16 December 2018

POSTPEX 2018, Bangalore - Special Covers




Special Cover - KTK/131/2018 - K.R.Murthy - Builder of Bengaluru GPO

Shri K.R.Murthy, then Postmaster General (1977 to 1982) of Karnataka Postal Circle and later Secretary, Department of Posts, was the Builder of Bengaluru GPO which is the pride of India Post. The new building was inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India on 14-11-1985. This special cover is released during "POSTPEX 2018" in memory of Shri K.R. Murthy for his great contribution to India Post.




Special Cover - KTK/132/2018 - POSTPEX 2018

First of its kind. A philately exhibition for serving and  postal employees.


POSTPEX 2018 - is a National Level Philatelic Exhibition organized at Bengaluru from 14th to 16th December 2018, by Karnataka Postal Circle exclusively for serving & retired Departmental Officials and their children. This exhibition marks an important stage in the historical progression of philatelic exhibitions. This special cover is released to commemorate "POSTPEX 2018"



: Suresh R. & Jagannath Mani, Bangalore

13 December 2018

LUPEX – 2018, Ludhiana





LUPEX – 2018
Department of Post in association with Ludhiana Philatelic Club organized a district Level Philatelic Examination LUPEX- 2018 on 28th and 29th November 2018 at Head Post Office, Ludhiana under the guidance of Dr. Amanpreet Singh, Senior Superintendent of Post Office Ludhiana City Division. Sh. Pankaj Kumar Mishra, Director Postal Services Punjab & UT Chandigarh, was the chief guest and inaugurated the exhibition. The prize distribution function was held on 29th November. Sh. Anil Kumar, Chief PMG, Punjab & UT Chandigarh was the Chief Guest. A cultural programme by the employees of the Postal Department and school students was the main attraction on both days.
The exhibits were displayed in 81 frames. The competitive class consisted of 75 frames. Out of which 59 frames were in senior class (25 entries), 16 in youth class (exhibitors between aged 15 and 18 years and exhibitors less than 15 years of age) (13 entries) and 6 frames were in invitee class. In addition there was one entry in philatelic publication.
On this occasion design a stamp a competition on the theme 'Ahimsa Parmo Dharma' was also held in which about 60 students from different schools of Ludhiana participated. On the last day of the exhibition, a declamation contest on the topics of Gandhigiri and Non Violence was organized.

Five special covers on LUPEX-2018, GANDHI, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC) and Police DAV Public School were released during the exhibition.



- SK Sondhi, Ludhiana

12 December 2018

CHINA 2019 World Stamp Exhibition





CHINA 2019 General World Stamp Exhibition will be held at Wuhan,International Expo Center.  China from 11 June to 17 June 2019 . 

CHINA 2019 is organized by the State Post Bureau of The People’s Republic of China, coorganized by the Traffic and Communication Office of Hubei Provincial People’s Government, Wuhan Municipal People’s Government, China Post Group and All-China Philatelic Federation in accordance to FIP (Federation Internationale de Philatelie) General Regulations for Exhibitions. CHINA 2019 is managed and run by an Organizing Committee.










Mr Umesh Kakkeri is National Commissioner for India. Email : umesh_kakkeri@hotmail.com

 Exhibition Classes 
5.1 Non-Competitive Exhibits (By Invitation) (A) Court of Honour i. FIP Grand Prix Club exhibits ii. Others (B) Other Non-Competitive exhibits 

5.2 Competitive Exhibits Classes 

Class 1: FIP Championship Class For exhibits that have been awarded three Large Gold medals, in three different years, at World Exhibitions held under FIP Patronage over the last ten years (2009 – 2018) (A Grand Prize counts as a Large Gold medal) 

Class 2: Traditional Philately A) China B) Asia, Oceania and Africa C) Europe D) America


Class 3: Postal History A) China B) Asia, Oceania and Africa C) Europe D) America Class 4: Postal Stationery Class 5: Aerophilately Class 6: Astrophilately

Class 4: Postal Stationery 

Class 5: Aerophilately 

Class 6: Astrophilately

Class 7: Thematic Philately Exhibits will be classified under: A) Nature B) Culture C) Technology Please indicate clearly in the Exhibit Application Form as to the sub-class (A, B or C) the exhibit is entering. Class 8: Maximaphily Class 9: Revenue Class 10: Modern Philately (1980 to date) The objectives are to encourage collectors of Modern Philatelic materials to exhibit at the highest level and to demonstrate to the Postal Administrations that there are an extensive body of philatelists who collect and study materials issued by them after 1980. The Organizing Committee is making this class available for exhibits complying with the FIP special regulations for the various FIP classes. Qualifying exhibits for the Modern Philately must contain philatelic materials issued by the Postal authorities since 1980s. Stamp series of philatelic topics chosen for this class which were substantially issued on/after 1980 are qualified as topics for the Modern Philately. However, the exhibit may include a small percentage of material issued pre1980 that is important and relevant to the exhibit.

Class 8: Maximaphily 

Class 9: Revenue 

Class 10: Modern Philately (1980 to date) 

The objectives are to encourage collectors of Modern Philatelic materials to exhibit at the highest level and to demonstrate to the Postal Administrations that there are an extensive body of philatelists who collect and study materials issued by them after 1980. The Organizing Committee is making this class available for exhibits complying with the FIP special regulations for the various FIP classes. Qualifying exhibits for the Modern Philately must contain philatelic materials issued by the Postal authorities since 1980s. Stamp series of philatelic topics chosen for this class which were substantially issued on/after 1980 are qualified as topics for the Modern Philately. However, the exhibit may include a small percentage of material issued pre1980 that is important and relevant to the exhibit. Modern Philately exhibits will be judged according to the respective FIP SREVs currently in force for the above-mentioned FIP classes. The distribution of points available recognize that Modern Philatelic material is worthy of study and in many instances is difficult to acquire, treat and present while the short passage of time since their issue has not provided an accurate indication of importance or rarity. FIP medals will be awarded to the appropriate exhibit and they will be recorded in the FIP Awards records. Certificate of Participation will be given to exhibits attaining less than 60 points.

Class 11: Open Philately 

Class 12: (Experimental Basis) Picture Postcards 

Class 13: Youth Philately Age for Group A 10-15 years old Age for Group B 16-18 years old Age for Group C 19-21 years old (All ages as of January 01, 2019) 4 

Class 14: One-Frame Exhibit Exhibits in this class should be based on a narrow subject that is best treated as One frame. An extract from a past International award winning multiple frame exhibits (5 to 8 frames) to One Frame is not allowed.

Awards are presented by Points (60 points to 100 points) and awarded by certificates only. No medals will be awarded. Certificate of Participation will be given to exhibits attaining less than 60 points Exhibits will be classified under: A) Traditional B) Postal History C) Postal Stationery D) Aerophilately E) Astrophilately F) Thematic G) Maximaphily H) Revenue Please indicate clearly in the Exhibit Application Form as to the sub-class (A, B, or C, etc) the exhibit is entering. 

Class 15: Philatelic Literature A) Philatelic books and research papers (published on or after January 01, 2014) B) Philatelic magazines and periodicals (the whole annual volume issued after January 2017) C) Catalogues (published after January 01, January 2017) Exhibitors are requested to fill in the particulars stated in the “Philatelic Literature Exhibit Information Form”, in addition to the “Exhibit Application Form”

 Application and Acceptance 

8.1 Exhibitors shall submit one Exhibit Application Form for each exhibit applied for through the Commissioners of their respective member federations (IREX Article 4.1). 8.2 The Organizing Committee, with the advice of the FIP Consultant, shall have the authority to accept or reject entries without specifying the reason therefore. 


Exhibit Application Forms duly filled shall be submitted through the respective Commissioners to the Commissioner General not later than February 18, 2019. 

When submitting the Exhibit Application Form, the exhibitor shall attach a copy of the introductory page, in one of the FIP’s official languages. 

 Participation Fee 

9.1 There is no fee for Non-Competitive Class entries. 

9.2 The participation fee for Competitive Classes (except Classes 13, 14 & 15) will be US$60 per frame. 

9.3 The participation fee for Youth Philately Class (Class 13) is free. 

9.4 The participation fee for One-Frame Exhibit (Class 14) is US$80 per exhibit. 9.5 The participation fee for Philatelic Literature (Class 15) is US$70 per exhibit. 


Exhibitors in the Philatelic Literature Class (Class 15A, 15B and 15C) must send two copies of each title or volume – none of these are returnable. Periodicals shall exhibit a complete volume or year. Philatelic Literature exhibits must be received by the Organizing Committee no later than May 3, 2019, in order that preliminary judging may take place. The Literature exhibits will not be returned. Literature deliver address is as the following: Mr. Liang Yaohua The Philately Association of Hubei Province No.22 Jiangwang Road, Hanjiang District, Wuhan City, China Postal Code: 430023 Tele: +86 27 83560311 (Office) +86 15902764733 (Private)


The Exhibit Application forms and the detailed rules of exhibition (IREX) can be downloaded at :   https://stampsofindia.com/CHINA2019.htm  

The duly filled Forms along with a copy of the first page of the exhibit should be submitted to the National Commissioner for India, Umesh Kakeri, umesh_kakkeri@hotmail.com Ph. +91 9969571767 by February 18, 2019.



11 December 2018

Club News





Thailand 2018

At Thailand 2018. Sandeep Jaiswal's  eight frame exhibit titled “British India – Queen Victoria Postal Stationery” was awarded a Large Gold medal (96 points) + Special Award for “Material”. Of the 22 exhibits entered in the Postal Stationery class, it was the highest awarded exhibit in its class.




Sandeep Jaiswal , Mr. Bernard Beston (new president of the FIP), Mr. Peter McCann (past President of the APS) 

New Book by Sandeep Jaiswal launched at Thailand 2018

British India Queen Victoria Postal Stationery



A 190+ page book, based on this exhibit was launched during the Postal Stationery Commission meeting at the show. 

The book is published by Mr. Ajay Mittal and copies can be ordered from him. 



10 December 2018

Italia 2018 International Philatelic Exhibition ,Verona, Italy





 "Italy 2018 " International Philatelic Exhibition was held at Verona, Italy from 23-25 November 2018.

The Federation of Italian Philatelic Societies organized Italia 2018, a major international philatelic competitive exhibition, divided in three parts:

Italia 2018 National, national exhibition of thematic philately, traditional philately (modern and contemporary), postal history (modern and contemporary), postal stationery and maximaphily.

Italia2018 Philatelic Literature, exhibition with international participation of philatelic literature, both paper and digital.

Italia 2018 The Great War, exhibition with international participation of postal history, traditional philately, postal stationery, thematic philately and maximaphily exhibits dedicated to the Great War.

Congrtulations Aditya !

Aditya Asthana, the only participant  from India was awarded a Silver Medal in the Class "Other Digital Works"  for his entry " Tale of a Mail Season One ". 

Tale of a Mail is series of episodes which describe a variety of British India Letters on the grounds of Postal History. Path, Postage and postmarks are illustrated to show the working of postal department. Twelve different episodes narrate tales from Pre stamp era to the Second World War.



Episode One: A letter to Scotland Via Cape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhwjfPXmce4 

Episode Two: Letter from Scotland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh4kRJcTFZI 

Episode Three: A Letter from Deoghur Via Travelling Post Office https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjpO0EqqmFA 

Episode Four: A Letter from Madras Via Marseilles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjD_Vedb888 

Episode Five: Delhi Cawnpore First Flight Airmail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be_7WQ4zl64 

Episode Six: Receiving Houses of Poona https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11MH38X1Xz0 

Episode Seven: Letter to London with Deficient Postage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSJgURcMm8M 

Episode Eight: Letter to Isle of Wight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INjZdvpFZlE 

Episode Nine: Viceroy's Air Race 1932 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdqVhMYxOpE&t=2s 


Episode Eleven: To America Via Africa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhIdhAzROCw 

Episode Twelve: Airmail to London, Missed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rP4uKOYOwA&t=15s


View : Results of Italia 2018 - Palmares

Results in Alphabeticla order : - http://expo.fsfi.it/italia2018/documentazione/ResultsinAlfOrderFirstLetter.pdf




07 December 2018

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