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Date of Issue : 6 April 2018

Dehradun April 2018 Vol XI Issue No 124
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Dear Reader,

I am pleased to present April 2018 issue of Rainbow Stamp News . While issuing this edition of Rainbow I strongly remember noted philatelist and philatelic writer Dr Satyendra Agrawal who left for heavenly abode last year on 21st April. Dr Agrawal contributed more than 100 articles for Rainbow. He was the strongest pillar of Rainbow Stamp News team and had contributed articles on a variety of subjects that won the hearts of several philatelists around the world. This issue is a tribute to him..Sharing his last article “ STAMPS WITH STRANGE CURRENCIES AS DENOMINATION ”  for April 2017 issue of Rainbow contributed by him on 15 March 2017.  Rest in Peace Dr Agrawal ! You are always missed in each and every issue of Rainbow !

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

Happy Collecting!


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

Unforgettable Memories with Dr Satyendra Agrawal 

1st Death Anniversary - 21 April 2018

It was shocking to hear that Dr. Satyendra  Agrawal has passed away leaving a big vacuum in philatelic fraternity in India. It took me enough time to believe this  truth when I heard this from Mrs. Jeevan  Jyoti.  At this age when he was supposed to enjoy and live philately more freely, he left us and moved to his heavenly abode. Mr. Agrawal a close friend of mine was genuinely an asset of Indian philately. His different research based articles touching different aspects of thematic philately  will keep spreading their fragrance in the years to come in philatelic field as his  highly recognized collection and exhibit on ROSES does. A  Fellow in ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization, a master in Thematic Philately recognized internationally, a thorough gentleman, a seasoned poet having  good command on Urdu and Hindi poetic vocabulary , a prolific writer, a recognized cartoonist  ….a man with versatile personality; Mr Agrawal was a wonderful human being.  My heartfelt condolences. May his soul rest in peace and may god give strength to his family members to bear this  irreparable s loss.

I remember my first introduction with him long back in 2001 at Nasik during Inpex  Empirepex 2001, where we had long discussion  over his exhibit on Roses which was awarded Large Vermeil. I was impressed by his knowledge and command in thematic philately. And then from one show to the other, one place to the other and the mobile technology our friendship grew, strengthened  and then Rainbow is one platform where we both walked together along with other regular contributors of Rainbow. He always appreciated my views and my way of writing and  I always admired his versatility. Face book interaction of ours had always been interesting as  he used to post his poems and I used to give reply in my limited amateur poetic capabilities. The most interesting being my amateur  poetic comments on his cartoons.  I remember his beautiful cartoon sent to me as birthday gift along with his best wishes on face book featuring my face with me busy in thoughts of philately.

He was a genius beyond any doubt. Some people say he was straight forward but that was his plus point. He was a hard core philatelist.  I remember one incident shared by his wife in 2001 when he  literally locked himself in a room for a week to prepare his exhibit on Roses which was displayed in Inpex Empirepex 2001.  I remember him asking for my suggestions for title of his book  “History of Miniature Paintings through Philately”. He later gifted me a piece of that great philatelic work studded with art of paintings. In fact, he had a deep sense of looking differently  in to philatelic items / stuffs and discover great elements of interest in those. His articles touched  various topics  normally beyond the thinking of common philatelist  e.g, April Fool, The Playing Cards,   When stamps served as coins.. just marvelous. His different articles on Hindu Mythology also showed his super intelligence and versatile knowledge. His book “My Rainbow of Philatelic Articles” is just a philatelic marvel to be preserved for long. I am lucky enough to have this gem in my possession. He was a regular motivator  for me who  advised me several times to write on different aspects of philately for its promotion or to check the wrong practices. His in depth knowledge of other aspects of philately  was commendable.

The flow of thoughts is ON and ON  but I have to stop myself here. I must say, he will be remembered in this field of philately for number of years to come. Had there been a HALL OF FAME for Indian philatelist in India, I would have liked a place for him there. While saying this I like to give a suggestion that Indian philatelic fraternity should look in to this direction to recognize and give honor and true tribute to such philatelists. A fund should be generated or the broad hearted philatelists can donate should come forward.

- Naresh Agrawal  Ph. 09425530514  - email :

Recent Indian Issue

17 February 2018 : India-Iran Joint Issue : Rs 5 + Rs 25 + MS
23 February 2018 : B Nagi Reddy – Rs 5
25 February 2018 :  Auroville International Township, Pondicherry - Golden Jubilee
5 March 2018  : Biju Patnaik   - Rs 5
8 March 2018 : Central Industrial Security Force – Rs 5 + Rs 10
20 March 2018 : The Solar System – Rs 5 x 8 + MS

Apr 06: India and Bulgaria Joint issue
Apr 20: Defence R & D Org
India and Armenia Joint issue
Patna University
Girdhari Lal Bhargava
Indian Perfumes

Recent Special Covers

8 March 2018 : International Women’s Day, Kempegowda Road
10 March 2018 : Udupi Ramchandra Rao, Bengaluru
20 March 2018 : Stephen Hawking – at all postal circles of India Post
20 March 2018 : -International-francophonie-day-2018 – Chandigarh

2 April 2018 : Nandi Sahakari Sakkare Karkhane Niyamit, Krishnanagar - Babaleshwar

In The News

Recent Stamp Exhibitions


THAILAND 2018 is an extraordinary world stamp exhibition organized by the Philatelic Association of Thailand under the Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn from November 28 to December 3, 2018 at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand on the auspicious occasion of the First Anniversary Celebration of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Royal Coronation Ceremony. The 75th Congress of the International Philatelic Federation (FIP) will also be held at THAILAND 2018.

THAILAND 2018 with a capacity of 2500 display frames is the only General World exhibition in the year 2018 with participation open in all Classes viz FIP Championship, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Thematic, Maximaphily, Revenues, Youth, Literature, One Frame, Modern Philately and Open Philately.

The participation fee for Competitive Classes (except Youth Philately, Literature and One Frame) will be USD80 per frame. The fee for participation in Literature Class is USD90 per exhibit. The fee for participation in One Frame Class is USD100 per exhibit. There is no participation fee for Youth Philately Class.

Mr. Madhukar Jhingan is the National Commissioner for India.

The minimum eligibility for participation in THAILAND 2018 is winning at least a vermeil award at the National exhibition. The Exhibit Application forms and the detailed rules of exhibition (IREX) are available for download at

The duly filled Forms along with a copy of the first page of the exhibit should be submitted to the National Commissioner for India, Madhukar Jhingan, +919811160965 by March 1, 2018.

Source : Stamps of India

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


The BIRDPEX 8, a international philatelic Salon, will be held in Mondorf-les-Baine (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) from May 19th 2018 to May 21th 2018. The organizer of this philatelic event is the philatelic Club PHILCOLUX  of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,

42 exhibitors will be shown  52 exhibits on Ornithology.The exhibitors are from eight different countries like Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Israel and India.From India  participant  exhibitors are :  

1.Krishnamoothy J.(Villapuram) with the exhibit BIRD - A MESSENGER OF PEACE- A SYMBOL OF LOVE (4 Frames)

2. Srinivasan Paramasivam (Gurgaon) with the exhibits - MAGPIE IN NATURE AND MYTH (one Frame), THE WORLD OF FLAMINGOS (one frame) and THE NATIONAL PFRIDE OF INDIA: PEACOCK A BIRD  AND SYMBOL(one frame).

3. Divekar Mrugank D. (Mumbai) with the exhibit - EAGLE AND OWL (3 Frames-youth class)

During the exhibition  a pictorial  postmark , a Special cover, a Special postcard and two personalized stamps will be available .

All items are featuring the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica).

- Wolfgang Beyer ,BDPh (German Philatelic Federation) and AIJP.


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

3rd National Meet of Jainism Philately Group on 7th April 2018 at 3 PM at Sravanabelgola


GOMMATPEX - 2018 at Sravanabelgola

( Stamp exhibition on Jainism theme organized by Jainism Philately Group )
7th April 2018 Time : 11 AM to 6 PM  
8th April 2018 Time 10 AM to 2 PM 

New Book release

On 23rd March  New Book “INDIA SILVER JUBILEE STAMPS” by Nick Levinge and Rohit Prasad was released.  Pages 288 Price : Rs 5,000 post-paid in India, and USD 100 post-paid worldwide . The book can be ordered at :Email:

New Postmark from Germany

On April 21th 2018 a pictorial postmark  will be available  in 53111 BONN. The postmark is featuring a poppy(Papaver rhoeas).

- Wolfgang Beyer, BDPh (Germaqn Philatelic Federation)

PCI Meeting

The Bi-annual General Body Meeting and Elections for the New Governing Council (2018-2020) are scheduled to be held at Chennai on 29th April 2018. Time : 9.30 AM - Venue : Majestic Hall, RegentaCentral Deccan Hotel, Chennai.

Doon Philatelic Diary

Abhai Mishra

Kempty Falls

Kempty falls are one of the major tourist destination around Mussoorie. It lies 13 Km. ahead of Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Chakrata road. The name 'Kempty' is probably derived from the word  'Camp Tea'. During colonial times, the British used to have tea parties at the camp set up here. The area is surrounded by beautiful high mountains. The place is believed to be developed by John Mackinnon way back in 1830's. John Mackinnon was a famous businessman, who established one of the earliest brewery in Mussoorie. He was also involved in education business and is also accredited for making of cart road to Mussoorie. Mackinnon used to organize large tea parties for fun and frolicking at Kempty.

Erstwhile the area of Kempty falls belonged to the Raja of Tehri. At the beginning of twentieth century the British planned to establish a hydro-electric power station for illuminating Mussoorie. Kempty was the first choice for the scheme but the negotiations with Raja of Tehri failed and subsequently Bhatta falls near Galogi village was chosen for the scheme as it lied  in the British territory. In 1909, Mussoorie got the electricity and till date the Galogi hydro-power plant is working being one of the oldest functioning hydro-power plant of the country.

Kempty falls is fed by Ringaul river and being the largest fall around Mussoorie, its appearance is quite imposing. Actually there are five separate falls, all running straight into one another aggregating about 600 feet altogether. The Great Trigonometric record states that the crown of the topmost fall is 4680 feet while that of lowest 4120 feet above MSL.
Abhai Mishra - email :

Beginners’ Section

Nowruz Festival – Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Nowruz ,  the Persian New Year,  was recently celebrated worldwide on 20th March by the Iranians . Happy Nowruz !

Nowruz (which literally means new day in Persian) is the Iranian New Year also known as Persian New Year.It is celebrated worldwide by Iranians along with some other ethno linguistic groups as the beginning of New Year. Although having Iranian and religious Zoroastrian  origins,  Nowruz has been celebrated by people from various diverse ethno linguistic communities. It has been celebrated for over 3000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia ,Caucasus, Black Sea Basin and the Balkans. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants enjoyed by people of various faiths but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.

Nowruz is the day of vernal equinox and marks the beginning of spring in Northern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of the first month(Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar. It usually occurs on Mar 21,a day prior or later depending on where it is celebrated. The moment sun crosses the celestial equator and equalises night and day,which is calculated every year ,it is time for families to begin rituals.

A Vivid description of Nowruz celebrations in the Courts of Kings of Iran is found in Nowruznama (Book of  New Year) attributed to Omar Khayyam a well Known Persian Poet and mathematician. Before the collapse of Soviet Union, Iran was the only country which officially observed the ceremonies of Nowruz. When the Caucasian and Central Asian countries gained independence from Soviets they also declared Nowruz as National Holiday.

The United Nations recognised the International Day of Nowruz in 2010 describing it as a spring festival of Iranian origin. Nowruz is officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Iran issued a postage stamp during the First International Nowruz celebrations in Tehran on 27 Mar 2010.  

A set of Four stamps on flowers was released by Iran on 10 Mar 1984 on the occasion of Nowruz spring festivals. The Flowers on stamps are Lotus, Tulip, Matthiola and glycyrrhizaglabra (Liquorice).

A set of four stamps and FDC issued by Iran on 09 Mar 1985 to celebrate Nowruz Spring Festival. 

A set of Four stamps and FDC issued by Iran on 11 Mar 1986 to celebrate Nowruz Spring Festival. The stamps are on Poppy flowers of Iran. 

Papaver Orientale : The Oriental Poppy is a perennial flowering plant native to Caucasus, North eastern turkey and Northern Iran. The oriental poppies grow a mound of leaves that are hairy and finally dissected in spring.They gather energy and bloom in mid summer.
Papaver bracteatum : It is also known as Iranian Poppy, Persian Poppy and Great Scarlet Poppy. It is sturdy ,hardy perennial poppy with large deep red flowers up to 8 inches dia on stiff stalks four feet high.

Anemone coronaria : Also known as Poppy anemone, Spanish Marigold or Windflower native to Mediterranean region.

Anemon biflora : A small tuberous plant up to 10 cm tall. A set of Four stamps and FDC issued by Iran on 11 Mar 1987 to celebrate Nowruz Spring Festival. The stamps are on flowers of Iran. 

Iris paradoxasteven  : Paradise of Iris

Iris persica : Persian Iris is a native plant of Iran known for its beauty and fragrance
Tulips clusiana : The lady tulip is an Asian species of tulip native to Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq ,Pakistan and Western Himalayas. It is cultivated for its ornamental beauty.

Rosa damascena : Commonly known a Damask Rose or rose of Castile is a hybrid rose. Flowers are renowned for fragrance and commercially harvested for rose oil and used to make rose water. The petals are edible and used to flavor food as garnish, herbal tea and preserved in sugar as Gulkand .

A stamp was issued on 25 Mar 2015 on Global Celebration of Nowruz.

A Miniature sheet was issued by Iran on Global Celebration of Nowruz on 24 March 2016 which shows flags of countries where Nowruz is celebrated including India.

Nowruz in India – The Parsis  in India known to be the largest Zoroastrian Community celebrate the Persian New Year on Aug  . The Nowruz is celebrated in India and Pakistan almost 200 days later because People in India follow the Shehanshahi Calendar while World marks Persian New Year on the spring equinox.Shehanshahi calendar does not take into account the leap years hence the difference.

Note : It is a pity that on the above Miniature sheet, incomplete map of India has been shown. The correct map of India is given below for Readers' kind reference.

    -  Raman Thapar- New Delhi  : email :

In Memory of Dr Satyendra Agrawal….

Remembering him on his first death anniversary 21 April 2018…..

Dr Satyendra Agrawal, philatelist , philatelic writer and cartoonist passed away on April 21, 2017. He was highly regarded thematic philatelist and successfully exhibited his collection of Roses winning several medals at National and International Philatelic Exhibitions. Well known in philatelic community for his best collection on Roses, his contribution to thematic philately is remarkable. Rose . Philately column is dedicated to him. He wrote more than 100 articles for Rainbow Stamp News and will be remembered always by the philatelists around the world. This is his last article contributed for Rainbow.

Rose Philately

Rose is one of the most beautiful flowers which finds a place in our everyday life. Rose symbolises beauty, love, fragrance and matters of Heart. Stamps on roses have been issued by all countries of the World.

Here  are the roses on other fields of Philately like Special Covers, Post Cards, Roses named on Royalty and so on.

Special Covers

14th Winter Rose Show -A Special cover was released by Bombay Rose Society to mark the 14th Winter Roe Show. The Cover and cancellation shows a Rose.

Ist All India Rose Convention – A Special cover was brought out by Bombay Rose Society to commemorate the Ist All India Rose Convention held in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 19 Jan 1978.

Roses on Postcards – South Africa 1979

South Africa issued a set of Five Postcards on Roses 0n 01 Oct 1979. The Varieties on Post cards are

Gary player– orange blend hybrid tea,mild fragrance,35 petals,blooms in flushes throughout season

‘Prof Chris Barnard’ – red ,mildfragrance,upto 40 petals, pointedbuds,glossyfoilage

Southern Sun

Soaring Wings– Color orange crimson blend,height 130 cms,deep dusky orange crimson edged,moderate fragrance,bushy growth.

Pre Stamped Envelopes

Australia State Floral Emblems and Philately – Northern Territory – Pre Stamped Envelopes Australia Post issued a set of seven Pre stamped envelopes on the Australian States’ floral emblems on 19 May 1982.

-Raman Thanpar : email :


©  Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

Before the advent of money, barter was the accepted means of payment where anything could serve as "currency". But it may be surprising to know that few countries denominated their stamps in terms of Kilograms of vegetables, crops, sea shell or local flora and fauna.

Denomination in Grams or Kilograms of Rice

North Vietnam’s set of "Harvesting Rice" official stamps issued in 1952/53 depicting a crude image of man planting rice with crude perforation by way of a sewing machine, denominated in kilograms of rice.

"Harvesting Rice" official stamps, Vietnam1952/53

Also one value from President Ho Chi Minh’s set of 5 stamps issued in 1946 was overprinted in 1955 with denomination as 0.05 Kg.

President Ho Chi Minh stamp overprinted 0.05Kg of Rice, Vietnam 1946

And finally Dien Bien Phu commemorative of 1954-56 were denominated in grams or kilograms of rice. The stamp shows a communist soldier standing atop the command post of the French commander, General De Castry. Both perforate and imperforate versions are available.

“Dien Bien Phu” commemorative of 1954-56

Denomination in grams or kilograms of rice are unusual, of course, but rice was certainly a valuable commodity in Vietnam in 1954, especially in North Vietnam, which had much less agricultural land than South Vietnam and had been divided politically by the Geneva Conference as a result of the communist victory at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. The North Vietnamese had had experienced famine nine years before, in 1945. The disruption of the Vietnamese economy by the Japanese occupation and inept French administration, as well as droughts and floods, resulted in the death by starvation of hundreds of thousands to millions of people (estimates range from 400,000 deaths to 2 million).
During the war unhulled rice became the unofficial state currency, hence the mention on the official stamps.

Denomination in Cowries

Some form of shell money appears to have been found on almost every continent: America, Asia, Africa and Australia.The Chinese were the first people to use cowries as currency. Although as supplies from the ocean ran out, people manufactured their own versions which is perhaps the first instance of fake currency.
Wilson's embryonic postal system for Uganda commenced operations on March 20, 1895. A single letter box was set up in Kampala, at Wilson's office, offering twice-daily letter service to Entebbe and Gayaza for postage of 10 cowries. Other destinations had different rates.

1895-98, The “Uganda Cowries”, also known as the “Uganda Missionaries”, were the first adhesive postage stamps of Uganda.

“Uganda Cowries”, Uganda 1895-98

The values of the stamps varied, but all were denominated in cowries (monetary seashells), at 200 cowries per rupee or 12½ cowries = 1d. The design was simple, showing just the initials of the jurisdiction and a number for the denomination. The paper used was extremely thin.Because there was no printing press in Uganda, the stamps were made on a typewriter by the Rev. E. Millar of the Church Missionary Society, in March 1895, at the request of C. Wilson, an official of the Imperial British East Africa Company.

Commercial cover dt. 14 March 1895bearing three Uganda Missionaries stamps of denomination 10 and 5 cowries respectively

Denomination in number of Potatoes

Tristan da Cunha is a small island situated in the southern Atlantic Ocean. An attempt to attract attention to Tristan da Cunha by the issue of own postage stamps was made in 1946 by the British meteorologist Allan B. Crawford, who spent a long time on the island and realized there was a demand for stamps from philatelists and passing ships from the so called “loneliest Island in the world”.

He decided to develop and produce a Local stamp for the islanders to place on the outside of their letters. Together with draftsman Sgt Jimmy Brown he came up with 9 designs and Allan had 20,000 penny sheets made, each stamp depicted a penguinprinted in red in sheets of 35 stamps by Hortors Ltd of Johannesburg.

All 9 Potato Stamps designed by Sgt Jimmy Brown and facsimile copies of the now famous “Potato” Essay; the only one which was printed in 1946

As they did not have permission to use the King George head, they used the British Union Flag. The islanders also had no money and during WWII they used potatoes as currency with 4 potatoes equalling 1 old penny (1d) so this currency was added to the designs.
The stamp/sticker soon achieved fame as a souvenir from passing ships and collectors throughout the world and was nicknamed the “Potato Stamp.

“Potato” stamp depicted on a M/S, Tristan da Cunha, 2006

In 1946 Craford alsosubmitted a page of the petitioncontaining the designs of nine postage stamps  signed by the 12 members of the island council, to the UK Postmaster General for consideration as a legitimate postage stamp,but petition was turned down for some reasons in September 1946.

This 2015 stamp sheetlet has been produced using Allan Crawford's black and white designs submitted as part of the petition together with Tristan's first official stamp, the overprinted St Helena definitive. The border also depicts some of Allan Crawford's early designs.

FDC Potato Essays Postage Stamps,Tristan da Cunha 2015

The potato stamps were never approved, but sometimes they were posted, hence a postage due penalty.

Commercial cover, Tristan da Cunha 1948, franked with a potato stamp assessed as 1-1/2c postage due upon arrival in South Africa

In 1979 to commemorate the death centenary of Sir Rowland Hill, The 4 potatoes red stamp showing penguins and the currency being potatoes was also included in the miniature sheet issued by Tristan da Cunha.

Red Potato stamp depicted in M/S of Death centenary of Sir Rowland Hill, Tristan da Cunha, 1979

Denomination in number of Puffins

Released on November 1st 1929, the “Puffin Stamps” of Lundy Island are the only stamps having denomination printed in number of a local bird “Puffin”.1 Puffin = 1 British Penny: 12 Puffins = 1 Shilling.The stamps are clever too as they show the number of puffins per value, the half has its face and chest, 1 has the whole bird and the 9 and 12 just look hilarious.These stamps wereLithographed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Ltd. and Printed in sheets of 120 stamps, made up by four panes of 30 stamps.

“Puffin” stamps, Lundy 1929

Once owned by a smuggler and slave trader, the name Lundy is derived from an Old Icelandic Viking word “Lund” which means Puffin or Parrot and “ey” – an island. Numerous birds breed on the island including Puffin whose name is used for the unit of currency. 

Lundy is situated in the Bristol Channel about 12 miles from the mainland of England. It is about 3miles long by half mile wide, there are a number of permanent residents and about 25000 tourists visit the island each year. In 1925 the entire island was purchased by Mr. Martin Coles Harman who set himself as the king of this island and proceeded to coin money and issuing postage stamps for use by island’s inhabitant. The stamps and coins bore a picture of the puffin, a paunchy bird with a supercilious expression which inhibits the island in great number.

There is no British Post Office on the Island so Lundy stamps were authorised, starting in 1929, to pay postage for carrying the mails by packet boat (or airplane) to the mainland of England.

Commercial covers with Puffin Stamps on front and back

At first all went well with this Lilliputian kingdom, but in 1931 the British government got wind of what going on and court took a dim view of His Majesty King Harman’s regal pretensions. King Harman suddenly found that he was an ex-king, was fined 5 pounds, and was ordered to relinquish his royal prerogatives.
The printing of Puffin stamps continues to this day and they are available at face value from the Lundy Post Office. One used to have to stick Lundy stamps on the back of the envelope; but Royal Mail now allows their use on the front of the envelope, but placed on the left side, with the right side reserved for the Royal Mail postage stamp or stamps.

Royal Mail now allows their use on the front of the envelope, but placed on the left side, with the right side reserved for the Royal Mail postage stamp

Lundy stamps are cancelled by a circular Lundy handstamp. The face value of the Lundy Island stamps covers the cost of postage of letters and postcards from the island to the Bideford Post Office on the mainland for onward delivery to their final destination anywhere in the world. The Lundy Post Office gets a bulk rate discount for mailing letters and postcards from Bideford. Lundy stamps are a type of postage stamp known to philatelists as "local carriage labels" or "local stamps". Issues of increasing value were made over the years, including air mail, featuring a variety of people.

New designs of Lundy "local stamps" with denomination in number of Puffins

Today, Lundy is part of the British Empire, and former King Harman is an ordinary subject of King George. But the stamps remain a fascinating item for collectors, unique in postal history. For they are the only British stamps ever issued – not by the British Government not by a British dominion, commonwealth, colony or possession – but by now private citizen - His Exalted Ex-Royal Highness King Harman I, Ex-Monarch of Puffin land!

Specialized Section

US Stamps World War II and Thereafter

Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta

During World War II, production of new U. S. 3¢ commemorative stamps all but ceased. Among the three issues that appeared in 1942 was the celebrated Win the War stamp, which enjoyed enormously wide use, owing partly to patriotism and partly to the relative unavailability of alternatives. It presents an eagle posed in a "V" shape for victory surrounded by 13 stars. The eagle is grasping arrows, but has no olive branch. A notable commemorative set did, indeed, appear in 1943-44, but its stamps, all valued at 5 cents, were not competitive with the Win the War issue.

A notable commemorative set did, indeed, appear in 1943-44, but its stamps, all valued at 5 cents, were not competitive with the Win the War issue. This was the Overrun Countries series (known to collectors as the Flag set), produced as a tribute to the thirteen nations that had been occupied by the Axis Powers.

Win the War stamp on Cover

Win the War stamp on First Day Cover

The Overrun Countries series was a series of thirteen commemorative postage stamps, each of five-cent denomination, issued over a fifteen-month period in 1943–44 as a tribute to thirteen nations overrun, occupied, and/or annexed by the Axis Powers during or shortly before World War II.

The stamps depict, in full color, the national flags of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Albania, Austria, Denmark, and Korea, with the names of the respective countries underneath. To the left of each flag appears the symbol of a phoenix, symbolizing the renewal of life, and to its right appears a kneeling female figure with arms raised, breaking the shackles of servitude.
The stamps with flags of European countries were released at intervals from June to December 1943, while the Korea flag stamp was released in November 1944.

Because of the elaborate process necessary for the full-color printing, the United States government's Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC, contracted with a private firm, the American Bank Note Company in New York City, to produce the stamps. These stamps were priced at 5 cents, although the standard cost for a first class stamp was 3 cents. These stamps were intended for use on V-mail, a means whereby mail intended for military personnel overseas was delivered with certainty. The service persons overseas used the same method for writing letters home, and the same process was used to reconstruct their letters, except that their postage was free.

The two-cent surcharge on the V-mail letters helped pay for the additional expense of this method of delivery.

Overrun Countries series

The post-World War II stamp program followed a consistent pattern for many years: a steady stream of commemorative issues sold as single stamps at the first-class letter rate. While the majority of these were designed in the double-width format, an appreciable number issued in honor of individuals conformed instead to the format, size, general design style and red-violet hue used in the 1940 Famous Americans series. The Postal Service had become increasingly lax about employing purple for 3¢ stamps, and after the war, departures from that color in double-width commemoratives veritably became the rule rather than the exception (although U. P. U. colors and purple for 3¢ stamps would continue to be used in the definitive issues of the next decades). Beginning in 1948, Congressional Representatives and Senators began to push the Post Office for stamps proposed by constituents, leading to a relative flood of stamps honoring obscure persons and organizations. Stamp issue did not again become well regulated until the formation of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) in 1957.

-       Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta - email :


( Pigeon Mail : The First Air Mail Of The World )

Naresh Agrawal

To commemorate INPEX 1993 on 27.12.1993 Pigeon post was sent from Calcutta to Tengra. The pigeongram was numbered. This was a special beautifully designed pigeongram from SHIP TO SHORE with pictorial cancellation of Pigeon  and  delivery mark. Out of 73 pigeons were  relieved only 48 could reach destination . Letter hereunder clears the same 

( The pigeongram designed by Sri Dipok Dey ,a renowned philatelist and famous  stamp designer )


 On 17th Aug. 1997 The Orissa Philatelic Association organized a pigeon mail service to salute her    freedom fighters.The pigeon flew from Cuttack to Bhubneswar and back. About 100  birds were flown with flying time of 2 hours. Most of the Tricolor  with pictorial cancellation Pigeongrams were destroyed due to Cyclone..


On 12th Feb. 1999  numbered Pigeongram with contents were flown from Institute of  Engineers ( Khairatabad P.O.) Hydrabad to Charminar (Jubilee H.P.O.). covering   an air distance of  about 8 Kms. on the inaugural day of Appex 99 


 Pigeongram issued on 10.01.2000 during Millennium Exhibition on Numismatic  and Antique by connoisseurs addressed to President, Connoisseurs, C/o Tangra P.O.,Calcutta   delivered on 11.01.2000 


 02.03.2003 Special commemorative pigongram in blue issued to commemorate   INPEX 2003,  from Quat Conference Hall,  Bhuvaneshwar to Cuttack.


The message for AIDS awareness has been transported by the pigeon called "Tiger exhibition Hall in Jamshedpur to Kadma, in 2 hours.on  6th Dec. 2005.  20 pigeons  left but only 16 reached their destination.

Special cover issued during 4th South Bengal Regional Philatelic Exhibition depicting a cancellation dated 10th Feb. 2010 with  pigeon  commemorating the pigeon mail service


Special cover with special cancellation and  a pigeongram issued on 2nd april 2009 during special exhibition held on the occasion of 144th anniversary of Cuttack Club a from 02.04.2009 to 04.04.2009



Carrier pigeons are by no means a recent introduction in India - they can be seen on Mughal paintings, carrying love messages into harems or secret military instructions to soldiers in the field.
Pigeons and Doves have important place in different religions. In Hindu,The Yama, god of the dead, has birds such as owls and doves or pigeons as messengers.


One can find many stories of love, betrayal or wartime when pigeon played important roles as messengers. Indian cinema has explored, used and projected the utility of carrier pigeons in various films acting as link between the lovers by carrying and exchanging their mails. Pigeon used in Indian blockbuster movie "Maine Pyar Kiya" (I fell in love) and its heroics in conveying love messages between lovers.  In various films like Jodha Akbar, Mugal –e-aazam, Delhi-6, Anarkali   etc.. the use of pigeon is predominant. Thus indian cinema have certainly immortalized pigeons through movies since the birth of cinema in India.


Pigeon post has a great role in not only Indian but Western and European art and culture. It is reflected and projected in various art forms. Various painters have given pigeon a big place in their paintings. Especially when it comes to depicting.

A white pigeon  had been held under armed guard accused of carrying out a spying mission for India's arch rivals. This white-colored bird was found in India's Punjab region, which borders Pakistan, and identified as a foreign bird and was taken to a police station 25 miles from one of the region's major cities Amritsar.
The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani telephone number and address stamped on its body in red ink. Cop Jagjit Singh said he suspected the pigeon had landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, but no note has been found. It is believed the pigeon may have been on a "special mission of spying" and officials have banned anyone from visiting


Exclusive services of the carrier pigeons was availed during sudden change in programme of the India’s first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru during his visit to Orissa in 1948 when carrier pigeons were sent from Cuttack to Sambalpur  and to other remote areas delivering message to the administration to make proper arrangements. The pigeons very efficiently served and performed their duties flying hundreds of kms. In few hours.


The services of the about 800 carrier pigeons  had been used to carry missives between remote stations in the north-eastern state widely in Orissa during floods in 1982 and a cyclone in 1999, as radio networks were disrupted. The birds could fly hundreds of kilometres to deliver messages before returning to base.

In general, the public opinion is that this service should always be retained and continued .Delhi-based ornithologist Rajat Bhargava retaliated on the discontinuation of the pigeon mail service by Orissa police in 2004  and did not agree with the government proposal. He said that the old pigeon tradition should not have been destroyed and  that vanishing art which should should have been protected. He added that since the pigeons were excluded from the Wildlife Protection Act. So they could be kept.


Though officially the pigeon post in India  is no more in practice  mainly due to the development in communication technology yet some times the need of such traditional and natural mode of communication is felt especially  during natural calamities. However, in the other parts of the world it is being used in one way or the other where the latest technology fails , the pigeons come in to play.               
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- Naresh Agrawal : email :

India’s Postal History from the Feudal Era to Independence, 1947

Part 3b- Postal system between 1774-1837

First Map of India
            Road development was the responsibility of the postal department.It was necessary to survey the country and have a map for better routing of roads. Major James Renell was appointed as Surveyor General of Bengal and the first map of Hindustan was published in 1794 from a survey conducted carried out between 1767 and 1777. “Survey of India” was the first government organisation in British India .Renell is considered the Father of Indian Geography, and his map highlights the major routes from Calcutta.  It was an important work for future road development in India, and was critical for the establishment of postal services.

Speeding the mail delivery
·         In 1822, an experiment was carried out with horseman instead of postal runners. It was found that the time needed to deliver mail between Calcutta to Meerut by horse was 10.5 days as compared to 12 days by foot. The experiment could be successful and the horse post was abolished after six months of experimentation.
·         For the first time in the history of Post Office of India, the Calcutta GPO(PMG Fort Williams GPO) decided to adopt the contract system for conveyance of public mails on 3rd March 1810 and the first advertisement for the contract was issued in the Calcutta Gazette dated 12th March 1810. The contract had a penalty clause for non performance in conveying mails at the destinations. In the year 1825, to the speed up the conveyance of mails, the contract system was revised with the provisions of allowance and the contractor was at the liberty to use any means of transport to carry mails.
·         To improve the postal services within Calcutta and nearby areas, ONE ANNA Post Office was established. On 1st May 1808, One Anna Post office was set up for speedy postal service within 7 miles of Calcutta Territory at a rate of 1 Anna in addition to the inland postage. The service ensured that the post gets delivered to the receiver on the same day of receipt. Two Annas was charged for the post to be delivered to extended places of Calcutta.
·         If a foreign letter gets too late to catch the ship before it sailed, arrangements were made to send the mails to Kedgreefrom Calcutta GPO by a special runner.
·         In order to speed up the delivery of ship letters to London on arrival at British Post, such letters were placed in a separate box with payment of “Double Postage Rates”. This reduces the sorting time on arrival at Britain.
·         It was a general practice that all letters of the imperial postal services were received and delivered from the General Post offices(GPO). With increase of mails in main three cities, Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, many Receiving Houses were established for receiving the letters only which will then be forwarded to  General Post Offices. Receiving houses were first established in Calcutta. This reduces the effort of posting the letters by the sender. At the GPO’s the letters were sorted and bagged as per destination and forwarded.

Postal organization
            Till the first postal reform in 1837, each of the three presidencies,  Calcutta, Bombay and Madras operated their postal services with their own set of rules. Each presidency had a GPO headed by a PMG(Post Master General). Calcutta Presidency came up with their first postal rules on 1st April 1774.  Madras Presidency came up with their first postal rules in November 1808. These rules were on the same lines of the Bengal  Presidency post office rules 1798. Bombay Presidency came up with their first set of postal rules in 1801.

All three Presidencies advertised their postal notification for public in government approved newspaper. They were “Madras Courier”, “Bombay Courier” and “Calcutta Gazette”
            In 1832, for convenience of residents, the first Branch Post office was opened in 1832 in Byculla(Bombay island) and the second in Madras in 1834. These branch post offices performed both receiving and delivering mails.

Delivery and Dead Letter Office
            The delivery of letters at the receivers doorstep was done by lower officials of government staff which could be 'Peons' and later termed as ‘Letter Deliverers' in 1840. Each letter was recorded both at the time of booking and delivery. All unclaimed letters were published in the official gazette of the respective presidency.  With the increase of unclaimed letters, in 1828, Bombay Presidency, published the unclaimed letters in two categories, inland post and foreign post.

Early DLO cancellation

Free Postage
As per the Bengal postal notification order dated 30th January 1785, provided the privilege of free postage for letters “FREE”. In 1808, a detailed rules were published for free postage issued by Governor in Council of East India Company  to be implemented from 1st December 1808. In 1852 the word “FREE” was changed to “ON SERVICE”.

Other Developments
·          Bombay Presidency, private postal service was called "Angadia" which was started in 1790.
·         In the mid 19thcentury  aParsi individual MeherwandaruPostwala who used to provide postal services within Bombay and other areas within Bombay Presidency where ever he had his offices.
·         Postal services were responsible for Communication, Transport of mails and Road Development.In 1783, Palki Dawk service for carrying passengers introduced in Calcutta GPO. DawkBunglows were stablished for passenger resting.Masalji, Bearers, Saedar were provided along with the palki. This service was later implemented in all three Presidencies. In 1855, Public Works Department(PWD) was formed to undertake the responsibility of road building and maintenance.
·         As per the suggestion of PMG-London, the Court of Directors of East India Company in  August 1837, directed the Governor to mark overland letters with impression of stamp “INDIA” for those letters passing through Egypt or Syria. This facilitates the collection of the postage dues at Britain on arrival of the letter.

End of the Initial Development period

India Postal system by 1837, had three different types of postal services :
a.  Imperial postal services run by British empire
b. District Postal which was run with an arrangement of postal agent by the respective Presidency GPO, for example Zamindari Dawk in Bengal.
c. Many princely states had their own postal services. Postal services of Princely stateswere of two types :
-- Princely state government employed their own staff for their postal services for example Hyderabad Postal services, Anchal Postal services of Cochin, Travancore state.
-- Princely  state government run their postal services by an agent for e.g. BrahminiDak in Malwa and Rajputana states.
The exchange of letters between Imperial postal services and Princely State postal services was as per an agreed rule between the princely state and the Imperial government.
            By end of 1836, postal services laid down the basic infrastructure required for a good postal services for any large and complex country like India. It was time for strengthening and improving which the postal reformsof 1837, 1854 and 1873.

To be Contd….  in the next issue
: Swamynathan R - email :

Editor’s Mail Box

Dear Madam,

I have been receiving the Rainbow Stamp Bulletin for many years now and it has always been a pleasure to read articles written by senior and knowledgeable Philatelists.

Lately, there has been a lot of talk in your bulletin about how the high number and increased high value stamps being issued is deterring people from pursuing stamp collecting as a hobby or limiting their collection.

The Department of Posts in its own wisdom to bring out stamps on various themes and also increase the sales volume, has probably embarked upon this path.

One way to probably get around this problem is to mandate a minimum fixed volume of each commemorative stamp to be used on postal stationery, by India Post. This which would in turn increase the quantity of  such stamps available for collection by philatelists, children easily. 

Further, use of post with commemorative stamps to send greetings, parcels etc. especially to family and friends may be promoted to encourage the stamp collecting importantly amongst the young ones. This assures them a steady source of stamps. I have been sending picture post cards with commemorative stamps on major festive occasions to friends and relatives for the last many years. Many have preserved the cards with the stamps and tell me about them when I visit.

Warm regards and best wishes,

M. Mahadev, Navi Mumbai

Excellent publication – as always. Keep up the good work.

-Gary Goodman. U.K.
c/o. Judaica Thematic Society.

New issues from other Countries


Canada Post is once again marking spring’s return with its annual flower stamp issue, which was  released on 1st March 2018. This year, the focus is on aquatic blooms with two domestic-rate Permanent stamps featuring two varieties of lotus.


The only lotus indigenous to American Continent, the American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) has a creamy yellow flower and needs warmth and sunshine. The rare and threatened species grows at its northern limit along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair in southern Ontario. It is also found in wetlands across most of the eastern U.S. and as far south as Honduras.

The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), which bears delicate pink and white petals, is the national flower of India and has deep religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. Native to the tropical and warm-temperate regions of Asia and Australia, this lotus is cultivated in North America and can become wild.

Stamp designers Gary Beelik and Kristine Do, of Toronto’s Parcel Design, used watercolour portraits by Eunike Nugroho to depict different bloom phases in a pair of se-tenant stamps. The blue background evokes a watery habitat while a spot gloss varnish reveals a Chinese Bulbul bird, a koi fish and a dragonfly, all of which share their environment with lotuses.


Bioluminescent stamps come to light

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) searched the darkness of the deep ocean realm in its quest to deliver the luminous beauty of bioluminescent life on newly issued, highly-reflective Forever stamps.

Issued onon Feb. 22, the Bioluminescent Life Forever stamps celebrate life-forms that create their own light and perform a variety of functions, including support for medical research. The stamps include glowing marine species, a firefly and a cluster of mushrooms captured on the surface.

Although these stamps do not glow in the dark, they do incorporate a special effect. The stamp pane was produced using a proprietary rainbow holographic material that is highly reflective in white light. The stamps were produced using special techniques to enhance the reflective qualities of the material while maintaining the depth of colour and detail of the individual images. The rainbow pattern imparts a sense of movement and light to the stamp pane.

6 April 2018 - STEM  Education

The US Postal service will issue a set of four stamps on science, technology, engineering and mathematics on 6th April 2018.

STEM Education

These Forever stamps celebrate the role of science, technology, engineering and   mathematics  education in keeping America a global leader in innovation. 

In an increasingly competitive world, proficiency in the fields collectively known as STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is more critical than ever.  Designed to pique the curiosity of the viewer, each of these four stamps features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.

Faroe Islands

 23 April 2018 : Europa 2018 ( Bridges)

26 March 2018 Europa 2018 ( Bridges)

- Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin March & April issues 2018 edited by Mohanchandran Nair

- Judaica Thematic Society (UK)  March & April  2018  Newsletter edited by Gary Goodman

-The Hyderabad Philatelist Feb & March 2018 issues edited by Prakash Agarwal

-The Hyderabad Hobby Magazine Feb & March 2018 issues  edited by Prakash Agarwal

- Deccan Philatelist edited by Col Jayanta Dutta & Dr. Anjali Dutta

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Ludhiana Philatelic Club
Numismatic & Philatelic Association of Vellore Fort
Philatelic Congress of India -
Philatelic Society of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Philatelic Society of India , Mumbai :
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Gujarat Philatelic Association - Ahmedabad
South India Philatelists Association -
The Army Philatelic Society, Pune


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 Deccan Philatelist from Deccan Philatelic Socity, Pune.  edited by Col Jayanta Dutta

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