Summer Olympics in Tokyo
Date of Issue : 11 May 2021
Dehradun June 2021 Vol. XIV Issue No. 162
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Europa 2021- Endangered Species
Moldova : Black Stork and Eurasian Eagle Owl
Date of Issue : 28 May 2021
I am pleased to present June 2021 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. Philatelic activities have come to stand still due to COVID-19 pandemic in the last few months. However the whatsapp group and facebook pages have still kept the hobby alive. The philatelists are sharing news and information on past stamp issues and philatelic items. This is the best part of this hobby that at least our philatelic community is trying to put some liveliness and positivity in this poor pandemic situation despite the fact that most of us and our family members, relatives and friends have been affected in some or other way. It is very sad and pathetic that during this period of pandemic we lost many philatelist friends too. My heartfelt condolences to all their family members. Let’s hope that the life becomes normal soon and the third wave of the pandemic may never come….
Wishing you all the best ! Please stay safe, healthy and positive all the time…And try to spend your spare time in any hobby you like and keep yourself busy and avoid negativity around you. Do not forget to open your stamp albums or philatelic exhibits when you feel lonely or sad….You will find there something interesting….you would like to pursue once again….
This is all for this month. More in the next issue…
Please take very good care of yourself…
Happy Collecting !
§ From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§ Recent Indian Issues
§ In The News
§ Specialized Section
§ Beginners’ Section
§ Thematic Watch
§ Philatelic Tributes to First-line Warriors –COVID-19 Pandemic
§ New Issues from Other Countries
§ Promotional Section
§ Philatelic Clubs and Society
§ Blogs & Websites on Philately
§ Current Philatelic Magazines & Newsletters
PHYSICAL PHILATELY…. THE TRUE PHILATELY
This time the second wave of COVID -19 has genuinely and very strongly shaken the world. It was more disastrous and painful this time. People were again confined to their houses as in the first wave but this time people were not so innovative, exploring and active in terms of taking out philatelic stuffs, and be active philatelically. At least, I did not hear much about that as it roared in my ears last time. Rather the sound which struck my ears was that people got bored. Borden overpowered this time. Why, in fact, what I observed in last few months is that lots of people just sold out what they had at whatever price. Last time they took out, searched, checked and planned but this time they did not think of collecting or bettering the collection but thought the other way that is to get rid of philatelic stuffs.. What does this signify? Bad luck for philately. This has shown disinterest of people in philately. Reasons for which are obvious. Uncertainty of health and life, heavy impact of social media, other computer based games and past time apps & also the fast pace of changing life and life styles. To some extent we can also say that the changing effects and characteristics of philately are also responsible. Philately which in fact developed because of its relaxing attributes, slow pace and attractive loving/ adorable characteristics and pure emotions connects has now become fast, competitive, commercial and above all not that relaxing. Rather sometimes it become reason to create tension. Hence, I have seen no emergence of serious philatelists now a days.
Though various writers, thinkers and philatelic sites strongly feel that philately is emerging, developing and shining. New collecting themes have developed. New stamps have been issued. But I don’t feel so. Efforts are being made to keep the high esteem of philately but genuinely it is not. Philately develops when more and more children come in to its fold regularly at grass root level, more and more old collectors turn in to philatelists, more and more philatelists shine and establish themselves at high level i.e. National and International scene. The stamp societies and clubs prosper and increase. Philately becomes affordable for all at any level. It should attract more and more people. It should have upper hand over social media. But it is not there.
Yes, social media has given a new platform to philately. Digital and Virtual platforms are developing and establishing. People are now inclined towards digital philately. They don’t have interest and time for physical philately. The true flavor of philately is not loved and looked for. Now where does this digital philately lead to? Is it permanent? Can it give that emotional connect , that relaxation, that bond which physical philately gives? No digital platforms gives temporary connect, love and bond. Hence, the life of such platforms is lesser which is detrimental for the development / survival of physical philately.
Hence, this is time to rethink the philatelic operational and planning methodologies. I mean the nature of collections, displays, competitions, exhibit evaluation, awards, costing, material availability etc.. No doubt, there is vast scope in philately and immense emotional connect and love but it needs a slow pace, no race, low cost and above all, the power not to succumb to the emerging digital platforms. However, temporarily for and year or two looking in to the present scenario, digital philately may be professed but one must not forget that the true flavor of philately stays in physical philately.
-Naresh Agrawal : email - email@example.com
Recent Indian Issues
23 March 2021 : 100 Years of First Visit of Mahatma Gandhi to Odisha – Rs 5
27 March : India – Bangladesh Friendship : Golden Jubilee - Rs 5
12 April 2021: Rajyogini Dadi Janki - Rs 5
New Special Covers
21 May 2021 : Golden Jubilee Year of Jain Vishwa Bharti : Indore
12 May 2021 Kanchipuram Silk : Kanchipuram
3 May 2021: Satyajit Ray 100 Years : Kolkata
In The News
An 1856 British colonial stamp once owned by the eccentric millionaire and convicted murderer John du Pont — and which broke records in four auctions — is going under the hammer again in the Big Apple.
The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, described as the most famous and valuable stamp in the world, is expected to sell for up to $15 million – more than a billion times its original value – on June 8, The Guardian reported.
“It is the Mona Lisa of philately,” philatelic expert David Beech told the news outlet. “It is the one stamp that every philatelist and every collector would have heard about and seen an illustration of.”
It was discovered in 1873 by a 12-year-old Scottish philatelist named Vernon Vaughan who was living in British Guiana, found it in his uncle’s papers and sold it for six shillings, according to the outlet.
The stamp eventually ended up in the hands of Count Philipp La Rénotière von Ferrary of Paris, who died of a heart attack in 1917, leaving his collection “with pride and joy to my German fatherland.”
In 1920, France seized the collection from Berlin and sold it at an auction won by industrialist Arthur Hind, who made his fortune making upholstery fabrics in the US, the paper reported.
In 1980, it was sold for a record $935,000 to an anonymous bidder, who was later revealed to be du Pont, the eccentric millionaire who murdered the wrestler Dave Schultz and died behind bars in 2010. Du Pont’s bizarre life inspired the movie “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carell.
It was discovered in 1873 by a 12-year-old Scottish philatelist named Vernon Vaughan.
Its current owner is Stuart Weitzman, known as the shoe designer to the stars, who paid $9.48 million for it in 2014.
Asia Book of Records
Noted philatelist Mr. M Lokeswara Rao of Bangalore, set a record for using the maximum types of philatelic material to narrate the story of Gautama Buddha. He used 1127 types of philatelic material namely stamps, stamp blocks, first day covers, covers, souvenir sheets, deluxe proofs, errors, progressive colour proofs, maxim cards, booklet, miniature sheets, postcards and special covers. His name has been entered in Asia Book of Records . He is author of book titled ‘Buddhism on Stamps’ (ISBN: 978-93-54266-44-7) which was recently published. The book received international acclaim. Its reviews have been published by several International philatelic magazines.
"BANGLADESH 2021" is an online Philatelic Exhibition in Bangladesh, organized by the Bangladesh National Philatelic Association (BNPA) & Patronage by the Bangladesh Philatelic Federation (BPF) to celebrate the GOLDEN JUBILEE OF BANGLADESH STAMP. It may be mentioned that the first set of 08 value Bangladesh postage stamps was issued on 29 July 1971 during the War of Liberation from its temporary capital Mujibnagar. This year, i.e. 2021, Bangladesh is celebrating 50th glorious years of its journey through postage stamps.
Following are the Rules & Regulations for participation in the exhibition "BANGLADESH 2021", which are based on the rules & regulations led by the Bangladesh Philatelic Federation (BPF) for Philatelic Exhibitions in Bangladesh.
As this exhibition is to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh Stamps, so Bangladesh philately related exhibits will only be accepted for display in this exhibition. So, this may be treated as Specialized Philatelic Exhibition.
The Organizing Committee has right to accept or rejects any application. All entries will be displayed on the Exhibitions Website and available for public viewing through online.
a. Participation is open to all collectors from Bangladesh or any other countries.
b. The entrant must be the owner of the full exhibit items.
2. Conditions of Entry
I. Exhibitors shall submit their entry forms via google Forms, which must be accompanied by an Introductory Title Page and Entry Fees. The Entry Fee may be paid either through: For Bangladeshi Participants: bKash No. 01716303513 (Personal) Or For the Foreign Participants through PayPal Payment Transfer: firstname.lastname@example.org
II. At the time of submitting entry forms, the exhibitors must give a consent letter regarding his/her exhibit will be displayed online until the Organizing Committee shutdown the exhibit website or withdrawn the exhibit from the website.
III. Entry forms must be received by the Exhibition Organizing Committee up to 15 July 2021.
IV. The exhibitors must submit the scan copies of their exhibit pages on or before 15 July 2021 to the designated website of the exhibition.
V. For the Literature class exhibit, the exhibitor must submit 2 (two) original copies of his/her literature to the Exhibition Organizing Committee within 15 July 2021. This class exhibitor must either be the Author/Co-author or the Publisher of the submitted Literature. The original copies of the Literature submitted to the organizing committee not be refundable.
VI. The Jury shall penalize exhibits containing forgeries or reproductions not so described. The Jury reserved the right to seek confirmation of ownership of material or the whole exhibit.
3. Exhibition Classes
As mentioned earlier, there will be only Bangladesh philately related exhibits accepted in this exhibition in all the classes.
Non-Competitive Class: Members of the Jury Committee & others who will receive request from the Exhibition Organizing Committee will be included in this class. They may display their exhibits in 01/05/08 frame(s).
Competitive Class: All the exhibitors in this class category will be entitled to display 3/5 frame exhibits, except One frame class & Youth class exhibit. Youth class exhibitors may be allowed to submit upto maximum three frame exhibits. The Competitive class exhibits may be sub-classified under the broad category of Bangladesh philately as:
a. Traditional Philately b. Postal History c. Postal Stationery d. First Day Cover e. Revenue f. Thematic Philately g. Maximaphily h. Picture Post Card i. Philatelic Literature j. One Frame k. Youth Class (under 21 years old can participate in this class)
4. Definition of Frame
Each virtual frame means sixteen sheets of A4 size Album pages or the equivalent in double pages or combination of single & double pages, but height of each sheet must not exceed 29.7cm.
5. Entry Fees
I. The per frame entry fee for the Youth class will be Tk. 300.00 for Bangladeshi Participants or US$ 5 for Foreign Participants.
II. The entry fee for the One Frame class will be Tk. 1000.00 for Bangladeshi Participants or US$ 15 for Foreign Participants.
III. The per frame entry fee for all other competitive classes (except the above two classes) will be Tk. 700.00 for Bangladeshi Participants or US$ 12 for Foreign Participants.
IV. Entry Fee for each Literature is Tk. 1500.00 for Bangladeshi Participant or US$ 20 for Foreign Participant.
V. Entry fees are not refundable and to be deposited before submitting the exhibit.
6. Entries – File Format All entries must be scanned in jpeg format. Resolution of the scan should be minimum 300 dpi and each page consecutively numbered (via the file name) from 1 to 16. Each page should be a separate file and the file name would be as per following example. Example: 1. JPEG (First Page) 2. JPEG (Second Page)
7. Privacy Image of exhibits will be displayed on a public website. The Exhibition Committee cannot prevent copying or downloading of exhibit images.
8. Awards: Judging will be carried out on the material as presented in the frames. Bangladesh Philatelic Federation (BPF) standard judging sheets will be used to evaluate each exhibit. The Committee will place for disposal by the Jurors following awards: Special Prizes, Medals (Large Gold, Gold, Large Vermeil, Vermeil, Large Silver, Silver, Silver-Bronze and Bronze) and Certificate of Participation.
9. Amendment of Regulations: Bangladesh National Philatelic Association (BNPA) reserves the right to amend these regulations as and when they feel so. For any further clarification, you may contact to the following e-mail address:
The Bangladesh Collectors may contact personally to any of the following persons for any further clarification/help regarding the exhibition:
• Aminul Haque Mallick Cell: 01711183570
• Morshed Hasan Cell: 01674241495
• Faizur Rahman Paul Cell: 01716303513
” is organized by (Union of Czech Philatelists) in cooperation with club “Evropská výstava poštovních známek LIBEREC 2022, z.s.”, established for this purpose under patronage and with recognition.
Exhibition size: 1200 exhibition frames
European Stamp Exhibition and Polar Salon LIBEREC 2022 : IREX
BALIPHEX 2021: 13th Bali Philately Exhibition :
8-12 October 2021
CAPE TOWN 2021 Philatelic Exhibition ( Update)
The Cape Town 2021 Exhibition has been postponed. The new dates will be 8th – 12th November 2022.
An amended IREX will be published on the Website indicating submission dates as follows:
The date that Entry forms must be received by the National Commissioners will be no later than 15 May 2022.
Notification of Acceptance; receipt of First page and Literature Entries:
• Notification of application acceptance or non-acceptance by the Organisers, together with the number of frames allocated to each accepted exhibit, will be sent to the National Commissioners before 30 June 2022.
• National Commissioners should confirm entries accepted by no later than 15 July 2022.
The entrant may revise the introductory sheet on receiving notification of acceptance, but the class or concept of the exhibit may not be changed. Although every effort will be made to send revised pages to the jury prior to the show, only those received prior to 15 August 2022 can be guaranteed to be circulated.
• Last date for receipt of Literature exhibits 1 October 2022
Mr. Shakil Ahmed is Indian National Commissioner for the Cape Town 2021, FIP Specialized World Stamp Exhibition to be held at Cape Town, South Africa from 8 to 12 November, 2022.Exhibition Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Aerophilately, Postal Stationery, Revenue, Thematic, Open, Modern Philately, One Frame, Philatelic Literature and Picture Postcards only)
Shakil Ahmed : Email: email@example.com : (M) +91-9437225760 / +91-7008025663
PHlLANIPPON 2021 Update
Mr. Surendra Kotadia is Indian National Commissioner for the PHILANIPPON 2021, FIP World Stamp Championship Exhibition to be held in Japan from 25th to 30th August 2021.
Philanippon 2021 will have the following competitive classes:
Championship Class, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery,
Aerophilately, Thematic, Modern, Open, Youth, One Frame, Literature.
Surendra Kotadia : Email: firstname.lastname@example.org : Mob : + 91 98199 03789
CAPEX 22, Toronto
June 9-12, 2022 : Toronto
CAPEX 22 is
an international one frame stamp and philatelic literature exhibition organized
by the Canadian Association of Philatelic Exhibitions – Association Canadienne
des Expositions Philatéliques (CAPE-ACEP).
The Exhibition will be held from June 9-12 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
CAPEX 22 is the inaugural International One Frame Stamp Championship Exhibition. It is also the largest exhibition of one frame exhibits ever held.
CAPEX 22 is being held under the Patronage of the Federacion Interamericana de Filatelia (FIAF) and the Recognition of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP). CAPEX 22 will be governed by the General Regulations for Exhibitions (GREX), the General Regulation for Evaluation of Exhibits (GREV), the Special Regulations for Evaluation of exhibits (SREV’s) and Guidelines issued by FIP and the Individual Regulations for Exhibition (IREX) issued by CAPEX 22.
In addition to the classes recognized by FIP for One Frame exhibits, several non-FIP classes including FDCs, Cinderellas and Illustrated Mail may be entered in CAPEX 22.
Exhibitors from FIP member federations and FIAF member federations shall be eligible to participate at CAPEX 22. Entries awarded at least 75-points at national exhibitions since Jan 1, 2015 or which have been exhibited at FIP, FIAF, FEPA or FIAP exhibitions will be eligible.
1. There is
no fee for Non-Competitive Class entries.
2.The participation fee for One-Frame Exhibit (Class 1) is US$125 per exhibit.
3. The participation fee for Philatelic Literature (Class 2) is US$80 per exhibit.
4. There is no fee for Youth Class entries.
CAPEX 22 Organizing Committeec/o Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation 10 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON Canada M4T 1A8 Telephone : 416-921-2073 Fax : 416-921-1282 E-mail : email@example.com
shall submit one Exhibit Application Form for each exhibit or literature
application through the on-line application form at www.capex22.org. The Organizing Committee will notify
the assigned National Commissioners of their respective countries.
Exhibit Application Forms duly filled shall be submitted through the on-line application form not later than November 30, 2021.
View : CAPEX 22 IREX
View : Exhibit Application Form
SAVPEX 2021: South African Virtual Philatelic Exhibition 22-25 July 2021
1. STATUS OF EXHIBITION
1.1 The Exhibition will be a competitive “One Frame Virtual Exhibition” and open to all members of Societies affiliated to The Philatelic Federation of South Africa (PFSA) and all members of Federations affiliated to the Federation Internationale Philatelique (FIP)
1.2 The concept of this Virtual Exhibition may be explained as follows:
(a) Exhibitors, after assembling the exhibit, will scan the sixteen pages and send to the email address in Clause 6.3
(b) The exhibits will be judged by appointed National and International Jurors.
(c) The exhibits will be available for display by request of a visitor to the venue of the National Exhibition hosted by the Orange Free State Philatelic Society (Bloemfontein) in JULY 2021. A number of TV screens will be available for individual viewing of the exhibits.
(d) The exhibits will be available for viewing on the Federation Website after the judging is completed and Exhibitors have been notified of their results.
Further copies of these Exhibition Guidelines and provisional entry forms may be obtained from: Joof van der Merwe at email: firstname.lastname@example.org These Exhibition Guidelines and Entry Form will also be available on the Federation website : https://stampssa.africa
32nd Maximaphily and Postcards Exhibition in Echternach, 24 – 25 July 2021
The Echternach Philatelic Circle invites visitors to the 32nd Maximaphily and Postcard Exhibition organised by the FSPL (Federation of Philatelic Societies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg).
The collection of Maximum cards and Postcards was and is very popular in Luxembourg and for this reason the FSPL has organised a specialised national exhibition for more than 30 years. In 2021 the organisation of this exhibition has fallen to the Echternach society. Exhibitors from other countries will be very welcome. The only condition is that an exhibitor possesses a Maximum or Postcard exhibit that is qualified to be shown at national exhibitions. Collectors who are members of a society in Luxembourg may apply without prior qualification.
Traditionally frame fees are not charged in Luxembourg, but one special characteristic of the frames needs to be mentioned. This is that the Luxembourg frames each hold three rows of five sheets (A4 or the rather broader album sheets). Thus, it is possible to show 15 sheets in a frame but it is not a problem if your exhibit is designed to show 12 sheets per frame. A Luxembourg jury will evaluate your exhibit and will be available to discuss the exhibit. Applications should be made by 31 May 2021 and acceptances for participation a few days later will be sent.
The exhibition will take place in the ‘Trifolion’ Cultural Centre, 2 Porte St Willibrord, 6486 Echternach in Luxembourg.
National and international exhibitors are invited to participate in this exhibition. Those interested in participating, please contact either Mr Robert Grosch, 1A Rue CM Spoo, 6483 Echternach (email: email@example.com) or Mr Lars Böttger, 10 Route der Grundhof, 6315 Beaufort, Luxembourg (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for the application forms.
Our Heartfelt Condolences ! R.I.P. ....
A very senior Philatelist and ex MLA and ex minister and President of Eastern India Philatelists' Association, Bhubaneshwar, Sri Bijoysree Routray passed away today on 2nd June 2021. He has taken the major role in promotion of Philately in Odisha. Due to his interest the most prestigious National exhibition on Nature and Environment, NATUREPEX-2016, Bhubaneswar was a grand success. Though he was a great political leader of Odisha, he has keen interest in Philately. He was a gold medalist in MA(Geography). He is well known for his exhibit on Global warming, for which he had received several National and International medals. Odisha has lost a doyen of Philately and there is an irreparable loss.
Shri Subash Jain, 74,passed away due to COVID-19 related complications on April 7,2021 in Ahmedabad. He retired from Oriental Bank of Commerce as Chief Manager. Mr. Jain had been collecting stamps since his childhood and had a wonderful collection of Agriculture and Renewable Energy related philatelic materials. He was founder member of Ludhiana Philatelic Club.
Letter to the Editor
Rainbow Stamp News
I am wondering if there is an INDEX of ARTICLES, AUTHORS, THEMETICS & COUNTRIES of 161 issues of Rainbow Stamp News. Since all the issues are available online, this INDEX will be a great source of references very much helpful. Sometimes articles run in more than one issue! These four Indexes may be included in four monthly issues.
Once again and as always, great Thank You for publishing RAINBOW STAMP NEWS every month.
Prakash Mody, Toronto, Canada.
The story of AIRGRAPH
Airgraph is a type of mail, microphotographed by a system devised by Kodak
in the Second World War for air transport between troops overseas (initially in
HISTORY BEHIND THE EVOLUTION OF AIRGRAPH SERVICE :
The world war II was a global military conflict which continued for almost 6 years from 1939 to 1945 and most of the world’s nations divided in to two opposing groups and military alliances. This war involved million of military personnel spread and moved away from their houses overseas for years together.
The postal mail was the only common media for communication those days particularly for the family members of the military personnel deployed at battlefield. Since, the quantity of mail to be carried to such overseas destinations was very high and regular, there was huge problem for mail transmission and carriage as intercontinental transport was very difficult and time consuming too.
Due to dramatic change in the situation at that time( 1940), a study was made into the feasibility of using micro-photography, the British Post Office was forced to think again about one of their publicly unaccepted and rejected system known as RECORDAK experimented by them in 1932 for their record keeping and also for bulk mail transport. That lead to the birth of AIRGRAPH (the word becoming a registered trademark of Kodak Ltd., who controlled the process)
Airgraph Service, was then inaugurated in August, 1941 by Her Majesty the Queen
(now Her Majesty the Queen Mother) who sent the first airgraph letter to
The First Airgraph sent by Queen Elizabeth to the Commander-in-Chief in the
AIRGRAPH (THE CONCEPT)
The basic concept was simple. Letters were photographed on the sending end, then the negatives were sent by air to the destination end, where they were printed and delivered. The volume and weight of the film were less than one fiftieth of the volume and weight of the letters, so a large number of letters could be transported quickly at a relatively small cost.
THE PROCESS : The airgraph postal process involved two functions .One is collection of massages in form of filled specially designed forms, checking them, censoring and numbering them and after micro filming and making positives from microfilms, delivering them to addressee. The other is making photographic micro negatives of the massage/letter by special photographic equipment and process and making positive of the same at receivers station.
AIRGRAPH MAKING (MICRO FILMING) :
The process of making airgraph is nothing but a two way specialized photographic reversible process done in parts at two locations with different equipments set up at different locations which includes photographing, preparation of reduced size negatives at sender’s end and then again making positives from the negatives to a larger size say about one quarter of the original at receiver’s end.
AIRGRAPH MAILING (POERATION )
The service pertained to collection of forms from sender, censoring, numbering, micro filming, transit by air, enlarging and delivery to addressee. Airgraph forms both for civilians and people on active service were delivered on request at local post offices and field post offices and collected there too. Proper instructions were given by the post office to the sender such s not to fold / crease the form, maximum number of words restricted to 230. Once fully filled and completed these forms were submitted to post office with appropriate postage affixed on the back of forms in form of stamps at the rate of 3d for forces personnel and 8d for civilians( which was later reduced to 3d ), those were sent for processing i.e. microfilming of the same. Where these forms were censored and numbered. Respective sorting was also done there.
After the micro filming ( photographed in miniature )of the forms containing messages, the film of reduced forms (airgraphs) was taken by plane to its destination where the process was reversed and a positive print was taken to almost one fourth of the actual size of the original. The strip was then cut and each airgraph print inserted into an envelope by hand or machine ready for delivery to the addressee. Then the same was delivered to addressee. However, during the last years of the service , the photographs were also allowed to be enclosed along with the forms which also used to be sent in the same fashion passing through the same micro filming process..
Airgraph service first started from
Airgraphs were printed or embossed with postal indicia, only one postage stamp
was specially issued for Airgraphs, in
SOME MORE FACETS :
1. The airgraph service from Britain to the Middle East began in 1941 and gradually extended to other war zones. The service ended on 31 July 1945. During these four years 135,224,250 airgraphs were sent.
2. The first airgraph was sent from the Queen to the Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East.
3 The microfilm was flown to its destination, developed into a full size print, and posted to the recipient. Sending 1600 airgraphs on microfilm weighed just 5oz compared to 50lbs for the same number of letters. Copies of the microfilm were kept so that if they were shot down the messages could be resent.
4. It also eliminated the threat of spies using microdots or invisible ink to send reports. Any microdot would not be photographed with enough resolution to be read.
5. Although the system of Airgraph or V-mail ensured that more pieces of mail were able to be shipped and delivered than a larger, bulkier mailing would have accomplished, many people found that they did not have enough room in the limited available space in order to write all that they had to say. To make things worse, the instructions at the top of each letter stated that "very small writing is not suitable".
6. T he contents of the airgraphs recall some of the happy and tragic events of those fateful years.
Note : The data and photographs collected from various net sources.
-Naresh Agrawal : email - email@example.com
The First Telegraphic Message
Centenary of the Telegraph
On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first message over telegraph. While in the Supreme Court chamber of the US Capitol, he sent the message “What hath God wrought!” over the telegraph to his assistant in Baltimore, Maryland.
Western Union Telegraph stamp
Born in 1791, Samuel F.B. Morse initially embarked on a career as a painter. In 1825, he was painting Marquis de Lafayette when he received a letter by horse messenger from his father telling him that his wife was very ill. The next day, he received another letter saying that she had died. By the time he returned home, she’d already been buried. Morse was distraught over the loss and upset that he hadn’t received the news of her poor health sooner. He then resolved to find a faster means of long-distance communication.
In 1832, Morse met an expert in electromagnetism. After witnessing his experiments with electromagnets, Morse developed the idea of the single-wire telegraph. Though other inventors in Europe were also working on their own telegraphs, Morse continued to work on his own.
In January 1837, US Naval Captain Samuel C. Reid petitioned Congress to establish a national telegraph system. A month later, Congress asked Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury to investigate the possibility of creating such a system. Woodbury issued a request for suggestions and received more than a dozen responses. Nearly all these responses were for optical telegraphs. The only one that wasn’t, came from Morse, who suggested an “entirely new mode of telegraphic communication” – an electromagnetic telegraph.
In his enthusiastic letter to Woodbury, Morse said this his telegraph could work day or night in any weather, better than any other form of telegraph. He also said it would be able to record messages; messages could be received even if there wasn’t a person present to receive it. Morse also pointed out that because telegraphs were “another mode of accomplishing the principal object for which the mail is established, to wit: the rapid and regular transmission of intelligence, [it seemed] most natural to connect a telegraphic system with the Post Office Department.”
Morse received his patent in 1837, and sent his first telegram on January 11, 1838, across two miles of wire. Morse and his assistant Alfred Vail created Morse Code, a “dot and dash” system used to send information through the telegraph’s clicking sounds. Together they continued to refine the system over the next few years.
In 1843, Congress granted $30,000 to test “the capacity and usefulness” of Morse’s telegraph. Morse then went about constructing the telegraph line between the US Capitol in Washington, DC, and the train depot in Baltimore, Maryland. On May 24, 1844, he transmitted his first message – “What hath God wrought,” a quote from the Book of Numbers in the Bible.
Stamp issued by the Atlantic Telegraph Company
The announcement of Morse’s success fascinated the nation. One reporter stated that it “commences a new era in the process of correspondence… Information will be literally winged with the rapidity of lightning.” Morse and his assistant then spent several months sending messages across the telegraph day and night, showing how it could be used in a number of ways. The telegraph line was officially opened to the public on April 1, 1845. Morse was made superintendent of the system and an employee of the Post Office Department. The new service had a postage rate of one-quarter of one cent for each character of the message, paid by the sender. Once the messages were received at the other end, they were written down and given to postmen for delivery.
The telegraph service was unprofitable in its first year, so Congress didn’t want to pay to establish more lines. However, Morse and others recognized the importance and usefulness of the telegraph, so they formed their own company and built their own lines from their own funds. By late 1846, telegraph lines connected Washington and New York City, while other lines stretched to Boston and Pittsburgh. Eventually, the private company took over operation of the Washington-Baltimore line, authorized to do so if they didn’t charge the government for their service. From then until World War I, telegraph service would remain in private hands. Telegraph service remained in use through the end of the century, but would come to an end in 2013.
Source : Mystic Stamp Company
In the National and International level philatelic exhibitions, we see a variety of thematic exhibits of different generations. There are of course some exhibits, which were awarded higher medals at the previous exhibitions but are often exhibited without any alteration in material and presentation. But an exhibitor must update his/her exhibit while participating in a new exhibition because unrevised exhibits may be downgraded by the jury .One may get disheartened to get the lower medal than the previous exhibition. The result could become controversial among the participants. I am giving here excerpts from an article by famous FIP jury member for the Thematic Philately Vojtech Jankovič of Slovakia . In this article one can learn the difference in the level of the exhibits of modern generation and older generation and also the explanation of as to why the exhibits of the modern generation are awarded higher level medal than the exhibits of older generation (which were already awarded higher medal in the previous exhibition ). More the exhibit is updated more it gets the attention of the jury. It is very important to learn these points by a Thematic collector because in the Thematic Class the competition is very tough . This class has the highest number of participants . Some of the exhibits are par excellence. The job of the jury is also very difficult. If one has not revised his /her exhibit, may get low score as compared to the last exhibition.
4th generation of thematic exhibits
The thematic philately has reached the stage of development which we call the 4th generation of thematic exhibits when Damian Läge exhibited his "Australasian Birdlife" thematic exhibit. In his exhibit he has elaborated to perfection both fundamental thematic philately aspects: the highly specialized thematic treatment and the inclusion of diversified and extremely rare philatelic materials. In addition, he was capable to link those two aspects - which is currently considered the most important (and most difficult) - into an interesting narrative or story that would attract not only philatelic experts but also common visitors of philatelic exhibitions. Thanks to this exhibit and its innovative approach, the current generation of today's thematic exhibitors has started to find new inspirations and develop their own way of thematic presentation. And this still brings new and new exciting thematic exhibits with specific non-traditional themes in which exhibitors can present both their deep thematic expertise and philatelic knowledge, and often are able to add even a little bit extra.
Here we have to admit that the assignment of an exhibit to the 4th generation thematic exhibits category is not an exact method since some of the evaluation criteria request for a subjective opinion. In other words, a good 4th generation philatelic exhibit has to be a kind of self-functioning "living" organism, perhaps an artistic or literary work that always brings something new, has a its own narrative value, and uses its own means of presentation - in a word, it's an original not everyone perceives the same way. And we know that in the word of art it is the subjective opinion which matters.
Outdated versus modern themed exhibit
From our current view the most important "turning point" is the birth of the 3rd generation thematic exhibits, which is a very important milestone in the development of thematic exhibits (and the whole thematic philately), because strictly separates outdated thematic exhibits that have no chance of success at current competitive exhibitions and modern thematic exhibits build according to the currently valid exhibition rules. In other words, if any exhibitor wants to think about a kind of success at a philatelic exhibition he/she must necessarily learn all the features of the 3 rd generation thematic exhibits and successfully apply them into his/her exhibit. Unfortunately, some exhibitors and even jurors have not understood this important fact yet (or do not want to understand?) and persist on several decades outdated views and theses. I know, sometimes it is very difficult to accept that what was enough 30 years ago for a gold medal, is now considered outdated and pretty obsolete, but times have changed and thematic philately do not remain still, but still evolves. And even so, the exhibit, which won a gold medal 10 years ago, today, defends only with difficulties a vermeil medal. A prime example of changing criteria provide once famous gold thematic exhibits by Slovak exhibitors: Severin Zrubec – “Today rotary press machines revolve”, Otto Gata – “Mail in the European history” and the series of Olympic exhibits by Peter Osusky – “For the glory of sport”. In each particular time period each of them belonged to really top – for the time period ground breaking – thematic exhibits, which reached the world level and gain several gold medals at the European and international philatelic exhibitions. Each of them in its time belonged to the best and certainly has pushed the development of the thematic philately worthy piece forward. For that they deserve a firm place in the pantheon of the Slovak – and I'm not afraid to say – also of the world thematic philately. By this, unfortunately, their role in the contemporary modern thematic philately practically ends. One can still find a lot of interesting materials, perhaps some inspirational ideas inside them, however their thematic treatment and the concept has already become obsolete and therefore has no chance of success anymore. But not to be critical only to others, even my exhibit Vojtech Jankovic – “My life as a bicycle”, which is currently gaining gold medals at world exhibitions, slowly but surely starting to age and within some years I may also feel the loss of breath and if I do not adjust to the actual thematic philately evolution, it might also end up on the “rubbish heap of philatelic history”...
Source : Excerpts from :
Current Trends in Thematic Philately – The Development and Generations of Thematic Exhibits Vojtech Jankovič, Slovakia (accredited FIP juror for thematic philately)
Philatelic Tributes to the First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic
To be contd.....
New Issues from other countries
28 May 2921 : GIGANT 600
This year’s stamp in the “Motorcycles” series features a 1938 model by Gigant, which is a true rarity from this little-known Viennese company.
Motorcycles by Gigant were only built from 1936 to 1938 and the looming war made it impossible to produce more. Only very few Gigant motorcycle remain to this day, one of them being the Gigant 600 OHV featured on this stamp. This motorcycle built in 1938 has a JAP motor and boasts the landmark paint and belongs to a collector in Upper Austria.
26 May 2021 : Summer Olympics in Tokyo
20 May 2021 : Common Poppy
29 April 2021 : 150 years of Rigi Railway
28 May 2021 : Music of Mc Cartney
Singer-songwriter Paul McCartney has numerous hits, awards and even a knighthood to his name. Now the former Beatle can add a personalised set of stamps to his long list of accolades.
Royal Mail will issue a set of 12 stamps depicting McCartney and his work, Eight of the stamps show images of the singer-songwriter’s album covers, from his 1970 debut “McCartney” solo record to last year’s “McCartney III”. The other four, in a miniature sheet, feature pictures of the 18-time Grammy Award winner recording music.
“Paul McCartney remains a vital figure at the centre of rock and pop an artist whose legacy is immense, but whose work continues to generate popular attention and critical acclaim,” David Gold of Royal Mail said in a statement.
17 May 2021 : Heritage Breeds
These ten stamps representing breeds of domestic animals that were not standardized with industrialization were circulated, breeds that are part of a heritage that must be preserved, such as: the American Mammoth Jackstock donkey; the Narragansett turkey; the Cayuga duck; the goat from San Clemente Island; the Mule foot pig; the Cotton Patch goose; the American Cream pack horse; the Barbados Blackbelly sheep; the Milking Devon cow; and the Wyandotte chicken.
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