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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rainbow February 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day

Dehradun February 2020  Vol. XIII  Issue No. 146

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Dear Reader,

 I am pleased to present February 2020 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. February is the  month of Love n Friendship, So this  is special  Valentine’s Day issue. From this issue I am introducing two new columns “Thematic Watch” and “Philately Promoter of the Month”. Since Thematic Class is the biggest class in stamp exhibitions these days with maximum number of exhibits, there is need to give importance to this class. Readers are requested to share their experiences, observations and write ups for this new column. There are some philatelists who are continuously sharing information on social media and whatsapp group connecting stamps and special covers with everyday life, they are the real promoters of philately. In fact they take attention of the society  and make them understand the link of philately with our daily life. They give a message if we take up this hobby we can know more about people, culture, places, events, wildlife, environment and everything related to our beautiful earth  in a better way. This new column is dedicated to these great promoters of Philately !!

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



§  From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§  Recent Indian Issues
§  In The News 
§  Thematic Watch 
§  Philately Promoter of the Month 
§  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


Promotion of philately in schools children was the topic of discussion in meeting of PCI held on 21st  of Dec. 2019 during INPEX 2019 at World Trade Centre, Mumbai. Different members gave their opinion  such as :

1.    Placing  stamps and covers near the notice board and keep on changing from time to time
2.    Placing exhibit near notice board and keep changing exhibit from time to time
3.    Printing stamps with similar image in books instead of printing images pertaining to any subject of the book
4.    Contacting HRD, govt. of India  and persuading the matter to appeal them to incorporate philately in the NCERT books as subject
5.    Arranging philatelic exhibitions in schools
6.    Arranging philatelic workshops in schools
7.    Starting promotion of philately from our homes by introducing our own children to philately.
8.    Free distribution of stamps and stock books to children.
9.    Arranging  philatelic quiz in schools.
10.  Arranging schools visits in philatelic exhibitions
11.  Arranging schools participation in exhibitions

To this I can add a few of my thoughts and opinions like

1.  Using social media for promotion of philately amongst youth
2.  Introducing stamp collection in hobby clubs of schools and institutions like one I saw in IIT Roorkee which had philately also
3.  Philatelic workshops, exhibitions and competitions in local housing Societies and social organizations like Loins, Rotary etc.
4.  Display of  small related philatelic exhibits in local civil and social events like Road Safety Week, 26th January Parade, 15th august Celebrations, Sports events, Cultural activities in halls and Auditoriums etc.
5.  Sale of stamps in local book  / hobby shops with proper attractive display
Free stamp gifts with toffees, chocolates packs etc.
6.  Weight-age to  philatelists in govt. recruitments / admissions
7.  Social books and magazines should have one page for philately
8.  Advertising of products  using images of stamps where ever possible
9.  Outer surface of Packaging of various products may include images in form of stamps
10. Special philatelic offers / gifts by marketing agencies like Amazon, snap deal, Flipkart etc.
11. Regular columns in Daily News Papers related to philately.

12. Philatelic information on Railway, air or cinema tickets.

13. There are many active Digital Philatelic Clubs, sites and programs who have helped philately to survive, to promote but there limitations are obvious. There is a need to design such digital platforms which not only promote digital philately but give active support to physical philately also. One must appreciate , it is physical philately which is going to cater in future and relax your mind… a true recreation.

14. Introduction of philatelic projects in study curriculum of schools / colleges such as Postal History of your city, mail route , mail carriage systems of your city…..I mean looking in to standard of the class  small or big such projects can be given. This will help  study, search, research, collection of stamps and data etc. and the students will come in contact with post offices, mails pieces, stamps and  certainly a few might come in to its fold, adopt it intensely .

15. Higher studies like PhD programs offers in Philatelic research. This will attract young one to follow this path of studies which in other way help promotion of philately in youth.

16. Some old veteran stamp lovers should reach young ones  to introduce philately to them and to help them to follow it. Expecting young ones to  reach older in the beginning will not give better results. I mean to bring someone close to us, we need to pull him/ her and so is the case with philately. We need to generate PULLING FORCES

17. Arranging sponsorships  for development of philately amongst youth is another way of  promoting philately. Here in India, adopting one village, an  issue, a child, a school, a player  for its development has become a tradition.  Some serious sponsors can help in this cause. They can be prompted to adopt one such school where philatelic activities are to be promoted. Or can adopt a philatelic club or society to help them to promote philately. I means sponsors are being support in promotion of philately among youngsters as they can bear all the required expenditures and can even help in  arranging several related activities.
My above suggestion might look odd and some ridiculous also but believe me  such small efforts discussed above can certainly create an atmosphere to attract everyone especially youngsters.

Before I say anything further, I would like to  appreciate the efforts of some of the  stamp lovers and philatelic societies. Mr. Rajesh Paharia from Jaipur, Rajasthan  has been conducting regular workshops, small  exhibitions and some other events in schools. So is Mr. Dinesh Sharma from Lucknow who too is active in such activities in his area and is working immensely for promotion and development of philately locally. Various philatelic associations such as EIPA  from Orissa and SIPA  from Chennai are working hard for promotion of philately amongst children .We  also find regular updates of some other philatelic associations working in this regard especially in Southern part of India. But during PCI meting every one forgot to appreciate their efforts. This is not good. Appreciating one’s efforts not only motivate him but to others also.

In my opinion PCI should contact all the philatelic clubs/societies and other organizations who are working in this regard and should collect information and data about individual philatelists who are dedicated in promotion of philately. Details about what they are doing and how they are doing  should be collected and then a  plan or a comprehensive program  should be made /designed to how to move ahead collectively.

One must appreciate the efforts being done by India Post which has opened Philatelic Bureau, Philatelic Counters, organized Philatelic Deposit Scheme and yet another remarkable effort in form of introducing  Deen Dayal Sparsh Yojana, a Philatelic  Scholarship Scheme started with key objective  to generate interest regarding philately amongst student  from class VI to Class IX. This scheme does check the fact  that studies of the student is not suffered. This is truly nice program but how actively this is being followed, executed and implemented is yet to be established. How many beneficiaries of such scholarship program have come up in to higher levels of philately is yet to be known.

In fact what I feel, there is strong need to give a full umbrella cover to aspiring  and bright philatelists. Cost of following this hobby has increased. Young students who are dependent can not afford money to that extent. Collecting and procuring stamps is not stamp collecting now. It needs more. It reminds me of Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship Program (YPLF) which was founded by American Philatelic Society in the year 2009 to identify and support the best and brightest aspiring philatelists. The program co-ordinates and funds transportation to, lodging during, and activities at, APS national shows, seminars etc between the age of 16 and 24. It also connects participating fellows with seasoned collectors, exhibitors, writers, researchers and dealers to expand their perspectives and exposure in the philatelic world.

In India, though government is funding sufficient amount for development of philately but  the money as we know goes practically waste. Funds are misused, diverted and result in eye wash. No matter how large the syllabus are, how big the pressure of studies is there, how large has become the field of distractions; philately , an educational hobby  has its own charm, affect and  attraction. The need is to just embrace it once.
One thing more, I have seen that the school students following this hobby just leave it as they enter the college & so is the case with college students, they leave it as they finish their college. This is the point where  importance is to be given. This transfer from one stage of life to the other needs to be checked. The final year students of school or college needs to be targeted and hold.

Well,  above all, we must look in to the fact that clubs and societies are the  birth places of stamp collectors and philatelists.  I myself is product of a philatelic club. Clubs and societies are becoming place for sale purchase/trading of stamps rather than exchange of stamps and  lack  promotion of philately. DOP has to look in to it. It has to think to revive the dead philatelic clubs and societies. Government should spare some fund for revival and survival of philatelic clubs and societies.

We must appreciate one fact that today’s stamp loving children are tomorrow’s philatelists. We have to attract, introduce, groom and train young children. Academic studies are of course important, but philately  relieves the stress and increase the energy and concentration level. Students are certainly benefitted by the hobby if done systematically.

I would also like to put before one of my observation that there are some young collectors who can be termed as silent collectors. They have good accumulation of stamps and other material but  they don’t have exposure to clubs and societies. Neither they interact with other collectors nor participate in exhibitions. There is need to identify such collectors and give them a chance to participate in philatelic shows. A separate group for novice collectors may be formed in exhibition because what I have seen is that the participation in any such show gives tremendous motivation. Awards may not be given but  an encouragement section may be formed in exhibitions.

Well, before I conclude, one thing which strikes my mind is that philately now needs to be promoted as either an art or a sport. Sports in India are highly appreciated and are immensely funded and sponsored too. Painting, Dancing, Music, Craft etc.  are recognized as an art and higher civilian awards are also given in these fields. If any of such recognition is achieved by philately, it will not only reach youngsters but to the masses of all age groups.
Well,  to promote this hobby amongst children,  schools  and social media are the best places and media. However, regular and collective efforts only can yield results otherwise  philately  will hardly reach youth ….

….Let’s join hands and promote philately..

.: Naresh  Agrawal, email :  Ph. 09425530514

Recent Indian Issues

14 January 2020 : Indian Fashion - Designers' Creations: Series 4 – 9 x Rs 5 + MS

22 January 2020 : 100 Years of International Labour Organization – Rs 5

26 January 2020 : Constitution of India – 2 x Rs 10 se-tenant + MS

Recent Special Covers

10 January 2020 : Hampi Utsav, Hampi
10 January 2020 : National College, Tiruchirapally

Hampi Utsav, Hampi festival also known as the Vijaya Utsav is one of the largest celebrations of the ancient Vijayanagar empire now Hampi. The festivities take place every year at the Virupaksha Temple, commemorating the culture, traditions of the bygone era. With the beautifully carved ruins of Hampi serving as the backdrop, the rich culture of this region is shown through folk song and dance performances. The Janapada Kalavahini, a concert of folk songs, and the light and sound shows are unique attractions which you can't afford to miss.

14 January 2020 : Ganga Sagar Mela Issued on Makarsankranti, Ganga Sagar

16 January 2020 : Diamond Jubilee Central Power Research Institute, Bangalore Sadashivnagar. 
17 January 2020 : 3rd Bird Festival pf Goa 2020, Panaji

31 January 2020 :  156th Maryada Mahotsav of Pujya Acharya Mahashraman Ji Maharaj,  Hubballi (Karnataka)

In The News

Commissioners for Forthcoming Stamp Exhibitions


Commissioner for CAPE TOWN 2021 Philatelic Exhibition
Mr. Shakil Ahmed has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the Cape Town 2021, FIP Specialized World Stamp Exhibition to be held at Cape Town, South Africa from 17 to 20 March, 2021.
Exhibition Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Aerophilately, Postal Stationery, Revenue, Thematic, Open, Modern Philately, One Frame, Philatelic Literature and Picture Postcards only)
Contact information:
Shakil Ahmed
Dargah Bazar, Balakrishna Road,
P. O. Buxi Bazar,
M): +91-9437225760 / +91-7008025663
Commissioner for TAIPEI 2020 Philatelic Exhibition

Mr. Rajan Jayakar has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the Taipei 2020, 38th FIAP Asian International Stamp Exhibition, Taipei, Chinese Taipei to be held from 23 to 27 October, 2020.
Contact  information:
Rajan Motiram Jayakar
Flat No.2, Court View,126, Maharshi Karve Road,Churchgate, Mumbai 400 020
Email:  Phone: +91-22-22820570, +91-22-22820572,(M) +919821072417
Commissioner for INDONESIA 2020 Philatelic Exhibition

Prof. Sahadeva Sahoo has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the Indonesia 2020 World Stamp Championship, Jakarta, Indonesia to be held from 6 to 11 August, 2020.
Contact information:
Prof. Sahadeva Sahoo
D 3, Saswat,B. J. B. Nagar,Bhubaneswar - 751 014
Email:  Phone: (M) +91 9337103542

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. He may be contacted at email :
Commissioner for NEW ZEALAND 2020 Philatelic Exhibition (FIAP)

Mr. Ajay Kumar Mittal is 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 isIndian 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
Email:  Phone: + 91 22 2202 4130 / 2202 4131/ 2284 3244
Mob : + 91 98199 03789


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

Deccan Philatelic Society

The winners of Deccan Philatelic Society trophies for 2019 are :

Ashok Bayanwala wins the Rustom Zal Kabraji Trophy for best research articles in the Deccan Philatelist.

Ramprasad Mahurkar wins the Percy Ghyara Young Achievers Trophy
The awards were decided by two committees set up to find the suitable winner. For the Rustom Zal Kabraji Trophy the jury was Zubin Kabraji, Subhasish Gupta, DN Misra, Rajendra Shah and Mukesh Shah. For the Percy Ghyara Young Achievers Trophy the jury was Col J Dutta, Dr Anjali Dutta and Zubin Kabraji.
The Awards will be awarded on 22nd February 2020 at ALUCAST Auditorium, Pune

Thematic Watch

Observations / Experiences / Facts

- Jeevan Jyoti

.As a regular participant and  visitor in various philatelic exhibitions I have few observations and experiences in the Thematic Class which I wish to share here for the benefit of Thematic philatelists.:

No exhibition ends without a controversy over the result given by jury. Consequently some of the exhibitors are sure to be sufferers and obviously sometimes they are very much unsatisfied. What Jury explain in critic session is not always correct sometimes they may be wrong also and not aware of the correct rules.

In a recent exhibition, I was surprised to learn when I discussed my own exhibit with four different jury members. They had different point of view. I want to mention  here an instance that during discussion one of the jury members insisted in writing philatelic text under every item even when it is easily recognizable. However the Guide lines given in SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR THE EVALUATION OF THEMATIC EXHIBITS AT FIP EXHIBITIONS mention following rule for the Philatelic Text..

Philatelic text

A philatelic text can be used when a specific philatelic characteristic of the item is not easily recognizable, for documenting the use of revenue stamps, or for presenting a philatelic study. Boosting definitions, in the style of those of the auction-catalogues, are inappropriate.

But another senior jury member opposed writing philatelic text under recognizable item and he supported the above statement.

Many times the exhibits with sharp difference in presentation, philatelic material, explanation, thematic flow, philatelic knowledge, Treatment, Rarities etc. get the same marks even higher marks than those which had the better quality exhibit in every respect. There is often no satisfactory answer given by the jury to the exhibitors. So it is always necessary to cross check the rules for evaluation given in FIP guidelines and make changes in the exhibit according to it and do not blindly follow anyone’s opinion. Moreover prepare and display the exhibit for your own pleasure irrespective of what award  has been given. Because medal or award does not measure the level of your exhibit . It might get more appreciation in other exhibitions. Try to get maximum pleasure of the hobby at your own level  and never get distracted by the award or medal. 

Just collect and Love stamps !!!

For the benefit of Thematic philatelists I am starting a series of FIP Guidelines for evaluation of  Thematic Philately .

Thematic Philately Guidelines - 1

Appropriate Philatelic Material for a Thematic Exhibit
A thematic exhibit uses the widest range of appropriate postal-philatelic material (ref. GREV Art 3.2.)The appropriate postal-philatelic material is that which, for the purpose of transmitting mail or other postal communications, has been issued, intended for issue, or produced in the preparation for issue, used, or treated as valid for postage by governmental, local or private postal agencies, or by other duly commissioned or empowered authorities.
Covers and other sorts of mail usually have several characteristics: stamp(s), postmark(s), labels and markings indicating the special treatment of this mailing, and sometimes indications for postage privileges. These are the elements of postal origin and/or significance, which can be used for thematic treatment. Other characteristics of the same mailing, like sender’s name and address information, decorative printings or illustrations on the envelope / card, or the message and other parts of the content, are the non-postal (= private) elements which cannot be used for thematic treatment.
This distinction between postal elements and private elements (maybe on the same item which went through the post) is the one and only rule for defining appropriate philatelic material in thematic philately. Therefore, it is fundamental for understanding the nature of “postal-philatelic material” in thematic philately, in contrast, to open philately, which allows for the private elements of a mailing to be used in treatment.
All other listings in this section of the guidelines are explanations of this rule. They show the typical range of postal-philatelic material as it occurs in the leading thematic exhibits and gives some warnings in those cases in which exhibitors try to stretch the definition of appropriate material. The following lists document the very wide range of material, which is appropriate for thematic development, given the thematic treatment refers to the mentioned elements of postal origin and/or significance.
Type of material
   -   Postal franking items (stamps, stamp booklets, postal stationery, franking meters, computer-generated postage e.g. FRAMA labels, Smart Stamps etc.) 
  - Modifications applied to postal franking items (e.g. overprints, surcharges, and punch-perforations, as shown by "perfins"). However, modified items are not to be included if the modification distracts from the original theme (e.g. by making it no longer visible); they may be used for the theme(s) related to the modification. 
     - Postal cancellations (ordinary, slogan, commemorative and other special postmarks) 
  - Stamps, cancellations, marks and/or cards indicating a postage privilege (e.g. authorities, military) 
    - Other items used in the postal operations, such as registration labels, postal route labels and markings, supplementary labels or markings (e.g. censorship, disinfection, crash mail), mail delivery dockets, reply coupons, forwarding agents markings, postal automation markings and labels, etc.; where applicable, these items should be on the relevant document. 
   -Items "intended for issues, or produced in the preparation for an issue", e.g. sketches, proofs 
     -Varieties and errors
    -Revenue stamps. They are admitted as long as they are postally used or have postage validity. Revenue stamps for fiscal purposes are admitted in exceptional cases when they are the only means to describe an important thematic point.
Time frame
Postal material from the pre-stamp era, through the classic period, to the present day.
Appropriate Postal Services
·         Normal transmission of mail, including
-          (postage free) service- and military- post (including Airgraphs and V-mail);
-          maritime mail,
-          railway mail of any type
-          air mail of any type
-          prisoner-of-war and concentration camp mail
-          packet, parcel post and freight post
      Postal payment service
      Private post, authorized or tolerated by the official authorities, or active in total absence of an official post
      Other postal communications, including
-          pneumatic post
-          telegrams
-          electronic mail (i.e. message sent electronically to a Post Office where it is printed out and delivered to an addressee)
-          other similar forms of postal services
Border-line material
The variety of postal services and regulations in different countries and their evolution over time make it impossible to define a list encompassing all possible situations. Some items only follow to a certain extent the above definitions of appropriate or inappropriate material; therefore they should be used mainly when no other material is available to describe a specific thematic detail. When included in the exhibit, they should always be supported by a thorough philatelic justification.
Items belonging to the specific philatelic culture of a theme, a country or a region can be tolerated as much as they are justified and their number is proportional to the degree of elaboration of the exhibit.
The jury team shall evaluate borderline material primarily with regards to its thematic significance, so it should never be shown solely for its rarity.
Inappropriate Material
The following items and the information made available by them should not be used for thematic development:
    -  fantasy issues from non-existent postal territories
     - issues of exiled governments
    -  issues of organizations without postal services
  - abusive, illegal and undesirable  issues, as defined by the UPU and the FIP Philatelic Congress of 1976 (and available on the website of the FIP Fight against forgeries commission)
      - picture postcards, unless they are postal stationery produced by a Postal Authority
      privately printed or manuscript annotated military postcards and letter cards (e.g. Feldpost), unless accepted or authorized by Postal authorities as admitted to the postal privilege without other official markings
      - private additional cancellations and cachets applied by a sender or a supplier before mailing the documents
    -   private additional prints on postal stationery (also known as “repiquages”)
    -   administrative marks (not postal), when they do not give any postal privilege
     -  private decorations and decorative overprints on envelopes and cards
     -  private vignettes (advertising labels), whatever the purpose of their use
Aspects of category “B” are usually parts of mailings, which bear postal elements like stamps and postmarks. However, these are the typical “private elements” of such mailings, which are usually not admitted for thematic treatment, as explained above.
In exceptional cases where no postal-philatelic material for important aspects of the theme exists, the items under B) can be considered as acceptable items as long as they present a significant thematic connection and are supported by a thorough philatelic justification.
Philately Promoter of the Month

This column is dedicated to great philatelists who are promoting selflessly the hobby of stamp collecting in their own way and making a bridge between philately and our daily life.

Mr Sushil Mehra, renowned philatelist from Bangalore is promoting philately through his regular Posts on philately on Facebook. He has recently brought out two books on special covers and picture postcards. He writes regularly  connecting stamps and covers with people, events, places, special days and everything related to things and people around us, depicted on  stamps, covers and postcards. He gives us a message everyday about the wonderful hobby of stamp collecting and its connection with our daily life. I am pleased to share here a post from his philatelic treasure posted on his facebook. He may be contacted at email :

 Release of his recent book “Glimpses of Vintage Bengaluru – Collection of Picture Postcards”

February 5, 1922. : The first issue of the Reader’s Digest is published.

The Reader’s Digest is a monthly magazine with a global circulation of 10.5 million. Now published in 21 languages as well as Braille, it began as a simple collection of condensed magazine articles on a wide range of topics, designed to appeal to a variety of readers.
William Roy DeWitt Wallace was an American soldier who, while recovering in France from injuries he sustained during World War 1, spent his time reading American magazines. Upon his return to the USA, he started researching articles and stories suitable for abridging into a single magazine. He showed his collection to the sister of a college friend, whose positive and enthusiastic response led not only to their marriage, but to the public debut of a new magazine. In October 1921, the pair were married. Four months later, they decided to publish their collection under the name of Reader’s Digest. Due to lack of interest from commercial publishers and retailers, they opted to market it by direct mail.
The first edition of the Reader’s Digest appeared on 5 February 1922. Its projected net income was an estimated $5,000. By 1929, thanks to Wallace’s ongoing research into the nature of what his reading audience wanted, the journal had acquired 290,000 subscribers, giving a gross income of $900,000 a year. The Reader’s Digest has continued to appeal to the wider public, with its circulation continuing to increase; it has also embraced modern technology, now being offered in a digital format.

-From Facebook Post of Sushil Mehra

Doon Philatelic Diary

Forest Research Institute, Dehradun
The Forest Research Institute (FRI)  is an institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and is a premier institution in the field of forestry research in India. It is located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand, and is among the oldest institutions of its kind. In 1991, it was declared a deemed university by the University Grants Commission.
The Forest Research Institute campus hosts the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), the staff college that trains officers selected for the Indian Forest Service (IFS).

A Special Cover was issued on 24 November 2006 to commemorate 100 years of Forest Research Institute.
Beginners’ Section

Love Stamps Stir Controversy

US #2948 – The cherubs had been used on a number of other items over the years.

On February 1, 1995, the USPS issued a pair of Love stamp that was both popular and controversial. In early 1995, the USPS knew that a rate change was coming, but didn’t know exactly what it would be. They wanted to have a new Love stamp ready for Valentine’s Day, so they created a non-denominated stamp and issued it on February 1, 1995,inValentines,Virginia.

US #2949 from a booklet.

For the stamp designs, the USPS, had been inspired by a postcard picturing two child angels. The angels were taken from Raphael’s massive masterpiece, the 9-foot x 6 ½-foot  Sistine Madonna. The USPS thought they would be perfect for Love stamps.

However, C. Douglas Lewis, a curator at the National Gallery of Art and vice chairman of the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee, warned that child angels, also known as putti, were associated with death, not love. The painting is believed to have been commissioned by Pope Julius II, who died before it was completed. Some art historians believe Raphael’s painting had been used at the funeral of Pope Julius II, and that the child angels are resting on top of his coffin.

·         Eventually, the USPS decided that removing the cherubs from the original painting would let them stand on their own, and were referred to as “cupids” in press materials. The stamps were issued as planned, but media coverage helped stir the controversy. One mother reportedly called to complain that the she had used the Love stamps on her daughter’s wedding invitations and that the “death angel stamps” had jinxed the event.

The debate continued amongst the public. Some agreed that picturing the cherubs on their own put them in a new context, while others still questioned their use on Love stamps. In spite of the controversy, millions of the stamps were sold and the designs remained in use until 1997.

Source - Mystic Stamp Co.

Specialized Section
Free Philippines Guerrilla Postal Service

-Col J Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta

During World War II a 2 centavo stamp known as the "Free Philippines" Guerrilla stamp was issued for use on the island of Mindanao the second largest island in the Philippines. The stamp was printed in Australia and delivered to Col. Wendell W. Fertig, Commanding Officer of the 10th Military District, Guerrilla Forces, with headquarters at Esperanza in Agusan Province, Mindanao, Philippines. The stamps were printed in sheets of twenty-five in rows of five by five.  All were of 2 centavo denomination, printed in blue on white paper, and measuring 1.95 by 3.75 cm.


The island of Mindanao

They were printed by the letterpress process, with rouletted perforations. They show a Series 1943 dating. Virtually all that is known of the stamp is found in a 1949 study' by Pablo Esperidion of the Philippines, and a subsequent study in 1961 by Arnold H. Warren of the United States.

In Warren's article of October 1961, he stated that "Colonel Wendell W. Fertig (Commanding Officer of the 10th Military District) said that he originated the idea." This could be very true; however, others have credited Charles Parsons, now residing and working in the Philippines, others have given credit to Charles Smith, and it also has been suggested that the idea originated with CoL Allison Ind, who worked in Philippine Island Section AIB.

The usage of the stamp on Mindanao by various people has been an interesting study. Was the stamp issued for legitimate postal purposes, or for morale purposes, or both? Esperidion wrote: Originally, the use of the stamp was for military personnel only, of the 10th Military District. Later on, however, civilians were allowed to use them within the said military area. Although civilians were allowed to use them on mail, these stamps were not sold at any civilian post office in the unoccupied areas, there being no civilian post offices in operation.'

Col. Wendell Fertig, commander of American-Filipino guerrilla force on the Japanese-occupied Mindanao

Full sheet of twenty-five in rows of five by five, the 2-centavo blue-on-white Philippine Guerrilla stamps issued by the" Free Philippines," 10th Military District, Esperanza, Mindanao


Complete sheet of 25. Spink Shreves Galleries Sale



Right margin block of four with rouletted perforations.
Heritage Auction Archives

Although there are no definite numbers for production, it has been estimated that 5,000 were originally printed and 2,000 authorized for distribution.

It is believed that about 20 sheets or 500 of the propaganda stamps actually were delivered to Mindanao by the U.S. supply submarine Narwhal. Covers to the United States exist bearing the Mindanao guerrilla stamp and showing various postmarks, censor hand-stamps, etc.

Genuine covers were carried by courier, along with other guerrilla communications, probably from Mindanao to General MacArthur's headquarters in Australia by submarine, then to Washington in a military pouch. The normal price range for the stamp is $300-400. However, one particularly handsome specimen sold for $600 in 2001.

2x 2 centavo stamp on cover to LA, USA with tenth Military Dist, The Philippines Censor Stamp

2x 2 centavo stamp on cover to Manila with Tenth Military Dist, The Philippines Censor Stamp

1943, 2c Blue, Free Philippines Guerrilla Postal Service.  Tied by purple oval "Posted in the Free Philippines Mindanao Guerilla Area, M.D. No. 10, 25 DEC 1943" datestamp and used on 2c Entire, with 2c Red, to Insular Treasurer of the Philippines in Washington, matching "TENTH MILITARY DIST., FREE PHILIPPINES, CENSORED" oval handstamp, Esperanza Dec. 25, 1943 circular duplex tied the 2c stamp, "BY OFFICER COURRIER"' handstamp and handstamp and boxed "WE DEPEND UPON GEN. MacARTHUR'S PLEDGE TO RETURN"

The Cebu stamps
The Cebu stamps are far less clear as to origin. The 2, 4, 16, and 20 centavos "Cebu" stamps were allegedly produced by the Southern Cebu Forces in the village of Dumanjug in late 1942. The "stamps" show heavy lines at top and bottom, containing "USAFFE" at top, the value in center, and "SCF" at bottom.

There appear to have been several printings

The "USAFFE" is "United States Armed Forces in the Far East"; and "SCF" is "Southern Cebu Forces." The 16 centavos label shows additional text, "Registered Mail", and the 20 centavos label shows "Special Delivery." The labels are printed imperforate and without gum, allegedly in the enormous quantities of about 100,000 each.

The 2 and 4 centavos labels are printed in sheets of 10 each (5x2), on thin, pink paper. The 16 and 20 centavos labels are printed together on sheets of 8 on plain bond paper. Despite several articles in the literature and several interviews with wartime Guerilla fighters confirming the genuine nature of these stamps, they are still considered dubious private collector-inspired productions by some specialists.

Covers exist bearing the handwritten comment "by Courier" over the stamps. Most of the guerrilla stamps were ordered destroyed during and after the war and as a result they are quite rare today and a set of all four can sell in the range of $1000 dollars.

1942/43 2c-20c Cebu Guerrilla Issues, without gum as issued

Philippines Guerilla Mail, USAFFE, Southern Cebu Forces, 2c tied on cover to Moalboal by Rondom Feb 3 cancel (year date redacted)


2 centavos block of 10
Walter H. Adler, From the Allied Intelligence Bureau to Mindanao: The "Free Philippines" Guerrilla Stamps, American Philatelist, September, 1982

- 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) 

Contd. From the last issue….

Stamps issued by some of the foreign countries on Tagore

Many Foreign countries such as Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Sweden, Vietnam, Brazil, USSR,  Romania, Argentina, Venezuela have issued stamps in his honour

First Day Cover Issued by Argentina 15 May 1961

A first day cover and stamps issued by Bangladesh as a joint celebration

Mahatma Gandhi and Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, two great Indians of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century had between them a kinship and appreciation of deepest character. They both were for Indianism, humanism,  and emancipation of dispossed. Jawaharlal Nehru in his jail diary in 1941 wrote “Gandhi and Tagore, two types of entirely different from each other and yet both of typical of India, both in the long line of India’s great men. Among the tout ensemble , that I felt that among world’s geat men  today Gandhi and Tagore were supreme as human beings . What Good Fortune for me get into close contact with them.” Becauseof great relation between them, it attracted many organisations to issue special covers on them. Some of them are depicted below.

Special cover issued in 2002 at Patna with Tagore and Gandhi titled ‘’who made him Mahatma and who said him Mahatma”

Sprcial cover issued during DAKER SAAZ Stamp Exhibition, on the occasion of the Century of First Meeting of Tagore and Gandhiji

Tagore first called Gandhi a Mahatma or a great soul. He said at ”Gandhiji’s call India blossomed forth to new greatness, Just as once before, in earlier times , when Buddha proclaimmed the truth , of fellow feeling and compassion among all living creatures” Gandhiji  called him the Great sentnel or “ Gurudev”.
To the outside world Tagore never hesitated to project the Mahatma Gandhi as the spiritual soul of India. In a letter to China’s Marshall Chian Kai Sek is 1938, he wrote  the expectation shown in its full luminous streak  of fulfilment in the person of Gandhi in a historical horizon obscured by centuries of ….? Chiang Sek replied to the letter(concern on China Japan conflict) as “Respected Gurudev Tagore”.

In spite of their differences Tagore salutes Gandhiji’s spirit and the sea change he had brought into the lives of Indians but was unable to follow him in his steps. However, Rabindranath was not hesitant of paying his tributes to Gandhiji. He said, “He (Gandhiji) stopped at the threshold of huts of thousands of dispossessed.

In 1940, a year before Tagore’s death, Gandhiji along with Kasturbaa Gandhi went to see the ailing poet, where Tagore asked him to take charge of Vishwaa Bharati after his absence. In 1951 after Independence, Vishwa Bharti was taken over by the Government of India as a central university.

Bapu, Baa and Tagorre in Shantiniketan in spring festival

Tagore with Einstein in 1930

Rabindranath Tagore attended a number of Congress sessions in Calcutta where he composed songs and song ‘JANA Gana Mana the National Anthem was the opening song of the second day of  Congress session in 1911.

A special cover issued during Bilapex 2012, with waiting room in station where Tagore  had to wait for 6 hrs

A special post card issued by Sri Lanka to honour Tagore

Coins on Rabindranath Tagore

To Commemorate Rabindranath TagoreRs.150/- and 5 Rs. coins were issued  in 2011

Before ending the article a beautiful poem by Parama Pujya Guruji
‘Leave This’

Leave this chanting and singing and telling of beads!
Whom dost thou worship in this lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut?
Open thine eyes and see thy God is not before thee!
He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground
and where the path maker is breaking stones.
He is with them in sun and in shower,
and his garment is covered with dust.
Put off thy holy mantle and even like him come down on the dusty soil!

The poem ‘Leave This’ addresses the hypocrisy within our hearts in the name of religion. In our pursuit of God, we truly seem to be running away from Him
-Cdr Sriramarao Gandikota : email :

In Memory of Dr Satyendra Agrawal….

Love is in the air....

Special stamps on Roses for Valentine's Day


Editor’s Mail Box


Mrs. Jeevan Jyoti
Editor, Rainbow Stamp News

It was a pleasure meeting with you during Inpex 2019 .
Good to see / read Rainbow Jan. issue details news of Inpex 2019 nicely written / covered by Mr. Naresh Agarwal.
Rainbow truly stands to its name rendering great service to the philately in large. I congratulate all the winner of the Rainbow family in Inpex 2019.

Best wishes,
Pradip Jain, FRPSL.

New issues from other Countries


2 January 2020 :  Joyful Occasions


22 January 2020 : Colors of Friendship

2 January 2020 : 250th Birth Anniversary of Ludwig Van Beethoven

On January 2, the 80 cent Beethoven anniversary stamp will be released in a record first issue of 626 million copies – the highest first issue in the history of Deutsche Post AG. The stamp, which will be issued by the German Federal Ministry of Finance, was designed by Thomas Steinacker, stamp designer at Deutsche Post. The special stamp marking the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven pays tribute to the composer and marks the Beethoven 2020 commemorative year. The stamp pictures a stylized version of the famous Beethoven portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, a musical clef and the lettering “250 Jahre BTHVN” (250 Years of Beethoven). Ludwig van Beethoven often signed letters and scores using the “BTHVN” abbreviation, which is printed on the stamp in a special “metallic silver” color.

2 January 2020 : Rookworst

The Typically Dutch - rookworst stamps show the classic rookworst with string, lying on a white plate with a knife and fork at the sides. The logo for the Typically Dutch series is printed underneath the plate, including a folded Dutch banner on the left and right. The words Mmm… Rookworstare printed in a strong cursive font above the plate. The year (2020), country (Nederland) and denomination 1 are printed on the right-hand side of the stamp. The sorting hook is in the top left-hand corner. The background colour of the stamps is pastel brown, just like the colour of the sheet edge. On the upper part of the sheet edge, the rookworst returns in slices, accompanied by the knife used for the cutting. The rookworst is placed on a wooden board with brown bread and a bowl of pea soup, with a blue tablecloth with a checked motif underneath. The series logo, including the Dutch flag, returns above the image. The right-hand side of the sheet contains a short description of the rookworst and on the left there is space for the logo, name of the designer, item number and barcode.

2 January 2020 : Experience Nature - Birds of Prey and Owls - Miniature Sheet

The stamps depict (from left to right) the following birds: osprey, honey buzzard, red kite, short-eared owl, Montagu's harrier, common kestrel, hen harrier, hobby, long-eared owl and white-tailed eagle. Transparent images of seven of the ten birds have been incorporated into a separate graphic layer on the stamp sheet: the long-eared owl, osprey, red kite, hobby, hen harrier, common kestrel and white-tailed eagle. Most of the birds on the stamps are on the Dutch Red List of breeding birds or migratory birds/winter visitors in the Netherlands. The Dutch Red List of breeding birds includes 87 bird species, or 44 percent of all species that breed in the Netherlands. The number of bird species in the danger zone increased by nine compared to the previous list from 2004. Ten species are seriously endangered, such as the short-eared owl and the little bittern.

17 January 2020 : Polish cities - Leszno
27 January 2020 : Chinese Zodiac Sign

31 January 2020 : Greeting Stamp - Love

Sri Lanka
2 February 2020 : World Wetlands Day

14 February 2020 : Let’s Celebrate

 The U.S. Postal Service will issue the Let’s Celebrate! Stamp on 14 February 2020  for any joyous occasion. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a new job or retirement, this stamp will help mark the occasion. The Let’s Celebrate! stamp features colorful circles in varying sizes arranged in a random pattern. The letters in “celebrate,” cast in a dark green hue, appear inside several brightly colored circles.

New Postal Stationery from other countries

On May 9th 2020 will be available in 27568 BREMERHAVEN a new stationery (envelope) from Germany and a pictorial postmark. The pictorial postmark and the stationery including personalized stamp are featuring the polar Explorer F.G.von Bellingshausen and his ship WOSTOK. The stationery is available in two variations.

Bellingshausen was a Russian Explorer with German roots. Both stationeries and the pictorial postmark honors the 200th anniversary of discovery the Antarctic by  Bellingshausen .And in addition for the 50th anniversary of foundation the German philatelic collector Group ArGe Polar philately.

Interested collectors may contact for more Details Mr. Andreas Hoehne,

Courtesy: Wolfgang Beyer  &  Andreas Hoehne , BDPh (German Philatelic Federation)


- Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin January 2020 issue edited by Mohanchandran Nair

-  Judaica Thematic Society (UK)  January n February 2020  Newsletter edited by Gary Goodman

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

-The Hyderabad Philatelist January 2020 issue edited by Prakash Agrawal

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

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

 SIGNET  edited by Prof. Sahdeva Sahoo : Apr-Jun 2019 & Jul-Sep 2019 issues

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