17 September 2014

400th death anniversary of “El Greco”



Hellenic Post (ELTA) introduced collectible stamps edition to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Domenicus Theotokopoulos, the master painter of the Spanish Renaissance who was also known as “El Greco”.

The El Greco stamps and various associated products are on sale at post offices starting Wednesday, depicting details from El Greco’s painting “The Burial of Christ” – a painting acquired by the National Gallery of Athens.

Characters from Andersen’s fairy tales on new danish stamps


Date of Issue : 30 August 2014

Denmark Post issued two stamps from the series featuring contemporary interpretations of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.  This issue was released on the 30th of August.

In 1855, H.C. Andersen published his fairy-tale Numskull Jack. The seemingly naïve and put upon hero is a figure familiar from popular fairy tales all over the world, often the youngest of three brothers. Confounding all expectations, however, he succeeds in besting his two older and more knowledgeable brothers in the battle to win the hand of the princess – largely on account of the strange and seemingly useless objects he gathers up from the road. Numskull Jack and the dead crow feature on the DKK 6.50 stamp.

The fairy tale about Thumbelina was published in 1835, the same year that Hans Christian Andersen published his first collection of fairy-tales. In the story, Hans Christian Andersen imparts the feeling of being different to the little girl, who arrives in the world in the middle of a beautiful tulip. When she is subsequently carried away by the toad and exiled on a lilly pad, she faces having to acquiesce to the toad’s desire for her to marry his son.

On her long journey, she encounters a host of well-meaning characters who all believe they have her best interests at heart, but nobody really understands how Thumbelina feels. It is not until she flees from her upcoming marriage of convenience to a mole that she begins to tap into her own resources. The hideous toad with Thumbelina in his arms is the motif on the DKK 9.00 stamp.

Club News

Karnataka Postal Circle issued a Special Cover to mark 100 years of Kannada Sahitya Parishat at Sattur, Dharwad on 17th August 2014. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/15/2014)


Kannada Saahithya Parishath is one of Karnataka's oldest cultural institutions. It was formed on May 3, 1915 to promote Kannada language and literature through book publishing, literary seminars and research projects. It also organises an annual conference on Kannada literature called Kannada Sahithya Sammelana. The centenary celebrations of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat were inaugurated at Dharwad on 17th August 2014 by Minister of State for Kannada and Culture Umashri.

Courtesy : Sreejesh Krishnan – Trivandrum ; Indian Philately Digest


Assam Postal Circle is organizing a state level philatelic exhibition,ASSAMPEX - 2014 on 1st and 2nd November’ 2014 at Guwahati.

Venue: Don Bosco Auditorium, Panbazar, Guwahati - 781001
Date of Exhibition: 01-11-2014 & 02-11-2014

: Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum

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