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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rainbow December 2017

 Rainbow completes ten years of publication !


Dehradun December 2017 Vol. X  No. 120

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Merry Christmas !

Dear Reader,

I am extremely pleased to bring out 120th issue of Rainbow Stamp News. With this issue Rainbow completes ten long years of its publication without any break, 10 years 120 issues, no combined issue !. The first issue was published in January 2008 from Chopal, a small town of Shimla with an objective to spread philately among most of the people around us.  The motive of this newsletter is still the same. It is not only for specialized collectors but for everyone who loves stamps or collected stamps sometime in life. It is to remind all those who forgot their love for stamps….there is something interesting in each and every stamp…Though “ Stamp Collecting ” is disappearing from the list of hobbies these days but Rainbow tries to revive it with its every new issue . My thanks to all its contributors and readers who gave various colors to Rainbow. I hope this journey will be continued in the years to come. The sudden demise of Dr SK Agrawal was a great loss to Philately. He wrote more than 100 articles for Rainbow on a variety of subjects. His contribution will always be remembered. In his fond memory I am going to start a new column “Rose Philately” from January 2018 as Rose was his specialized and favourite subject. The articles and small write ups on Rose stamps are welcome from the Readers.

The National Stamp exhibition INPEX 2017 has  just been concluded at Mumbai. Heartiest congratulations to all the winners and big applause for the organizers. It's my  pleasure to inform the Readers that Rainbow won Large Silver Medal at INPEX 2017 with highest marks 77 in the philatelic literature class. However in last INPEX 2013 Rainbow won Vermeil medal, which was the highest medal given in literature class. Medal does not make any difference, it is always good to receive appreciation from the readers all over the world and this inspires me to continue its publication. Thanks to all the Readers and Philatelic Writers for their big contribution to Rainbow  Stamp News in the last ten years.It is joint effort of the whole team of Rainbow that enabled me to continue this newsletter since January 2008 from the different places I lived. 

This is all for this month! More in next Issue! 

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year !

Happy Collecting!


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


So the great INPEX 2017 National Philatelic Exhibition  organized by Philatelic Society of India, Mumbai under patronage of PCI and affiliation with DOP ended up with smiles on most of the faces. The show was inaugurated on 30.11.2017 at World Trade Centre, Mumbai and closed on 04.12.2017.

Regular updates of the show were posted by visiting philatelists through social media such as face book and what’s app where different events and happenings were shown. So there is no need for me to furnish report on the show now but I shall briefly discuss my observation and opinion on the show.

The same venue as it was in INPEX 2013, same hall, same arrangements was easily accessible for most of the philatelists . Yes, there was a feeling that another venue  in centre of the Mumbai could have been better. For me it was excellent venue.

Lack of publicity could be felt as even on Friday (a holiday), Saturday and Sunday; the crowd was less as expected. As gathered no publicity was done on media. Even not a single  banner was  found placed at / outside the venue. No blames on organizers but just a comment that in future exhibitions this aspect should be carefully looked after as far as possible.

Release of covers on 3 days out of 5 days  with one 3D image cover, were  liked by every philatelist but there was feeling that cover price at PSI stall was high as PSI  wished to raise funds to meet the heavy expenditure caused.
Seminars on different aspects of philately by eminent philatelists from India and abroad almost  on  all the days  was an excellent  act by the organizers. That truly helped many philatelists  in a big way and also graced the show. PCI meeting, India Study Circle seminar at venue and RSPL seminar  during those days in Mumbai were also held giving several opportunities to philatelists to learn and to join eminent societies. Visitors from outside India also graced the show.

Toddywala Auctions are always eagerly awaited and philatelists participated  whole  heartedly.

Snack section at venue this time was nice catering even meals. The prices were very reasonable.

The Dealers area was the one which remained occupied all the time with less or more buyers. As many as over 65 dealers had their stalls. They all catered to all sections of philatelists. A few  non philatelic stalls also added the flavor to dealers area and served the philatelists too who have interests in antiques and numismatics.

Now coming to the Exhibits. Unfortunately a good number of exhibit frames were received by organizers in damaged condition with some frame having no glass in front. Almost over 60 frames were reportedly damaged that means 120 display frames went  in waste. That caused many entries left un- displayed causing resentment in those exhibitors. However, organizer on different days displayed those by removing others.  We must appreciate that that was not in hands of the organizers. My hats off to them as they tried their best to see that if not for all the days, exhibits are at least displayed. The arrangement of display needed  to be improved as no list of exhibits was provided to help finding out any frame / exhibit.
The quality of exhibits was better than INPEX2013. Some excellent exhibits were on display in  Postal History, Traditional philately and Thematic were on display.

Judging was more or less satisfactory. There were some complains and dissatisfaction  but in totality, it was found to be satisfying. This time a big team of jury comprising of 5 apprentice juror was appointed by PCI to help better judgment. Thanks to PCI.
I must say that PSI has worked very hard as its old aged members worked day and night with young members  to see that the show mark a stamp of success.

I congratulate PSI and PCI  for great success of the show. I would appeal all the participants and visitors to look at all the positives of the show. No show can be flawless. I could clearly see the efforts of PSI members to help every visitor  I look forward  for yet another National Level show in future. My heartiest  thanks again to the whole team of  PSI and PCI. 

-Naresh Agrawal  Ph. 09425530514

Recent Indian Issue

1 November 2017 : 1. Kavi Muddana 2. Adikavi Nannaya 3. Draksharamam   Bhimeswara Temple – Rs 5 each
3 November 2017 : Indian Cuisine – Rs 5 X 24 stamps + 4 MS
14 November 2017 : Children’s Day – 2 x Rs 15 + 2 MS
27 November 2017 : Mahabharata – 12 Stamps X Rs 15, 4 Stamps Rs 25,1 stamp Rs 50, 1 stamp Rs 100+ 2 MS of Rs 50 & Rs 100

Recent Special Covers

28 Oct 2017 : Mysore V. Doreswamy Iyengar 
26 October 2017 :Lions Club International
31 October 2017 : National Unity Day
7 November 2017 : National Cancer Awareness Day
14 November 2017 : World Diabetes Day, Bangalore
14 November 2017 : Golden Jubilee of SBR Public School, Kalaburgi 
17 November 2017 :” Valley of Words “  International Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun
30 November 2017 : INPEX 2017 Save the Wildlife (3D Cover), Mumbai
1 December 2017 : INPEX 2017 World AIDS Day, Mumbai
3 December 2017 : INPEX 2017 Int Day of Persons with disabilities, Mumbai

In The News

INPEX 2017 - National Stamp Exhibition

National Philatelic Exhibition INPEX 2017, organized by Philatelic Society of India was held  from 30th November to 4th December 2017 at world trade center, Mumbai.

Congratulations to all winners at INPEX 2017

Kishor Chandak won National Championship with Angeet Suri as Runner Up

Pics of some of the award winners. This is in random order .Some won Gold, some vermeil, some silver n some Bronze but all together they create a philatelic fraternity throughout the country! INPEX 2017 concluded on December 4, 2017 .Rainbow Congratulates  all the winners !

1st row : Praful Thakkar, Prashant Pandya, Jeevan Jyoti, Mohanchandran Nayar, N. Vignesh, Sudhir Jain, Shubhrajyoti Behera

2nd row : Lallan Singh,Anil Suri,Umesh Kakkeri,Anand Kakkad, Naresh Agrawal, Rahul Ganguli, Mahesh Parekh

3rd row : Zameer, Sandip Chaurasia, Rajesh Sinha, Savita Jhingan, Kapil Gogri, Suman Banerjee,,Ashwani Dubey

4th row : OP Kedia,Surendra Kotadia,KS Mohan, Timir Shah, Himanshu Singh,Aditya Asthana,Jigar Desai

5th row : Master Ram, Roshan Prasad, Mayurika Shah, Udai Kr Saxena, CG Bhaskar,Saket Bajaj,Anil Reddy

Rainbow wins Large Silver Medal with highest marks in Literature Class

Special Covers released at INPEX 2017

30 Nov 2017 Save the Wildlife 3D Cover

Special Covers by foreign postal administrations

1 December World AIDS Day

Post crossing


On 3rd December a special cover was released to celebrate International Day of Persons with disabilities. In the cover release function Master Ram  was special guest. He also participated in the exhibition.

Class 1: National Championship
Sr. No.
Frame Nos.
Name of Exhibitor
No. of Frames
Chandak KishorHand-Struck Postage Stamps of India
National ChampionshipClass Award
Suri AngeetFiscals of Jodhpur
Gold (Runners up)
Chandak KishorIndian Instructional Labels & Markings
K.S MohanPostal History of Cochin
Jain PragyaStudy of First Issue of India

Class 11: Literature
Sr. No.
Frame Nos.
Name of Exhibitor
No. of Frames
Bansal S.A Study of Indian Formula Stationary 1978-1979
Silver Bronze
Sidhva CyrusFirsts in Indian Philately
Thakkar PrafulCollector's Guide to British India Bazar Post Cards - Edwardian & Georgian Period
Large Silver
Thakkar PrafulCollector's Guide to First Day Covers & Folders of India With Set of Stamps, Se-Tenant Stamps & Miniature Sheets
Doddaballapur RamakrishnaIndian Stamps Featuring Personages from Abroad
Silver Bronze
Nallamalla VigneshCollector's Guide to Special Covers of Tamilnadu
Silver Bronze
Baroda Philatelic SocietyVadophil
Large Silver
Jyoti JeevanRainbow Stamp News
Large Silver
Nair MohanachandranAnanthapuri Stamp Bulletin
Silver Bronze
Rangappa PradeepHistory of Medicine Through Philately
Kizhakke Valappil MukundanSilver Pex - 2005 Souvenir
Silver Bronze
Bansal S.Meghdoot Post Card of India2002-2012

View : Complete Results INPEX 2017

Glimpses of INPEX 2017

Titanic letter auctioned

One of the last known letters to have been written on the Titanic has sold for a world record price at auction.

The letter, written by American businessman and Titanic passenger, Oscar Holverson, fetched £126,000. It was sought-after because he wrote it on 13 April 1912 - the day before the Belfast-built ship hit an iceberg.

It is the only known letter, on headed Titanic notepaper, to have gone into the Atlantic and survived.The sea-water stained document was sold to a British buyer, whose bid to the auction in Wiltshire came in via phone.

The auctioneer, Andrew Aldridge, described the anonymous customer as someone "who collects iconic items from history".Mr Holverson, a successful salesman, wrote the letter to his mother while travelling on the ill-fated ship with his wife, Mary.

The couple boarded the Titanic in Southampton and planned to travel back to their home in New York.

In his note, the writer seems in awe of his surroundings, telling his mother that "the boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel".

Mr Holverson, who has an idiosyncratic style to his syntax, also writes about seeing "the richest person in the world at that time" - John Jacob Astor - on the ship, accompanied by his wife.
"He looks like any other human being even tho (sic) he has millions of money," he adds. "They sit out on deck with the rest of us." The letter had a reserve price of between £60,000 and £80,000.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's sale, Mr Aldridge said that "even if the letter was virtually blank, it would still rank as amongst the most desirable, such is the nature of the paper, its markings and history".

Having been an auctioneer of Titanic memorabilia for 20 years, he said that its content takes it to another level, "because of its date, the fact it went into the Atlantic and the observations it contains".One prophetic entry in Mr Holverson's letter never came true, when he wrote: "If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday AM."

When the Titanic sank, Oscar Holverson, along with JJ Astor, died along with more than 1,500 people.Mary Holverson survived.Her husband's body was recovered and, inside a pocket book, the letter was found.

It still bears the stains of the sea water and the water mark of the White Star shipping line.The letter eventually made its way back to his mother.Mr Aldridge said that makes it "possibly, the only onboard letter written by a victim that was delivered to its recipient without postage".

Source :  BBC News

Kosovo’s Mother Teresa stamp wins award for best religious issue of 2017

A stamp honoring Mother Teresa won the 2017 St. Gabriel award for the best religious stamp issued in 2016.Kosovo issued this 2.10 stamp Aug. 15, 2016, to honor her canonization as a saint on Sept. 4 of that year (Scott 311).
The design by Dijana Toskas and Hilmijeta Apuk shows a portrait of Mother Teresa praying and includes words from her poem Farewell, written while she was first traveling as a missionary to Calcutta.
Named after “the Lord’s postman,” St. Gabriel, this award for religious stamps was established in 1969 in Verona, Italy.The award ceremony is traditionally hosted by the town of Legnago, birthplace of composer Antonio Salieri.
Source : Linn’s Stamp News

Recent Stamp Exhibitions

Commissioner for MACAO 2018 Philatelic Exhibition (FIAP)
Mr. Anil Suri has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the MACAO 2018, FIAP Specialized Stamp Exhibition to be held in Macao, Macau from 21 to 24 September 2018.

Exhibition Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Thematic, Youth, One Frame (TR, PH, PS, AE, AS, TH, MA & RE), Literature and Modern Philately only.

Eligibility: The minimum eligibility for participation in a FIAP exhibition for Senior Class & Youth Class (Groups B & C) is Vermeil Medal and for Youth Class (Group A) a Large Silver Medal secured at a National Exhibition.
Contact information:
Mr. Anil Suri,
Khushal Villa, E-70, Kalkaji,
NEW DELHI - 110 019.

Phone: (Res.) +91-11-2643 0813 / (Off.) +91-11-2647 4681
(M): +919811176908
Commissioner for PRAGA 2018 Philatelic Exhibition (FIP)

Mr. Rajan Jaykar has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the PRAGA 2018, FIP Specialized World Stamp Exhibition to be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 15 to 18 August 2018.

Exhibition Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Modern Philately (Trad. & PH), One Frame (Trad. & PH), Open Philately and Philatelic Literature Classes only.

Eligibility:  The minimum eligibility for participation in a FIP exhibition for Senior & Youth Class Groups B & C is Vermeil Medal secured at a National Exhibition and for Youth Class Group A Large Silver Medal.
Contact information:
Mr. Rajan Jayakar
Flat No. 2, Court View, 126, Maharashi Karve Road,
Churchgate, MUMBAI - 400 020.

Phone: +91-22-22820570 / +91-22-22820572
(M): +9198210 72417


2018 May 27-31: Jerusalem, Israel, ISRAEL 2018 World Stamp Championship

2018 Aug 15-18: Prague, Czech Republic, PRAGA 2018 World Stamp Exhibition

2018 Sep 21-24: Macao, MACAO 2018 35th FIAP International Stamp Exhibition
2018 Dec: THAILAND 2018 World Stamp Exhibition

Doon Philatelic Diary


Abhai Mishra

Welham Boys’ School was founded in 1937 as a preparatory school by Miss Hersilia Susie Oliphant in Dehra Dun. Miss HS Oliphant is always remembered as a visionary educationist who worked for the cause of education in India. She came to India in 1920 and initially worked as companion to the Maharani of Cooch Behar. After coming to Dehra Dun she worked with the Colonel Brown School and Doon School before going to set up her own preparatory school. With a humble beginning with just six boys, today the school has come a long way. She named the school after her childhood village in England, the Welham village in Nottinghamshire. The school saw a steady and gradual growth after inception. Class V was introduced in 1941. The school motto is “From strength to Strength”.

 Every child in the school is given individual attention and the talent is nurtured as one’s ability and interest. In 1956, Ms. Oliphant donated all the assets to the Welham Boys’ School Society and moved back to England. In 1985 the school was elevated to plus two stage of secondary school education. Ms. Oliphant was also responsible for the foundation of Welham Girls’ School which was managed by Miss Grace Marry Linnell.

Rajiv Gandhi did his early schooling here before moving to the Doon School. Other notable alumni of the school include Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sanjay Gandhi, Jubin Nautiyal, Naveen Patnaik, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Vikam Seth and Capt. Amrinder Singh. Presently the school is spread in 30 acres with more than 500 students on roll.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Jyoti Ji

There are several reasons to congratulate you at this juncture such as Rainbow received the highest Literature Award in INPEX 2017 which shows the quality of Rainbow stuff and the love of philatelic fraternity for it. Secondly.. the completion of ten years of journey of Rainbow. Like in Mahabharata it was Krishna who drove the Chariot of Arjuna.. here  it is you who drove Rainbow to such  height with your hard work, dedication and scarifice to a big extent apart from your excellent  journalism ingenuity. Now the rainbow has spread its spectrum all over and is being looked at as one of the most beautiful philatelic journals. One more reason to congratulate you is that you have now created a strong personal aura amongst the philatelic community. All in all, it is party time.

I thank you for giving opportunity to become a permanent part of Rainbow as it has given me a  friend like you,  given me recognition as a writer / journalist and above all satisfaction and pleasure throughout for so many years.

In fact, no words can express my happiness. But I do miss Dr. Satyendra Agrawal as we all have moved/walked and covered a big distance of philatelic journalism together for long time. But life is like that.

Finally my best wishes to you for great success of Rainbow in time to come and would like to assure my everlasting love and association with it.

-Naresh Agrawal

Thanks for your kind letter. No words to express my gratitude to you for your contribution through Readers’ favourite, your regular  column  and all the contributors who actually made possible for me to continue Rainbow for such a long time . On this special moment I really miss Dr Agrawal who was the strongest pillar of Rainbow. But life goes on…He is always with us in his great work which he shared with the philatelic world. In his memory I am dedicating a permanent column on Rose philately in Rainbow from next issue in the New Year 2018.

 –Jeevan Jyoti

Beginners’ Section

Christmas Stamp sheet with Gingerbread aroma

Stamp sheet issued by by Estonia Post on 24 November 2017 for this year’s  Christmas greetings , It smells like gingerbread


EUROPA stamps are special stamps issued by European postal administrations/enterprises and bears the official EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark under the aegis of PostEurop in which Europe is the central theme.

EUROPA stamps underlines cooperation in the posts domain, taking into account promotion of philately. They also build awareness of the common roots, culture and history of Europe and its common goals.

As such, EUROPA stamp issues are among the most collected and most popular stamps in the world.

Since the first issue in 1956, EUROPA stamps have been a tangible symbol of Europe’s desire for closer integration and cooperation. In 1993, PostEurop became responsible for issuing EUROPA stamps.


Each year, PostEurop's Stamps & Philately Working Group selects the EUROPA stamp theme.  The theme for 2017 was "castles" and “ Bridges” is the theme for 2018.

Europa 2018 Theme is “ Bridges”

PostEurop is the trade association that has been representing European public postal operators since 1993.

Its 52 members in 49 countries and territories collectively operate 175,000 retail counters, employ 2.1 million people and link 800 million people daily. PostEurop unites its members and promotes greater cooperation, sustainable growth and continuous innovation.

PostEurop is also an officially recognised Restricted Union of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). It is governed by a Management Board, which is responsible for supervising and monitoring the implementation of the Association's strategy at operational level.

PostEurop Headquarters, based in Brussels, is in charge of the daily management of the Association, promoting industry results and performance and implementing strategic activities and projects to stimulate cooperation and innovation.

Specialized Section

Prominent Americans series 1965-1978

Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta

The Prominent Americans series is a set of definitive stamps issued by the United States Post Office Department (and later the United States Postal Service) between 1965 and 1978.

It superseded the Liberty issue of 1954, which by the mid-1960s had become somewhat dated, for instance in its focus on political figures.

Highly diverse lettering and drawing styles mark the Prominent Americans series

This was the first U S omnibus definitive series in which Benjamin Franklin did not appear at or near the beginning: on the ½¢ or 1¢ stamp. But he does appear on the 1¢ stamp.

1¢ Benjamin Franklin

The values of the new series included figures from all walks of life each depicted in a different style by a different designer, presumably in a quest for wide diversity — a significant departure from the uniformity of concept that had marked previous definitive issues.  That portraits of two women appear in the series (Elizabeth Blackwell and Lucy Stone) represented a small but significant step toward gender equality in U S stamp history.  No previous definitive set had included more than one prominent female (Martha Washington in the issues of 1902, 1922 and 1938; Susan B. Anthony in the Liberty series).


18¢ Elizabeth Blackwell and 50¢Lucy Stone

This was also the first definitive issue to include a stamp devoted to an African-American, with Frederick Douglass portrayed on the 25¢ denomination.

25¢ Frederick Douglass
The stamps appeared one by one from 1965 on, and the basic designs had all been issued by 1968; tagged versions made their first appearances gradually through 1973, and coil and booklet version of the 15¢ were issued in 1978 in response to a first-class rate change.  The 15¢ Oliver Wendell Holmes stamp was also issued in booklet form.

15¢ Oliver Wendell Holmes

The 5¢ Washington was originally excessively shaded around the lower part of the face, so much so that it has come to be known as the "dirty face" or "unshaven" Washington. Originally appearing in February 1966, it was superseded by a lightened version in November 1967.

Original 5¢ Washington design, 1966 and Washington gets a shave, 1967

The $1 Eugene O'Neill stamp was notable for its repeated use by Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who habitually used them on his mail bombs.
Some honorees in the Prominent Americans include Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.


Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt

Dwight Eisenhower, 10¢ Andrew Jackson and 13¢ John F. Kennedy

Other subjects include architect Frank Lloyd Wright, historian Francis Parkman, scientist Albert Einstein, businessman Henry Ford, playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature − Eugene O'Neill and jurist John Bassett Moore.

     Frank Lloyd Wright, Francis Parkman and Albert Einstein

12¢ Henry Ford and $1Eugene O'Neill and $5 John Bassett Moore

Others honoured are Albert Gallatin, fourth Secretary of the Treasury; Fiorello LaGuardia, 99th Mayor of New York City; Ernie Pyle, World War II journalist; George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury; Amadeo Giannini, founder of the Bank of America; John Dewey, educational reformer, philosopher and psychologist and Thomas Paine, political activist, political theorist and author.

1¼¢ Albert Gallatin, 14¢ Fiorello LaGuardia and16¢ Ernie Pyle

20¢ George C. Marshall, 21¢ Amadeo Giannini, 30¢ John Dewey and 40¢ Thomas Paine
Stamps of the series:
·         1¢ green - Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States
·         1¼¢ light green - Albert Gallatin, fourth Secretary of the Treasury, founder of New York University, scientist, diplomat, member of the Senate and of the House of Representatives
·         2¢ dark blue gray - Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, with  Guggenheim Museum
·         3¢ violet - Francis Parkman, historian
·         4¢ black - Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
·         5¢ blue - George Washington, first President of the United States
·         6¢ gray brown - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
·         6¢ dark blue gray - Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States
·         7¢ bright blue - Benjamin Franklin, politician, political theorist, diplomat, first U. S. Postmaster General, inventor, founder of the predecessor of the University of Pennsylvania and journalist
·         8¢ violet - Albert Einstein, physicist winner of the Nobel Prize
·         8¢ black, red blue gray (sheet) - Dwight Eisenhower
·         8¢ claret (coil and booklet) - Dwight Eisenhower
·         10¢ lilac - Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States
·         12¢ black - Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, shown with the Ford Model T
·         13¢ brown - John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
·         14¢ gray brown - Fiorello LaGuardia, 99th Mayor of New York City
·         15¢ claret - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Supreme Court Justice
·         16¢ light brown - Ernie Pyle, World War II journalist
·         18¢ purple - Elizabeth Blackwell, physician, first woman to graduate from medical school
·         20¢ olive - George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury
·         21¢ olive - Amadeo Giannini, founder of the Bank of America
·         25¢ rose lake - Frederick Douglass, abolitionist (born a slave), political activist, author and orator
·         30¢ reddish lilac - John Dewey, educational reformer, philosopher and psychologist
·         40¢ bluish black - Thomas Paine, political activist, political theorist and author
·         50¢ magenta - Lucy Stone, abolitionist, suffragist and political activist
·         $1 dull purple - Eugene O'Neill, playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
·         $5 gray black - John Bassett Moore

Coil Stamps

Perforated 10 horizontally


Perforated 10 vertically

-       Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta - email :

In Memory of Dr Satyendra Agrawal….

In great philatelic memory of Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal, I  re-published some of his best articles  this year . He is always with us. His contribution to  Thematic Philately will remain an asset for all stamp lovers.. Rainbow grew with his articles and has completed 10 years with this issue. I am introducing a new column of ‘Rose Philately’ in his memory from January 2018. As Rose was his specialized philatelic topic,  a small article / information will be published every month on Rose stamps in this column - Editor

Mythical Serpents

-©Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

Serpents and snakes play a role in many of the world's myths and legends. Hindu myths contain many tales of serpents. The naga primarily represents rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting of its skin and being symbolically "reborn". According to Varaha Purana, three of the lower worlds, Patal, Atal and Sutal belong to the Nags. This is also called Nagloka, an immense domain crowded with palaces, houses, towers and pleasure gardens.

Nags are of divine extraction, because they are the children of Kadru, who herself is the descendant of sage Kashyap. Naga is the only deity which is associated with two of the three deities, Vishnu and Shiva, Vishnu being rested on 1000 headed naga and   Shiva coiled him around his neck.

Lord Vishnu on multi headed Nag

Lord Shiva’s serpent in Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, at Srirangam,

The naga is a common feature in Ganesha iconography too and appears in many forms: around the neck, use as a sacred thread (Sanskrit: yajñyopavīta) wrapped around the stomach as a belt, held in a hand, coiled at the ankles, or as a throne.

Nag as a sacred thread -cross and around the stomach of Lord Ganesh

In the great epic Mahabharata, nags are frequently characterized as having a mixture of human and serpent-like traits. Sometimes it characterized them as having human traits at one time, and as having serpent-like traits at another. The epic calls them "persecutors of all creatures", and tells us "the snakes were of virulent poison, great prowess and excess of strength, and ever bent on biting other creatures". At the same time, nagas are important players in many of the events narrated in the epic, frequently no more evil nor deceitful than the other protagonists, and sometimes on the side of good. Nags are not always the enemy of man and they even inter marry with them. Arjun of Mahabharata married a Nag girl named Uloopi. In India, certain communities called Nagavanshi consider themselves descendants of Nagas. Few cities in India are even named after naga.  Nagpur is derived from Nagapuram meaning ‘city of nagas’. Anantnag,   (Kashmir) and Takshila, an ancient place (now in Pakistan) are named after one of 12 prominent divine naga king mentioned in Hinduism. Indian state Nagaland is also meaning ‘land of nagas’.An Indian missile is also named ‘Naga’.

Naga Regiment

Many powerful mythological weapons used in Ram-Ravana and Kaurava-Pandavas wars were also derived from serpents. ‘Nagpash’ is one of them.


The gigantic eagle king and vehicle of Lord Vishnu, Garuda is the great enemy of nags but also cousin of them.

Garuda is the great enemy of nags

The legend says that Kasyapa was a powerful sage and had many wives. Vinata and Kadru were sisters and his favorites. Kadru request a blessing from her husband that she should have a large number of children, eventually she gave birth to 1,000 Naga serpents who  chosen to live underworld in the ocean depth.

Where as Vinata requested saga for only two sons and   laid 2 eggs out of themArun, the charioteer of the Sun God, Surya and the gigantic mythical bird Garuda burst forward. Through a foolish bet, Vinata became enslaved to her sister, and as a result Vinata's son Garuda was required to do the bidding of the snakes. The agreement he reached with her captors was that she would be set free on the condition that Garuda seize the elixir of immortality found during “Churning of the Ocean of Milk”, held by the gods and bring it back to the serpents. Garuda   brought it to them and put the pot with elixir on the ground but it was taken away by Indra. However, few drops remained on the grass. The nagas licked up the drops, but in doing so, cut their tongues on the grass, and since then their tongues have been forked.

Garuda became the implacable and terrible enemy of the serpents, killing and devouring them at every opportunity due to a continuous enmity has been going on between his mother and Kadru, the mother of serpents.
Stories involving the nagas are still very much a part of contemporary cultural traditions in predominantly Hindu regions of Asia (India, Nepal, and the island of Bali).They play a particularly important role in Cambodian mythology too.
A well-known story explains the emergence of the Khmer people from the union of Indian namedKaundinya and naga princess Soma. He came to Cambodia, andruled this dominion defeating the naga kingand marryinghis daughter. The Khmer people are their descendants. Therefore still Cambodians say that they are "Born from the naga".
People in Thailand see naga as a holy creature and worship it in the temple. It allegedly lives in Mekong River. For Malay sailors, nagas are a type of dragon with many heads; in Java, the naga is a wealthy underworld deity and for Laotians they are beaked water serpents.
The ancient Egyptians considered the serpent to be a sacred symbol: it can be seen in the tip of the crown which the Pharaoh, king of Egypt, used to wear.
In India, nagas are considered nature spirits and the protectors of springs, wells and rivers. They bring rain, and thus fertility, but are also thought to bring disasters such as floods and drought.  They are also associated with waters - rivers, lakes, seas, and wells—and are generally regarded as guardians of treasure. In literature many stories are woven around ‘Nagmani’, a mythical precious stone with magical power, worn by few nagas on their heads.
Expensive and grand rituals like Nagamandala are conducted in honor of nagas in Southern India where it is believed that they bring fertility and prosperity to their venerators. There are many Nag Temples  also situated in various parts
of India.


'Snake god' at Subramanian snake Templenear Mangalore, Karnataka, India

A famous festival of nags , known as ‘Nagpanchami’ is also celebrated in India and is dedicated to the worship of serpents mentioned in the great Hindu Puranas (Sanskrit encyclopedic texts containing cosmogonist histories, legends of gods and heroes, and other traditional material). These are Vasuki, Takshak and Shesh, all are kings of nags.

Shesha Nag

Shesh Nag (the serpent god) comprises an important part of Hindu mythology. As the reclining couch and the roofing canopy of the god Vishnu, it has been a god venerated by all and worshipped by many for centuries. 

It is considered to be the king of the serpent race and the ruler of the infernal regions called Patal. God Vishnu sleeps over the bed of its coils while floating on the cosmic waters -Ksheersagar, or the Ocean of Milk during intervals of creation. This posture of the Lord over the snake Ananta is called AnanthaSayana.  In Vaikunthlok Lord Vishnu rests on sheshnag and Goddess lakshmi serves him.

Lord Vishnu rests on Sheshnag

Shesh Nag is shown as five-headed or seven-headed, but more commonly as a many hundred-headed serpent, sometimes with each head wearing an ornate crown. He is also represented as one supporting the world on its hood and constantly sings the glories of Vishnu from all his mouths. But when he shakes his head, there are earthquakes.

SheshNag’s each head wearing an ornate crown

He is sometimes referred to as "Ananta", the timeless, because it does not die with destruction of the universe and as "Adishesha", which means First snake. It is said that when Adi-Shesha uncoils the time moves and creation takes place. When he coils back, the universe ceases to exist.

He also incarnated with  Lord Vishnu in his ‘Rama’ and ‘Krishnavatars ‘ as his younger brother ‘Laxaman’ and older brother ‘Balarama’.Ramanuja and Prabhu Nityanand are also considered avatars of Sheshnaga.Patanjali is ichnographically depicted in naga form with naga canopy and is considered as emanation of Sheshnag. The city of Thiruvanathpuram is named after him as the ‘City of Lord Anant’.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, when in the middle of the battlefield Kurukshetra, Krishna explaining his omnipresence, says: "Of Nags, I am Ananta" indicating the importance of Ananta Shesh. During Nagpanchami, women worship Ananta the divine snake in temples.
Takskak Nag is describingin Hindu scriptures as one of the powerful ruler of the snakes who killed king Parikshit, the grandson of Arjuna. According to legend described in Mahabharata, king Parikshit once insulted a great sage Shameekwhile he was engrossed in meditation and was cursed by the sage latter that he will die of a snake bite. To avoid the fulfillment of this curse, Parikshit built his palace on a single pillar surrounded by water with the belief that no snake could reach him crawling through the water. Then Takshak took up the challenge to honour the sage's words. He shrunk his body and hid in an apple. Just as Parikshit was about to eat the apple, he sprang out of it to regain his original shape and bit the king.
In indignation, the king's son, Janamejay, kindled a huge sacrificial fire and upon his order the royal priests chanted powerful mantras(sacred utterance) which made all snakes fall into the fire. Takshak  escaped and hideout in Khandava forest.
Some say,TakshakNaag stole the beautiful earrings of the queen of the King Pushya from Uttank who was taking them to give to his Guru Maataa as his Guru Dakshinaa. This theft led him to instigate Janamejaya to annihilate the Naag.
According to another legend, the god of fire, Agni went to the forest and attempted to burn it down, but he was thwarted by the king of Gods,  Indra who was friend of Takshak and was not about to let his friend die a horrible death by immolation. He tried to extinguish the fire by causing rain fall, but Lord Krishna andArjuna fired a dense cloud of arrows that blocked the raindrops from reaching the forest. 
Thisepisode is beautifully sculpted on the pediments of Banteay Seri at Angkor, Combodia.The rains, represented by detailed diagonal lines and above them all is Indra, the Sky God, giver of rain, riding atop his three-headed elephant, Erawat .Below them are Krishna and Arjuna on their Chariots with forest animals in panic. Takshat nag is carved in the middle of the scene.

Takskak Nag

He is a great King of the nagas and wears a precious gem with magical powers, ‘Nagamani’ on his head.

The most prominent legend in Hinduism concerning Vasuki is the famous incident of Samudra manthan, the churning the ocean of milk. The snake king allowed the devas (gods) and the asuras (demons) to use him as the churning rope around Mandara, a mountain positioned next to the ocean while they looked for the ambrosia of immortality. During the churning process, the incredible strain caused Vasuki to exhale ‘Halaha’, the most potent venom in the Universe. This venom threatened to destroy all living beings and perhaps the entire Universe. LordShiva, in order to prevent the destruction of the cosmos, decided to swallow the poison Himself. The venom turned his throat blue, earning him the title Nilakanta (blue-throated).

Vasuki is also mentioned and used as a tightening rope in other Hindu scriptures, Ramayana and Mahabharata.
In Ramayana He was used as ‘Nagpasha’, serpent coil, byViswajit tocoil Hanuman bringing him up to ravana’s court in Lanka. Ravan himself used this weapon to fatal Ram and Laxaman during Lanka war. Many destructive weapons were also used in both the great battles of ‘Lanka’ and ‘Kurukshetra’ based on him.

In Bhagavad-Gita, in the middle of the battlefield "Kurukshetra," Krishna explains his omnipresence by proclaiming, "Of weapons I am the thunderbolt; among cows I am the surabhi. Of causes for procreation I am Kandarpa, the god of love, and of serpents I am Vasuki."

Khmer sculptors of 12th century Angkor portrayed this episode in grand style in bas relief of Angkor Wat   but can also be found at other temples such as Banteay Chhmar, Preah Vihear, Banteay Samre and many more and are twice represented at the Ta Prohm in Tonle Bati. On minor scale, Churning of the Ocean is also depicted in Beng Melea, on lintel of Ein Kosei, Siem Reap and Prasat Phnom Da.

Vasuki as the churning rope around Mandara during Samudra manthan
The so-called “Naga Bridges” of Angkor Thom and Preah Khanportrays Vasuki nag gracefully.In all five such bridges on one side of the bridge, ferocious demons are depicted hauling on Vasuki's head and upper body. On the other side of the bridge, majestic gods are shown hauling on Vasuki's tail and lower body.

Naga Bridges
The head and tail of Vasuki naga is rising up at each end of the bridge gracefully. 

Interestingly, Vasuki is mentioned not only in Hindu mythology but also in Chinese and Japanese mythologyas being one of the "eight Great Naga Kings".

In Buddhism, he is known as Mucalinda the protector of Buddha while in ecstatic meditation under Bodhi tree. When a storm arose, the mighty serpent king Mucalinda rose up from his place beneath the earth and enveloped the Buddha in seven coils for seven days, not to break his ecstatic state.

Mucalinda the protector of Buddha while in ecstatic meditation under Bodhi tree

He is also said to shelter the great spiritual champion of the Jains, Mahavira.


The single episode of Krishnalila, ‘Kaliya-marden’  or  ‘Nag-natthayya’ (in English-‘Taming of Serpent) is performed each year in the month of Ramlila in many parts of India.An interesting legend   exists in  ‘Bhagavata Purana’ according to which, Kaliya was a poisonous naga living in a beautiful lake of   the holy river Yamuna  in Vrindavan. The water of the Yamuna for four leagues all around him boiled and bubbled with poison. No bird or beast could go near, and only one solitary Kadamba tree  grew on the river bank.
The proper home of Kaliya was Ramanaka Dwipa (probably Fiji), but he chosen Vrindaban to save him from Garuda who by cursed not able to enter here without meeting his death.
Once Krishna and herd boys were playing ball, and while playing Krishna climbed up the Kadamba tree and hung over the river bank, the ball fell into the river and Krishna jumped after it. Kaliya rose up with his hundred and ten hoods vomiting poison and wrapped himself around Krishna's body. Krishna became so huge that Kaliya had to release him. So Krishna saved himself from every attack, and when he saw the Brij folk were so much afraid he suddenly sprang into Kaliya's head and assumed the weight of the whole universe, and danced on the naga's heads, beating time with his feet. Then Kaliya began to die. But then the naga’swives came and prayed to Krishna with joined palms, worshipping Krishna and praying for their husband.
Kaliya, recognizing the greatness of Krishna, surrendered, promising he would not harass anybody. So Krishna pardoned him and then let him go free to leave the river and go to Ramanaka Dwipa. Krishna gave him His assurance that Garuda would now do him no harm as he would respect the print of His Feet on hoods of Kaliya.
Another version of this legend is also available where descriptionof only ball game is replaced like this- on a certain day while the cow-boys of Braja were out pasturing their calves on the wooded banks of the Yamuna they happened to feel thirsty and not knowing that the water of the lake had been poisoned by Kaliya drank of its water which resulted in their instantaneous death. On being apprised of their plight Krishna came to the spot and restored them to life. Thereafter Krishna got down into the lake with the intention of sporting in its water and tamed Kaliya.
‘Nag nathhayya’ has some spiritual significance too. Snake Kaliya with its numerous hoods symbolizes the numerous desires we have. When one desire gets fulfilled, another arises, like the new hoods of Kaliya. The hoods keep breaking and forming, but Krishna is unperturbed. He keeps playing His flute, denoting the power of discrimination, of wisdom, of the focus on the bliss of self. Also those who have a purpose to create trouble among the pure devotees of Krishna by infecting their nature with their own malicious disposition meet with a certain degree of initial success in their nefarious undertaking. This emboldens them to make a direct attack on Krishna Himself when He appears on the scene of their depraved activities in order to restore the living faith of His Own bonafide associates.

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Philatelic Foreword — By Jay Bigalke
The postage stamp on a very simple level serves as an item of focus for us as stamp collectors. Author Meiko S. Patton takes the view of a postage stamp in a totally different perspective in a new book How a Postage Stamp Saved My Life,
“When you think of something saving your life, a postage stamp doesn’t exactly come to mind,” writes Patton. She explains you normally first think of policemen, firefighters, professionals or friends.
“Postage stamps are small in stature but touch every aspect of our society,” she notes.
Patton struggled with thoughts of suicide, but it was the stamp that pulled her away from those thoughts.
It is amazing the number of ways one can look at what a stamp accomplishes and how she used that to positively motivate herself to turn things around when faced with difficulties in life. Her mother passed at age 59 after a bout with cancer, and depression set in for Patton.
The book has 35 brief, easy-to-read chapters in 262 8½- by 5½-inch black-and-white pages. The chapters touch on these topics and more: how incredibly successful people think, overcoming fear, thinking positively, how to kill procrastination, defeat depression, stay focused, learning faster, and raising standards.
Even though this isn’t a traditional piece of philatelic literature, all of these topics use the stamp as the overarching theme. Here’s a short excerpt showing how she accomplishes this throughout the book:
“Consider the postage stamp. When you think about it, the postage stamp is the ultimate goal achiever. When it is plucked from its sheet and carefully placed onto that envelope, it in effect says, ‘I will not stop until I reach my goal. I will not look back. I will not falter. I will not second guess. I will reach my destination come what may. I will follow through. I will honor the struggle along the way. I am small and beautiful, yet mighty and bold. I will never give up. What about you?’“

One of her favorite stamps, the only one specifically noted and illustrated in the book is the From Me To You forever stamp (Scott 4978) issued in 2015. “It reminds me of giving” wrote Patton. “Mom was the ultimate giver.”
Patton worked as a letter carrier and was then promoted to writer/editor for the United States Postal Service in San Diego, Calif. It was during that time that I met her while attending stamp events in southern California. Today, she represents the USPS as the media contact for the Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, and Santa Barbara areas. 
The author says….

How a Postage Stamp Saved My Life tells the story of me and my late mom. After mom’s death in 2008 from colon and liver cancer, I plummeted into a deep depression. I functioned every day on the outside, but inside I wanted to die because I was in so much pain. I missed her so much. Then one day as I was contemplating suicide, the thought of a postage stamp popped into my mind. That thought saved my life. The second part of the book gives 21 tips on how others can live like a postage stamp too.

Source : Linn’s Stamp News 

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3 November 2017 : 100 Years of Republic of  Latvia(1918-2018)
"Science" : "Astrophysics", "Medicine" and "Chemistry"  


New Zealand
10 January 2018 : 2018 Year of the Dog

Made from 24-carat 99.9 gold foil, this miniature sheet has been embossed and etched with micro fine detail and is mounted in a perspex display stand (measuring 18cm x 10cm). It features vibrant coloured stamps and is produced in limited numbers.
The dog is the 12th animal in the Chinese lunar calendar. People born in this year tend to have decisive, loyal and loving personality traits which can make them fierce and long-lasting friends. But, because they have quite cautious characteristics, they can take time to form these bonds, and can be easily distressed if trust is broken.
The Chinese lunar calendar is based on observations of the Sun and Moon and is used for traditional activities in China and in overseas Chinese communities. It determines the date for traditional Chinese holidays, and guides Chinese people in selecting the luckiest day for a wedding or funeral, or for beginning a new venture or relocating.

This large miniature sheet is one of only 103 produced .It has been embossed and etched with micro fine detail from 24-carat 99.9 gold foil, and is presented within an individually numbered frame (measuring 39cm x 27cm).
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