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Dehradun March 2023 Vol. XVI Issue No. 183
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Popular Culture – PlayStation Heroes
Date of Issue: 22 February 2023
Meet PlayStation® heroes: The new issue of souvenir sheet stamps from Croatia is dedicated to popular culture and features PlayStation® heroes on stamps for the first time. This year's motifs include some of PlayStation®'s most popular heroes – Kratos and Atreus, Aloy, Ellie and Joel, and Ratchet and Clank and Rivet. This issue is made in collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment.
I am pleased to present March 2023 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. The grand philatelic Show ‘Amritpex 2023’ National Philatelic Exhibition concluded on 15th February last month at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. It was indeed a wonderful exhibition organized by India Post with different philatelic and cultural activities with many innovative ideas. Every visitor enjoyed the show. The exhibition showcased about 1400 frames which displayed excellent exhibits in different categories. I am happy to publish here the views and observations of some of the eminent philatelists who visited and also participated in the exhibition. The work and management of the Postal Department in organizing the show were very good. But as they were managing everything themselves there were some drawbacks like the nonavailability of a list / catalogue of the exhibits at the venue. It was difficult to locate a particular exhibit among 1400 frames. The participants of the new class AKAM could have been given more recognition in order to promote philately as most of the exhibits in this class were by the beginners. There was very tough competition in the Thematic Class as this class had the maximum number of exhibits. Most of the exhibits were of very high standard. All in all, the exhibition was excellent and is said to be the largest national philatelic exhibition in the world held so far from every standard.
My heartiest congratulations to all the participants. The participation spirit is the most important step towards the promotion of this hobby. More participation, more involvement of persons associated with philately. So, let’s keep this spirit burning…. In fact, the philatelic section of the Postal Department, Philatelists, and the whole philatelic community (Stamp dealers, philatelic federation, Philatelic clubs, societies, and philatelic journalists) are all mutually associated with each other, Co-ordination and Co-operation between them are very important for the promotion of philately. Every section has its own importance without any of this philately cannot survive. So, let’s keep our philatelic fraternity very strong!
The festival of colors, ‘Holi’ is around…. Happy Holi to all of you.
This is all for this month. More in the next issue.
- From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
- Recent Indian Issues
- In The News
- Specialized Section
- Beginners’ Section
- New Issues from Other Countries
- Philatelic Clubs and Society
- Blogs & Websites on Philately
- Current Philatelic Magazines & Newsletters
AMRITPEX 2023: A GREAT SUCCESS
I hope all those friends who could visit AMRITPEX 2023 might have enjoyed and spent a wonderful time there. Those who could not attend have certainly missed a wonderful show in totality. Well, reports, images, details, short descriptions of regular events were put on, shown, and shared by various friends through What’s App and FaceBook groups, and other social media sites and apps/sites regularly during and after the show,
Well, friends, I am not going to give any report on AMRITPEX 2023. The days are gone when people used to wait for the report to know about the event. As I have already said that lot has been shared and uploaded on various sites/ groups by the ones who visited the show during and after the show. Yes, my overall opinion of the show is that this show was world-class, excellent, and a great success. It displayed high-quality exhibits, and marking has been tough and strict looking into quality participation and performance of India in future International shows. The show which was associated with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsawa showcased many other things such as the cultural heritage of India, and India of today and India to be in the future.
For me personally, the event was enthralling, the entrance was so magnificent that I lost there for some time as I entered the hall for the first time. Different stalls of India Post different banners and posters of giant sizes portrayed India post services and modern India. The impression was that India has become digital or in other words as if I had entered into some digital world.
I congratulate all the exhibitors and award winners. 1400 frames certainly displayed quality exhibits. I genuinely thank the jury comprised of veteran philatelists who did all the hard work for 3 days on and off the exhibit frames to come up with satisfactory results. But I do feel bad for them as they were asked not to interact with participants and other visitors during the show till the results were declared. I could feel their difficulty. But yes, to undertake and accomplish a good task, sacrifice has to be done. The jury did hard work and came up with a very strict yet satisfactory result. People are bound to react and some react adversely. But this is the way it is. My heartiest thanks to the whole team of the jury.
It was nice to meet some of my digital friends physically. Spent some time with some of those. Though the time was short as the friend list was big and also the visiting friends were many. Yet, the relations were rebuilt and strengthened.
Well, the five days just flew. The show had a lot to deliver and was delivered too. For philatelists of any stature, there was something to offer, to learn, to procure, and to store and endure. For non-philatelists, there was a lot to know about India of the past and just to view India of tomorrow. As we know Postal department has always been an integral part of human life since its formation not only in India but throughout the world. Communication and carriage have been important facets of human civilization's growth and development. Here in this show, one could sense this aspect.
In totality, the exhibition left a strong imprint in the minds of visitors and conveyed a strong message that stamp and stamp collection are a strong medium of connectivity and helps in bonding people. The show was a great success and will remain in the memories for a long time.
- Naresh Agrawal , email : email@example.com
Recent Indian Issues
2 February 2023 : Ram Chand Maharaj-Rs 15
4 February 2023 : General K.S. Thimayya – Rs 5
11 February 2023 : Amritpex 2023 –2 x Rs 5
12 February 2023 : Bridal Costumes of India 2 S/s with 4 stamps of Rs 25 in each S/s
13 February 2023 : Geographical Indications : Agricultural Goods – 12 x Rs 5
20 February 2023 : Rao Birender Singh – Rs 5
24 February 2023 : 225 Years of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (Special Forces) - Rs 5
1 March 2023 : 75 Years of 1 Central Base Post Office – Rs 5
New Special Covers
3,4,5 March 2023 Basantotsav, Rajbhawan Dehradun : 3,4,5 March 2023
India Post in service of the Nation: 15 February 2023 : Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Achievement at 75 years : 15 February 2023
UTI : 15 February 2023
International Millet Day : 14 February 2023
Birsa Munda : 14 February 2023
Our Freedom Struggle: 14 February 2023
New Special Cancellations
In the News
Members of Jury
Views and observations from the visitors
DOP has done commendable job in organising the Amritpex 2023 by involving all stakeholder with lot of innovative programmes. Lot of school children were brought to the exhibition, how many children out of children visited Amritpex will be bending towards hobby is a big question mark. As I spoke to many thematic philatelists, they are not happy with the results because top medals (Gold and Large Vermeil) gone to Postal History, Traditional philately, Aerophilately etc even though the majority of exhibits are from Thematic philately. In this regard Sri Upendra Vennam has done good analysis, everyone must got through the analysis. Since the Thematic philately is future, PCI and judges should encourage the thematic philatelist by changing their mindset while analysing and assessing the thematic exhibit while Evaluating the Thematic Exhibits.
- Sandeep Chaurasia, Gorakhpur (UP)
Amritpex 2023 organised by the Department of Posts, Ministry of communication with the association of Philatelic Congress of India, from 11th to 15th February 2023. A total of near about 1400 frames were under displayed. This National Philatelic exhibition covered all the Philatelic classes including first time Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) to celebrate the 75 years of independence. After long gap of more than 10 years Department of post organized this most awaited National Philately exhibition. Exhibition was excellent and I was very happy to participate in the exhibition. And again as compared to the last National Philatelic exhibition INPEX-19 held at Mumbai, I won Large Silver Medal with 73 marks. While I won Gold Medal with Special prize during State level Philately exhibition UPHILEX-22 held at Lucknow in month of October 22. I was very hopeful that this I will get minimum Vermeil Medal, but it was by bad luck that I could not get higher award.
After discussing with Jury members, I found that they did marking as per new FIP guidelines, but we were not aware of the new marking systems. Like me many other Thematic Philatelist scored just 73 marks and could not get higher awards. I think regarding to traditional philatelic classes like Postal History, Princely states and Pre Independence stationary it is very difficult to get higher awards in thematic class. That’s the reason in international level philately exhibition Philatelists are not doing better.
Its my suggestion to Jury member to keep records of the Philatelist and their performance of medal winning in International, National and State level and judge their exhibits at their past performance.
Now it is a big question who will be eligible for next International Exhibition which is going to be held in India next year. What medal will give eligibility to participate in next international exhibition. Will it be Vermeil or Large Silver. And in the last I hope that PCI will liquidate the issue of participation of Philatelist in next International Philately Exhibition which is going to be held in India next Year.
- Sudhir Jain,
President, Central India Philatelic Society, Satna
Amritpex-2023 was a grand success exhibition organised by India Post. Well organized, well decorated, well managed. Largely viewed by the Philatelist, general public and specially by the students of various schools / colleges. Good publicity, free convenience from nearest Metro station, free gifts, bags, badges etc. to the visitors, snacks distribution after inaugural function and award function etc. were appreciated by all.
The only negative point was the non-availability of new stamps / FDC and special covers / cancellations issued on different dates during exhibition. Daily long queue was there to purchase these items and availability was very less.
-Ghouse Ali Zameer , Bangalore
Amritpex 2023, the national Philatelic exhibition was long awaited as the previous national exhibition by DoP was held way back in 2008. Worth the wait. The scale on which it was held, 1400 frames, the quality of the exhibits, the venue, the way it was organised can all be summed together as simply superb. The quality of the exhibits was truly international. It is now time for Indian Philately to make waves at international level.My sincere gratitude for DoP and PCI for making this happen. Wishing more such exhibitions regularly in future.
-Dinesh Sharma, Lucknow
Amritpex – 23 was a well organised National Philatelic Exhibition. In fact it was a splendid show and collaboration of Philatelic Congress of India and Department of Posts made it possible. It has been declared that Amritpex – 23 has been the largest National Philatelic Exhibition of the world. The quality of show was no less than of any world class exhibition and this would proclaim the success of it worldwide.
The philatelic area was very well set for easy movement and it was well lit which enabled the visitors to see the exhibits quite comfortably. Because of the unavailability of any exhibitors’ list or catalogue it was not easy to find out the exhibit of one’s choice.
The standard of some exhibits was really very high. After every philatelic exhibition there are always some unhappy exhibitors with the results. In place of blaming the result, the exhibitors should identify the areas of improvement needed and find out the ways how to prepare their exhibits better next time.
-Dharmesh K., Mumbai
Amritpex- 2023 was a grand exhibition organised by the Department of Posts along with PCI. Grand in all manner.
DOP started promotion of the exhibition well in advance through various promotional activities all over India through social media and also through workshops in various cities. Many philatelists from different parts of India visited the exhibition. It was a great pleasure meeting all the philatelist friends from all over India.
v 29 crores spent by DOP for the exhibition. The highest so far in any National exhibition.
v 1400 frame displayed in a national exhibition which is the highest in any national exhibition in the last two decades. Also introduced AKAM (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) class showing various achievements of India in various fields in 75 years of independence.
v India Security Press displayed their archival materials in more than 40 frames which is displayed for the very first time in any National exhibition so far. It was an eye-opening display for a serious student of Post Independence period.
v More than 20000 students visited exhibitions, participated in various activities, every day many workshops were organised for children which certainly sow the seeds which will bare fruits in future.
v Philately was promoted through many activities including digital games, digital philately etc which was the modern way of attracting youth and children towards philately.
v Various music, dancing and cultural programs were organised which are part of Indian traditions, reflecting the diversity of Indian culture and tradition.
Exhibit & Exhibition:
The most exotic philatelic material was on display in the exhibition. Standards of the exhibits were high and the efforts, pain and sleepless night in preparation of each exhibit were visible in all the frames. From Traditional, Postal History, Thematics, Modern Philately to Open Philately all the displays were outstanding in all manner. Many were awarded with medals and awards.
On the flip side DOP did not have any exhibitors list which is the most primary requirement of the exhibition. It was almost impossible for philatelists to see exhibits of their interest without the list. There was no souvenir book published which is generally the main feature of any exhibition.
The lack of coordination was visible between DOP and PCI in many aspects. There was no jury critic session organised. The exhibitors were not provided with the bifurcation of marks which can help them improve their exhibit levels. Some exhibitors were demoted in spite of major addition in material, knowledge and research done by them in their respective field.
It is observed that Post Independence period is still not recognised in the exhibitions. That is the reason there were very few participants in this section. It requires change of perception in the Indian philatelic community and the onus is on the apex body including the national jury to judge it on the basis of study and research done and due recognition is given to the Post Independence period. Indian philatelic community can see many more philatelist and exhibitors if due recognition is given to the Post Independence period.
On the whole AMRITPEX 2023 was the most successful national exhibition so far. It will be a boon for the Indian philatelic community if DOP and PCI can coordinate and organise such exhibitions at intervals. The Indian philatelic community is thankful to DOP and PCI for the grand success of AMRITPEX 2023.
Philatelic Congress of India Awards 2023
Philatelic Ratna Awards, Fellowships & Certificate of Appreciation
1.Philatelic Ratna to Shri R.K. Bagri presented by Shri Ashok Bayanwala
2. Philatelic Ratna to Shri Madhukar Deogawanka presented by Shri Ashok Bayanwala
Certificate of Appreciation
1.Shri Mahaveer P. Kundur
2. Sanjay Kumar Jain
4. Prashant Shet
9.Anup Kumar Raut
11. Ananthapuri Philatelic Association
12. The Hyderabad Philatelic & Hobbies Society
Pradip Jain has formally achieved what he has been for a long time, a Distinguished Philatelist. The Association of British Philatelic Societies has invited Pradip Jain to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists during IBRA 2023 World Stamp Exhibition this year. The roll was launched by King George V who was an ardent philatelist in 1919. . D. N. Jatia in 1983, and Brigadier D. S. Virk in 1993 are the two other Indians received this award previously.The signing ceremony will take place on May 26th 2023 at 5.00 p.m. local time at the Schlosshotel Hugenpoet in Essen, Germany, in conjunction with the IBRA 2023.
The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists
New Signatories for 2023 of the signing ceremony
Announcement from the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS)
At the meeting of the Board of Election of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists on 16 February 2023 it was unanimously agreed that the following philatelists be invited to be the new signatories to the Roll:
1.Pradip Jain, RDP, India
2.Ms. Patricia “Trish” Kaufmann, RDP, United States of America
3.Professor Dr. Damian Läge, RDP, Switzerland
4.Jesús Sitjà-Prats, RDP, Spain
5.Turhan Turgut, RDP, Turkey
Pradip Jain, RDP, India
In international philatelic circles, the name of Pradip Jain is among the best known philatelists from India, both as an individual and as the head of a family of philatelists. Pradip’s involvement in Indian and global philately stretches over many years. He served three terms as a Governing Council Member of the Philatelic Congress of India and was active in the organisation of three FIP world stamp exhibitions: India 1989, Indipex 97, and Indipex 2011, as well as the FIAP exhibition Indipex Asiana 2000.
Pradip has served three terms as a member of the Philatelic Advisory Committee of the Indian Government, which advises India Post on the formulation of national postal policy.He was also the FIP Aerophilatelic Commission member for India between 2000 and 2004.As a collector and exhibitor, Pradip has had a major focus on various aspects of Indian philately. His collection of India airmails is well-know and his exhibit “Indian Airmails Development and Operations 1911-1942” has gained international awards, five times FIP Large Gold, Special Prizes, felicitations of the Jury at Pacific 97, and being a Grand Prix National nomination at Indipex 1997. It was awarded Best Aerophilately Award at Italia-98 and was shown in the Championship Class of London 2000. Other major airmail exhibits include “Development of Airmail Route between UK and India 1918-1929”, which was awarded a gold medal and Best in Class at London 2010. Traditional exhibits of the “King George V issues of India” and “India 1948 Mahatma Gandhi Issue” have variously received gold and vermeil medals internationally. Among postal history subjects, Pradip has formed an important collection of British Indian postal history.
The book entitled Indian Airmails Development and Operations 1911-1942, published in 2002, is considered the key reference book in this field and received a gold medal at the Chicagopex Literature Exhibition. Similarly, Pradip’s book on Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Issue of 1948, covering the design, printing, circulation and usages is considered the most important handbook on the issue.
He was honoured in the AAMS (American Airmail Society) Hall of Fame in 2011 in appreciation of his contribution to aerophilately in 2011 and is a Fellow of the Royalphilatelic Society London.
Ms. Patricia “Trish” Kaufmann, RDP, United States of America
Patricia Kaufmann (known to all within the world of philately as “Trish”) has been for many years the leading dealer in USA Civil War philatelic material, including the stamps and postal history of the Confederate States, with an encyclopædic knowledge of the stamp production,significance, and use. She generously shares her knowledge freely through many award-winning articles and monographs spanning the last 50 years. Her website <trishkaufmann.com> is the repository of a wide range of information from her researches.
The listing of these issues in the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogues reflect much input and re-writing based on her knowledge and researches. She served as editor-in-chief of the full-colour Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook of Stamps and Postal History (2012), the major handbook on the subject.
Trish gave up collecting and exhibiting in order not to conflict with her clients but her exhibit “Evolution of Confederate Postal History” won the National Grand Award in 1972. However,she continued to engage in significant ways within the philatelic fraternity: from 2010 to 2013 she was a Member of the Council of Philatelists of the Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum and was a founder donor to the William Gross Gallery at the National Postal Museum. She continues to advise on the evaluation and describing of their holdings. She served for many years as an expertiser on the Confederate Stamp Alliance Authentication Service (renamed the Civil War Philatelic Authentication Service, and now emeritus status) and assists at the major expertising services on many of the most difficult and challenging items.
From 2016 to 2022 Trish served as the chair of the Board of Vice-Presidents of the American Philatelic Society. In this role, she not only contributed to the operation of the Board as the senior alternate to the President, but operated and was responsible for the Society’s disciplinary procedures, which evaluate and rule on complaints made against members. She also served on the board of the APS Philatelic Research Library 1983-1986, as well as in many senior positions on organising committees of numerous exhibitions.
Trish has been instrumental in using her researches and artefacts of the Civil War period to bring alive the history and interest in this important period of American history. As part of this, she endowed the Kaufmann Civil War Room at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. She was named a Distinguished Philatelist by the US Philatelic Classics Society in 2019. As recently as this year, she was honoured with the award of the Collectors Club of New York Lichtenstein Medal for outstanding services to philately.
Professor Dr. Damian Läge, RDP, Switzerland
It is rare to find a single philatelist that is associated with a single philatelic collecting and exhibiting class to the extent that Professor Dr. Damian Läge is to Thematic Philately. Whilst Damian has formed several collections and exhibits of traditional, postal history and postal stationery classes (mostly relating to the German inflation period), it is for his major Thematic exhibits that he is best known. His influence stretches beyond merely the formation of great exhibits but covers the conceptual evolution as to how a top-class Thematic exhibit should be constructed. In this he has for many years led the way, achieving international recognition of what is generally considered as being one of the finest thematic exhibits ever formed. His achievements have so many “firsts” that it would be invidious to list them all.
Damian is among the most active of philatelists among international exhibits and exhibiting.He became a member of the FIP Commission for Thematic Philately in 1999 and was elected chairman for the period 2004 to 2012. He was the driving force behind the organisation of the FEPA European Championship for Thematic Philately and has acted as jury president at virtually all events since. He has exerted similar influence and performed similar roles at the German Championships for Thematic Philately since their inception. He is regularly seen on juries at international exhibitions around the world and has taken the important position of Jury secretary on numerous occasions, the most recent being at Helvetia 2022.
As a regular lecturer on Thematic Philately in general and on his own collections and exhibits in particular, Damian received the Lee Medal of the Royal Philatelic Society London for the best 5.00pm paper in 2004 and the Best Presentation Award of the Collectors Club of New York in 2009. He presented the Harry Sutherland lecture in 2009 to the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. His were the keynote lectures at international seminars at numerous international exhibitions stretching over many years. His book Thematic Development; The personal design of a Thematic Exhibit (1996) was described as the guide to the “4th Generation of Thematic exhibiting” and remains today the best guide to concepts and development of a top thematic exhibit.
It is rare to find a Thematic exhibit among the top awards at international exhibitions. However, Damian as achieved numerous top honours, including his “Australasian Birdlife”being the first Thematic exhibit to receive 97 points in an FIP exhibition (China 1999); first Thematic exhibit to be a candidate for a FIP Grand Prix International (Belgica 2001); first Thematic exhibit to be a candidate for a FIP Grand Prix d’Honneur (Washington 2006 and Bucharest 2016); first Thematic exhibit to win the World Stamp Championship (Budapest 2022).
-Jesús Sitjà Prats, RDP, Spain
Very active in philately within Spain and in international judging and exhibiting, Jesús Sitjà Prats has been on the board since 2010 and President since 2013 of the Real Academia Hispánica de Filatelia e Historia Postal (Royal Hispanic Academy of Philately), the leading philatelic society in Spain. Actively involved in many aspects of the organisation of seminarsand presentations, Jesús researches many aspects of the Spanish postal system, having retired as an engineer and gone back to university to complete a degree in history. Atpresent he continues to pursue a doctorate in history at the University of Barcelona with the thesis The beginning of the Royal Spanish Mail in America, 1764-1780. He has also served on the board of the Spanish Philatelic Federation (FESOFI).
His philatelic interests cover not just Spain but also the Spanish Colonies of South America.Several exhibits have achieved Large Gold medal standards and, in Paris 2012 his “Classic Peru” was awarded the Grand Prix International, while his “Maritime Mail of Spanish Colonies in America” was among the candidates for the Grand Prix International in New York 2016.
A prolific writer himself, Jesús has been publications director of the Spanish Academy of Philately since 2017 and is responsible for the publication of Academus (6 issues) and several specialised publications. In the last year he himself was author of the book Barcelona, 1850- 1950 – Historia Postal y sus Marcas (2022), covering the postal history and postal marking of Barcelona. Previous books include El Correo Colonial en Virreinato del Peru (2009), PostalMarkings of Madrid (2 volumes 1850 to 1872 and 1870 to 1940), as well as pioneering studies of Peruvian maritime mail during colonial times, parcel post in the Spanish American colonies, the use of Spanish revenues and documents, the railway markings of Spain; his lastpublication is Private Markings in Spanish railway correspondence, 1848-1878 (2023), and many other subjects.
A qualified national judge and FIP accredited international judge on Traditional and Revenues, Jesús is regularly seen on international juries.
-Turhan Turgut, RDP, Turkey
Turhan Turgut is a familiar presence at international exhibitions across the globe. He is a sought after member of jury as an FIP qualified postal history judge with a wide-ranging knowledge of postal history generally and of the complex Ottoman area in particular. Recent judging assignments include Notos 2021, London 2022, Hunfilex 2022, Helvetia 2022 and Liberec 2022, where Turhan’s role was often as jury team leader or jury vice-President.
In his home country, Turhan is Honorary President of the Turkish Academy of Philately and was much involved in recent times with the response to the various lock-downs due to the Covid 19 pandemic. A Philatelic exhibition had been planned to celebrate the centenary of the Turkish National Assembly and a decision was made to convert this exhibition to being one of the first e-exhibitions, with all aspects being held virtually, including well-attended workshops on postal history and the future of classical philately.
Turhan was involved on the organising committee of an Ottoman Post workshop in conjunction with the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University of Istanbul which brought together for the first time in Turkey academics and collectors to discuss Ottoman postal services, where he delivered a PowerPoint presentation.
His own collecting interests focus on the postal history of the Ottoman Empire and various of these exhibits have received gold awards at numerous exhibitions from the 1990s. His exhibit of “Ottoman Field Post” received the Grand Award at the World Meeting of Turkish and Ottoman Philately in Washington DC in 1995. In addition to his Ottoman interests, Turhan has collections of modern Great Britain, including booklets and the Machin issues.
Turhan’s study of the postal history of the Ottoman Empire culminated in the 863 page book Postal History of the Ottoman Empire – Rates and Routes 1840-1922, published in dual languages of Turkish and English in 2018. The book was highly acclaimed and received international Large Gold and Gold medals at several exhibitions. The second volume of this work, due for publication during 2023, examines the postal history of modern Turkey up to 1950.
News from Philatelic Clubs and Societies
Book released by Eastern India Philatelists Association
A Journey to Odisha Special Covers
The Cannanore Philatelic Club, Kannur, Kerala
The Cannanore Philatelic Club, Kannur, Kerala, during their regular monthly meeting on 26th February 2023, held a function to felicitate and honour the members who won awards at Amritpex2023.
The following members won awards.
- Mr. K V Mukundan - Silver
- Mr. Ghouse Ali Zameer – 2 Vermeils and ‘Best Postal Stationery’ award.
- Dr. M. R. Ramesh Kumar – Silver
- Mr. A K Sreedeep – Single frame.
Mr. K V Mukandan, who is the founder president of the Club, was also offered special felicitation for having completed 32 years as the president of the club and continue to guide young philatelists. He is rightly and fondly called as ‘Mukundan Master’. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Mukundan and conducted by Mr. Roop Balaram, the general secretary of the club.
Mr. Mukundan being felicitated by Mr. Ghouse Ali Zameer and Mr. Roop Balaram
Mr. Ghouse Ali Zameer, receiving felicitation from Mukundan Master, the president of the club.
Karnataka Philatelic Society
Karnataka Philatelic Society felicitated philatelist who got medals in Amritpex2023. CPMG Rajendra Kumar felicitated with certificate and shawl…..
1. M. Lokeswara Rao 2. Praveen Shastry
Ludhiana Philatelic Club
Stamp & Coin Fair
8-9 April 2023
PCI GENERAL MEETING
The Philatelic Congress of India (PCI) conducted a General Meeting during Amritpex 2023 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. President of the PCI Shri. Sunder Bahirwani presided over the meeting. The past presidents Shri. Sahadeva Sahoo and Smt. Damayanti Pittie were also present. Mr. Rajesh Kumar Bagri, Secretary General discussed different issues with the members of PCI. About 80 members attended the meeting. The vote of Thanks was given by Secretary, Mr. Kapil Gogri.
NZ 2023 The 38th Asian International Stamp Exhibition is being held under the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) from May 4 to 7, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. Participation is open in all Classes - FIAP Championship, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Thematic, Maximaphily, Revenues, Modern Philately, Open Philately, Picture Postcards, One Frame, and Youth.
The National Commissioner for India is Mr Madhukar Jhingan, firstname.lastname@example.org
IBRA 2023 and 33st International Stamp Fair will be held at Hall 1 and 2, Messe Essen, Germany from 25 to 28 May, 2023. Mr. Madhukar Jhingan is National Commissioner for India for the IBRA 2023.: Email: email@example.com (M) +91-9811160965
IBRA 2023 is being organized by the German Federation of Philatelists (BDPh) under the Patronage of International Philatelic Federation (FIP) With a capacity of 2800 display frames, IBRA 2023 is the first General World exhibition since 2019, with participation open in all Classes - FIP Championship, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Thematic, Maximaphily, Revenues, Modern Philately, Open Philately, Picture Postcards, One Frame, Youth, and Philatelic Literature.
The story of AIRGRAPH
-By Naresh Agarwal
Airgraph is a type of mail, micro photographed by a system devised by Kodak in the Second World War for air transport between troops overseas (initially in the Middle East) and home. The addressee eventually received a re-enlarged print. Between 1941 and July 1945 c. 350 million letters were sent by this method, doubtless contributing significantly to forces' morale.
Prior to World War, there were traditional ways of mail transport system such as usage of animals like horse, elephant, camel etc., mail carriage by rail and road, i.e. by lorry and rail, by water through ship and through air by airships. But when it came to carry bulk mail quickly to long distance and overseas destinations. there the postal authorities were bound to think upon some new and innovative methods suitable for under those circumstances. Airgraph mailing system is the one which was outcome of such forced circumstances which not only helped in carrying bulk mail but saved time and expenditures too.
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 millions 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.
Particularly , Great Britain faced very serious problem in maintaining postal service for forces stationed in the middle east because G.B. had problems in mailing post through the Suez Canal which was quite handy for mail transport to different countries at different locations. Due to French surrender to Germany in 1940, and with Italy a key Axis member, the western and central Mediterranean were under Axis control, with key parts of North Africa also Axis-dominated, thus closing the short route to the Atlantic. Also because letters to and from the Near and Far East were taking 3 to 6 months to reach their destination by the only method remaining - via ship around the southern tip of Africa .Thus the only preferred alternative way to send mail was aerial route, but space for mail by air was extremely limited as the airships were not so spacious and advanced. Further, transport of soldiers and other military goods transport was quite extensive and important too. So, the civil and military postal agencies were forced to derive some new methods to deal with such huge regular mail transport . That lead the allied countries to develop and come up with this innovative and experimental mail transport system which was called AIRGRAPH in its British Version and ‘V’ mail in US Version.
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)
The 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 Egypt addressed to the Commander-in-Chief, General Auchinleck.
The First Airgraph sent by Queen Elizabeth to the Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East.
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 (OPERATION )
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 microfilming ( 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 the 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 microfilming process..
The Airgraph service first started from Cairo on April 21, 1941, arriving in London May 13. That first shipment comprised some 70,000 letters, a testament to someone's efforts to sell the concept. About 350,000 messages were sent during the first month of the service and over 500,000 in the second month
Although some Airgraphs were printed or embossed with postal indicia, only one postage stamp was specially issued for Airgraphs, in New Zealand, for civilian Airgraphs, May 1, 1944, 10p overprint on 1940 1½p issue.
First Day Cover with New Zealand Airgraph stamp
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. The contents of the airgraphs recall some of the happy and tragic events of those fateful years.
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Ukraine War Stamps Chronicle History as it Happens
The first Ukraine stamps to commemorate the war, these were some of the most sought-after stamps of the last few years.
On February 24, 2022, Russia sparked outrage worldwide when it invaded Ukraine. Ukraine has not only fought back, they’ve harnessed the power of the postage stamp to bring worldwide attention to the conflict and raise money for its troops with clever, edgy, and playful issues.
On the first day of the invasion, the Russian warship Moskva (Moscow), flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, demanded the surrender of Ukrainian troops on Ukraine’s Snake Island. Roman Hrybov, a marine defending the border, responded for his fellow guards: “Russian warship, go f*** yourself!”
The courage of the Snake Island soldiers inspired Ukraine’s citizens and millions across the globe. Their refusal to surrender became a symbol of the country’s resistance. It also inspired the idea of a postage stamp design contest centered around the now-famous phrase. The winner was 27-year-old Ukrainian artist Boris Groh. His interpretation of the soldiers’ refusal to surrender was the image of a lone soldier standing on the shore, giving the finger to the Moskva.
The “F” stamp, issued for domestic mail, and the “W” stamp for international mail, went on sale April 12th. Two days later, Ukraine sunk the Moskva. Capturing worldwide media attention, the Snake Island stamps sold out quickly and raised $135,000 for Ukraine’s army. Ukrainian citizens waited in long lines for many hours to get the stamps. Following all the positive press focused on the stamps, Russia launched a cyber-attack, taking down the Ukraine Post website for a week.
Celebrates the sinking of the Moskva, which occurred just two days after the first stamps above were issued.
On May 23, Ukraine issued another set of stamps celebrating the sinking of the Moskva. This time the flagship was missing from the coastal waters of Snake Island. Both stamps were imprinted with the lone soldier, his flippant gesture to the Moskva crew’s demand for surrender, and the date the ship was sunk. The stamps were issued with an attached label. The label shows the former ship with a clever facsimile postmark as part of the design, declaring “Moskva DONE,” and bearing the April 24th, 2022, “cancellation” date.
Ukraine vowed to rebuild Mriya for a parade in honor of Independence
Another stamp issued on June 28 pictures Ukraine’s famous Antonov An-225 Mriya (Dream) plane – the world’s largest transport plane and Ukraine’s pride and joy. The stamp was originally planned to celebrate Ukraine’s 30th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but was delayed. On it is an image of the plane drawn by Sofia Kravchuk in answer to the Dream Contest question: “What is Ukraine for me?” But in late February 2022, the one-of-a-kind plane was destroyed during a Russian aerial bombardment at Antonov Airport. Ukraine cleverly repurposed the stamp to memorialize the plane.
“Good evening, we are from Ukraine” was taken from a popular song that came out a few months before the war started. It has become an unofficial greeting among military, political, and journalist circles.
The winner of Ukraine’s third stamp design contest was graphic designer and art teacher Anatasia Bondarets, who depicted a tractor pulling a Russian tank along a rural road. This image won the popular vote of over 800,000 Ukrainians. The stamp commemorates the Ukrainian farmers hauling away damaged Russian tanks left behind. The added benefit to clearing the debris of war is that these ambitious farmers are allowed by their government to sell the tanks for scrap and don’t have to pay tax. The “W” stamp sheet has the top row of stamps attached in the opposite direction from the bottom row. This format is called “tête bêche,” French for “head to tail.” So the pairs are joined together, inverted in relation to one another.
Patron is the dog mascot of the State of Emergency Service of Ukraine.
Another set of stamps issued on July 28 honor
Patron, the mine-sniffing dog. His name, Patron, means “cartridge” in
Ukrainian. He and his owner-trainer have received the Ukrainian Order of
Courage for Patron’s work in detecting over 200 unexploded Russian landmines
and bombs. The face value of each Semipostal, or charity, stamp shows that a
surcharge has been added, which went toward the purchase of a minesweeping
vehicle and to various animal shelters across Ukraine. The stamps show him at
work, mixing the serious nature of that work with some playful situations.
issued on Ukraine’s Independence Day.
Issued on August 24, the Ukraine Free, Unbreakable, Invincible souvenir sheet “is a reminder for the whole world of how expensive freedom is” according to the Ukraine State Postal Service. The sheet was issued on the 31st anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union, and exactly six months from the start of the invasion. Artist Anton Khrupin’s design depicts six scenes, one for each of the first six months of the war. Each one is tied to an event, such as the bombing of the Mariupol theatre, where the Russian word for “children” appears outside the door, in the hope the Russians would spare it. At the same time, the artist gives the people of Ukraine hope with the image of a soldier, ready to defend his country’s independence regardless of the cost.
Ukraine Post issued its first wartime stamped envelope on September 20. The inspiration for the stamped envelope comes from the remarks of a Ukrainian general concerning Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If Putin invades, we will welcome him to hell.” The envelope’s cachet features the back of Putin’s head with the hand of a Ukrainian defender pushing the president forward to meet his destiny. The work of artist Roman Chaly was chosen by over 200,000 Ukrainians who voted for it in a stamp design contest.
Issued on the Day of the Defenders of Ukraine.
On October 14, Ukraine issued a sheet of six semi-postal stamps showing the various branches of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, created by artist Anton Khrupin. Each stamp pays the postal rate for non-priority letters up to 50 grams mailed within Ukraine and the surcharge will go to support the troops.
Stamp shows an artist’s interpretation of damage to Crimea Bridge, comparing it to the sinking of the Titanic.
One day after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 70th birthday, Ukraine bombed the Crimean Bridge. Ukrposhta, Ukraine’s State Postal Service, taunted the president by revealing the planned issue of stamps celebrating the attack within hours after it occurred on October 8th, 2022. Ukrainian artist Yuri Shapoval designed the stamps, which compared the myth of the “unsinkable” Titanic ocean liner with the Russian-created myth of the bridge as a symbol of unbreakable ties between Crimea and Russia. As the Titanic myth was proven wrong, so has that of the bridge. The artist recreated an iconic scene from the movie Titanic to do it.
Ukraine’s 2022 holiday stamp design was chosen in another public contest. The winner was an 11th grader named Valeria Mykhailova, one of many people forced to flee the country after the war with Russia began. The stamp is titled “Victorious New Year” and pictures an image of a woman sitting by a Christmas tree on the left side and a soldier holding his gun on the right. This stamp is a reminder of the many families who didn’t get to spend the holidays together in 2022 because of the war.
Stamp celebrates Ukraine’s liberation of Kherson from Russian occupation.\
One of the final stamps of 2022 was released to celebrate Ukraine’s liberation of Kherson from Russian occupation. The stamp design pictures a slice of watermelon with images of rallies, burning buildings, and torture that occurred while Russian troops attempted to hold the city. The watermelon seeds are meant to represent the countless bombs Russia dropped on Kherson. A watermelon was chosen to represent the city because the region is famous for growing them.
|Stamp pictures Ukraine’s Vilkha (a heavy multi-rocket launcher), Ukraine’s R-360|
The end of 2022 also saw the issue of the Weapons of Victory stamp sheet. These stamps picture Ukrainian and foreign weapons being used to fight back against Russia. Ukraine’s postal service said these stamps were issued “to thank the Armed Forces of Ukraine for their resilience, strength, and courage.” A portion of the money earned from the sale of these stamps was also donated to Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
Source : Mystic Stamp Co.
New issues from other countries
22 February 2023 : Congratulations
Special occasions deserve stamps that are in line with the respective event, which is why Austrian Post has now issued two special stamps for sending congratulations and condolences.
The message is inscribed in the wording "Congratulations" and "In loving memory". The colourful, cheerful floral motif is suitable as a stamp for many kinds of congratulatory letters: for birthday wishes, weddings, passed exams, and much more. Flowers are not only a popular gift, but also serve as attractive postage for a postcard or card sent for a special event
18 January 2023 : Golden Gift
20 February 2023: Queen Elizabeth II - In Memoriam
16 February 2023 : X Men
Royal Mail’s pop-culture themed stamps and collectibles continue to be very popular with a broad range of pop-culture fans. We once again celebrate the Marvel Universe this time with a stamp issue paying tribute to mutant superheroes, The X-Men. Generations have grown up with these timeless superheroes in comic books and more recently in hugely successful movies. The X-Men franchise celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023 with their first comic book appearance in The X-Men #1 in 1963.
A set of 12 stamps celebrating some of the most iconic X-Men superheroes to have featured in the comic book franchise since 1963. An additional set of 5 stamps are included on the Miniature Sheet, featuring five of the mutant enemies faced by the X-Men.
All 17 stamps in the X-Men collection are original illustrations created exclusively for Royal Mail by renowned British comic book artists: Mike McKone (stamp set) and Lee Garbett (minisheet), making them a must-have for any X-Men fan.
Plus, each of the 12 stamps in the main set has a unique Augmented Reality animation which shows the artwork being created from pencil sketches through to the finished colourised stamps. This can be activated by downloading the Royal Mail App and scanning the stamp with a smartphone or tablet.
9 March 2023 : The Flying Scotsman
3 March 2023 Cultivated Flora of Hungary
7 February 2023 : Carnivora in Israel
6 March 2023 : Lifelong learning
Learning, education and further development is an ongoing process throughout life. National and inter- national organisations and programmes are committed to lifelong learning and promote educational activities beyond conventional vocational training. The interest in certain topics and the desire to remain physically and mentally fit and agile as one grows older are incentives that prompt adults to continue learning. Brain research proves them right. Experts believe that the fact that the ability to concentrate and the capacity to remember declines with age should not be a reason to stop learning. On the contrary, lifelong learning and dealing with complex and demanding content train serve to train brain activity and mental abilities and contribute to well-being in old age.
24 February 2023 : Love Flowers
2 March 2023 ; Flower of Life
2 March 2023 : 125 Years Landesmuseum
28 February 2023 : Joint Issue with Armenia - St. George’s Church in Nitrianska Blatnica
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