23 September 2017

New Special Covers

Lukerganj Barwari Durga Puja, Allahabad

23 September 2017

: Ambrish Kumar- Allahabad

New Special Covers from Kolkata

Two Special covers released in Kolkata in the month of August .

1. Friends of Tribals Society - 13 August 2017
2. Kolkata Reserve Bank Employees Co-operative Credit Society Ltd. - 24 August 2017

The Friends of Tribals Society (FTS), or Vanbandhu Parishad, is a volunteer organization formed in 1989 with the goal of improving literacy and health among the Adivasi, rural tribal people in India. The society operates one-teacher schools in the villages, led by trained members of the local community.

Kolkata Reserve Bank Employees Co-operative Credit Society Ltd. is one of the oldest Co-op. Credit Societies in the State of West Bengal. Initially, registered as Currency Employees Co-op Credit Society in 1927, the Society was renamed as Kolkata Reserve Bank Employees Co-op Credit Society Limited in 1935. ay the sheer dedication and impeccable honesty of a host of employee cooperators, the Society has gradually grown up to become one of the well-managed and best- run Society in the Indian Banking sector. Besides providing cheap and easy loans to its members in times of their need, the society has catered to the banking needs of the existing as well as retired members. The Society has also stood up to its social commitments by donating regularly to several charitable and social organisations engaged in socialupliftment. Further, several needy meritorious students are being sponsored each year to continue and complete their studies. Overall, the Society has traversed this long journey of 90 glorious year with flying colours and deservingly marching towards the historic milestone of centenary (100 years) with the blessing and good wishes of its innumerable well wishers.

: Suresh.R - Bengaluru

New stamps from India - Ramayana


Date of Issue : 22 September 2017

India Post released a set of 11 stamps on Ramayana on 22nd September 2017. The stamps feature life of Lord Rama.These stamps were released by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi  yesterday in Varanasi.

22 September 2017

India - Canada Joint Issue - Diwali stamp

India Post and Canada Post jointly issued stamp on Diwali on 21 September 2017. Canada Post issued a souvenir sheet having one Indian and other Canadian stamp.

Canada - India Joint Issue 

This souvenir sheet issued by Canada Post contains two stamps one from Canada and other from India.

Stamp Booklet by Canada Post

21 September 2017

Indira Gandhi commemorated on new Russian stamp

Indian theme on foreign stamps

100th Birth Anniversary of  Mrs Indira Gandhi

Date of Issue : 21 September 2017

Russian Post issued a commemorative postage stamp on 100th Birth Anniversary of Mrs Indira Gandhi. The postage stamp features a portrait of Indira Gandhi depicted on the background of the national flag of India. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) was  Prime Minister of India in 1966-1977 and 1980-1984.

She was born in November 19, 1917 in Allahabad, her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first prime minister of independent India, a leader of the party “Indian National Congress”. Since 1955 Indira Gandhi was a member of the Working Committee and a member of the Central Election Commission of the Indian National Congress (INC), a chairman of the women's organization of this party and a member of the Central Parliamentary Council of the All India Committee of the INC, in 1959-1960. Gandhi becomes a chairman of the INC. From 1966 to 1977, she held the post of Prime Minister of India. In 1971, war with Pakistan began, in which Gandhi signed the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation with the USSR. Indira Gandhi always pursued a policy of friendship with the USSR, she often visited this country.

Special Cancellation


Souvenir Pack

Source : Russian Post

New Special Cover - Kannada University, Hampi

 Kannada University, Hampi 

Kannada University was established with a big dream to research, document and preserve the identity of Kannada. Materializing its set aims and goals, the University has completed 25 years. This special cover was released on 12th September 2017 to commemorate the occasion.
Suresh.R, Bengaluru

19 September 2017

New Stamps from India - Vulnerable Birds

Vulnerable Birds

Date of Issue : 18 September 2017 

India Post issued a set of 3 Stamps and a MS on Vulnerable Birds on September 18, 2017. The stamps feature Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Pipat and Broad Tailed Grass Warbler .

Image source : Stamps of India

18 September 2017

Multilaterale Hertogpost 2017

What is the “Multilaterale”?

The Multilaterale is an initiative that came from the Philatelist Associations of the German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg) as well of Slovenia and the Netherlands. The 2017 Multilaterale in s’Hertogenbosch.

This year, the Dutch Philatelist Association and the Dutch Post Office  organised the exhibition from the 25th to 27th of August in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Because Luxembourg will be organising the next exhibition in 2019, PostNL and POST Luxembourg will issue for this matter a joint postage stamp block for 2017.

Club News

The 42nd AGM meeting of the members of Karnataka Philatelic Society held today was attended by 88 members,concluded successfully by electing the new team.

Karnataka Philatelic Society new Governing Council Members

President & Acting Treasurer - Chaitanya Dev
Vice President - Nikhilesh Melkote
Gen. Secretary - Naveein OC

Council Member - Girish Kumar
Council Members - Shonet Saldhana

A Book " Indian Stamps featuring personages from Abroad" by Philatelist MR.D.B Ramakrishna was released by former KPS President Mr. Mahesh Jambuligam along with Dr. Sita Bateja and Mr. Chaitanya Dev and the Author D.B Ramakrishna after the AGM.

- Suresh Rao , Bangalore

14 September 2017

My Recent Covers....

Received these covers from Russia so kindly sent by EN Limanski . Thank you so much Limanski !

INPEX 2017 , National Philatelic Exhibition, Mumbai 30 Nov-4 Dec 2017

INPEX - 2017



The National Philatelic Exhibition, INPEX 2017 will be held at the World Trade Centre,
(Expo Center), Cuffe Parade, Mumbai-400 005 from 30th November to 4thDecember, 2017.
The exhibition is being held by The Philatelic Society of Indiain association with the
Department of Post and the patronage of PHILATELIC CONGRESS OF INDIA, the
apex body of Philately in India and other Philatelic Societies to celebrate 120 years of the
Philatelic Society of India.

It will provide an opportunity for philatelists residing in India to enter their outstanding
philatelic collections in the Competitive Class.
This exhibition will also consist of INVITEE class. In the Invitee section collections of
eminent individuals and national institutions will be exhibited. The Competitive section will
include a Championship Class and will be open only to those collections which have won at
least a Gold Medal in previous National or International World Philatelic Exhibition.


We propose to bring a multi-colour Souvenir for this exhibition, which will contain articles
on Philately by reputed philatelist. It will also contain advertisements of philatelic dealers,
business houses etc. A separate advertisement tariff card will be issued and can be obtained
from the Secretary, Inpex 2017, C/o Director GPO (Philately), G.P.O., Mumbai-400 001, and
on our website www.psil897.com. A list of participants will also be included in the Souvenir.


Special covers will be released every day at the exhibition and the Department of Post will
provide special cancellation on each day of the exhibition depicting different themes.


About 95 Dealers' Booths will be provided at the venue to dealers for dealing in philatelic
and other Collectible items. Dealers from all over the country may apply to the Secretary,
Inpex 2017, for allotment of booths.
Various types of Booths are planned. Regular stalls are of 4 sq. mtr. wherein two tables and
two chairs will be provide. Visit the web site 'www.psi1897.com' for full details and plans.


5.1. INPEX 2017 will be governed by India Post and the F.I.P. General Regulations
(GREX), F.I.P.General Regulation of Competitive Exhibits (GREV); F.I.P Special
Regulation of Competitive Exhibits(GREV) and Special Regulation of 'INPEX 2017.


5.2.1. Participation in INPEX 2017 is open to all philatelists having a permanent
addressin India. Exhibitor should be a member of Philatelic Congress of the
India or its affiliated societies
5.2.2. CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS: Only collections which have won Gold Medal in
last 5 years in any National, or, Large Gold or Gold in any International
Exhibition or World Exhibition can enter in the CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS. An
exhibit that has participated once in Championship Class cannot be exhibited
again at the same level.

5.2.3. COMPETITIVE CLASS: Collections which have received any of the
following awards are eligible for the Competitive Class:
1. A Bronze medal in any International or World Exhibition
2. A Sliver Bronze medal in a national Exhibition
3. A Silver medal in a Circle/State Level exhibition held by the Department
of Post or held under the patronage of the Philatelic Congress of India
4. The highest medal received in an exhibition held or recognized by the
Department of Post/Philatelic Congress of India with a minimum of 100

5.2.4. NEW ENTRANTS: Applications for deserving philatelic collectors can be
accepted from those states where no State Level exhibition has been held for the
last three years.

Such applications should he recommended by a member of the Organizing
Committee of INPEX 2017 Or President of the association in their state
affiliated to the Philatelic Congress of India.

The application made in the prescribed form should be accompanied with a
photocopy of the title page and recommendation mentioned above

5.2.5. SCHOOL COLLECTIONS: There will be a section for School Collections
in which collections developed by its students collectively shall be displayed in
the name of the school. Maximum allotment in this category is 4 frames.

5.2.6. The entire Exhibit must be the bonafide property of the Exhibitor and the
collection should have been owned by him for at least 2 years prior to 30th
November 2017. The signing of the entry form will be deemed to be an implied
declaration to this effect and the acceptance of all the Rules and Regulations and
any amendments made hereafter.

5.2.7. Each exhibit should be entered in its correct group and section. An exhibit
considered to be incorrectly entered is liable to be transferred to the correct
group and section.

5.2.8. All exhibits must be mounted on loose leaf Album/exhibit pages and enclosed
with transparent protective covers. Black or dark colour pages will not be

5.2.9. The organizers reserve the right to reject/remove any exhibit in whole or in
part without assigning any reason in which case the frame fee will be refunded.

5.2.10. An individual exhibitor will be permitted a maximum of 2 entries in any group

or sub-group. In case of a family, no more than 4 entries shall be permitted.

5.2.11. Exhibits in One Frame Class should be based on a narrow subject thatis best
treated as One Frame. An extract from a past International award winning
multiple frame exhibits (5 to 8 frames) to One Frame is not allowed.

5.2.12. For any exhibit to be eligible in Philatelic Literature class, it must be
published/issued on or after 01-01-2013

5.2.13. A youth participant may enter only one exhibit. All applications in the Youth
Class should be accompanied by Proof of date of birth.

5.2.14. Exhibits of eminent individuals, the Jury will be exhibited in the INVITEE
CLASS by invitation only.

6. FRAME SIZE:There will be a total number of about 800 frames. The frames will be
adequately secured, artificially lighted, avoiding direct sun light for protection of exhibit.
These frames will be 98 cms. wide and 129 cms. high and will held 16 standard size
album pages of 22 cms. X 29 cms.)or 8 pages of 44cms x 29 cms.


Administration, the National Philatelic Museum, Mumbai GPO Philatelic Museum,
Army Postal Services, India Security Press and other organizations. Outstanding
collections from individuals and collections of the members of the Jury will also be
exhibited by invitation only.

Class 1: National championship Class.
Class 2: Traditional Philately.

2A India Pre Independence.
2B Indian Princely States.
2C India since Independence.
2D Rest of the world,

Class 3: Postal History.

3A India Pre Adhesive Period.
3B India Pre-Independence.
3C Indian States
3D India since Independence
3E Rest of the world

Class 4: Postal Stationery.

4A India Pre-Independence
4B Indian States
4C India since Independenee;
4D Rest of the world

Class 5: Aerophilately/Astro philately

5A India
5B Rest of the world

Class 6: Thematic

6A Indian Themes.
6B Other themes.

Class 7: Maximaphilly
Class 8: Revenues

8A India
8B Indian States.
8C Rest of the world.

Class 9: First Day Covers.

Class 10: Open Class

10A Mophila (Stamps issued in the last 15 years),
10B Frugal Philately.
10C Social Philately.
10D One Frame exhibits.
10-E - Picture Postcards
10-F - Advertising
10-G - Patriotic Philately
10-H - Event Covers

Class 11: Philatelic Literature

11A Philatelic pamphlets, books and studies(published on or after 01-01-2013).
11B Philatelic Journals, periodicals, columns and articles.(The whole annual
volume should have been published on or after 01-01-2013)
11C Catalogues (published on or after 01-01-2013).

Class 12: Youth Class

12A Age between 11-14 (as on 29-11-2017)
12B Age between 15-18 (as on 29-11-2017)
Class 13: School Collections.


8.1. Exhibitors desirous of participating in the exhibition should apply online or in the
prescribed form in duplicate. The entry forms duly filled in and signed should reach
the Secretary, INPEX 2017, latest by 10th October 2017. Online applications should
be received by the Secretary, INPEX 2017 by 10th October 2017.

 An Introductory page and synopsis of the exhibit should be sent with each application. Such forms will be available with the Secretary, Inpex 2017, Philatelic Bureau G.P.O Mumbai-
400 001, or on our web site www.psi1897.com

8.2. Application for the Competitive Class must be for 5 frames or 8 frames (as
applicable). In the Youth Class application for 2 to 4 frames may be considered.
8.3. All exhibits must be accompanied by one photo copy of each album sheet duly
signedby the exhibitor for security purpose only.

8.4. Each exhibit must be accompanied by inventory of each album sheet in duplicate.
Inventory form will be supplied along with the allotment letter or can he down
loaded from the web site www.psi1897.com

8.5. Exhibitorwho has already received Large Vermeil or Gold in past National
Exhibitionswill only be allotted 8 frames.

8.6. Exhibitors must have been owners of their exhibit for a minimum of two years prior
to the date of exhibiting.


Art works, essays, proofs, colour trials, progressives, imprimaturs and other
materials generated during the course of designing and production of India postage
stamps, postal stationery, etc. printed in India after independence, any Indian items
not officially issued and/or pre-released after independence are banned from being

exhibited as an entry or part of an exhibit. 

Any Item, which does not show the correct International Boundaries of India,
and/or which offends the religious, ethnic, national integrity or environmental
sentiments will not be allowed to be displayed. Exhibitors should ensure that no
exhibit includes any such material.


10.1. The entries accepted and the number of frames allotted will be notified to the
participants by 27-10-2017.
10.2. The number of frames allotted may be increased or decreased at the discretion
of the Allotment Committee without assigning any reason.
10.3. The names and addresses of the exhibitors should be written in CAPITAL
LETTERS atthe back of each album sheet which shall be numbered on the right top


11.1. No charge will have to be paid for exhibitors in the Invitee Class, YouthClass
Or School Collections
11.2. The participation fee in the Competitive Class is Rs.1500+ 18% GST per
frame and inChampionship Class Rs.3000+ 18% GST per frame
11.3. On receipt of the Allotment Letter the participation fees, should be paid in full
by DD orPay Order only, drawn in favour of “THE PHILATELIC SOCIETY OF
INDIA”, payable at Mumbai and sent by Registered Post or confirmed delivery to
The Secretary Inpex 2017, C/o Director GPO (Philately), G.P.O. Mumbai-400 001,
on or before 14 November 2017, along with application form. No cheques or cash
deposits will be accepted
11.4. Those who have applied online and received the Allotment Letter by post or
email should send the Exhibit Application Form duly signed along with the
Introduction Page and the participation fees as mentioned above.
11.5. No refund will be made for absentee exhibits. Furthermore the exhibitor may
be barred from future participation.
11.6. Late entries if any may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organizing


12.1. Each participant will be furnished with a set of Exhibit Covers for sending
exhibits(album pages), The participant is required to indicate the desired arrangement
of sheet on layout printed on the front of the cover. Every care will be taken to see
that the exhibit is mounted accordingly.

12.2. Exhibits if sent by Post must be forwarded through INSURED POST at
owner's risk. The organizers will not be responsible for any lack of statutory
compliance, on part of the participant, loss or damage during transit or otherwise.

12.3. All exhibits should reach The Secretary, INPEX2017 not before 21-11-2017
and not after 25-11-2017.

12.4. Exhibits will not be accepted at the venue under any circumstances.

12.5. The Organizers will be responsible for the mounting and dismounting all
exhibits. No exhibits will be removed during the exhibition. Exhibitors who so desire
can collect their exhibits in person after the close of the Exhibition only against the
Acknowledgement Receipt in original, which shall thereafter remain with the
Organizing Committee.

12.6. Exhibits will be returned as soon as possible after the close of Exhibition by
Registered Insured Parcel for Rs. 500/- only, free of charge, at the risk of the
exhibitor. If the exhibits are desired to be returned by any other mode, the participant
must indicate the same in writing and bear the cost thereof.

12.7. Local Exhibits should be collected personally after the close of the Exhibition
at the venue after 8 pm on closing day only against the Acknowledgement Receipt in
original, which shall thereafter remain with Organizing Committee.

12.8. Exhibits in the Literature Group (only printed book and not manuscripts) must
be submitted in duplicate. One Copy will be kept by the Philatelic Society of India in
its library. The other copy may be presented by the organizers to the Postal Museum
G.P.O., Mumbai or-to the Philatelic Congress of India or the Postal Archives at the
discretion of PSI. The items for competition in these groups shall have been
published on or after 1 January 2013 and classified under: (a) Books, pamphlets &
studies, (b) Philatelic Journals, Periodicals, (c) Catalogues. A periodical will consist
of a complete volume of the year: The mailing instructions will be sent out with the
acceptance of the entry. The literature exhibit must be in the hands of the Organizing
Committee by 30th October 2017 and shall not be returned.

13. INSURANCE AND SECURITY:Exhibitors are advised that in their own interest they
should make arrangements for individual insurance of their Exhibit. The Organizing
Committee will have adequate professional security round the clock at the venue for the
whole duration of the exhibition.

14.1. Though every possible care will be taken of the exhibits, no
liability/responsibility shall be attached either to the organizers of the Exhibition or
to the members of the Organizing Committee or its employees or Voluntary
Associates for any loss or damage to the exhibits arising from any cause or reason
14.2. For all disputes arising in respect of the exhibition, the decision of the
Organizing Committee shall be final and for all legal matters the Mumbai Courts will
have jurisdiction.


15.1. The Jury appointed by the Organizing Committee will elect its own office
bearers and set its own procedure. The jury as a group will have the privilege to
consult and take independent opinion. They shall have the power to withhold any
award when in their opinion an entry has not conformed to the Exhibition standard or
for any other reason. Furthermore, no member of the Jury or their family members
can participate in any Competitive Class.
15.2. The Jury will evaluate the exhibits as per the FIP rules and guidelines framed
for the evaluation of the exhibits in the Competitive class.
15.3. Mark sheet will be provided to the Competitors.
15.4. The Jury will present its report and list of awardees to the Organizing
Committee. The decision of the Jury in all classes will be final.
15.5. If in the opinion of the jury any collection does not appear to be the genuine
work of the exhibitor, the same may not be given in any award.
15.6. The Jury will award Gold, LargeVermeil, Vermeil, Large Silver, Silver, Silver
Bronze and Bronze Medals. In the Championship Class special awards will be given 
to “Champion of Champions” entry. Exhibits in the Invitee Class will also be
presented with special awards. A Best Exhibit award will be given in School
Collection section. A Certificate of Participation will be given to all the exhibitors.
15.7. Special prizes donated by Societies or individuals will be placed at the
disposal of the Jury to be awarded at their discretion. No nomination or preference
for such an award will be accepted from the donors. The value of any special prize
shall not be less than Rs 5,000/-

16. ACCOMMODATION: Visitors and participants from outside Mumbai shall arrange
their accommodation.

17.1. A philatelic booth of the Philatelic Bureau Mumbai GPO shall sell
Commemorative stamps, FDC'S Special Cover, INPEX2017 Souvenir and other
philatelic materials.
17.2. The booth of the Philatelic Society Of India shall sell its own publications,
specialcancelled covers and other philatelic items.
17.3. “My Stamp Booth” will be administered by the Department of Post, Mumbai.


18.1. The Organizers reserve the rights to add, alter or amend any of these rules,
anytimewithout any prior notice.
18.2. The decision of the Organizers on all questions concerning the Exhibition,
other than decisions of the Jury, shall be final.
18.3. In any matter arising from Jury decisions, the ruling by the Chairman of the
Jury shall be final and binding.
19. Signature of an exhibitor on the ExhibitorApplication Form shall be deemed as the
acceptance of these Special Regulations in their entirety by the exhibitor.

All Communications and Registered letters to be sent to:

Mrs. D. M. Pittie,
The Secretary, Inpex 2017,
C/o Director GPO (Philately)
G.P.O., Mumbai-400 001.


Dhirubhai Mehta,
Philatelic Society of India,
Mobile No: 09892786222
Email: nagindasmaneklal@gmail.com

Mrs. Damayanti M. Pittie,
Philatelic Society of India,
Mobile No: 09930367660

Email: purchasemumbai@harinagar.co.in

13 September 2017

Oak tree Stamp made from real oak wood

Date of Issue : 28 July 2017

Oak Tree

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Austrian Federal Forestry Office, which was taken out of the national budget and re-established as a joint stock company in 1997, Austrian Post has come up with something very unusual for a stamp: a stamp in the shape of an oak tree made from real oak wood.

Oaks (lat. Quercus) are easily recognised even by lay persons thanks to their characteristic lobed leaves and their fruits. In Austria the main native varieties are the common oak and the sessile oak. In the eastern regions of our country, oaks are widespread and play an important economic role. They can reach a height of up to 40 metres and live to an age of around 1,000 years.

The wood of the oak is one of the most valuable native woods for use as a veneer. Oak is also used for parquet flooring, doors, window frames, steps and furniture. It is also particularly important for the production of wooden barrels for high-quality barrique aged wines. Acorns, the fruit of the oak, have a high starch content and are an important food source for wild animals. Oak bark is also used in medicine.

The oak has a hard, uniform, dense wood, characteristics which are ideal for producing high-quality veneers since they prevent the wood from breaking easily. Its high strength and ease of processing, together with the uniform structure and colour of the wood, make oak a popular and trendy wood for furniture making.

All of the oak stamps were made from thin sheets of veneer from oak round wood. For this a single tree trunk was used, originating from the Austrian Federal Forestry Office’s territory in Breitenfurt in the Wienerwald. This noble oak was around 210 years old, 30 metres tall and had a diameter of 75 centimetres at chest height. It was harvested especially to make the stamps.

All of the remaining stages in the production of the first Austrian stamp made of wood were likewise undertaken by Austrian companies. The roundwood was processed by the Vienna based company rausgebrannt in collaboration with partner companies. rausgebrannt specialises in the implementation of unusual ideas and has already produced creative designs in a wide range of materials using the most up-to-date laser technology. Production of the wooden stamps was a technically challenging undertaking – wood is a living material which “works” and also changes according to the air humidity. The short drying time for the wood meant there was a risk of splitting or deformation, and the fact that the surface of the veneer is not entirely even because of the natural wood grain made full-surface printing difficult. The tree shape was punched out of the oak veneer by means of laser cutting and laser branding. For this an in-house developed process was used to ensure nice clean edges. As a result, each oak stamp is a unique item in the shape of an oak tree and with the special feel of the renewable raw material wood.

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