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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Rainbow January 2020

Happy New Year

Dehradun January 2020  Vol. XIII  Issue No. 145
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Dear Reader,
I am pleased to release January 2020 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. With this issue Rainbow completes 12 Years of  publication. A big 'Thank You' to all  esteemed  Contributors and Readers of Rainbow who made it successful by adding colors in every issue over the yearsl. Rainbow added a feather in its cap by winning a Silver medal in literature class at recently concluded National Stamp Show INPEX 2019, Mumbai. Now the thirteenth year of Rainbow starts….Many many thanks to all its well wishers who send  messages  of appreciation time to time…I express my gratitude to all of them.

Heartiest Congratulations to PCI and  all members of INPEX 2019 organizing committee on organizing a successful National Stamp Show at Mumbai. It was well managed and well organized that every visitor had a great time at the exhibition. It was big platform to meet philatelists from different parts of the country . There were stalls from different places where people purchased items of their interest. Those who visited had a great time and those who could not visit missed the show very much . Let’s look forward to more such shows in future .

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

Wishing you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !

Happy Collecting !


§  From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§  Recent Indian Issues
§  In The News

§  Book Review

§  Doon Philatelic Diary
§  Beginners’ Section
§  Specialized Section
§   Rose Philately
§  New Issues from Other Countries
§  Philatelic Clubs and Society Blogs & Websites on Philately
§  Current Philatelic Magazines & Newsletters


Very Very Happy New Year to all the readers !!

INPEX 2019 was undoubtedly a well organized and  successful show. My heartiest congratulations to the whole team of PCI which worked hard to make  this event an unforgettable one. About 1000 frames were on display with almost 860  allocated to  competitive class.  Quality of exhibits were undoubtedly far better than the previous exhibitions held at the same venue in the last few years. Certainly a treat to watch the show. I would say the people who failed to attend it, have missed  a lot.

In the air-conditioned halls, the atmosphere for all the days  was warm and full of warmth of friendliness, brotherhood, philatelic glamour and every one ready to deliver. Well placed frames, properly numbered, good in quality, gave clear vision of the sheets and the philatelic stuffs, properly secured and safe guarded, ample space to move, sufficiently lighted and convenient to view; certainly enhanced the joy of watching.

Sufficient number of dealer booths had sufficient and different varieties to cater every range and class of stamp collector and philatelist. Availability of high quality philatelic accessories, collectables and postal and philatelic material helped  philatelists. Refreshment section too served well. Sufficient number of awards, beautiful medallions of highest quality, special prizes were given away.
 Well, all in all the exhibition was a great success with almost no open criticism. The spirit of philately was well shown by the visitor and well as participants. Most of the visitors seemed satisfy with the show. But one thing which I noticed in particular that some of the participants mainly of thematic class  seemed dissatisfied with the jury decisions and  the awards given. Though they did not complain violently regarding this but  I could sense their disappointment and grievance. It was gathered that the juror strictly  followed FIP rules and guidelines  this time which resulted in lowering of the marks and so the awards.

Being a thematic philatelist, I could cherish the viewing of as many as 78 nos. exhibits showing quality and class of new and well researched subjects with new variety of appropriate materials. Some of the exhibits were truly wonderful and was not only delight to watch but certainly provided a lot to learn also. I thank PCI to entertain selection of such quality exhibits. Exhibits of other classes were also wonderful.

Well, with all the positives this exhibition had, the slight disappointment of some of the participants was the only unpleasant concern. They seemed dissatisfied with jurors decision not because the marks given to them but  the marks given in comparison to the other exhibits of similar class and nature. It was felt that some of the exhibits were leniently marked where as some very strictly.

This is true that Jury cannot satisfy everyone for various reasons and the one major point is  that most of the exhibitors are not well versed with the FIAP and FIP rules and guidelines for judgment. Also the concepts of  various criterion/aspects for judgment are not clearly known to most of the exhibitors. For example Treatment, Development , Importance  which carries almost one third of the marks are not either known or clear and this is where the exhibitor loses marks but he fails to understand where exactly his marks are deducted. Exhibitors are normally good in their subject and philatelic knowledge, even they take care of completeness and certainly add some variety and so called rarities too in their exhibit but placement and balancing  is a skill where they lack. Sometimes to add variety, in appropriate material are used which in fact, lowers the marks.  Even if an exhibitor is given the mark sheet , I don’t think he will be able to understand the  reasons properly and what to do to improve the exhibit.  It is understood that jurors' job is not easy rather very difficult. Variety of exhibits, topics and subjects; variety of material placed  over the frames at different heights,  lack in proper presentations and text narration both philatelic and thematic,  limited availability of time etc..

Based on my presence in the show during jury critique session in thematic section and  after looking in to the above discussed problems faced by jury and other reasons, I would  independently without any prejudice  like to give some of my  findings, observations and suggestions  in this regard :

1.    Though PCI had deployed as many as 13 jurors (12 PCI accredited and 1 from DOP) with one consultant of jury but shortage of jury was felt. One must not forget  that there were 860 frames with practically one or 1.5 day  ( limited Hours) with the jury for valuation. Very limited time for evaluation of  such huge number of exhibits.
2.    The specific jury who judged a particular exhibit  was not available to discuss and explain the queries raised. Yes, one of the most experienced juror of thematic class was certainly attending the queries but  that did not seem sufficient and satisfactory due to lack of time given on each exhibit during the session.
3.    Most of the jurors were not available during the session and even those who were present were having their difference in opinion regarding valuation and display when discussed separately on frame. Here, I strongly feel that the jury who adjudged the particular exhibit should attend the queries pertaining to that exhibit. Otherwise, it will certainly be difficult to convince and satisfy  the exhibitor as observations and opinion may vary .
4.    PCI certainly has a good team of jurors out of which a good number of jurors have sufficient  International exposure but only in their specific field. Hence, their capability and competence can not be doubted. Yes, exposure at International level as an exhibitor also helps one to understand the judging criteria quite nicely.
5.    As an exhibitor  in  several international and world shows,  I personally felt that some where jury  failed to genuinely evaluate some of the thematic   exhibits as may be some good and rare  items remained unnoticed, or  were not properly shown or placed by exhibitor, or the development, treatment and importance were not well understood by the jury. Though I don’t have any doubt on juror’s integrity or competence yet errors are bound to happen.
6.    Though I understand juror has sufficient versatile knowledge and an eagle’s eye even then there is always big lack of time with them and there are  distractions also. But one must agree to this aspect that at this level least errors are expected. Further, at this level, a juror from other field valuating a thematic exhibit (even having International exposure as juror)  cannot do true justice to the exhibit.
While looking in to above observations,  some of my suggestions would be  :

1.    Specialization in particular field/class is required  to adjudge exhibits following FIP rules and guidelines even at National Level with such quality / standard of exhibiting. Hence, there is strong need to induct more juror and to rigorously train the existing ones. Regular classes, seminars, workshops are required to be held for juror.  Exhibitions are of course one of the  best platform for juror training. Some of the exhibits along with exhibitors should be invited during such training session. Exhibitor can certainly put more light to the exhibit that would help juror to better understand the exhibit from the point of valuation.
2.    Though there is shortage of time, yet we expect Juror  to spend ample time on each exhibit during evaluation, to be able to cautiously judge on each parameter. Sparing more time and good time management for jury is important. Yes, organizers have to look in to this aspect.
3.     There is need to bring more transparency. Bifurcation of marks, if given  along with the total marks in the award list would help to study and discuss other exhibits there only. This would help  exhibitors also to understand their weaknesses and to improve their exhibits for upcoming exhibitions. This would further help juror to attend and explain the queries raised by the exhibitor and to make him understand the reasons for such marking & and to guide him where to improve and change the exhibit.
4.    In this show, I felt that  juror were unknowingly /inadvertently   influenced by some of the very good exhibits (which were highly awarded also) and  probably that set the bench mark for the scoring. Which I believe should not be. I understand there is some maximum  extent fixed for every  element of criterion fixed for giving marks. For example, if  15 nos. varieties of material is displayed and spread over the frame in different numbers, that should be considered adequate. Yes, the nature and quantity of variety of material, of course matters. 

 5. The critique session should be long enough so that sufficient time is given to exhibitor and to have proper discussion. Believe me, every comment by jury during this session set a strong guide line for exhibitor for bettering his exhibit.

Finally, I would conclude that, the exhibition was a grand success. Disappointment of some of the participants is bound to happen and is a usual affair but as discussed above, there should be constant efforts to improve the judging system and also to bring more transparency.

Strict marking or lenient marking is not the concern but uniformity in judgment should be depicted.

I congratulate all the award winners and thank PCI for organizing such a grand show so successfully. Wishing all the best to the whole team of PCI for all its future endeavors.
.: Naresh  Agrawal, email :  Ph. 09425530514

Recent Indian Issues

22 November 2019 :  MM Kuzhiveli- Rs 5
26 November 2019 : 250th Rajya Sabha Session- Rs 5  
29 November 2019 Char Dham Uttarakhand – 4 stamps + MS
14 December 2019 : The Force Multiplier – Rs 5
19 December 2019 Embroideries of India- 4 Rs 20, 3 x Rs15, 5 x Rs10
26 December 2019 : Directorate of Revenue Intelligence – Rs 5

 Recent Special Covers

6 Januaty 2020 : Madurai S. Somasundaram Birth Centenary Celebration Srirangam

In The News

Our regular colunists of Rainbow Mr Abhai Mishra and Mr Naresh Agrawal and our magazine Rainbow Stamp News  won awards at National Stamp Show INPEX 2019 . Heartiest congratulation to the Team Rainbow and thanks to our esteemed Readers !!
Honour for Team Rainbow

Abhai Mishra -  Large Vermeil +  Sp Prize  - WW-2 PRISONER CAMPS IN INDIA ( Postal History)

Naresh Agrawal – Large Silver Thematics : Postman and Mail Delivery

Jeevan Jyoti – Silver + Silver Bronze – Rainbow Stamp News ( Lit. Class) , Tourism (Thematics)

Mr Abhai Mishra, regular columnist of Doon Philatelic Diary won Large Vermeil with special award Jal Cooper Memorial Award (EIPS)  for his exhibit WW-2 PRISONER CAMPS IN INDIA at INPEX 2019.

Mr Naresh Agrawal known for his well read column 'From The Desk of Naresh Agrawal' of Rainbow won a Large Silver Medal for exhibit 'Postman and Mail Delivery'.

Rainbow Stamp News - Silver in Lit. Class

National Stamp Show
Philatelic Congress of India, with active support of INDIA POST and Philatelic Societies  Organised National Stamp Show with a Specialized Section on Mahatma Gandhi's 150 years from 18-22 December 2019  at Mumbai.   

The exhibition was held at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai during 18 to 22 December 2019

Heartiest Congratulations Team INPEX 2019 and all PCI Members !!

Thanks to whole Team of INPEX 2019 for  the successful show !!

  Veteran Philatelist Dhirubhai Mehta honoured with Life Time Achievement Award
During National Philatelic Exhibition INPEX-2019, Jainism Philately Group (JPG) honoured 95 years old India's senior most Philatelist Shri Dhirubhai Mehta with Life Time Achievement Award in the field of Philately.

President of PCI Smt Damyanti Pittie was honoured by Bihar Philatelic Society during PCI Regional meeting

Praggya Kothari won the National Grand Prix Award.

Medal with excellent design and finest quality presented to the award winners

Special Cancellationf for INPEX 2019 was provided  by India Post on all five days.

INPEX 2019 Stamp Poster Competition winner from Sir J. J. School of Art.
  • 1st Prize Winner - Swapnali Vijay Panchal
  • 2nd Prize Winner - Jyotsna Ashok Budhkar
  • 3rd Prize Winner - Sachin Rokade

The exhibition was well organized with active support from India Post . All the members of the organizing committee worked hard to make the show successful. The medal awarded in the show was of high quality with the names of the winner engraved on it. Overall arrangement at the show was good. The participants should have been provided  I-Cards. All the exhibitors who were present at the award ceremony were awarded at the stage. This was a good step by the organizers. Usually  medal winners upto  vermeil medal are awarded at the stage and rest of the participants are requested to collect their award and certificate after the function.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs. Rajshree Birla Smt. Swathy Pande, PMG (Mumbai) and Mr. Dhirubhai Mehta, President Philatelic Society of India, were the chief guests. On the inaugural day following  books were released.

1. "Encyclopaedia of Early Indian Cancellations and Postmarks 1852-1900" by Mr. Kishore         Chandak & Mr. P.G. Bhargave

2. "Indian Stamp Booklets" by Mr. Madhukar Deogawanka

3. "Gems of India" 1st Edition - Published by Philatelic Congress of India

 On second day a set of 12 stamps and First Day Cover on Embroideries of India were released by Smt. Swathy Pande, PMG (Mumbai). INPEX 2019 Souvenir and "Ikanni Tales – 
A Study of the One Anna Lithographed Label of 1854-55" by Mr. Gautam Rohatgi were also released .

During the exhibition following seminars were also  organized.

1. Indian Mails by Express and Airmail by Transpacific Route 1940-41 by Mr. Max Smith

2. The 1948 Air-India International Postage Stamp Issue. A unique event in world philately by Mr. Piyush Khaitan

3. Some of my Favourite Indian States Items by Mr. Sandeep Jaiswal

4. India 1854 Two Annas Stamps Printed on ONE ANA Watermark by Mr. Markand Dave

5. Exhibiting Social & Postal History of a Town. Cawnpore: A Case Study by Mr. Aditya Asthana

5+ and 5- makes a big difference.....

INPEX 2019 Thematic Class a detailed analysis of Award List –

- Jeevan Jyoti

INPEX 2019, The National Stamp Show recently concluded at Mumbai. The exhibition was very good and well managed by the organizers. The exhibits in all the classes were  quite excellent. Thematic class had the largest participation with 74 exhibitors. Most of the exhibits in this class were of  high standard. So the competition was very tough. I also had an opportunity to visit the show as a participant as well as a philatelic journalist. I had certain observations which I wish to mention here both positive and negative .
As a Thematic philatelist my concentration was on Thematic Class though I saw exhibits in all the classes. 5+ and 5- in an exhibitor’s marksheet makes a big difference can encourage you and it can discourage you.....upto the level that you can withdraw yourself from participation forever.....
1.    It was my observation that some of the results in the Thematic Class were not satisfactory. Jury had a very little time to see and evaluate all Thematic exhibits thoroughly so it seemed that average marking was done on simple basis of items clearly visible on top 8 sheets of the frame irrespective of the fact what is the story line and  what is in the bottom eight sheets of the exhibit.

2.    The exhibits with sharp and clear difference in presentation, philatelic material, explanation, thematic flow, philatelic knowledge, Treatment, Rarities got the same marks some times higher marks than those which had the better quality exhibit in every respect.

3.    The same exhibit discussed by five different jury members had no coordination in the opinion. Their  opinion was contradictory.

4.    On discussion over some particular exhibits as to why this exhibit is under evaluated Jury members could not give a satisfactory answer except the same repeated words….some pages with too much stamps..some pages too empty, more text could be added etc, philatelic text and thematic text  not shown properly…  alignment is uneven…. They could not find out technical mistakes as no doubt the exhibits were quite good.

5.    It cannot be denied that certain exhibits were over evaluated even  there were clearly visible mistakes , still those  were awarded a higher medal ! In thematic and Aerophilately classes  it was quite apparent !

6.    The results were announced quite late on second last day of the show . So the time allotted for critique session was very short and queries by the exhibitors remain unanswered.As jury members were not available. There was a need of discussion with reference to the detailed marks (Bifurcation of the total marks)  obtained by the exhibitor .

7.    Only few jury members were there who talked logically and explained their view..on the exhibit.

8.    If there are 70 % exhibits deserving 10 out of 10 and 30 % deserving 7 out of 10,it does not mean the remaining 30 % should get 3 out of 10 because other exhibits are par excellent in comparison to remaining  exhibits. Each and every exhibit deserves its actual evaluation by standardized parameters irrespective of the fact what is the standard of other exhibits…Because medals are awarded on the basis of total evaluation of the exhibit and not rated as 1st 2nd and 3rd !or in comparison with the other .

9.    There was difference of opinion among jury members for the same exhibit. Their opinion contradicted . So the exhibitor was confused whom to follow….If you are lucky you will get a jury member to evaluate your exhibit matching to your exhibit .....( means you have written and displayed items according to him ). If you are unlucky you are going to get a jury member who is against your style of display !!... You are bound to get a lower medal !!

10. There is need to appoint more experienced jury members and special experts in thematic class to judge the exhibits thoroughly at this level !

           11. We do understand the different constraints a jury has like very limited  time but a uniformity in    valuation is bound to be depicted. We must accept one fact that jury’s verdict is very important for development of philately as both viewers as well as the exhibitor are affected.

12. Despite all the shortcomings which we noticed we  respect the judgment of Jury whatever it is….After all they are all experienced and  expert in their respective field. This is just our observation which may be wrong  in view of others . But in future judges must have the answer to the exhibitor not only as to why the particular exhibit is under evaluated but also  why the particular exhibit is over evaluated………..

Heartiest congratulations to all the participants and thanks to all jury members who tried their best to evaluate the exhibits  !


- Mohanachandran Nair

The National Philatelic Exhibition, held at Mumbai, concluded on the 22nd of December 2019 without much criticism. In my opinion, the exhibition was well organized, and all exhibits were displayed at one stretch (P.S. Please remember that, in the previous exhibition, some exhibits were removed after two days and replaced with other exhibits due to shortage of frames).More than 1000 frames were arranged of which 860 frames were used exclusively for competitive class. 

As a philatelic journalist,I wish to point out my observations about the valuation of exhibits done by jurors at INPEX.There were 13 Main Jurors and 3 Apprentice Jurors. One Juror from the team, was from the Department of posts. Even though it was a large team, the results were announced at 6.00 pm only on 21.12.2019. The critique session was arranged from 2 to 3 pm on 22.12.2019.However, It is regretful to note that a few jurors were not available at the exhibit area during this session. 

In my opinion most of the awards were devalued by the jury.The reason stated for this was that, FIP rules were implemented during the judging process. I wish to point out two examples of exhibits that had a chance for higher award categories: 

1. Frame Number 5306 to 5310, an exhibit under Thematic philately- “Birds of the Pheasant Family”. 

2. An exhibit under Aerophilately, titled “Rocket Mail of India”. 

With regards to my own exhibit under the same class of Aerophilately, “Development and Operations of Indian Airmails (1911-1950)” I received a Large silver with 75 marks only. During the critique session, I consulted with 2-3 jurors regarding the scoring, however they all had a similar feedback that the presentation wasn’t up to the mark.In some pages I had shown only one philatelic material (cover) and the others were images of maps and photos, they commented although this can be allowed in aerophilately. However, I’m aware that the maximum permissible score for presentation is 5 points only. Hence, I enquired about the other aspects: Development, Subject Knowledge, Philatelic Knowledge, Rarity etc. to which, they did not have an answer. Further they asked me to consult a senior juror, who was unfortunately not present for the session. 

Awards are not only a recognition but also an inspiration to do more. A few exhibitors, at the venue,were highly discouraged and were discussing amongst each other to avoid participating in such competitive exhibitions in future. As I re-call, this isn’t the first time such memoirs have occurred. 

In this regard, I sincerely request the jurors to spend ample time on each exhibit during evaluation, to be able to cautiously judge on each parameter. It is also a request to inform the bifurcation of marks as per the multiple parameters of evaluation, to all participants, rather than just the total score. This would help contestants understand their weaknesses and improve their frames for upcoming exhibitions. 

-Mohanachandran Nair  : Email :

Editor , Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin 

First stamp in the world with a LED !! 

Portuguese Post Office, CTT has issued a set of stamps this  with perhaps one of the most unique features to date.  Within each ‘guiding star’ is a minute LED light which can be activated via a mobile phone that has NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.

According to Raúl Moreira, CTT’s Philately Director, ‘CTT is famous for finding absolute novelties in its postage stamp designs. For 2019 Christmas  they  presented the first LED light in a stamp which is not only a first for Portugal, but a first in the world of philately.’
The stamps of this issue correspond to each of the well-known wise men (Magi). The men featured are, The Venerable Bede (whose most famous work, the Ecclesiastical History of the English People gained him the title ‘The Father of English History.’
The three wise men who attended the birth of Christ are also depicted. Belchior, who is often known as Melchoir (was a 70-year-old man with white hair and a beard),  Gaspar (a young, robust man came from a distant mountainous region by the Caspian Sea), and Balthazar (who was from the Persian Gulf, and who had a closely cropped beard and considered a young man at forty years of age.)’
On the issue page, expert Paulo Mendes Pinto states that ‘Gold was a symbol of royalty, incense a symbol of divinity, and myrrh represented passion.  These were all offerings of Magi to the Messiah, whose birth was indicated by a star; a symbol of royalty. “The symbolic centre is, of course, the Light. It is the star that guides these Magi; it is the star that will mark the birthplace of the One who will bring the Light to the world.’
This new issue consists of three stamps with a face value of € 0.53, € 0.86 and € 0.91.  
Forthcoming Stamp Exhibitions


Canberra Stamp show 2020 (21st National Philatelic Convention) will be held at the Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda Street, Phillip, (Woden), ACT 2606, Australia from 13-15 March 2020.

Mr.Madhukar Jhingan is coordinating the participation from India to Canberra Stampshow 2020 and will personally carry all exhibits to Canberra and back after obtaining all necessary Government permissions in India.

Commissioner for NEW ZEALAND 2020 Philatelic Exhibition (FIAP)

Mr. Ajay Kumar Mittal has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the NEW ZEALAND 2020, FIAP Asian International Stamp Exhibition to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 19 to 22 March, 2020.
NZ2020 37th Asian International Stamp Exhibition is organized by NZ2020 Stamp Exhibition Incorporated under the auspices of the New Zealand Philatelic Federation Incorporated.
NZ2020 will be held at the Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland, New Zealand and will open on 19 March 2020 and close on 22 March 2020, a total of 4 days.
NZ2020 is a General Asian International Stamp Exhibition. Participation in the Competitive Classes is open to all collectors who are members of the societies affiliated to member federations of FIAP.
For details contact : Mr. Ajay Kumar Mittal Email:
Phone: (M) +91 9811032311
 Commissioner for LONDON 2020 Specialized World Stamp Exhibition (FIP)

Mr. Surendra Kotadia has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the LONDON 2020, FIP Specialised World Stamp Exhibition to be held in London from 02 to 09 May 2020. The exhibition will be held in two parts from 02 to 05 and 06 to 09 May 2020, by changing over the exhibits on the evening of May 05.

For details contact : Mr. Surendra A. Kotadia
Phone: + 91 22 2202 4130 / 2202 4131/ 2284 3244
Fax : + 91 22 2284 3275 Mob : + 91 98199 03789

AEROPEX 2019  a Specialised National Philatelic Exhibition was held at Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive, Adelaide 5000, Australia from Dec 6 to 8, 2019 to commemorate the Centenary of the epic England to Australia flight of Sir Ross & Keith Smith in 1919.

AEROPEX 2019 AWARDS - Indian Winners 

Ramu Srinivasa: Rocket Mails of India

Markand Dave: 1929 Air Mail Stamps of India

Piyush Khaitan: Karachi Madras Flight of Tata Sons 1932
Pradip Jain: England India Australia Ross Smith & Beyond

Piyush Khaitan: 1948 Air India International Stamp Issue
Madhukar Jhingan: Indian Aerogrammes
Vijay Seth: Centenary of Indian Airmails, Literature

Savita Jhingan: From India to Space

Markand Dave: 1929 Air Mail Stamps of India, Literature
Deepti Sudharsan: Evolution of Flight, Youth

Source : Stamps of India


1 Frame Team Competition 30 May- 1 June 2020
Theme – Technology

IBRA 2021

 International Stamp exhibition and stamp Fair IBRA 2021  will be held in Essen, Germany from 6-9 May 2021. For details visit : 
News From Philatelic Societies
Jainism Philatelic Group honoured it's Founder Chairman Sudhir Jain in Mumbai Meet

During 4th Jainism Philately Group (JPG) National Meet recently held at Mumbai, it's Founder National Chairman Shri Sudhir Jain has been warmly honoured by all the office bearers for successfully leading the Group for last eight years since it's formation.

On the stage of National Stamp Show INPEX-2019 during JPG National Meet, Vice Chairman Dr. Pradip Jain (Balod, CG) & Shri Pramod Kumar Jain (Pondicherry), General Secretary Shri Dipak Modi (Jalna) & Shri Mithalal Jain (Pune), INPEX Treasurer Shri Surendra Kotadia (Mumbai), INPEX Jt. Secretary Shri Kapil Gogri (Mumbai), JPG Mumbai Chapter head Smt. Meena Mutha etc. honour Shri Sudhir Jain by garlanding and presenting turban, bouquet, coconut, shawl, memento etc. Smt. Rashmi Jain, wife of Shri Sudhir Jain had also been honoured.

World famous senior Philatelist Shri Dhirubhai Mehta was chief guest of this Meet and large number of Philatelists form all over India were present on this occasion.

COVERPEX 2020  ( Philatelic exhibition of covers related to philately)
(10-12 January 2020) organized by South India Philatelists Association

Sikkim Philatelic society
Sikkim Philatelist wins Bronze in INPEX-2019

Roshan Prasad from Singtam, Sikkim won a bronze medal in Literature class at INPEX-2019 (National Philatelic Exhibition) at World Trade Centre, Mumbai .

Prasad had participated in the Literature class of the exhibition with his book “The Stamp Collectors’ Dictionary”. The book was published by The Department of Posts, Sikkim Division last February during SIKKIMPEX-2019.  Roshan is known for his Cricket collections. He started writing this cricket dictionary in 2011, when he felt that there are so many words in Stamp Collection that new collectors should know and also there are many words which are still unknown to many senior collectors as well.  He completed the book in 2016 in Dubai, UAE with over 450 words and abbreviations that are in common use among Stamp Collectors.
-Sital Sristiyog, Sikkim
Himachal Pradesh Philatelic Society

Major (Dr) Ritu Kalra, philatelist from Shimla won Large Silver Medal  in Arophilately Class, Bronze Medal in Lit Class  and 65 Points in One frame category at INPEX 2019. She is the first philatelist from Himachal Pradesh to have won awards at National Philatelic Exhibition .

Book Review

Special Covers on Karnataka Vol II 2015-2018
By Sushil Mehra

Special Covers on Karnataka Vol II  2015-2018  By Sushil Mehra : Published by Karnataka Postal Circle :  Pages 125 :  Hard Bound : Price Rs 350 : Available at Bangalore GPO

' Special Covers on Karnataka Vol II '  Book   compiled by by noted philatelist of Bangalore Shri Sushil Mehra is a wonderful book for collectors of Special Covers. The book has been published by Karnataka Postal Circle. Now collection of Special Covers has become favourite interest of many philatelists. Today in stamp exhibitions there is a special class for display of Special Covers. The book features all special covers issued from the period 2015-2018 including supplements of 1960-2014. It is beautifully designed with high class printing quality. It is an essential book for all stamp lovers as well as for Philatelic and school libraries. I recommend this book as a reference book to all philatelists, specially the Thematic collectors . Thematic collectors will find several themes of their interest in this book ! The Glossary given in the book is quite useful for ready reference of any special cover issued by Karnataka during the period 2015-2018.
Shri Sushil Mehra may be contacted at email :
Philately ASEAN 3 India – India (Pattam Katha)
Philately ASEAN 4 India – Philippines (Ramayana Darangen)
Philately ASEAN 5 India – Lao PDR (Phralak Phranam)
Philately ASEAN 6 India – Indonesia (Ramayana)
Philately ASEAN 7 India – Myanmar (Yama Zatdaw)
Philately ASEAN 8 India – Thailand (Hanuman, Khon)
Philately ASEAN 9 India – Singapore (Singha, Sri Maramman Temple)
Philately ASEAN 10 India – Vietnam (Kate Festival)
Philately ASEAN 11 India – Cambodia (Kumbhakaran Angkor)

Doon Philatelic Diary

Uttarakhand Postal Circle has released a special cover honouring the incredible achievements of Aparna Kumar, IPS, IG Indo-Tibetan Border Police of Dehradun sector, on the occasion of International Mountain Day – 11th December 2019. Aparna is the first civil servant and police officer from India to complete the arduous Seven Summits challenge (scaling the highest peaks of seven continents) between 2014 and 2019.

- Vinay Gupta, Dehradun

Beginners’ Section

First U.S. Chinese New Year Stamp 

America’s first Chinese New Year stamp, issued on this day in 1992. 

On December 30, 1992, the USPS issued its first Chinese New Year stamp, honoring the start of the Year of the Rooster. 

The issue of this stamp was in part inspired by repeated requests for stamps to honor additional holidays – New Year’s, Easter, the Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. There had also been calls for stamps honoring the signs of the Zodiac. And there had been several groups calling for stamps to recognize the contributions of Asian Americans, while the USPS wanted to explore topics to appeal to younger Asian American collectors. 

 Fleetwood First Day Cover. 

The stamp was designed by a first-time stamp designer, Clarence Lee, who used an airbrush to produce the artwork. The last stamp issued that year, it went on sale on December 30, 1992, and proved extremely popular. Many post offices sold out of their stocks in days and the stamp was in high demand in Asia. 

The two-sided Chinese New Year sheet of 2005.

The 1992 Chinese New Year stamp marked several firsts. In addition to being the first Lunar New Year stamp, it was also the first Happy New Year stamp and the first non-high-value stamp issued in panes of 20 (rather than 50).

When the stamp was first produced, the USPS didn’t have plans to produce more Lunar New Year stamps. But based on the popularity of the Rooster stamp, they knew a series would be popular and issued a second Chinese New Year stamp on February 5, 1994. 

 The complete set of 12 stamps from the second series, that ran from 2008 to 2019. 

The final stamp in the initial series was issued in 2004, honoring the year of the monkey. The following year, the USPS decided to issue a souvenir sheet picturing all 12 Chinese New Year designs. At the 2005 first-class rate of 37¢, however, the cost of the sheet would have been $4.44 for 12 stamps. The number four is an unlucky number in Asia. 

All the Chinese & Lunar New Year stamps issued through 2019

The Postal Service decided to make the sheet double-sided. The total price of the sheet of 24 then became $8.88; eight is a lucky number in Asia. In 2006, the first-class rate became 39¢, the total for a sheet of 12 was $4.68, and the production of a single-sided sheet was possible – as luck would have it.

Based on the popularity of these stamps, the USPS inaugurated a new Lunar New Year series in 2008, beginning with the Year of the Rat. That series ran through 2019. And in 2020, the third Lunar New Year Series begins with a new Year of the Rat stamp. 
Specialized Section
First Stamps of Independent India

-Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced on 20 February 1947 that the British Government would grant full self-government to British India by June 1948 at the latest.  The British government proposed a plan announced on 3 June 1947 that included these principles:

1.   Principle of the Partition of British India was accepted by the British Government
2.   Successor governments would be given dominion status

The Indian Independence Act 1947 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that partitioned British India into the two new independent dominions of India and Pakistan. The Act received the royal assent on 18 July 1947; Pakistan came into being on 14 August and India gained independence on 15 August 1947.

No stamp could be issued on the actual day of independence, but a special slogan cancellation was applied on all mail, as shown below.


The first stamp of independent India was issued on 21 November 1947.  It depicts the Indian Flag with the patriots' slogan, ‘Jai Hind’ (Long Live India), on the top right-hand corner and the stamp has the date 15 AUG/1947.  It was valued at three and one-half annas.

21 November 1947 Issue

Two more stamps were issued on 15 December 1947 depicting the Ashokan Lion Capital, and a Douglas DC-4 plane.  These two stamps also bear the inscription ‘Jai Hind’ and the date 15 AUG 1947.  The 1½ annas was for inland postage and 12 annas for Air-mail rate for UK.

15 December 1947 Issues

On January 21, 1948, Jawaharlal Nehru the Prime Minister of India and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Communication Minister, sent a letter to Security Printing Press at Nasik Road calling for specimen designs for stamps on Mahatma Gandhi.  The idea was to issue a set of three or four stamps on Gandhi's eightieth birthday (October 2, 1949) depicting memorable events in his life – such as the fast for communal unity in 1924, the Dandi march of 1930, and the fast for communal peace in Delhi a few days earlier.

It did not take the Master of the India Security Press more than six days to suggest a compact set of four denominations 1½ annas, 3½ annas, 8 annas and 1 rupee.  He proposed that the first three values be printed in a single colour in the existing anna size, and the fourth value in two colours in the rupee size.  A line portrait of Gandhi prepared earlier already was available at the Nasik Security Press. Two trial copies, one in the anna and the other in the rupee size, showing Gandhiji's characteristic pose, were submitted for consideration.  Alternatively, it was suggested that a photograph approved by the Mahatma be adopted for the proposed stamps.

While these preparations were afoot, however, tragedy struck.  Gandhiji was assassinated on January 30.  The picture changed entirely and the government switched over to designing a "mourning" stamp.  Accordingly, on February 6, the Security Press was asked to quickly furnish designs based on an approved sketch drawn by C. Biswas, an approved artist.  Two denominations were proposed, a 2½ anna for inland airmail and a 12 anna for airmail to the United Kingdom. Proofs of the designs, in somber shades of grey and olive green, were sent by the Security Press on February 17.

Jawaharlal Nehru suggested that the word "Bapu" be included both in Hindi and Urdu.  This was a welcome suggestion in view of Gandhiji's life-long struggle to maintain peace and communal harmony.  Asked on March 12 to send revised proofs, and to include a 10-Rupee denomination in the proposed set of the mourning stamps, the Security Press promptly submitted these on March 16, with the inclusion of Hindi and Urdu inscriptions as desired.

Nasik Security Press February Proofs

However, the Indian Government decided to print these stamps as a memorial, using a photogravure press, and hence decided to employ the services of the Swiss printers, Helio Courvoisier, Sa La Chaux De Fonds, instead of the India Security Press. The word "Bapu" was printed on the stamp in Hindi and Urdu languages as a symbol of communal harmony. A set of four stamps with denominations 1½ annas, 3½ annas, 12 annas and 10 rupees were issued.  One of the stamps of this set was issued with the very high price of 10 Rs out of reach of the common populace in India.

The Helio Courvoisier stamps

The stamps on First Day Cover

A set of these new stamps over-printed "SERVICE" was issued to the Government of India for official purposes.  Only two sheets of 50 of the Rs 10/were overprinted; one is in the Postal Museum in Delhi, and the other was supplied to the Governor-General’s Secretariat for use by C. Rajagopalachari, on official mail.

Only 13 of those 50 issued stamps are authoritatively accounted for, including a block-of-four which is in the Royal Philatelic Collection, making it the world's least used stamp.  Of the hundred 10 Rs stamps that were overprinted with "Service", a few were given to dignitaries, while most, including an intact sheet of 50, remain at the National Archives, Postal Museums, etc.  The 2006 book by Dr. Reuben Ramkissoon and Dr. Rajagopalan reports that less than 8 copies of the Gandhi 10 Rs Service stamps reside in private hands. These include the 1948 "Service" set which was auctioned for 38,000 Euros in the David Feldman auction sale on 5 October 2007.  In 2011 David Feldman sold an example for €144,000 and suggests that only 18 are known.

The Gandhi Stamps overprinted ‘SERVICE’

      Quantity overprinted
12   annas
10   rupees

In April 2017, Stanley Gibbons reported that a block-of-four 10 Rs overprinted ‘Service’ was sold to a private collector in Australia for £500,000, at an auction in the UK.

Mint Strip of four Gandhi 10 Rs overprinted Service

The complete sheet of Rs 10 ovpt SERVICE

Forgeries of the stamp and the overprint are known.

Real Overprint              Fake stamp                            Fake Overprints


Fake overprint inverted and Specimen

1.  Ashok Kumar Bayanwala "1948 August 15, Gandhiji – The first Indian to be on stamps of India"  2006.
2.  Reuben A. Ramkissoon, Rajagopalan V. Rajan (2006), A philatelic handbook on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi),R&W Enterprises, Oak Brook

- Col Jayanta Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta : email

A Philatelic Tribute to Nobel Laurate Rabindranath Tagore                             
A Poet, Composer and Musical Genius


-Cdr G.Sriramarao, I.N (Retd)

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) also known as Gurudev, Kabiguru and Biswakabi was a polymath, Poet, Musician and artist from the Indian Sub-Continent. He was responsible for reshaping Bengali Literature and Music as well as Indian Art with modernism in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Author of the profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse of Gitanjali he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.His songs poetic were viewed as spiritual and mercurial. At the age of 16 he released his first substantial poems. By 1877 he graduated to his first short stories and dramas under his real name. He denounced British Raj and advocated independence from Britain. As an exponent of the Bengal Renaissance, he advanced a vast canon that comprised paintings, sketches and doodles and hundreds of texts and about 2230 songs. His legacy also endures in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University. His Novels, stories, dance dramas and Musicagore modernized, Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal Gitanjali Song Offerings),Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation


TAGORENoble Prize Medallion for Literature


A stamp issued on 7 May 1961 on Tagore


Songs (Rabindra Sangeet)

Tagore was a prolific composer with around 2,230 songs to his credit. His songs are known as Rabindra Sangit ("Tagore Song"), which merges fluidly into his literature, most of which—poems or parts of novels, stories, or plays alike—were lyricized. Influenced by the Thumri style influenced by the Hindustani Music they ran the entire gamut of human emotion, ranging from his early dirge-like Brahmo devotional hymns to quasi-erotic compositions. They emulated the tonal colour of classical ragas to varying extents. Some songs mimicked a given raga's melody and rhythm faithfully; others newly blended elements of different ragas.Yet about nine-tenths of his work was not bhanga gaan, the body of tunes revamped with "fresh value" from select Western, Hindustani, Bengali folk and other regional flavours "external" to Tagore's own ancestral culture.

First Day cover issued on 7 May, 1961,with Tagore’s autograph in English and stamp of 15 Ps

12 Annas Stamp Issued on Oct 1, 1952

India so far has issued 8 postage stamps on Tagore including 2 Miniature Sheets

A stamp of Rs.15 issued with the painting of Tagore titled Dak Ghar..Although most famed for his poetry Tagore was a creative genius who played a crucial role inthe cultural renaissanceof India and Bengal in the 19th and early 20th century. He was a great painter too.

First Day Cover issued on Dak Ghar on 13 Oct 1954, where Jawaharlal Nehru commented ‘ Among the many the many things, good and bad, that the modern world has produced, surely the postal system, which covers the world is one of its most beneficent activities’.

20 p Stamp issued on Visva Bharati Golden Jubilee

Special Cover issued on Gandhi Jayanti day 2-10-2002


A stamp of Rs.1 issued with the beautiful painting of Rabindranth Tagore in 1978.

A Miniature sheet with two stamps depicting Rabindranath Tagore, of the value of Rs.5 each. The stamp depicts Tagore’s writing one of his most famous poem, where the mind is without fear…….(given below), back ground shows Upasana Ghar at Santiniketan. Tagore performing in his ‘ Valmiki pratibha’ and a painting by him.

The superlative poem, titled “Where the Mind is without Fear”, talks about the boundless power of human knowledge, valour of standing by the truth, and the essence of true freedom.

First Day  Cover with Miniature Sheet

First Day Cover issued on 7 May 2011 with two stamps

Maxi Card issued in New Delhi

First day cancelled Maxi card 7-5-2011

Gurudev Rabindanath Tagore First Day Cover for issue of Rs.2 stamp


A special cover issued with beautiful cancellation of Tagore on 1-2-2011

A special cover issued in Patna

A special cover issued in Calcutta on 31 December 2010 at World Thinkers and Poet’s Meet

-Cdr. G Sri Ramarao, I.N,(Retd) : email :

To be contd.. in next issue....

In Memory of Dr Satyendra Agrawal….

Rose Philately

Roses Forever !

The US Postal Service introduces Garden Corsage, a new 2-ounce stamp to be issued on 4th April 2020 similar in design to the Contemporary Boutonniere 1-ounce rate stamp. It can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations as well as mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp features a photograph of a corsage containing a spray of peach roses and a pink ranunculus, accented with deep-pink heather and seeded eucalyptus. A cream-colored lace ribbon entwines the flowers. The corsage was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.
New issues from other Countries


2 January 2020 : Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

6 January 2020 Lille World Capital of design

3 January 2019 : Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat

2 December 2019 : Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat
27 December 2019 : Science and Technology


20 December 2019 :  "20th Anniversary of Macao's Return to the Homeland"


11 January 2020 : Lunar New Year : Year of the Rat
18 January 2020 : Big Bend Texas
18 January 2020 : Grand Island Ice Caves
23 January 2020 : Made of Hearts Love

Republic of China (Taiwan)

10 January 2019 : Taiwan Scenery

Continuing the series of Taiwan Scenery postage stamps depicting Taitung County, Tainan City, Matsu, Taichung City, Penghu County, Yilan County and Hualien County begun in 2016, Chunghwa Post is offering a further set of four stamps featuring outstanding places of interest in Pingtung County. The stamps are described below:

1.    Dapeng Bay Bridge (NT6): This cable-stayed bridge crosses the only outlet to the sea from Dapeng Bay. To meet the development of yachting in the lagoon, the bridge has one section that can be raised. This is its special point of interest.

2.    Kenting National Park (NT6): Located at the southern tip of Taiwan and surrounded by the sea on three sides, Kenting National Park, a famous tourist spot and the first National Park in the country, is one of the few such parks to include both land and sea.

3. Little Liuqiu Flower Vase Rock (NT8): Situated on the north of Liuqiu Island, also called Little Liuqiu, and shaped like a flower vase, Flower Vase Rock is part of a coral reef. Its fame comes from its proximity to the main harbor of the island.
4. Hengchun Old Town (NT15): Hengchun Old Town, a well-preserved Qing dynasty town, is a national monument. It has four gates, of which the restored south gate still retains its gate tower and gateway.

New Postmarks / Stationery

On February 16th 2020 in 72622 NUERTINGEN a pictorial postmark, Special cover,personalized stamp and a stationery(postcard) will be availble. All philatelic items are featuring the Turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur).The Turtle dove is the BIRD OF THE YEAR in Germany for the year 2020. Details for requests under .

- Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin January 2020 issue edited by Mohanchandran Nair

-  Judaica Thematic Society (UK)  January  2019  Newsletter edited by Gary Goodman

-  Deccan Philatelist Vol 19 No 2  2019 edited by Col Jayanta Dutta

-The Hyderabad Philatelist November 2019 issue edited by Prakash Agrawal

-The Hyderabad Hobby Magazine November  2019 issue edited by Prakash Agrawal

- Journal of the Army Philatelic Society Vol.17 No.3 & 4 edited by Col. Jayanta Dutta

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