26 July 2017

Karphilex 2017, Bangalore

KARPHILEX-2017, Bangalore
14 - 16 July 2017

Philately exhibition, KARPHILEX- 2017 was held at Bengaluru from 14-16 July 2017 organised by the Karnataka Philatelic Society of India, which was founded in 1975. I was very much tempted to attend this exhibition considering that it will be interesting.Finally, I attended the exhibition and it was really enjoyable and interesting.

I was told that the KARPHILEX-2017 is happening after a gap of 10 years. I have in my collection the three special covers of first KARPHILEX held in 1976 at Bangalore ( 5,6, and 7 June 1976). There was a special  postal cancelation of exhibition with a Philately slogan each day. On 5th June; “PHILATELY PROMOTES NATIONAL INTEGRATION”, 6th June; ”PHILATELY FOR KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTAING”, 7th June; “PHILATELY A VEHICLE OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE”. The logo of Karnataka Philately Society were printed in different colours for each day(Red, Blue, Orange)

Special Cover of KARPHILEX-1976
KARPHILEX event reminds me of the Bengaluru GPO which has always been very active in Philately activities. I remember in 1960’s many postal marks with slogans for public awareness were issued, for example “POST BOX ENSURES PROMPT AND CONVINIENT DELIVERY”. This slogan post mark I have seen only from Bengaluru GPO(may have been issued from other places).
            Karnataka Philatelic Society once had a youth philately division and used to issue special covers with youth as a theme. Overall, both Bengaluru GPO and Karnataka Philatelic Society have been very active in all aspects of Philately activities for decades now.

1.    Exhibition highlights :
·         The KARPHILEX-2017, philately exhibition was well planned in advance and implemented.
·         Wide publicity of the exhibition was done. Publicity in print media,  informing educational institutions, electronic media(what’s app, facebook),  word of mouth etc.
·         The exhibition  organising committee was receptive to ideas for philately promotions.
·         Various philately activities were organised for the three day event, like, Lucky Dip, Spot Competitions, Letter Writing activity by folding an envelope from a specially printed square paper, Memento chocolates with its collectible philately wrappers etc.
·         Organising committee members were always available during the three day event for any type of help and guideline for anybody who requires.

2.    SpecialPhilately activities etc :
a.    Letter Writing Activity
Special square paper was printed colourfully and given to the visitors. The objective is to fold the colourful square paper into an envelope. Once the envelope is folded, a few lines were written inside the envelope along with sender and receiver address. Next a stamp of Rs 5 was bought from the India Post counter which was gummed to the folded envelope and dropped into a letter box kept outside the exhibition hall. Four design varieties of the envelope were printed. All visitors enthusiastically participated in this interesting and unique letter writing activity.  Hope that such letter writing activity is done at all philately promotion events and other philately events.

                                               Folded Envelope

b.    Lucky Dip
            Visitors could buy a lucky dip ticket. There were three prizes, 1stPrize (Penny Black Stamp, 1840), 2nd Prize (Half Anna Stamp of 1854 of India), 3rd Prize(First Post Independence stamps of India, set of 3,1948). The lucky dip coupon was very well printed and can be kept as preserved memory and also a collectible.

           Lucky Draw Coupon

c.    Customised Chocolate with Philately Wrapper
Chocolates were available with its wrapper having a stamp image and a few lines about the stamp. The wrapper was meant to be preserved as collectibles. Its an interesting idea and very attractive for promoting philately. Five different chocolate wrappers were available. Went well with visitors.

Five different varieties of Chocolate Wrapper

d.    Souvenir articles
·         The Exhibition Souvenir book had a special and detailed article on the Two Anna Stamp printed on the One Anna Stamp Paper authored by Markand D. Dave & P.S.Dixit.
·         Article titled “Classics India” by Internationally Renowned Philatelist and Chief Patronage of KARPHILEX-2017 Dr(Mrs.) SitaBhateja was interesting to read. Such articles keep India’s Philately history alive.

e.    Three Commemorative Covers
Three very unique and special covers were issued, each by Vietnam Post, Botswana Post and Namibia Post.

Commemorative Covers by Postal Dept of Vietnam, Botswana, Namibia

3.    Exhibits

·        There were about 104 participants participating in various philately categories including literature class. Largely, the exhibits were under the thematic class and very few on postal history.

·         The Two Exhibits on Postcards& Inland letter and Aerogramme remindedof the good old days of postal communication which was the only affordable means for distant communication.
· Interestingly, there was an exhibit on new philately activity i.e. Post Crossing (www.postcrossing.com). The idea of Post crossing is interesting and is keeping the postal communication alive. Post crossing activity must be encouraged by the entire philately community. With time, Post crossing will have a unique place in modern philately.

·         Exhibit on Letter Boxes was interesting.

4.    Dealers Stall

There were about more than 25 philately dealer stalls at the exhibition event meeting the needs and requirements of philatelists. India Post had a stall selling India Post philately items including My Stamps. Also, India Post was selling the two KARPHILEX-2017special covers with exhibition special postal cancellation.

Two Special Covers by India Post

5.    Memorable Exhibition Photographs

Souvenir Book Release

Awards to the Participants with Dr Sita Bhateja


All the three day was lively with continuous visitors and many philately events.  Overall the KARPHILAEX-2017 was a memorable and enjoyable philately event and keeping Philately community moving.

Postal administrations of Botswana,Namibia and Vietnam released Special covers to mark their presence at Karphilex-2017.This may be the first time when  a foreign postal administration  released  special covers at a philatelic event in India.

24 July 2017

Picture Postcards on Chandrashekhar Azad from Allahabad

On 111th birth anniversary of Amar Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad, a set of six picture postcards were issued by  Allahabad HPO on 22 July 2017. The postcards depict pictures of Chandrashekhar Azad Park, Allahabad .The cost of six postcards is Rs.100 and is available at the HPO Allahabad.

- Ambrish Kumar - Allahabad

23 July 2017

200 Years of Kaleidoscope

Date of Issue : 10 July 2017

Here is a beautiful miniature sheet issued by Jersey Post featuring 200 Years of Kaleiodoscope. The kaleidoscope was invented in 1816 by Scottish scientist Sir David Brewster, and the patent was granted in 1817. Whereas the instruments themselves have become simplified and mass-produced in modern times, fascination remains constant some 200 years on. Six stamps feature intricate, symmetrically designed illustrations, in homage to the curious beauty of kaleidoscope patterns that have captivated people for 200 years. Each of the designs is based on a different theme, using Jersey’s abundance of flora and fauna as their subject.

An inscription on each stamp provides a clue as to what is shown. For example, the 49-penny stamp is inscribed “shells & anemones.”
The other stamps are inscribed: “feathers & eggs,” 63p; “wildflowers,” 73p; “woodlands,” 79p; “minibeasts” (insects and a spider), 90p; and “marine life,” £1.07.
Brewster (1781-1868), a Scottish physicist, actually invented the kaleidoscope in 1816. The 200th anniversary refers to the year it was patented, 1817.

22 July 2017

Protect Pollinators....

Date of Issue : 3 August 2017

Here is a pane of beautiful stamps for Lovers of flowers and  butterflies. On August 3, 2017, in Richmond, VA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Protect Pollinators stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475200). The Protect Pollinators $9.80 pane of 20 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 3, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of  continent’s most iconic: the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America.

The stamps feature:
1. A monarch and a coneflower
(photo by Karen Mayford);
2. A western honeybee and a golden ragwort
(photo by George D. Lepp);
3. A monarch and a zinnia
(photo by Bonnie Sue Rauch);
4. A western honeybee and a New England aster
(photo by Michael Durham); and
5. A monarch and goldenrod
(photo by Justin Fowler).

Source : USPS

20 July 2017

70th Anniversary of Lambretta

 Date of Issue : 3 June 2017

Here is a beautiful stamp issued by Italy Post featuring Lambtretta Scooter. This scooter was also once very popular in India The stamp has been issued to commemorate 70th anniversary of Lambretta Scoter. The stamp features  a poster advertising the Lambretta fifties, created by illustrator and poster designer Italian Franco Mosca, kept at the Lambretta Scooter Museum, Rodano (Milan). 

Lambretta is the brand name of a line of motor scooters initially manufactured in Milan, Italy, by Innocenti. The name is derived from the word Lambrate, the suburb of Milan named after the river which flows through the area, and where the factory was located. Lambretta was the name of a mythical water-sprite associated with the river which runs adjacent to the former production site.

19 July 2017

New Special Covers...

Goods and Services Tax - 1 July 2017

Leader K. Karunakaran Birth Centenary  - 7 July 2017 Kozhikode

International Yoga Day - 21 June 2017 Chennai

World Red Cross Day - 8 May 2017

Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum

16 July 2017

Karphilex-2017 Exclusive Special Covers

Postal administrations of Botswana,Namibia and Vietnam released Special covers to mark their presence at Karphilex-2017.

This may be the first time when  a foreign postal administration  released  special covers at a philatelic event in India.

New Special Cover -KTK/59/2017 - Raksha Bandhan 

Karnataka Postal Circle released the special cover at Karphilex 2017 venue.Interesting to note that the cancellation does not have the Date mentioned.

- Suresh Rao, Bangalore

14 July 2017

Special covers at Karphilex - 2017 , Bangalore

Two new special covers released during Inauguration of Karphilex 2017, today at Bengaluru

1. Learn Kannada Speak Kannada

2. Karnataka's Sporting Legends

1. Kannada is one of the ancient languages of India. It is a prominent Dravidian language. In 2008 the Government of India awarded Kannada, the status of classical language. Kannada is a verbal language of 49 letters that are divided into vowels, consonants and yogavahas (neither vowel nor consonant). Kannada letters and digits originate from the Brahmi script of Ashoka period. The phases in evolution of Kannada script can be observed from the period of Badami Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kalyani Chalakyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar Empire until the period of Mysore kings. Until recently Halmidi inscription (450-500 AD) was considered as the oldest inscription of Kannada, but recently the Archaeological Survey of India has found an inscription older than Halmidi at Talugunda, near Shiralakoppa in Shikaripura taluk of Shimoga District, Karnataka dating back to 370-450AD. After a number of studies, the Department has declared these findings as the earliest Kannada inscription. These new findings have further enhanced the eminence of Kannada.

2. Karnataka's Sporting Legends

Prakash Padukone

He won his first national senior championship in 1971 as a 16 year old become youngest player to achieve this feat. Thereafter he set a record of nine national titles in a row. He achieved his first major international title in 1978 when he won the men’s singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. In 1980 he went on to win both the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. His biggest career achievement happened in 1980 when he won the men's singles title at the All England Championship. He won the first Alba World Cup in October 1981 at Kuala Lumpur. In the Hong Kong Open. After an illustrious playing career he retired in 1991.

Anil Kumble

No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble. He played 132 Test matches for India collecting 619 wickets. He also played 271 ODls taking 337 wickets, in the process becoming the highest wicket taker for India in both formats. After having played for 18 years, he announced his retirement from international cricket in November 2008. He holds the World Record for getting all 10 wickets in a single innings of a Test match against Pakistan at Ferozshah Kotla Delhi in 1999 (10 wkts for 74 runs). He is only the second one in history to do this after Jim Laker. He also has captained the Indian Cricket team and also served as the Head Coach. He was awarded theArjuna award in 1995 and the Padmashri in 2005.

Pankaj Advani

At the tender age of 18, Pankaj won his first World Title. He is the only person in history to have won both the billiards and snooker IBSF World Titles as well as the World Professional Billiards Championship. He was the first person ever to win a "Grand Double" (both the points and time formats in the same year) in 2005. Pankaj repeated the same feat at the 2008 World Championships. In 2014 he created a world record by winning the Grand Double for the third time. A gist of his achievements: World Billiards Champion (Points Format) 4 times, World Billiards Champion (Time Format) 7 Times, IBSF World Snooker Champion Twice, IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion Twice. He is also 26 time Asian Billiards Champion, and won 29 Junior and Senior National titles. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2004, the Rajiv GandhiAward in 2004, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006 and the Padmashri in 2009.

- Suresh Rao, Bangalore

New Thermochromic stamps - Alderney Coastal Eclipses

Date of Issue : 19 July 2017

To mark the next total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017, when all of North America will be fortunate enough to witness an eclipse of the Sun. Here is a set of stamps  to be issued by Guernsey Post Alderney on 19th July 2017 which depicts six coastal locations that will be treated to a partial eclipse, including Alderney. These specially produced heat sensitive stamps reveal information and full eclipses upon coming into contact with warm hands.

12 July 2017

Spanish Sign language

Date of Issue : 16 June 2017

Spanish Post issued a stamp on 16 June 2017 to commemorate National Day of Spanish language. Civic Values ​​are fundamental for coexistence in a society, they are a series of principles that every citizen must comply, respect and share. Correos has been dedicating stamps to values ​​such as solidarity, diversity or creativity, reflected in these issues.

On this occasion, the protagonist is the National Day of Spanish sign languages. For this, a stamp is issued. The stamp sheet includes a series of words written in sign language: "share", "right", "participate", "signar", "communicate" and "equality".The stamp shows an image with the word "thank you".

On June 14, 1936, the CNSE, the State Confederation of the Deaf, was set up with the aim of promoting initiatives aimed at fighting for the rights of people who use Spanish sign language and also Catalan.Many years later, finally, it has been achieved that same day to be declared National Day of Languages ​​of Spanish Sign languages, which allows to take a step towards the normalization, promotion and protection of the same.

The more these languages ​​are known, the greater will be the knowledge about deaf and deaf blind people and thus be able to draw society's attention to that group. Sign languages ​​are a creative response of people to this sensory limitation.They have a visual, spatial, gestural and manual character. They respond to the characteristic pattern of human language with its own visual grammar.

There are different languages ​​of signs in the world, even countries that share the same spoken language, have different languages ​​signed.At present, the Spanish and Catalan sign language coexist in Spain and have gone from being used in the purely domestic sphere to a situation like the present, in which it is used in all social contexts and contexts.

11 July 2017

Say No to Tobacco...

New Special Cover from Bangalore

Say No To Tobacco

A Special Postal cover on the theme of 'Say No to Tobacco' was released by Shri Rajendra Kumar, Postmaster General, South Karnataka Region at Bengaluru GPO today afternoon. Dr.P.L.Nataraj, Director, Health and Family welfare, Govt. of Karnataka was the Chief Guest. Dr.Prabhakar, Joint Director (Medical), Dr.Saroja, Project Director, Dr.Sevaraj, Dy.Director were among the dignitaries.

- Suresh.R ,Bengaluru

Philatelic Exhibition at Bangalore - 14th to 16th July 2017

Karnataka Philatelic Society is organizing a philatelic exhibition at Bangalore from 14th July 2017 to 16th July 2017 with the support of Karnataka Postal Circle to promote the hobby of stamps collecting – PHILATELY and give an opportunity for the philatelists to showcase their collections.
Venue: Sri Raja Rajeshwari Kalyana Mantap, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Near Navrang Theatre, Rajajinagar, 

Bangalore 560 010

Dates: 14th to 16th July 2017.
Contact for more information: KARPHILEX 2017 C/o Muthu & Co, No 53 (Room 5 & 6), Palace Guttahalli Main Road, Malleswaram, Bengaluru - 560 003. Phone +918904003936.

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