13 December 2014

New Special Covers and cancellation



Special cover on Platinum Jubilee of INS Circars



To commemorate the momentous occasion of ,INS Circars Platinum Jubilee,a Special Cover was released by Mrs. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam in the presence of Commodore Saleem M. Anwer, the present Commanding Officer on 12th November 2014 at Visakhapatnam.


Visakhapatnam was identified by the British as an important convoy assembly point for military operation in 1923. A small Naval Base was set up on 12 December 1939. With a need to expand, the base was formally established as HMIS Circars on 12 April 1942 and post independence the establishment was renamed to INS Circars.

During the eight decades of existence INS Circars has seen the changing face of Navy. Circars donned the hats of Convoy Assembly Point, Ship repair Yard, Boys Training Establishment and Service Provider. Today, INS Circars stands as the Flagship of the East performing numerous tasks of providing administrative and logistics support not only to the afloat and shore units but also to family members staying in naval residential colonies spread from Dolphin Hill to Naval Coast Battery at Beach road.

INS Circars the depot ship of Eastern Naval Command is also known as the Flagship of the East, celebrated its Platinum Jubilee on 12 December 2014. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations culminated on 12 December 14 where Cmde KP Gopal Rao, MVC, VSM (Retd) ex-Commanding Officer INS Circars from 03 January 1974 to 16 January 1976 was the Chief Guest and unveiled of Platinum Jubilee Plaque.



For the  cover please contact Narayan Bhavan,  email: lovelynarayana@gmail.com

- Narayan Bhavan – Visakhapatnam ; Indian Philately Digest

Permanent Pictorial Cancellation released at the CMC Hospital Post Office, Vellore on 9th December 2014.


On the occasion of birth anniversary of Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder (1870-1960), founder of the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India Post released a Permanent Pictorial Cancellation at the CMC Hospital Post Office on 9th December 2014.


Starting with a tiny clinic-dispensary in 1900 Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder established what have now become one of the biggest hospitals in the world and a centre of excellence for training nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.

A function was held at Norman Auditorium, CMC Hospital, Vellore on 9th December to release the permanent pictorial cancellation of   CMC Hospital, Vellore. Function presided over by Shri Sunil Chandy, Director C.M.C.Hospital, Shri Mervin Alexander, PMG CCR   and Shri A.Saravanan SSPOs.

To enable philatelists across the country to get this pictorial cancellation at their doorstep, India Post, Vellore, will send postal stationery containing it by Speed Post. Interested customers should remit Rs. 80 to the Postmaster, Vellore HPO, Vellore - 632 001, through money order, postal order or by demand draft. This is towards the cost of one cancelled envelope and two postcards with the pictorial cancellation, handling and postal charges.

In addition, philatelists and tourists can walk into the CMC Hospital Post Office to get the pictorial cancellation on any postal stationery with adequate postage affixed.

Special Cover on Golden Jubilee Celebrations of State Bank of India Officers’ Association, Chennai Circle - 15th November 2014

Special Cover on Golden Jubilee Celebrations of State Bank of India Officers’ Association, Chennai Circle

State Bank of India Officers’ Association (SBIOA), the Saviour and Protector of the Supervising and Managerial staff viz, officers of the State Bank of India was formed in 1965. It is a registered Trade Union of the S.B.I Officers working in the three states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry. Motto of the State Bank of India Officers Association (Chennai Circle) is Service before Self.

On the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of State Bank of India Officers’ Association, Chennai Circle a Special Cover was issued on 15th November 2014 at Coimbatore.

Courtesy – Indian Philately Digest

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