29 August 2009

It’s Day of Dhyan Chand and MJ….



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       Dhyan Chand – the wizard of Hockey        Michael Jackson – The King of Pop


It’s the day to remember two great personalities of the world as 29 August is the birthday of both, One is from the field of Spots, Major Dhyan Chand and the other Michael Jackson. Dhyan Chand is regarded as one of the greatest Hockey players of all time, who won three Olympic golds in 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin).  Michael Jackson, the king of pop music recently passed way leaving the world to listen his songs for ever….This post is a philatelic tribute to these great personalities of the world who will always be remembered for their greatest achievement in the field of sports and Music….. Read More ….about Dhyan Chand  and Read my previous posts on MJ


28 August 2009

New Max Cards and FDCs on Jaidev & Geetgovind



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Mr Hemant Kumar Jain has prepared new Max Cards and FDCs for Jaidev & Geet Govind. The FDCs are in following sizes-

(1) White Envelope size 24cm.x 21.8cm.

       one for stamps cancellation & another for Se-Tenant block from M.S.

(2) Yellow Envelope size 25.7cm.x 19.8cm.

      one for M.S. cancellation & another for Se-Tenant block from M.S.

Readers may contact Mr Hemant Kr Jain for these philatelic items.

E- Mail hemantkumar.jn@gmail.com


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FDCs for New Def. series stamps 3rd issue..

by Mr Hemant Kumar Jain

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27 August 2009

Great Singers of India – Mukesh




27 August is the death anniversary  of Mukesh, one of the greatest  singers of India who gave his melodious voice in a number of Hindi Films. His songs are still popular today among all age groups of people ! India Post issued a set of four stamps and a souvenir sheet to commemorate four great singers of India whose names will remain for ever in the hearts of Music lovers. Read More about Mukesh and listen to his songs….







Date of Issue – 15 May 2003

Mother Teresa – The Peacemaker

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26 August is the Birth Anniversary of Mother Teresa.  She was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless.Her work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards and the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. . She was an Albanian] Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Here are some stamps and philatelic items issued on Mother Teresa with a report of solo philatelic exhibition on Mother Teresa by our distinguished member Mr Naresh Agarwal of Bilaspur – Chhattisgarh. This post is a philatelic tribute to the great personality of all time and dedicated to all those who worked for the humanity !

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Mother Teresa's 99th Birth Anniversary Celebrated by Philatelists

Special functions, celebrations and prayers were held at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity and at many places in India on Wednesday on the occasion of Mother Teresa's 99th birth anniversary. Albanian born Mother Teresa made Kolkata her home and dedicated her life to the service of the poor and the destitute.


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Mother Teresa was beatified by the Pope in October 2003, paving the way for her canonization, or being declared a saint. She received several national and international awards for the social service that she did during her lifetime.  India Post and various countries of the world issued postal stamps and other material from time to time portraying the Mother .


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Mr.Kamal Chakraborty with his collection on Mother Teresa and with Mr.Naresh Agarwal


Some of the display sheets from collection of Mr.Kamal Chakraborty

Philatelists too celebrated her birthday by displaying a recognized collection of philatelic products at Mothers’ birth celebrations by an NGO actively working for education of poor children, running Mother Teresa English Medium School & Sri Ram Krishna Vivekananda Vidyapeeth, at Bilaspur. Mr. Kamal Chkraborty from Balangir, Orissa displayed his collection entitled “Mother Teresa"Apostle of Love" highlighting different facets of her life. This collection had  won silver Medal  in ORPEX 2006 and has been displayed at many such functions. Mr. Sonmani Bora, Collector, Bilaspur and other dignitaries highly applauded the collection. Comprising of stamps,covers, colour trials,Miniature sheets, cover carried through different mails were on display. Some related coins too had been displayed.


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Mr. Kamal Chakraborty had been specially requested to bring his exhibit to Bilaspur for this celebration. According to him,the collection on display was probably the best in India comprising of almost all the stamps issued so far. This is one of the best ways to celebrate the occasion by philatelic fraternity.

- Naresh Agarwal

26 August 2009

My Recent Covers …..



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International Congress for Science

Courtesy – Jose Antonio Pires Fuzari, Sao Paulo- Brazil

Hi ! In today’s post a nice cover and a post card with 7.8.9 cancellation and a special postmark sent by Mr Jose Antonio from Brazil and Mr R.Kasinath from Thanjaur. Thanks to both of you for these nice  items. In Club News a special news about our member Mr Praful Thakkar of Ahmedabad whose name has entered Limca Book of Records 2009 for having the largest number of metallic canteen tokens and autographs... Heartiest Congratulations to Mr Thakkar !! Its a great pleasure to share this news with all the readers….This is all for Today…..Till Next Post…..Have a Great Time !…..



7.8.9 cancellation with special postmark of Thanjavor temple

Courtesy – R.Kasinath 

Club News

Our member enters Limca Book of Records….



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Praful Thakkar enters Limca Book Of Records 2009 for having the largest number of metallic canteen tokens and autographs. Shraddha Singh reports  How many of us have given the canteen token a second glance Well, here is someone who has liked them so much that they have accompanied him all the way to the 20th edition of the Limca Book of Records 2009. Praful Thakkar, a 70-year-old retired IAS officer, has travelled to far-flung areas of India to collect more than 600 metallic canteen tokens , used at various government and private set-ups since 1939.

  He also has another interesting collection of over 5,500 autographs spanning over 50 years. This collection has grown during his 31-year-long stint with the Government of Gujarat, which took him to many interesting places, till he retired as Secretary to the Government of Gujarat. Praful Thakkar, who started collecting autographs since the age of 12, says, This hobby enriches my health and happiness. Whenever I get an autograph, I am thrilled by the thought that the person thought of me while giving the autograph, even if it was for just a second. This excitement has kept me going for the last 50 years. To widen the reach of this collection, Thakkar launched a unique website, www.indianautographs .com in 2004. On an average, this website has more than 3.5 lakh hits per month from 53 countries.  

For Thakkar, every autograph has a story to go with it. His latest acquisition is the autography by Rita Faria, the first Miss Universe of India, who is now settled in Ireland. I received her autograph by post in April 2009, he says.  He adds, I wanted Rita's autograph to add value to my collection. So, my daughter, who lives in the US, got her autograph along with a message on world peace. The moment I received her autograph, I was ecstatic.  
Thakkar has explored every possible medium to get these autographs, be it in person, by mail, or exchanging them with other collectors, he has done it all to get rare autographs like those of Mahatma Gandhi and Annie Besant.  That’s why I feel that I am destined to obtain rare autographs . People I have never met before have gifted me their autograph collection. An online reader gave me autographs of former US president George Bush, then Senator and now US President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Similarly, someone else gifted me Bhagat Singhs mothers autograph. Each one is special to me, says Thakkar, who is also the Life Member of the Autograph Collectors Club of India, Kolkata. Of the 62 categories of autographs, Thakkars favorite is the freedom fighters and Nobel laureates category . I would love to learn graphology to analyze these autographs. I love the way the musicians and painters give their autographs. While some have a musical instrument others sketch a small painting. For example, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia draws a flute in his sign. Its fascinating to observe these autographs.

  For his passionate collection , he has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award by Gujarat Coin Society, Ahmedabad, this June. To share his knowledge and experience , he has penned six books related to Indian culture and four books on numismatics . In 2004, he published a catalogue of his collection titled Collectors Guide to Indian Canteen Tokens. He launched his numismatic website www.indiannumismatics .com in 2005 featuring his collection of rare coins, medals, monograms, belt buckles and standard weights of India.


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Wherever possible, he has affixed the postal stamp (if issued) of the celebrity with the autograph. He has messages on world peace from people who make a difference . He says that by posting them on the website he strives to do his bit for world peace. Another interesting feature is how autographs of Indian princely rulers have been presented with their royal coat-of-arms . He also has an interesting collection of commemorative coins, first-day postal covers, book covers, CD covers, greeting cards and photographs. His collection includes autographs of celebrity families like the Bachchans, Gandhis, Kapoors and Mangeshkars.

Published in Times of India 23 August 2009  

Please Click following links to view Mr Praful Thakkar’s websites…..



Mr Praful Thakkar may be contacted at  pkthakkar@yahoo.com

Passion for special dates…..

Mr Jigar Desai of Mumbai has a passion for special dates and try to prepare  covers for special date..Here is a recent one for Rajiv Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary.


Cover by Jigar Desai used on 20.08.09 on Rajiv Gandhi’s Birthday !

25 August 2009

Galileo's telescope reaches 400th anniversary today….




Hi ! Today is the great day in the field of Science and Astronomy, as exactly 400 years ago today, on 25 August 1609, the Italian astronomer and philosopher Galilei Galileo showed Venetian merchants his new creation, a telescope – the instrument that was to bring him  scientific immortality .The object was able to magnify the night sky, revealing celestial objects nobody could ever find or study before. Galileo's telescope helped the astronomer to learn more about our solar system. That invention forever changed the faces and foundations of science, philosophy, religion, society, and history. Now,  400 years later the year 2009  is being celebrated all over the world as International Year of Astronomy. The different postal administrations are celebrating this great event  philatelically by issuing new postage stamps. Here is a nice postage stamp issued by Indonesia on Galileo commemorating International Year of Astronomy. Today Australia Post is also issuing an amazing set of stamps on Astronomy. This is all for today…..Till Next Post ….Have a Great Time !…


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Date of Issue – 2 May 2009

New Stamps on Astronomy from Australia

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This stamp issue is being released during the International Year of Astronomy. It highlights the beauty of astronomical objects revealed through the art of astrophotography, and it celebrates a science that has had an enormous impact on culture and society worldwide.



The miniature sheet conceptually anchors the three stamps. It shows the dome of the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, NSW, backed by star trails around the south celestial pole. The two galaxy images in the stamp designs were taken from this telescope, while the nebula image was taken from a backyard observatory in Yass.


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Date of Issue – 25 August 2009


Coin on International Year of Astronomy by Australia


Meteorite Silver Coin

The $5 Fine silver proof coin features a blister packed centre piece filled with fragments of an authentic meteorite. The Meteorite fell to earth around 4000 years ago, as part of the Campo del Cielo (field of heaven) meteorite shower in Argentina. The original specimen used in the creation of this coin weighed 22.8 kilograms.

Surrounding this centre piece displays a night sky with famous landmarks across the world as well as 4 faces to symbolically illustrate the connection we all share with the universe.

Details of the Coin

Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Issue date: 6 July 2009
Denomination: $5
Metal: Fine Silver
Mass: 50g
Diameter: 50.2mm
Finish: Proof

24 August 2009

Special Postcards with commemorative dates !!



Hi ! Here are some nice cards issued by Malta Post  to commemorate the special dates which have appeared once in a lifetime. It started from 1.1.2001 and released cards up to 8.8.8 and recently issued a special cover to commemorate 1234567...Numbers on 7 August 2009. Here are the last eight cards issued so far and the next would be released on 9.9.9. I am thankful to my friend Mr.Vasilik Zeljko from Croatia who sent me this nice info which I want to share with all of you here. In Club News,  a report on Stamp Fair which concluded in Bilaspur - Chhattisgarh yesterday, sent   by our distinguished member Mr Naresh Agarwal from Bilaspur. This is all for today…Till next Post………Have a Great Time !!








These  Cards issued by Malta Post are 192mm x 105mm postcards. The first issue was on 01.01.01. as a result of the identical digits in the date postmarks. They will continue to be issued in this format until the year 2012, when the 12th card, reading 12.12.12., will complete this series. Click Here


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Long awaited philatelic and numismatic fair Dak Ticket Milaan 2009,Bilaspur, organized by Chhattisgarh Philatelic Association, Bilaspur from 21st to 23rd August 2009 at Bilaspur has marked an imprint of remarkable hospitality and successfully given a message of love and brotherhood to the philatelic community not only in India but abroad too through the visiting stamp dealers from Bangladesh and Malaysia. A regular gathering of more than two hundred of philatelic dealers and renowned philatelists from all over India and abroad   lured the philatelic fragrance of this newly upcoming state, Chhattisgarh.

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Shri Dipok Dey was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award 

Centrally located venue with two big halls, one for organizing functions and other for display and dealer booths; subsidized accommodation in the same hotel with other facilities  was the best service provided to the outside visitors/guests relieved them from the burden of local movement and carriage of baggage with full safety and security.

This three day fair saw the release of four beautifully designed stamp booklets and three covers (designed by Mr Atul Jain, Mr C.R. Andhare & Mr Pratap Thakur) highlighting social,cultural,religious heritage and wild life of Bilaspur Distt.. The material printed in limited quantity, was in heavy demand and was sold out within a short time. The booklets on Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Rudra Shiva, Talagaon; Digamber Jain Temple, Bilaspur & special cover on Mahatma Gandhi were released by Sri Dipok Dey, a renowned philatelist and stamp designer on 21st August 2009. The special cover on Rawat Naach was released by Dr. Kalicharan Yadav who gave international recognition to this traditional dance of Chhattisgarh and on Achankmar Forest by Mr. I.N.Singh, Conservator Forests, Chhattisgarh who enlightened the gathering with the importance and varied facets of their fields.


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From L to R  - Mr Madhukar Deogoankar-Kolkata,MrArun Agrawal–Kanpur, Mr Madhukar Jhingan-New Delhi, MrNaresh Agarwal-Bilaspur, Dr.PradeepJain – Balod,Durg

Good number of local enthusiasts, collectors, philatelists and numismatists visited the show. Local print and electronic media gave a huge coverage to the event and highly appreciated the efforts. Eminent philatelists like Sri Madhukar Jhingan ( New Delhi), Sri Madhukar Devgaonkar(Kolkata), Mr. Dhanajay Desai(Ahmadabad), Mr. Ashwani Dubey (Gorakhpur) and dealers like Sri P.C.Jaiswal (Kolkata ), Mr. Arun Bhattacharya (Kolkata), Mr. Ramteke (Numismatic dealer from Nagpur) had been honored for the work done by them in promotion and development of philately where as the Lifetime Achievement Award had been given to Sri Dipok Dey for the tremendous and continuous contribution and service to Indian philately during the last five decades.Mr. C.R. Andhare,President Chhattisgarh Philatelic Association too had been honored by Dealers Association from South India for the dedicated services given by him to promote philately in Chhattisgarh  State.


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Mr Naresh Agarwal with Mr Hemant Jain–Mandla (MP)  and Mr. P.C.Jaiswal-Kolkata

Except some shortcomings in exhibit display section due to damaged frames, rest of the show was well arranged and organized. All the visitors while highly applauding the efforts showed their deep interest in visiting the future shows of the association which produced a good number of national and international level philatelists.Philatelists coming from different states also got opportunity and spared time to visit and view the remarkable places around Bilaspur such as Crocodile Park, Rudra Shiva,Talagaon,Achanakmar century and holy Amarkantak,the origin of Holy Narmada River.

A beautifully written and designed book on philately for beginners written by Mrs. Sangeeta Devgaonkar of Kolkata was distributed freely to the visiting stamp collectors. A few complimentary copies of another excellent book on philatelic quiz by Sri Anil Dhir of Bhubaneswar also had been distributed. Philatelic Bureau, Bilaspur  had excellent sale on their booth. In all, the fair attracted many philatelists and numismatists  and stamped a great success and undoubtedly paved a way for new stamp and coin collectors in Chhattisgarh.

-Naresh Agarwal

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