FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
14 June – 15 July 2018
Dehradun July 2018 Vol. XI Issue No. 127
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I am pleased to present July 2018 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. Recently we lost two noted stamp dealers Shri Arun Bhattacharya from Kolkata and Shri Chandra Prakash from Bareilly who passed away last month. They will always be fondly remembered by all stamp lovers. Mr Bhattacharya was a very popular personality in the philatelic community both as a person and as a stamp dealer. He provided stamps to the collectors on a very reasonable price. I too have sweet memories with Mr Bhattacharya of the stamp exhibitions at Bhubaneshwar and Delhi. He was the gem of a person . Mr Chandra Prakash was a genuine stamp dealer and sold nice philatelic items to many stamp lovers. I express my sincere condolences. May their soul rest in peace.
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§ From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§ Recent Indian Issues
§ In The News
§ Doon Philatelic Diary
§ Beginners’ Section
§ Rose Philately
§ Specialized Section
§ New Issues from Other Countries
§ Philatelic Clubs and Society
§ Blogs & Websites on Philately
§ Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter
A person to be remembered forever in philatelic community
Philately does give joy and pleasure but sometimes shock and grief too. A few days back one such shocking incident shaken the philatelic fraternity in India. Our beloved stamp dealer Mr. Arun Bhattacharya haled from Kolkatta at the age of 64years left for his heavenly abode after fighting cancer for long time. A man with kind heart, a dealer who dealt in philately only to serve philatelists and to promote philately, ever smiling, dynamic and full of energy….. Mr. Bhattacharya was gem of a person…... a great human being.
I came in contact with him about 20 years back and every passing day our relationship strengthened. I always owe him for not only for helping me building a mature collection of mine but for his appropriate suggestions from time to time and guidance also. We quite often met in stamp philatelic shows all over India during this period. He bestowed his affection and love specially when he visited Bilaspur where I live or whenever I went to Kolkatta during stamp shows. He loved Bilaspur so much that he always showed his willingness to visit Bilaspur. I remember the hours and hours we sat, chat and had healthy conversation not only related to philately but other issues related to person life and human life in general. He was undoubtedly storehouse of huge philatelic knowledge especially in Thematic. The best part of his personality was that he was ever charged, jubilant and humorous. His friendly bond with all stamp dealers and stamp lovers helped promoting philately in a big way specially at grass root level. He specially served budding and junior collectors. He specialized in thematic and providing such material catering to both budding as well as senior philatelists. His regular visits to neighboring Asian countries helped Indian collectors to have relations with dealers especially from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia Bangladesh, Malaysia Indonesia etc.. Even he was instrumental in calling dealers from these countries to Indian state level shows too. He had very respectable place both in the hearts of stamp dealers as well as stamp lovers all over India.
There are several memorable moments we spent together. His powerful voice and command in English was very attractive. It won’t be wrong if I say he was a wonderful promoter of philately because whenever there was an exhibition he used to give immense and positive information to all concerned in his loop and mould them to visit the show. I visited many shows just because of his call in spite of my other engagements. His willingness to deliver and truthfulness was always appreciated by one and all. He remained instrumental in introducing several stamp dealers to the philatelic fraternity. His faith in me was tremendous that he used to send me philatelic material on approval irrespective of any amount.
I can only say one thing that Arun Da always made his presence felt to the visitors or in any meeting / group because of his pleasing personality. Indian philatelic fraternity has lost a big friend, guide and promoter of philately. His contribution though has not been recognized in terms of awards but his recognition is the place he made in the hearts of philatelists of India and abroad.
My sincere condolences to his family and pray god to give strength to his family to bear this irreparable loss. We pray peace to his departed soul. Arun Da will always remain in our hearts as a friend, and beautiful human being..
- Naresh Agrawal Ph. 09425530514 - email : email@example.com
Recent Indian Issue
15 May 2018 : MV Arunachalam - Rs 5
23 May 2018 : C. Kesavan – Rs 5
25 May 2018 : The International Association of Lions Club – Rs 15
5 June 2018 : World Environment Day = 5 x Rs 5 + MS
7 June 2018 : India- South Africa Joint Issue – Rs 5+ Rs25 + MS
17 June 2018 : 100 Years of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha
28 June 2018 : Scott Christian College, Nagercoil – Rs 5
1 July 2018 : The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India - Rs.22.00
3 July 2018 : M.L.Vasanthakumari - 90th Anniversary. - Rs. 5.00
Recent Special Cover
29 May 2018 :Silver Jubilee of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.
31 May 2018 : World No Tobacco Day, K.G. Road
8 June 2018 : 55th year of Sir M. V. Memorial Education Society
11 June 2018 : 8th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies, Bangalore
15 June 2018 : Afghanistan's Historic International Cricket Debut -Bangalore
21 June 2018 : 4th International Yoga Day - Akshar Yoga - Koramangala
29 June 2018 : 125th Birth Anniversary of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis - National Statistics Day – RV Vidyaniketan PO
View : Special Covers
New Postal Stationery
New postcards from Poland
Two new postcards were issued in Poland. One Card features a Mountain Arnica (Arnica montana) and the second one a Three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus).
Quantity 8 000 pieces of each only.
- Wolfgang Beyer ,BDPh (German Philatelic Federation).
- Wolfgang Beyer ,BDPh (German Philatelic Federation).
In The News
Markand Dave wins The Royal Philatelic Society London Medal 2018
Markand Dave FRPSL, A Philatelist from Nadiad has been awarded by Patrick Maselis RDP FRPSL , President of the Royal Philatelic Society London with the prestigious LONDON MEDAL 2018 for his outstanding and extensive services to the society as a Representative of India. He was awarded medal on 28th June 2018. The Queen of Great Britain , Elizabeth ii is the Patron of the society where Markand Dave is the youngest fellow in the world and first Indian to receive this medal.
WORLD OF REVENUES
Salon at 29th International Stamp Fair, Essen, Germany
May 9-11, 2019.
An international exhibition, devoted solely to fiscal philately, will be organized in cooperation by the FIP Revenue Commission, Arbeitsgemeischaft Fiscalphilatelie im BDPh e.V. (German Society for Fiscal Philately), and International Stamp Fair Essen. As this is the first time such a special revenue exhibition will be held, the Salon takes place with a non-competitive basis. However, every exhibitor who wishes will get an exhibit evaluation by a group of experienced jurors. The expected size of the Salon will be 200 frames. The frames accommodate 12 album pages and not 16, please note. Exhibits of 1 to a maximum of 10 frames may participate. The charges are Euro 18 per frame.
Please download the first Bulletin and Application form of the exhibition and participate from https://stampsofindia.com/worldofrevenues.htm
. Anil Suri firstname.lastname@example.org is coordinating the participation from India and will carry the exhibits to and from the exhibition and obtain necessary governmental permissions.
Source : Stamps of India
THAILAND 2018 WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION
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.
Madhukar Jhingan email : email@example.com
Commissioner for MACAO 2018
Philatelic Exhibition (FIAP)
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.
Mr. Anil Suri,
Khushal Villa, E-70, Kalkaji,
NEW DELHI - 110 019.
Phone: (Res.) +91-11-2643 0813 / (Off.) +91-11-2647 4681
Mr. Anil Suri,
Khushal Villa, E-70, Kalkaji,
NEW DELHI - 110 019.
Phone: (Res.) +91-11-2643 0813 / (Off.) +91-11-2647 4681
Commissioner for PRAGA 2018
Philatelic Exhibition (FIP)
Exhibition Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Modern Philately (Trad. & PH), One Frame (Trad. & PH), Open Philately and Philatelic Literature Classes only.
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
Postmark on Taj Mahal
India Post provided commemorative postmark depicting Taj Mahal in Black and Blue at their Sales Booth during World Stamp Championship ISRAEL 2018 Jerusalem which was held from 27-31 May 2018.
Noted stamp dealer Arun Bhattacharya is no more...
He used to supply stamps and other philatelic items to many dealers in different parts of the country. It is a big loss to Indian philately. He will be missed in every stamp exhibition . Those who know him personally would never forget him. Our deepest condolences. May his soul rest in peace.
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2018 PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Entries are invited for the Independence day Photography competition on the theme “Holiday Destinations in India”. Prize winning entries will be considered for use as design on stamps and other philatelic items. Prize money to winners: 1 st prize: Rs.50,000/- 2 nd prize: Rs.25,000/- 3 rd prize: Rs.10,000/- Five consolation prizes Rs.5,000/- each
Last date for receipt of entries: 10.07.2018 For details log on to: www.indiapost.gov.in
"Dhai Akhar" Letter Writing Campaign by India Post – 2018
News from Philatelic Societies
Sikkim Philatelic and Numismatic Society
Sikkim Philatelic and Numismatic Society conducted a one day Philatelic and Numismatic workshop at Tashi Namgyal Academy at Gangtok on June 9. Display of philatelic and numismatic materials was also kept for the students. TNA becomes the first school in Sikkim to set up a Philatelic and Numismatic club, reads the press release.
The power-point presentation of how to start philately was explained by Vivek Yonzone while the Numismatic Workshop was carried out by Vikrant Yonzone. Ganesh Pradhan, President SPNS congratulated the school for coming up with the hobby club for students. Pradhan thanked Retd. Major VK Pillai, Director cum Principal, TNA for initiating the hobby club. Shital Pradhan, Secretary, SPNS speaking on the occasion appealed to the students to appreciate the beauty of the hobby and pursue it with sincerity and dedication. Philatelic and Numismatic hobbies if done in a proper way can give you name, fame and above all knowledge of the world around, added Pradhan.
Roshan Prasad, International Medalist on Philately shared with the students about launching a Scholarship Scheme called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana to award children in the class category of Standard VI to IX by the Department of Posts, Government of India. From the TNA school, teachers involved at the stamp club included Parbati Basnett, Kelsang Wangmoo, Nirmala Pradhan and Adwina Gurung
PCI Meeting & Seminar
The Philatelic Society of Rajasthan will be organizing the following Seminars / Presentations on 28 July 2018 in association with the Philatelic Congress of India at the following venue and time.
Venue: Rotary Hall, Opp. St. Xavier's College, Church Road, off M. I. Road, JAIPUR
Date : 28th July 2018.
Release of Special Cover by the Chief Guest CPMG Rajasthan Circle, Shri B. B. Dave Release of My Stamp by the Guest of Honour President PCI, Smt. Damayanti Pittie
12:55 PM - Presentation on ‘India 1929 Air Mail Stamps’ by Mr. Markand Dave
03:00 PM - Seminar on Thematic Philately by Mr. Rajesh Kumar Bagri
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM - Seminar on Traditional Philately by Mr. Pragya Kothari Jain
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM - Seminar on Postal History by Mr. Madhukar Deogawanka
05:00 PM - 05:30 PM - Presentation on Philatelic Activities & Possibilities in Sparsh Yojna by Mr. Rajesh Paharia
PHILATELIC CONGRESS OF INDIA www.philateliccongressofindia.com The Regional Meeting will be held on Sunday, the 29th July 2018 at Jaipur. The Regional Meeting of the Philatelic Congress of India will be held on Sunday, 29th July 2018 at Jaipur at the following venue and time: Venue : Rotary Hall, Opp. St. Xavier's College, Church Road, off M. I. Road, JAIPUR
Date : Sunday, 29th July 2018.
Time : Registration of members : 10:00 AM
Regional Meeting : 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Doon Philatelic Diary
Welham Boys’ School
Welham Boys' School is one of the top boarding schools located in Dehra Dun. The school is a residential school for boys and is affiliated with CBSE. A special Cover was released on Platinum Jubilee of Welham Boys’s School on 30 November 2012.
Welham Boys’ School started life as Welham Preparatory School way back in 1937, when Ms. Oliphant invested her humble capital and started the School in a rented building, which she called White House. Later, she rented another building Bethany that today is our dining hall.
The first problem was that of finance and this was temporarily overcome when Ms. Oliphant’s mother offered her daughter financial assistance. Though the capital from her mother was by no means large, it was adequate to start the school and of great sentimental value, as it came from Welham, Ms. Oliphant’s childhood hood village. It was perhaps the same sentimental attachment that inspired her to name the school after her village.
The first boy joined the School on 15th January 1937. By 1938, there were thirty boarders and twenty day scholars. In 1941, Class V was introduced. With the outbreak of the Second World War, numbers rose steadily and Welham found itself on a strong footing. Miss Oliphant’s dream of a kindergarten and Preparatory School for the children of India. In the early forties, the first school banner was carried at the School Games March Past. It bore the motto-‘From Strength to Strength’.
In the succeeding years, Welham came to be recognized as a Preparatory school and acquired several buildings and many more children. The school ensured that the children acquired a sound foundation in English. The boys’ individual requirements were attended to and talent explored. There was plenty of scope for self expression in drawing, painting, clay modeling, carpentry and craft.
In 1956, Ms. Oliphant donated all her assets to Welham Boys’ School Society which is presently administered by a Board of Trustees. Thanks to her vision and the efforts of the Principals who succeeded her, the School has carved a niche for itself in the world of school education. The Preparatory school she founded was elevated to the Plus Two stage of Secondary School education in 1985. The vintage buildings and the playing fields have been the training grounds where generations of youth have learned, played, cheered, won and lost many a game.
True to its motto, Welham Boys’ has grown into a full fledged institution, and today prepares boys for the C.B.S.E examination. It is a child friendly school which combines the best of traditions with a modern approach to learning.
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
World Cup Football (Jules Rimet Cup) and India
India was qualified for the final tournament for playing in the 4th edition of the World Cup Football held in Brazil in 1950.India then ranked 36 were placed in Pool- III along with Sweden (3), Italy (5) and Paraguay (10). But eventually withdrew because FIFA would not allow Indians to play barefoot. So far so good.
The Official Poster promoting the tournament unfortunately made a big goof-up. The original poster (now held in FIFA's archives in Zurich) shown below has the British-Indian Blue Ensign of pre-Independence India in place of Independent India's Tricolour adopted in 1947.
This poster was later depicted in several postage stamps issued from across the world viz., Uruguay (1951), Tcand (1977) and Japan (2010).
- Sekhar Chakrabarty : email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Famous stamps of the World
Inverted Dendermonde - €75,000
Inverted Dendermonde - €75,000
The Inverted Dendermonde, which showcases the town hall upside down, is Belgium’s greatest contribution to the printing errors. Although this error leaked through two sheets of the stamp’s first run and one pane of the second, only 17 are known to still exist. It is rumoured that two of these stamps were lost when a famous stamp collector was murdered in 1942. If you wanted to get your hands on the remaining few, it would set you back an estimated €75,000.
Rather than being valuable for an image error, the Baden 9-Kreuzer is a moneymaker due to a colour error. A 9-Kreuzer stamp has the face value of 9-Kreuzer and is coloured pink, whilst the 6-Kreuzer stamps were green. However, an error in printing meant that a batch of 9-Kreuzer stamps were coloured green, rather than pink. Only four are known to exist and one was sold in 2008 for over €1 million.
Source : Catawiki
In Memory of Dr Satyendra Agrawal….
Australia Post issued a stamp and Medallion cover featuring a pictorial envelope with the $1 stamp from the Queen's Birthday 2018 stamp issue and related medallion. The stamp is postmarked - First day of issue | 17 April 2018 | Elizabeth SA 5112.
U.S. Space Exploration History on U.S. Stamps
With the advent of unmanned and manned space flight a new era of American history had presented itself. Keeping with the tradition of honoring the country's history on U.S. postage stamps, the U.S. Post Office began honoring the various events related to space exploration with its commemorative postage stamp issues. The first U.S. Postage issue to depict a U.S. space vehicle was issued in 1948, the Fort Bliss issue. The first issue to commemorate a space project by name was the ECHO I communications satellite commemorative issue of 1960. Next was the Project Mercury issue of 1962. As U.S. space exploration progressed, a variety of other commemorative issues followed, many of which bear accurate depictions of satellites, space capsules, lunar modules, space suits, and other items of interest.
Fort Bliss Issue of 1948
Fort Bliss has a long and diverse history and functioned in many capacities over the years. By February 1946, over 100 ‘Operation Paperclip’ scientists had arrived from Nazi Germany to develop rockets and were attached to the Office of the Chief of Ordnance Corps, Research and Development Service, Sub-office (Rocket), headed by Major James P. Hamill. Based on findings made by Dr. Robert Goddard following World War I, the Germans hit a peak production of V-2's during 1944 and 1945 at Peenemunde. When they arrived in the United States, at Fort Bliss, they brought with them the knowledge of the V-2, and as such, the U.S. made arrangements with these scientists and employed their knowledge in developing rockets at Fort Bliss in Post War United States. It was this effort that led the way to the successful production of the great rockets that carried satellites and Astronauts into space.
This stamp was issued on the 100th anniversary of Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Third Assistant Postmaster General Joseph L. Lawler dedicated the stamp in El Paso on November 5, 1948. The issue depicts what appears to be a rocket designed after the V-2 in the center, which technically makes it a "space stamp" in the Topographical world of philately.
The stamp's designer, Charles R. Chickering of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, intended the issue to salute the old as well as the new Fort Bliss and portray some of the highlights of the Fort's hundred-year history. C.A. Brooks engraved the vignette, and A.W. Christensen engraved the border, the lettering, and the numerals. The quantity issued was 64,561,000
ECHO I, Issue of 1960
Echo 1: Following the failure of the Delta rocket carrying Echo 1 on May 13, 1960, Echo 1A (commonly referred to as just Echo 1) was successfully put into a 944 to 1,048 mi orbit on August 12, 1960, by NASA. The 100 ft. diameter balloon was made of ultra thin (0.0050 in) metalized Mylar polyester film and was successfully used to reflect transcontinental and intercontinental telephone, radio, and television signals. The satellite also aided in the calculation of atmospheric density and solar pressure due to its large area-to-mass ratio.
Because of its shiny surface the large balloon-like satellite was also reflective of visible light rays and Echo 1A was visible to the naked eye over most of the Earth. Echo 1 was a passive communications satellite as it functioned as a reflector, not a transmitter. After it was placed in a low Earth orbit (LEO), a signal would be transmitted from Earth to the Echo satellite and then reflected or bounced off its surface, and then returned to Earth. It was the pioneer of communications satellites. Because it was brighter than most stars, it was seen by more people than any other man-made object in space at that time. Upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere ECHO 1A burned up on May 24, 1968.
This was the first 'Space Stamp' with the subject being a real space vessel, unlike the generic or symbolic rocket depicted in the Fort Bliss issue of 1948. The U.S. Post Office issued this 4-cent Echo I "Communications for Peace" commemorative stamp through the Washington, D.C., post office on December 15, 1960. The stamp was produced and issued to honor the world's first communications satellite. Designed by Ervine Metzl, the stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. Quantities issued totaled more than 120 million.
Project Mercury Issue of 1962
Project Mercury was the first manned spaceflight program of the US. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with the goal of putting a human in orbit around the Earth. The Mercury-Atlas 6 flight on February 20, 1962, was the first Mercury flight to achieve this goal.
The Post Office Department honoured this first orbital flight of a United States astronaut on February 20, 1962, when it released the Project Mercury commemorative stamp, placed on sale throughout the country at the exact hour Colonel John Glenn's historic flight officially had returned to Earth safely.
The stamp features an image of the Mercury Friendship 7 capsule circling the earth, against a field of stars. The spacecraft is now housed at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC. Because the event was deemed so popular the number of quantities issued totaled more than 289 million, more than twice the average amount of quantities issued for commemorative postage issues of that time.
This issue has somewhat of an unusual history. It was one of the first issues printed on the new Giori Press (named after its inventor, Gualtiero Giori). It employed a series of specially cut rubber rollers that applied two or three different colored inks on the same printing plate. As the new press was being used to print the Project Mercury stamp before the mission took place and in case the mission failed or was canceled, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing kept word about the new press and the stamp issue's production a secret. To further assure that the project be kept secret the designer of this issue, Charles R. Chickering, worked from his home and simply claimed that he was away on vacation! The stamps, waiting at post offices around the U.S., were sealed and marked "Top Secret". Only after Glenn's trip were the postmasters allowed to open the package and see what was inside.
Robert Goddard Issue of 1964
Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) is widely recognized as the “father of rocketry,” as he pioneered the modern propulsion rocket based on his knowledge of math, engineering and physics. His accomplishments included creating the first rocket propelled using liquid fuel and developing the first rocket to use internal vanes for guidance. He launched his first rocket in March 1926. Goddard continued to achieve many firsts in the field of rocketry with funding from institutions such as the Smithsonian. In 1919, the Smithsonian Institution published Robert Goddard's groundbreaking work, A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes. Other than from sources like the Smithsonian, Goddard received little public support for his research during his lifetime. He was the first to recognize the scientific potential of liquid fuel rockets in space travel and was instrumental in bringing about the design and construction of those rockets needed to implement those ideas.
Though his work in the field was revolutionary, he was sometimes ridiculed by the public and in the press for his theories concerning space flight and therefore became protective of his privacy and his research work. Years after his death, as manned spaceflight finally became a reality, Goddard at long last came to be recognized as the man who pioneered modern rocketry and ultimately space exploration.
On October 5, 1964, the U.S. Post Office issued a postage stamp commemorating Robert Goddard. The stamp depicts an image of Goddard next to a rocket launching from the Kennedy Space Center. The Post Office released the stamp issue at a ceremony held in New Mexico. Goddard's wife, Esther Goddard, attended the ceremony. She was given the honor of pressing the button launching two rockets, one of which flew some mile and a half into the air. The two rockets each carried 1,000 first day covers, and after parachuting to the ground were recovered, with the first day covers later sold to collectors. Designed by Robert J. Jones and printed on the Giori press, the quantities for this issue totaled more than 62 million.
Gemini IV was a June 1965 manned space flight in NASA's Gemini program. It was the second manned Gemini flight, the tenth manned American flight and the 18th space flight of all time (includes X-15 flights over 100 kilometres (62 mi)). It was crewed by James McDivitt and Ed White.
The highlight of the mission was the first space walk by an American, during which White remained tethered outside the spacecraft for 22 minutes. Tied to a tether, White fired his oxygen powered "zip gun" and floated out of the capsule. He traveled fifteen feet (five meters) out, and began to experiment with maneuvering. He found it easy, especially the pitch and yaw, although he thought the roll would use too much fuel.
Two 5-cent se-tenant stamps comprise one illustration of an astronaut during a space walk, honoring the space accomplishments of the United States. These issues were first placed on sale on September 29, 1967, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The offset press and intaglio press were combined to produce this issue in sheets bearing one horizontal plate number. Offset printed the red stripes in the flags on the astronaut's spacesuit and capsule and light blue sky areas, as well as the inscription on the astronaut stamp. The Giori press printed dark blue sky areas, the aqua earth, and black tones on the capsule and astronaut. The inscription on the spaceship stamp was white.
This issue was designed by Paul Calle of Stamford, Connecticut, who based his design from photos taken on the Gemini IV mission. The issue was printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It was issued in panes of fifty, with an initial printing of 120 million.
Up until the time of the Apollo VIII mission all manned ventures into space were confined to brief flights into space or to orbiting the Earth. Apollo VIII was the first human spaceflight mission to leave Earth orbit; the first to be captured by and escape from the gravitational field of another celestial body; and the first crew to voyage and then return to planet Earth from another celestial body – Earth's Moon. The three-man crew of mission Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders became the first humans to see the far side of the Moon with their own eyes, as well as the first humans to see planet Earth from beyond low Earth orbit.
The mission was accomplished with the first manned launch of a Saturn V rocket. Apollo VIII was the second manned mission of the Apollo Program. While orbiting the Moon each man on board read a section from the Biblical creation story (verses 1–10) from the Book of Genesis, and it is this unprecedented historical event that is theme of the Apollo VIII issue's design. The issue is inscribed with the words, In the beginning God...superimposed on the photograph Earthrise, taken by Anders. Borman finished the broadcast by wishing a Merry Christmas to everyone on Earth.
This issue was first released in Houston Texas on May 5, 1969. Basing his design on the Anders' Earthrise photograph, and from the words they read from Genesis, Leonard E. Buckley designed the Apollo VIII commemorative issue of 1969. The issue was printed on the multi-color Giori Press. Quantities issued totaled more than 187 million.
First Man on Moon Commemorative Issue of 1969
The Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon. Launched on July 16, 1969, the third lunar mission of NASA's Apollo Program was crewed by Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin E. 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while Collins orbited in the Command Module. The Apollo 11 mission reached President John F. Kennedy's goal of putting a man on the Moon's surface by the end of the 1960s.
On September 9, 1969, the U.S. Post office issued its first airmail stamp to depict a space exploration theme, the First Man on the Moon issue. The man depicted in the suit is Neil Armstrong taking man's first step on the moon. This issue was designed by Paul Calle. The stamp's original master die was actually flown to the moon, and a letter with the stamp canceled on the way back. The quantities issued were more than 152 million making the issue quite common, and quite popular. Some issues are missing the red color, resulting in the stripes of the flag emblem on Armstrong's arm being omitted making that issue quite scarce and expensive.
Space Achievement Decade Issue of 1971
This 'Space Achievements' issue depicts the Earth, Sun, Lunar Module, the Lunar Rover and astronauts. Two 8-cent se-tenant stamps commemorating a decade of space achievements were placed on sale August 2, 1971, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and Houston, Texas. First day covers were postmarked at two different post offices (Houston, Texas and Huntsville, Alabama) location of the two tracking stations, rather than the usual one, because of extraordinary popularity of the space program at the time of issuance.
This issue was designed by Robert T. McCall of Paradise Valley, Arizona. Upon close examination of this issue one can see that it has an accurate depiction of the Lunar Rover, sitting on the Lunar surface. The Lunar landing module can also be seen in the background. This issue (pair) came in sheets of 50 (100 individual stamps), with an initial printing of 150 million.
Skylab Issue of 1974
Skylab, a science and engineering laboratory, was the United States' first space station, and the second space station visited by a human crew. It was put into orbit by a Saturn-V rocket on 14 May 1973. It was also the only space station NASA launched alone. The 100-ton space station was in Earth's orbit from 1973 to 1979 and it was visited by crews three times in 1973 and 1974.
Circling 50 degrees north and south of the equator at an altitude of 435 kilometres (270 mi), Skylab had an orbital period of 93 minutes. There were a plethora of UV astronomy experiments done during the Skylab lifetime, as well as detailed X-ray studies of the Sun. The station was active until July 11, 1979, when it fell out of orbit.
The 10-cent Skylab commemorative stamp first day of release took place at Houston, Texas, on May 14, 1974. This issue commemorates the first anniversary of the launching of Skylab, and depicts the station as it was repaired, complete with "umbrella" and missing the lost solar panel. The stamp was designed by Robert T. McCall and was issued in sheets of fifty, with an initial printing of 140 million.
Pioneer 10: In March 1972, scientists at NASA launched this spacecraft to gather scientific data about the solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, while the vessel was also receiving radio control and guidance signals and other information from Earth. The Pioneer space craft was expected to last for 21 months in the solar system and deliver accurate information over that period of time. The fastest man-made object to enter space from Earth, the spacecraft was to begin collecting data at the Asteroid Belt and Jupiter and continue to relay information about other areas and phenomena of the solar system. After Pioneer 10 passed through the asteroid belt, Pioneer 11 was launched on a similar trajectory.
Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to get close enough to Jupiter to send back revelations about the properties and phenomena of the solar system's largest planet.
The 10-cent Pioneer commemorative stamp was issued on February 28, 1975, at Mountain View, California, and paid the domestic first-class rate for letters weighing less than one half ounce. Designed by Robert T. McCall and printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on the Giori presses. The stamp shares numerous design elements with USA Scott 1557, the Mariner 10 Issue of 1975.
Mariner 10 Issue of 1975
With the Apollo–Soyuz mission, two nations collaborated on a space project for the first time. In July 1975, the United States launched the manned Apollo Command module to rendezvous with Russia's manned Soyuz module. A special docking station facilitated interaction among the astronauts. Television stations worldwide broadcast the historic docking and bi-national greeting made by the astronauts. The modules remained docked for two days, during which the teams performed numerous experiments.
The U.S. Postal Service issued this se-tenant pair of two 10-cent multicolored stamps on July 15, 1975, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Inexplicably, the circular program insignia on the left-hand stamp is rotated to the Soviet configuration, showing the red Soyuz section on the left. The Soviet Union also released stamps of similar design (Russia Scott 4339–4340) at the same time. This denomination paid the domestic first-class rate for letters weighing less than half ounce.
Robert T. McCall designed the 'after link-up' image, and Anatoly Aksamit designed the 'before link-up' image. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced the stamps on the Andreotti press in sheets of ninety-six stamps, panes of twenty-four. Quantities issued for this pair of postage issues totaled more than 161 million.
Apollo – Soyuz Commemorative Issue of 1975
NASA's Viking program consisted of a pair of space probes sent to Mars, Viking I and Viking II. Each vehicle was composed of two main parts, an orbiter designed to photograph the surface of Mars from orbit, and a lander designed to study the planet from the surface. The orbiters also served as communication relays for the landers once they touched down.
Upon close examination one can discern the engraving of the landing component used to collect soil samples on Mars, the radio dish, landing gear and other equipment rendered by the engraver in this issue. The U.S. Postal Service released this issue at Hampton, Virginia, on July 20, 1978, the second anniversary of the Viking I lander's descent on to the Martian surface.
The 15-cent denomination paid the new domestic rate that had recently increased from 13-cents two months earlier for a first-class letter weighing less than half ounce. It was the second such stamp issued to fulfill that rate. Designed by Robert T. McCall, the issue was printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on the Giori presses in sheets of 200 stamps which were then cut into panes of fifty stamps for sale at post offices.
First day of issue ceremony took place July 20, 1978, at Hampton, Va. Quantities issued totaled more than 158 million.
Viking Mission to Mars, 1978 Issue
On May 21, 1981, the Post Office released the Space Achievement commemorative issue, 18-cent stamps, in a block-of-eight format, one image being shared by four individual stamps, with four more aside them depicting various space exploration imagery. First day of issue occurred at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The four central stamps depict the Space Shuttle in its various modes of operation. The central theme of this issue involves the first actual 'in space' flights of the Space Shuttle and also pays tribute to twenty years of U.S. manned space exploration. The other stamps to the left and right sides are honouring the efforts of those who partook in the historical Moon walk, Skylab, and Pioneer 11 missions. The images were modeled by Clarance Holbert. The stamp design by Robert T. McCall.
The Space Shuttle: The USPS issued a series of stamps on the space shuttle. The stamp of 1995 depicts the famous liftoff of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, Mission STS-57, which took place on June 21, 1993, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This issue was designed by Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia. As an extra security measure, elliptical perforations were used on sheets of stamps to identify genuine issues from those that might be counterfeited. The postage stamps were manufactured by Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd. in the offset/intaglio process.
On June 22, 1995, in Anaheim, California, the USPS commemorated the Space Shuttle Challenger, STS-7, with the issuance of a 3-dollar postage stamp. Again designed by Phil Jordan, the stamp features the Challenger Space Shuttle. The name of the Space Shuttle was inscribed in microtype and secretly blended into the design matrix to satisfy concern about matters of security. This was the first time that the Post Office used an actual photograph from a NASA mission, instead of an illustration based on a photograph. This issue was also printed by Ashton-Potter USA, Ltd., on the offset-intaglio printer.
On November 19, 1998, in New York City, the Post Office issued the Space Shuttle Piggyback $11.75 definitive Express Mail postage stamp. With all the fanfare surrounding the United States space program, this ceremony was in conjunction with the special First Day of Issue grand event that in New York that year. This issue was also designed by Phil Jordan and was printed by the Banknote Corporation of America.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Issue of 1995 and 1998
Space Shuttle Airmail Issue of 1989 & Challenger Issue of 1995
Space Shuttle Issue of 1998 & Space Shuttle Program Issue of 2000
Space exploration history is a popular topic, as record numbers of First-Day covers for postage stamps with space themes will attest. The Project Mercury issue of 1962 had more than three million 'First Day of Issue' cancellations, while the average number of First-Day cancels for other commemorative issues at that time was around half a million. In 1969, the Apollo VIII issue received 900,000 First-Day cancels while others received less than half this amount. As the advent of U.S. space exploration grew, so did the topic of Space Exploration on stamps.
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India’s Postal History from the Feudal Era to Independence, 1947
Part 6a (Postal System from 1873-1947)
The year 1873 is an important year in the history of India's Postal Services with the release of the Postal Manual in February 1873 which established an elaborate rules and standardisation with respect to working of India Post. Secondly, India Postal services was all set to provide postal services affordable to all citizens of India. Most important, Imperial Postal Services was well organised to function as a system.
Introduction of Postal Card in 1879 became a rage across India due to affordable communication to masses. Later postal cancellations with "Slogans"(a small message) on letters became a medium for public awareness. India was developing fast both economically and socially. India Postal services was participating in one way or the other in every development activity.
a. Standardisation of Obliterators
With expansion of new post offices, a new series of Obliterators with alphanumeric letters as defined by Postal Manual 1873. The Stamp with date, month and year continues. This is the first time an effort was made to standardise the obliterators on an all over India level. From 1874 to 1883 a system was introduced not to mention the year on the postmarks.
The complete postal manual 1873 is available in pdf format on this link :
By about 1880, the alphanumeric obliterators was replaced by new obliterators with name of the Post Offices.
b. Joining Universal Postal Union(Free Flow of Communications)
There were many obstacles to free communications, as each country had its own postage tariff and regulations and had entered into many bilateral conventions with other countries. The weights and measures in every country varied, and so did the charges and progression of rates. As a result, postal articles, which had to pass through several independent territorial units(countries/nations/Kingdoms), were subject to a multiplicity of charges, difficult to compute, either by the sender or by the receiver. It was evident that these difficulties would have to be removed before correspondence could flow without hindrance between different nations.
The first step towards this was the discussions among some European nations, initiated in 1862 by the American Postmaster-General. Subsequently, a conference was called in Paris in 1863 with 15 countries in attendance which laid down general principles to harmonise the flow of international mails.
As per the suggestion of German postal reformer Heinrich von Stephan, a conference attended by 22 nations was convened by the Swiss Government in Berne on 15 September 1874. Von Stephan’s idea was incorporated into an agreement that became the Treaty of Berne, establishing the General Postal Union. It was signed on 9th October(celebrated as Word Post Day)
Membership in the Union grew so quickly during the three years following the signing of the treaty that the name General Postal Union was changed to Universal Postal Union(UPU) in 1878.
India joined UPU on 1st July 1876
c. Overland Parcel Post
In 1871, the British Post Office declined to have any concern with the parcel post traffic between India and United Kingdom. Declined this facility, the public demanded some substitute method for exchanging parcels between India and England. A private agency to carry out the collection and delivery from Great Britain to India was the only way out. And a new organisation called the “Overland Parcel Post” which was really the extension beyond the Indian frontiers of the inland “Bhangy” on parcel post was launched. Under this scheme, parcels were received at any post office in India for transmission to Great Britain upto 50 lbs in weight at the rate of 3 annas per 10 tolas. Similarly, parcels could be booked in the United Kingdom, through Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company(P&O) or its authorised agents for transmission to India. Although the sanction for this scheme was received in July 1872, it was in March 1873, that the service came into operation.
With the introduction of the parcel post service between the United Kingdom and India, there arose the question of customs duty on postal articles. In 1872, the sanction of Her Majesty’s Government was accorded to a proposal of the then Director-General of Post Office in India, that the boxes containing these parcels should be sent directly from the steamer to the General Post Office, Bombay and to avoid any difficulty, these should be marked on the outside as ‘India Overland Parcel Post’. These were to be allowed to pass, without inspection, through the Customs House and conveyed by the postal authorities to the GPO-Bombay either separately from the regular mails, or together with them, as suited the Post. A customs officer was deputed by Customs House to open these parcels at the GPO, in cases where a suspicious of fraud existed. Ordinarily, the declaration made by the sender was considered sufficient to secure exemption from inspection by a customs officer, but latter was at liberty to exercise his discretion whenever doubts arose about the contents of various parcels. The parcels are opened under a joint verification(postal official and customs).
Agreements were signed with Germany, on 1st July 1875. For parcels to many European countries like Belgium, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, Trieste was the port of entry and for India Bombay was the port of entry. The Parcel post service gradually extended to more and more countries till the service covered practically every part of the world.
A need was felt for a well defined rules for international exchange of parcels. A conference was therefore convened at Paris in 1880, and it was attended by many countries who were also members of UPU including India. The conference adopted 6.5 lbs as the maximum weight of transmission by parcel post at a uniform charge. Since India had a well established parcel agreement so it did not ratify the UPU Parcel Post agreement. In 1897, India became the signatory to the UPU Parcel Post Convention.
c. Post Card
Post Card in India was introduced from 1st July 1879 which gave the common people to use postal service at a low cost. It was a great milestone in India's communication journey.
Post Card booked on 10th April 1897 from town Vairag to Bombay. The post card made its first delivery attempt(3rd Delivery) on 11th April 1897 and was delivered on the second attempt(4th Delivery) on the same day 11th April 1897. There used to be many delivery schedules during a particular day as indicated on the delivery postmark on the post card.
Slogan Postal Mark
With Post Cards becoming popular and letter communication increasing, postal slogan post marks on letters were introduced in a big way from 1917. Postmark slogans were used for public awareness/literacy.
Delivery Mark with Slogan : "Careless Talks, Costs Lives" used to warn public during World War
Booking Postmark Slogan "Correct and Complete Address Ensures Quick Delivery"
Bazar/Private Post Cards
With ever expanding trade in India, post cards were being used for business purposes. Many business organisations printed their own postcards with their own advertisements. These cards were known in India as "Bazar Post Cards"
A private advertisement post card of 1941 known as "Bazar Post Card" in India
d. Integration of Postal Service
India had approximately 700 princely states each ruled by a ruler/king. Many princely states were issuing their own state stamps. In 1870, the then Director General of the Post Office, Mr. Moneath had advised the government to integrate the postal services of all the princely states with Imperial postal service. Between 1884 to 1887 first six princely states made an arrangement between their states and the then Government of India. These states were Gwalior, Nabha, Faridkot, Chamba, Jind and Patiala. These states were then called as "Conventional States" and the other states were called "Feudatory States". These six conventional states had to forego the privilege of issuing their own stamps and used the postage stamps issued by government of India. As per the arrangement, these conventional states were provided postage stamps by Government of India with respective princely state name overprinted on it. Below an example :
Chamba postage stamp with its state name overprinted
With announcement of “Postal Unity” Policy of 1892, efforts were taken to integrate the princely states postal services to Imperial postal service. In 1894, Jammu and Kashmir State was integrated. By 1947, many postal services of the princely states were merged with Imperial Post and many remained as Feudatory states like Hyderabad, Cochin, Travancore which issued stamps of their own till India became independence in 1947.
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New issues from other Countries
FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia ™ - the 21st FIFA World Cup, is being held in 11 major Russian cities from June 14 to July 15, 2018. Teams-participants are divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each. A total of 64 matches will be played at the tournament, 48 of them in the group stage, 16 in the playoffs, where the winner will be determined, as well as the teams that took the second, third and fourth places.
The final parts of the FIFA World Cup ™ are the most spectacular and interesting, they always gather a large spectator audience and attract great interest in the entire sports community, as the strongest national teams of the planet and outstanding players take part in the competitions. The final match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Rossiitm will be held July 15 at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
On the post block there is a stylized image of a soccer ball with the types of stadiums and landmarks of cities that hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup ™, and the official symbols of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia ™. The postal block comes out in 2 forms of release - without perforation of the mark in the block (toothless) and with perforation.
This new issuance is a 12-stamp sheet featuring Scooby-Doo helping out by watering a blossoming plant in a flowerpot — a simple act symbolizing a component of the “Doo Good” campaign’s effort to provide young people with tools and activities geared toward enriching the environment. The campaign, launching this year in partnership with generation On, the youth division of Points of Light, also focuses on helping the hungry and acting as animal allies.
The lovable, iconic Great Dane Scooby-Doo has solved mystery after spooky mystery since his 1969 debut. With his teenage friends — Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy — Scooby is at the heart of one of the most enduring cartoon franchises in television history. The charismatic canine has now fronted more than a dozen TV series, plus direct-to-video animated films, comic books and live-action cinematic releases.
In Scooby-Doo’s comedy–mystery adventures, he and the gang investigate strange plots in eerie locales as they travel in their colorful van, the Mystery Machine. Scooby Snacks are always on hand; the tempting treats empower the cowardly Scooby to sniff out clues. Once the gang musters courage, cooperates, and persists in their dogged investigations, the spooky schemers’ plots are exposed.
Three generations of fans have now embraced Scooby-Doo and the “meddling kids,” as they are often called by the villains unmasked at the conclusion of each Scooby-Doo mystery.
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