31 May 2013

No Tobacco Day..





31st May is observed as No Tobacco Day. A special cancellation  "No- Tobacco Day"  was provided  on 31May 2013 at Philatelic Bureau Patna GPO. The cancellation consists of massage of Gandhi ji to Tobacco addicts. Pictorial health warning which depicts burning cigarette and Skull etc. The cancellation has been conceptualised and designed by Sri Lalit Kumar Mishra (Patna based Philatelist). The  special cancellation issued by Sri K.K. Jha, Chief Postmaster Patna GPO.


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Say No To Tobacco and Drugs !!

Courtesy : Pradip Jain – Patna  email : philapradip@gmail.com


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June Rainbow  2013

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I have just published June 2013 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. It can be viewed at following link :


30 May 2013

New stamps on Wildlife



Date of Issue: 5 June 2013

Here are some  new SEPAC stamps. This year’s SEPAC theme is wildlife. SEPAC stamps are issued every second year. All SEPAC stamps can be viewed at : SEPAC stamps.



Date of Issue : 11 June 2013



Date of Issue: 20 August 2013

The Small European Postal Administration Cooperation (also Small European Postal Administrations Cooperation or SEPAC) is an association of 13 European postal authorities. They are Åland\, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. SEPAC is smaller than PostEurop. Luxembourg was not originally a member of SEPAC but it joined at the end of 2006. Also Vatican City joined subsequently.

The first joint issue of SEPAC postage stamps occurred on October 1, 2007. Further joint issues within the group are scheduled every two years, in 2009 and 2011 (San Marino does not participate in these issues).

The following criteria are requisites for membership:

  • The postal administration must be located in Europe
  • The postal administration must be independent
  • The postal administration must have a small market with more than 50% of its philatelic customers living outside the country.


Isle of Man


Date of Issue: 13 September 2013



Date of Issue: 8 March 2013

29 May 2013

60th Anniversary of Conquest of Everest


Conquest of Everest – 29 May 2013

60 years of 1st human ascent on Everest today

Marking the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, today is the day when Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first duo to climb the Mount Everest. Sixty years ago on 29th May, two men became the first to stand on top of the world in a remarkable achievement of endurance, strength and survival of the human spirit.


Our  distinguished reader Mr Vijay Deshpande, an  autograph collector and philatelist  from Mumbai shares here a photo with Sir Edmund Hillary and autographs from his collection  of the great Mountaineers  !!


Mr Vijay Deshpande offering  ‘Air India Maharaja model’ to Sir Edmund Hillary

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Sir Edmund Hillary  


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Sherpa Tenzing

Autograph – Courtesy : Vijay Deshpande – Mumbai : email : vijay2603@gmail.com

Save the Children…



Date of issue: 27 May 2013

Here I wish to share a nice stamp issued by Danish Post for the cause  “ Save the childdren from violence and let them grow in a happy environment”.The design of the stamp is very appealing. This is a charity stamp. The motif, which features the silhouette of a girl, is made up of crisscrossing words in different colors. If you study it under a magnifying glass, you will see that the words tell a child’s story.

Millions of children worldwide are hit, kicked, pushed, beaten, humiliated and threatened at home. In the average Danish eighth-grade class, one in five pupils has been the victim of parental violence.

The 2013 charity stamp supports Save the Children, which fights for children’s right to care, security and protection. Profits from the stamp will support Save the Children’s work to combat violence against children. Since 1986, the surcharge on charity stamp has been DKK 0.50. In order to raise even more money for charity, Post Danmark has decided to raise the surcharge per stamp to DKK 1.00.

Save the Children’s work

Save the Children, founded in 1945, is the world’s largest independent children’s rights organisation, and operates in 120 countries. Its work is based on the UN Children’s Convention, which aims to ensure that all children have rights on an equal footing with adults.
The core of Save the Children’s work consists of education and protection. The organisation provides emergency aid in response to disasters and conflicts, and works with children to fight child labour, poverty, bullying, violence and sexual abuse.
Mimi Jakobsen has been Secretary General of Save the Children for 12 years, ably supported by approx. 1,000 volunteers in 61 local associations across the country, and more than 17,000 members, donors and sponsors.

Stop violence against children!

Being beaten is one of the worst things that can happen to a child. Children who are exposed to violence or who witness violence in the home can be left physically and psychologically scarred for life. It is every adult’s responsibility to stop violence against children, protect them and guarantee their right to grow up in a healthy and safe environment. Everybody has a duty to react, no matter how difficult it might be.

Violence is taboo and can be difficult to talk about. But nobody should fail to act if a child is being abused. “Save the Children does not turn a blind eye, but gets actively involved in stopping violence,” Jakobsen explains. “We also do everything in our power to make a noise when children are exposed to violence. In particular, we must hold decision-makers responsible for ensuring that something is done about the problem.”

In addition to advising parents on how to interact with their children and bring them up without using violence, Save the Children provides information to teachers and educators on better ways of helping vulnerable children and their families if they suspect that a child is being physically abused.

New Stamps from Poland..



The Magical World of Disney


Date of Issue : 1 June 2013

Polish Post will issue two new issues in the month of June featuring Magical World of Disney and Lighthouses.



Date of Issue : 14 June 2013

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28 May 2013

New Special Cover



Central Railway in co-operation with India Post, Maharashtra and Goa circle, released a special cover on 125 years of CST building, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, on 27th May 2013. The cover was released by Col KC Mishra, VSM, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra, and W K Pradhan, Additional General Manager, Central Railway, at CST.




CST building was designed by Frederick William Stevens with influences from Victorian Italian gothic revival architecture and traditional Mughal buildings, the station was built in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 50th birthday. Construction of this building was started in May 1878. Name of this station was changed from Victoria Terminus to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in March 1996. This building was also included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in 2004.

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27 May 2013

Brasiliana 2013 Updates



BRASILIANA 2013 announces addition of
Class 13: Modern Philately of 21st Century
(A) Traditional
(B) Postal History
(C) Postal Stationery
Content: Material issued by Postal Administrations from 2001 to date
Exhibit size: 3 or 5 Frames
Frame Fee: US$ 50 per Frame
Eligibility: No previous participation or award required,
New Exhibits are welcome
Acceptance: Recommendation of National Commissioners and discretion of Organizers
Last date to Submit Exhibit Application Form: May 31, 2013

Participation in all other Classes is now closed.
Acceptance of Exhibit Applications will be announced in the first week of June 2013

For more details visit : http://www.stampsofindia.com/Host/brasiliana2013.htm

Tel Aviv 2013 : Int. Stamp Exhibition

A large international stamp exhibition with free entrance to the public opened on Sunday at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.Called Tel Aviv 2013, it will feature numerous rare stamp collections and competitions between collectors, and will mark the 65th anniversary of the release of the Doar Ivri stamps, the first series to have been issued by the nascent State of Israel. The exhibition opens daily at noon, and will be open to the public until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

At the exhibition will be collectors from a large number of countries, including the US, considered the leading stamp-collecting country, and Russia, where stamp collecting as been on the rise since the Soviet Union’s fall and is approaching American levels, according to the organizers. The popularity of stamp-collecting in Israel is considered to fall somewhere between that of the two nations, and so the Russians would have to surpass the Israelis to pose a threat to the Americans.

Israel Philatelic Service director Yaron Ratzon said on Sunday that the organizers expect many participants and that the service has prepared special postal memorabilia and stamp issues for the event. Visitors will be able to pose for photos that will be incorporated into limited issue stamps featuring the exhibition’s banner.

- The Jerusalem Post

New stamps on Sports



The European Basketball Championship EuroBasket 2013

In co-operation with EuroBasket 2013 and the Philatelic Union of Slovenia, Slovenian Post has released a commemorative stamp to mark this summer’s impending EuroBasket tournament.

Italian Sport – 12′ Dinghy Centennial stamp from Italy

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Date of Issue : 22 May 2013

Italian post issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of foundation of 12′ Dinghy (12 foot dinghy). Designed by George Cockshott, an amateur boat designer from Southport, in 1913, the International Twelve Foot Dinghy became the first one-design racing dinghy to gain international recognition.

The 12′ Dinghy took part in the 2008 Vintage Yachting Games as part of the closing ceremony. The winners of the events took the helm during a short in-harbor regatta sailed in 12′ Dinghies.

The 12 feet dinghy is one of the Vintage Yachting Classes at the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games.The stamp features a vintage sailing boat Dinghy 12 ‘ in the foreground on the left, and a series of modern boats of the same class, participating in the race.



Date of Issue : 25 May 2013

Italian Alpine Club

This issue of a stamp celebrates the Italian Alpine Club on the 150th anniversary of its foundation.The stamp shows a vintage Italian Alpine Club poster, featuring a mountaineer observing the landscape through a telescope at the top is the coat of arms of the Club.

26 May 2013

Endangered Species from Desert to Arctic…



Israel Post will issue  a souvenir sheet on 11th June 2013. The souvenir sheet features a Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas) and a Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) against the background of their natural habitats.

Despite the great climatic differences between Israel and Greenland, both countries face similar challenges. Each lies in an area characterized by extreme temperatures and large portions of their land are desert areas. Israel is located on the edge of a dry desert and Greenland lies in a polar desert. Both of these limit the availability of inhabitable land, making it imperative to maintain a balance between human development and conservation of the local animal kingdom.

Israel is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, at the edge of the Sahara
desert belt. The arid Negev desert in the south encompasses some 60% of Israel’s overall area, thus most Israelis live in the central and northern portions of the country, and mainly along the coastal plain.

The density of Israel’s population and the intensive development of its agriculture have put great pressure on the natural habitats of its wildlife. Many animals have been forced into ever decreasing habitats and some, such as the Dorcas gazelle, have reached the point of being endangered.

The Dorcas gazelle used to be common in the desert areas of Eretz Israel and the surrounding countries, however it was displaced by human activity and severely compromised as the result of unchecked hunting. When the State of Israel was established, laws limiting hunting were put into place. Strict enforcement of these laws in recent years has helped to save the gazelle. The Dorcas gazelle population, which was on the brink of extinction, has begun to recover and now numbers hundreds of animals.

The State of Israel is the last place in the world where the continued existence of the Dorcas gazelle is ensured. Environmental protection entities in Israel invest great efforts in conserving this beautiful animal, with the hope that its population will continue to thrive.

Greenland, the largest island in the world, is located in the Arctic region and its climate is very much affected by its proximity to the North Pole. Most of Greenland is covered by an ice sheet, which is thousands of meters thick in the central portion of the island. During the long winter season, the sea surrounding Greenland freezes and also becomes covered with a thick ice sheet.

The cold water surrounding the island provides plentiful food which sustains an abundant population of marine animals. The large schools of fish attract many marine mammals, such as seals, to Greenland’s shores, which are hunted by the world’s largest land carnivore, the Polar bear.

In recent years, there has been growing concern regarding the future of the Polar bear population. There are various reasons for this, including competition with humans for habitats, hunting and seawater pollution, however the main problem stems from global warming. Glacial melting and reduced marine ice areas greatly curb the Polar bear’s ability to hunt the marine animals it needs to survive.

Source : International Stamp News

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Honour for an Indian Philatelist

imageThe Netherlands Vexillological Association, the Netherlands Flag Museum Foundation and the Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation has invited noted vexillologist and  philatelist of Kolkata Mr Sekhar Chakrabarty, as the editor of the  "Flags and Stamps" http://flagstamps.blogspot.in/ to be a participant and join them in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 4 – 10 August 2013 for the Netherlands Flag Congress 2013, the joint meeting of the 25th International Congress of Vexillology (25th ICV) http://www.nfc2013.com and the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the Fédération Internationale des Associations Vexillologiques (FIAV).

25 May 2013

New stamp from India



Date of Issue : 24 May 2013

Source  :  Stamps of India

India Post released a stamp on Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 24th May 2013. SEBI is the regulator for the securities market in India. SEBI has it's Headquarter at the business district of Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and has Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Regional Offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad respectively. 


SEBI Bhavan, Mumbai headquarters

The office of SEBI is situated at SEBI Bhavan, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai- 400051, with its regional offices at Kolkata, Delhi,Chennai & Ahmadabad.

24 May 2013

Oregano–aromatic herb on stamp



Here are some beautiful issues from Cyprus and Taiwan. Cyprus post issued an aromatic stamp featuring oregano. Chunghwa Post  issued a set of Greeting stamps.


Oregano – or “rouvanos” – is a member of the Lamiaceae family. It is an aromatic bush or semi-bush growing up to 100cm tall with spade-shaped, succulent and thick hairy leaves.

It is a species native to Cyprus, restricted mainly to the Pafos forest area and thrives in rocky areas in various habitats, at an altitude between 200-100m. It is used extensively in cooking and is one of the most popular herbs in the Mediterranean cuisine. Oregano is effective against headaches and insomnia and acts as a cure for stomach ailments. It also has analgesic and sedative properties. Its essential oils are extracted and used in the perfumery and pharmaceutical industry.

Oregano can be used as an ornamental plant and provides ground cover in combination with other species. It is also used in rock gardens and pots. It thrives in well-drained soil and can be planted from seed.

New Greeting stamps from Taiwan



Chunghwa Post released a set of “Congratulations Postage Stamps” in 2012. Now it is following up with a second set of four stamps, each featuring one pair of tropical fish, swans, penguins or mandarin ducks. The stamps have round perforated centers with a predominately orange and yellow color scheme, with a red background that features the double-happiness character, which is commonly used in Chinese culture to celebrate marriage. The area surrounding the round center features a grid of double-happiness characters, which convey a sense of glad tidings. The designs follow:

1. Tropical Fish (NT$3.5): A pair of enraptured tropical fish is sealing their love with a kiss. The moving scene conveys the idea of “angelic lovers being lifted to the clouds.”

2. Swans (NT$3.5): The male swan wears a crown and the female swan a lace bridal veil. The scene demonstrates the idea of loving bonds that last “till death do them part.”

3. Penguins (NT$5): The male penguin wears a bowtie and dons a stovepipe hat and the female wears a lace bridal veil. The illustration symbolizes the idea of happiness and love everlasting.

4. Mandarin ducks (NT$5): The female duck bashfully turns her head to look at the male, symbolizing that they will be together through thick and thin over the journey of their lives.

Source : International Stamp News

23 May 2013

NORDIA 2013 - Nordic stamp exhibition



From June 07th till June 09th, 2013, the Icelandic Philatelic Federation will host the Nordic philatelic exhibition that will be held in the sports hall Asgardur in Gardabaer.

The title of the exhibition is NORDIA 2013 and this will be the sixth such exhibition that the Federation has held after the ones in 1984, 1991, 1996, 2003 and 2009. The goal will be 700 qualifying frames of material to be exhibited.

The exhibits will be divided in all regular classes and in addition for the first time it will include exhibits in competitive postcards class, a class that postcard collectors succeeded to establish in recent years. The exhibition classes are divided in accordance with the exhibition rules which can be accessed in the link to the left on this site.

Participants in the NORDIA 2013 will also be the partners of the Philatelic Federations of the Nordic countries as well as of the Scandinavian collectors club of United States.


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New stamp by India Post

India Post will issue a Commemorative Postage Stamp on SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA will be on 24.05.2013...

From our Readers…

Cancellations - Maha Kumbha Mela Prayag



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Future of Philately in the Internet era

StampNews.com portal has published  interview  with the US Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahoe. Here he reveals many aspects of stamps and present day philately.

StampNews : In your opinion, what is the future of philately in the Internet era?

imageMr. Patrick Donahoe: The internet adds value to stamp collecting and makes it easy to learn about the hobby and buy and sell stamps. There are all sorts of discussion groups online where you can meet other stamp collectors from around the globe to get tips for enhancing your collection. And every major stamp collecting organization has a website and nearly all sell stamp related products—which are fulfilled through the mail.

Read :   Interview with US Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahoe

New Europa 2013 stamps



Ukraine  :  Date of Issue : 30 May 2013

Here are some recent issues on Europa 2013 theme. This year’s theme is The Postman Van.

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Norway : Date of Issue : 10 June 2013

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Malta : Date of Issue : 9 May 2013


Greece : Date of Issue : 9 May 2013

View all :  Europa stamps

New stamps on Cruise Ships


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Post Aruba recently  issued a set of stamps dedicated to cruise ships.

The first cruise ship to visit the island of Aruba was the M.S. “Libertador,” which combined cargo and passenger facilities. The first all-passenger ship was called the “Tradewind” and first stopped at Aruba in 1957. A party was thrown to welcome passengers to Aruba’s first luxury hotel, which was then under construction. The growth of cruise tourism was remarkable during the 1970′s when Aruba began to receive the visits of larger cruise companies such as the ltalian Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Costa Line, Sitmar Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The biggest cruise ship to hit the port of Aruba was the Allure of the seas from the Royal Caribbean cruise line in 20’11. This is a cruise ship that houses 5000 passengers and a crew of 2000 that’s seven thousand people on one ship.

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Cruise ships illustrated on the stamps  are:

First cargo/passenger cruise ship named MS Libertador;

First passenger cruise ship named Tradewind;

Princess Cruises line, Love Boat

The biggest cruise ship to hit the port of Aruba, Allure of the Seas from the Royal;


New Pictorial Cancellation from Germany


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On June17, 2013 a new pictorial cancellation will be issued in 90562 Heroldsberg in Germany. The cancellation is featuring a Dinosaur.Interested philatelists may please contact: Wolfgang Beyer,Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de . Postage rates: 0,75 Euro AIRMAIL,
2,80 Euro Registered AIRMAIL.

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