills to US stamps was ended.
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13 September 2016 :  Festival 2016 – Yom Kippur

The most important High Holyday in the Jewish religion is Yom Kippur – a day to reflect, repent and ask forgiveness for one’s sins. This poem has been chosen to be a theme for Festivals stamp set that illustrates the metaphoric Yom Kippur Poem. This literary work describes different artisans creating something new from raw materials – just like God created mankind. The artisans represented on this stamp series are the potter, the glazier and the silversmith.
The poem “As the Clay in the Hand of the Potter” appears in the Ashkenazi version of the prayer book for the eve of Yom Kippur. The author is unknown. It portrays human beings as being subject to the will of God, who decides who shall live and who shall die. This poem is recited on Yom Kippur because “Yom Kippur is the time for all to repent, individuals and the community at large. It is the climax of forgiveness and of pardon for Israel, thus every person is obligated to repent and confess on Yom Kippur” (Maimonides, Laws of Repentance 2:7).
The poet uses imagery featuring artisans using different kinds of materials; just as human beings are raw materials molded by the hand of God. They recognize their sins and their consequent punishment, yet still ask for mercy: “Look to the covenant and do not incline to your desire”. In other words, God will remember the covenants made by the fathers of the Jewish nation with Him throughout the generations, and thus He shall forgive them.
The list of artisans mentioned in the poem varies in different versions of the ancient prayer books. Some note nine artisans while others list only seven. In one version the artisans are listed in alphabetical order. According to the interpretation by Rabbi Shlomo Pappenhim (1740-1814), which is based on the seven artisans mentioned in the poem, each artisan represents a period in the life of a person, who is accountable to God.

13 September 2016 : Israel Bulgaria Joint Issue : Migration of Birds

Israel and Bulgaria share a strong, unique historical bond. This bond has served as the foundation to forming ties between the two governments and peoples in many diverse realms, such as economics, science and academia, culture, society and more.
The Postal Services of both countries prepared a special stamp on common theme “Migrating Birds” to strengthen and sustain this connection. The philatelic item depicting the migration of storks between Bulgaria and Israel has an important historical meaning that makes this stamp more valuable and sought-after among collectors worldwide.
Migrating Birds
The Republic of Bulgaria lies on the Balkan Peninsula in Eastern Europe. The State of Israel is situated on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of the Middle East.
Some 500 million birds migrate through Israel’s skies twice a year, thus making it a significant global crossroads, especially for the birds of Western Asia and Eastern Europe in general, and of Bulgaria in particular. The White Stork is one of 280 bird species that migrate over Israel. These birds, which also nest in Bulgaria, pass over Israel as they make their way to Africa, sometimes as far south as the South African city of Cape Town.
The stork is connected to human habitats and in Europe it signifies the arrival of spring and symbolizes hope. Some 600,000 storks migrate through Israel’s skies twice a year, among them probably all of Bulgaria’s storks. Thus, the governments of Israel and Bulgaria chose the stork to appear on the joint-issue stamp as a symbol of peace and coexistence and as a sign that migrating birds know no borders.
Israeli scientists monitor the migrating birds, aided by motorized gliders, birdwatchers, radar and GPS transmitters tracked via satellite. Thus, the stamp features a stork transmitting to space. The sky is not the limit, but rather a habitat for storks migrating from Bulgaria to Africa via Israel.
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Karnataka Postal Circle has issued a set of Six Maxim Cards on Orchids viz. Esmeralda cathcartii (Lindl.) Rchb.f., Dendrobium gibsoni Lindl., Cypripedium himalaicum Rolfe, Paphiopedilum villosum (Lindl.) Stein, Esmeralda clarkei Rchb.f. and Dendrobium falconeri Hook. The set of six cards is priced at Rs. 150 (Inclusive of Postage Stamp, Shipping Cost extra). Orders can be placed to Bengaluru Philatelic Bureau, Bengaluru GPO. Contact: for orders and more information.

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