31 May 2009

World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day

The world is marking this Sunday (May 31) the World No Tobacco Day, which was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with the purpose of sensitising the largest possible number of people on the risks of consuming tobacco and its by-products. The member states of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987. It draws global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to its negative health effects. The day aims to reduce the 5.4 million yearly deaths from tobacco related health problems. The WHO invites people to reflect on the publishing of warnings in packages on the damages that tobacco causes to health.

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2009

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2009 is "Tobacco Health Warnings", with an emphasis on the picture warnings that have been shown to be particularly effective at making people aware of the health risks of tobacco use and convincing them to quit. More and more countries are fighting back against the epidemic of tobacco by requiring that packages of tobacco show the dangers of the product's use, as called for in guidelines to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

30 May 2009

Legends of Hollywood - Marilyn Monroe

Hi ! In today's Post I have a beautiful sheetlet issued by US Postal Service on famous Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe. It was issued on 1 June 1995. Each stamp is perforated with star on all four corners and also bears her autograph.This sheetlet is very exclusive with the close up of the legendary actress. Here is a Nice cover from Luxembourg which I received a with a nice Post Card from Amarilis. Thanks for this lovely Post Card from the beautiful country . It features picturesque scenes of Luxembourg. The cover bears 3 nice stamps on Music Festival, Aircraft and Euro currency. This is all for Today....Till Next Post....Have a Nice Time...

Marilyn Monroe (1 June 1926 – 5 August 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model.Marilyn Monroe's career as an actress spanned 16 years. She made 29 films, 24 in the first 8 years of her career. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early roles were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. She was praised for her comedic ability in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch, and became one of Hollywood's most popular and glamorous performers.
The typecasting of Monroe's "dumb blonde" persona limited her career prospects, so she broadened her range. She studied at the Actors Studio and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions. Her dramatic performance in William Inge's Bus Stop was hailed by critics, and she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like it Hot.

The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose has not been ruled out, while conspiracy theorists argue that she was murdered.In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

Poetry by Monroe

I could have loved you
once and even said it
But you went away,
When you came back it was too late
And love was a forgotten word.

O, Time
Be Kind
Help this weary being
To forget what is sad to rememberLoose my loneliness,
Ease my mind,
While you eat my flesh.

I left my home of green rough wood,
A blue velvet couch.
I dream till nowA shiny dark bush
Just left of the door.
Down the walk
Clickity clack
As my doll in her carriage
Went over the cracks-"We'll go far away.

"Don't cry my doll
Don't cry
I hold you and rock you to sleep
Hush hushI'm pretending now
I'm not your mother who died.

Help helpHelp
I feel life coming closer
When all I want to do is die.

Famous Quotes by Marilyn Monroe

-Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.

-It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone - so far.

-Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live.

-Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

-Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.

-I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

Nice Post Card from Luxembourg

Courtesy - Amarilis

29 May 2009

Portugal 2010 - World Philatelic Exhibition

Portugal 2010 - World Philatelic Exhibition
Portugal 2010, World Philatelic Exhibition is going to be held from from October 1 -10, 2010 in Lisbon, Portgal under the patronage of FIP.Mr. Dhiriubhai Mehta is the National Commissioner for this exhibition. The details about this exhibition can be obtained from him at following address -

Shri Dhirubhai Mehta
101 - 102, Dalamal Chambers,
Sir V.Thakersey Marg (New Marine Lines),
Mumbai 400 020
Phone off.: 22001460, Tele Fax 22007848.
e-mail d

For more details visit :

Bulletin- Portugal 2010 - available at above link

Stamps issued on 5 October 2008 to commemorate Portugal 2010

Republican Idea - The second Philatelic issue in honour to Portugal 2010

Stamps issued for Porugal 2010

Club News

Special Cover on Platinum Jubilee of Epsom Derby Triumph of Maharaja Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla

Epsom Derby is considered one of the most prestigious flat thoroughbred horse races in the world. The race takes place each year on the first weekend in June at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey, England. The two day festival of horse racing dates back to 1780. To win the Epsom Derby is a tremendous achievement. It is like winning Wimbledon. Maharaja Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla is the only Indian owner ever to win coveted Epsom Derby race since it began in 1780, his horse Windsor Lad finishing first on 6th June 1934. There was huge media coverage of Maharaja Vijaysinhji's great triumph, and literally hundreds of articles were written about him.

The event was captured on film for posterity and written about in several books.To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Epsom Derby Triumph of Maharaja Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla, a special cover will be released on 6th June 2009 at Rajpipla. The cover will be released by erstwhile Royal Family of Rajpipla. This year the Epsom Derby festival will be held on 5th and 6th June 2009 at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, England.

Those who are interested in this Special Cover may contact Mr. Prashant Pandya e-mail - edesk@prashantpandya.com

Our Members..

Prakash Mody, Toronto - Canada

I introduce myself as an active philatelist and a numismatist of five decades. Having lived in Burma (now Myanmar), Calcutta & Bombay (now Kolkata & Mumbai) for about fifteen years at each places and travelled globally, I enjoy stamps and coins collecting plus autographs collector. My specific interests are Indian Princely States, Religion, Diversity, Multi – Intrer faith, Greetings stamps besides collecting post- independent Indian stamps and FDCs. Occasionally; I contribute articles in Gujarati and English magazines. I am a retired accounting person but active in my own Jain and multi – inter faiths, Gujarati language and literature. I take keen interest in Canadian philatelic issues. I am trying for issue of DIWALI stamps by Canada and USA and would appreciate if anyone can help me in this direction.
My email address is: 4prakash@gmail.com

28 May 2009

Wonders of America - 1

Hi ! I wrote in my 26 May Post about the pane of 40 beautiful stamps issued on Wonders of America so kindly sent to me by our distinguished member Shri Hemant V. Kulkarni from Milwaukee, USA. As I promised earlier to write detail about each stamp, I start with the first four stamps. I had put Rainbow stamps first in its introductory post as Rainbow is my recent favourite theme and I am always thrilled to see Rainbow in any phialtelic item as well as in the sky and any thing labelled or captioned with the word Rainbow. I wish to make an exclusive collection, containg all philatelic items related with Rainbow with description of its science and beauty... This is my ambition and trying hard to get the sufficient material on Rainbow....All these stamps featured on this pane are just magnificent and a real Delight for the Tourists...I have no words to describe their beauty ....Just can say the complete sheetlet is awesome !!! This is all for today....I hope this special Post is a treat for those planning their vacations for holiday making !!!...Till Next Post....Have a Wonderful Time !....

27 May 2009

Builders of Modern India - Private FDCs

Hi ! In today's Post some nice FDCs for New definitive series prepared by our distinguished member Mr Hemant Kumar Jain of Jabalpur. These are seven covers and the rest three FDCs are under preparation by Mr. Jain.He has also sent the scan of FDC of Spices of India and points out that the size of FDC is not appropriate and it is very difficult to put stamps on the cover for proper cancellation. Earlier some Miniature sheets could not be accomodated on FDCs becuase of their bigger size and many philatelists could not get proper cancellations as the space left on cover was very small. These minor points should be considered by India Post while issuing Miniature sheets of large size. This is all for the Day....Till Next Post.....Have a Nice Time !....

Courtesy - Hemant Kumar Jain

Spices of India

India Post released a set of five stamps on "Spices Of India" on 29-04-09.F.D.C. for this important issue is in normal size . It is very difficult to arrange all stamps in cover for proper cancellation.Only stamps taken from M.S. are tightly fitted for cancellation purpose.Pl. have a look to this FDC.
Er. H. K. Jain
(Assistant Engineer)
Water Resources Division,Civil Lines, Mandla (M.P.)PIN 481661
Contact No. cell:091-9425484703 -
Land Line:07642-251187

26 May 2009

Wonders of America....

Pane of 40 stamps issued in 2005 that depicts forty of the most remarkable places, structures, plants, and animals in America. The United States is a land of Superlatives, rich in natural and man - made wonders !

Hi ! I am going to share here the most magnificent material that I have received from one of my very distinguished members and a veteran philatelist Mr. Hemant V. Kulkarni from Milwaukee, USA. I don't know how to express my gratitude to Mr. Kulkarni who has sent me such a wonderful pane of 40 stamps depicting wonders of America. It was a big surprise for me when I opened the big envelope I found a complete sheet on all superlatives of America, issued in 2005......What a wonderful gift he has sent to me with lot of best wishes....I am overwheled to see...the finest item for my Tourism Collection.......I never dreamt of them but surprisingly these are in my hands.... It's not 1.....2.....3.....4......5...or 10 it is..... 40 in all...making me very happy ......which I am going to share with all of you here....As the number is big I will write about 4 stamps each day but first of all I am going to share two stamps on this pane related with Rainbow on this magnificent sheet of 40 self - sticking stamps.....Any philatelist will be thrilled to get it....I am not only thrilled but also deeply moved to get them in my collection as besides nice pictures of famous tourist attractions featured on these stamps, this sheetlet carries the warmth and best wishes of a Stamp Lover which have been sent through these nice philatelic items so these stamps means a lot to me and are so precious for my collection........Here is a mail from him which he sent to me few days back expressing his love for Rainbow Stamp News that recently won a Silver Bronze Medal in Hong Kong 2009 stamp exhibition !

Congratulations are in order!

Coincidentally I read your e-mail after coming home from the post office and upon mailing a pane (as we call it here for a sheetlet) of 40 different US commemorative mint stamps titled 'Wonders Of America' instead of 'Greetings from America' -as promised earlier. This substitution is in vibrant colours (each described behind the stamps) & very much admired by philatelists. Also, I've used three 4xdifferent stamps (total 12) on the mailing envelope that were specially issued by USPS in 1976 on the occasion of America's bicentennial year celebration. I only hope, it reaches you safely -not a reflection to look down on the honesty of mail carriers but a matter of concern nonetheless (past experience). Please acknowledge upon its receipt.

Again, couldn't be more happier for you on the honour bestowed!

Hemant V Kulkarni, Milwaukee , USA

I hope all of you would like reading details about wonders of America which I shall continue in my forthcoming Posts....This is all for the day .....Till Next Post ....Have a wonderful Time !....

It's a big envelope that some portion is left..in scan..

More Rainbows in my collection.....

The text about each stamp is printed on backside of the stamp which are self- sticking.

25 May 2009

Club News

StampMania 2009

The First National One Frame Philatelic Exhibition ”Stampmania 2009" is going to be organized by Baroda Philatelic Society from 18th to 20th December 2009 at Vadodara. The venue of the exhibition has been selected. It will be held at Shree Saurashtra Leuva Patel Seva Samaj, Alembic Road, Vadodara. Approximately 400 frames (200 x 2 ) will be displayed in the exhibition. The official website of the exhibition www.stampmania2009.com has already been launched. Details of the Exhibition Prospectus & Entry Forms in pdf format are now available at website. Collectors can get detailed information at the website or may write to Mr. Prashant Pandya or Mr. Timir R. Shah . E-Mail Prashant Pandya: info@vadophil.org Timir R. Shah: admin@vadophil.org
The options to download Entry Form in pdf format is provided on website, which you can fill and print electronically. Printed Entry Form duly signed may be sent to STAMPMANIA 2009 Secretariat with particulars of Entry Fees. Alternately you can fill online Entry Form at the website and for confirmation and for your record purpose print it and send one copy duly signed with particulars of fees to STAMPMANIA 2009 Secretariat. Hit Submit button to submit the Entry Form online.Three options for making payment of Entry Fees has been provided. You can send the fees by Demand Draft or AT PAR Cheque in favour of Baroda Philatelic Society, Can send fees by Money Order or you can deposit the amount in any branch of BANK OF BARODA in Account No. 01900100006809 of Baroda Philatelic Society.

Last Date for Submission of Entry Forms is 31 July 2009

Process of Entry Form submission has already started and many philatelist friends have already sent their entry forms.Now most of the dealers' booths have already booked. Only 4 booths are now available at First Floor. The organizers have come up with an idea of putting web banners of dealers' friends in 'PARTICIPATING DEALERS' link who have booked their dealers' booth at 'Stampmania 2009'. For the first time in any philatelic exhibition, organisers have offered opportunity to place such web banners on exhibition's website. For more details cotact :

Prashant H. Pandya
'STAMPMANIA 2009' Organising Committee
President - Baroda Philatelic Society
(M): +919879571179


Chhattisgarh Philatelic Association, Bilaspur is organizing a stamp fair from 21 -23 August 2009 at Bilaspur named as “DAK TICKET MILAAN – 2009 (Stamp Fair). More than 60 eminent stamp dealers from all over India are expected to grace the show. Philatelists too from all over are expected. Four sets of approved Stamp Booklets, Special Covers and Maximum Cards are planned to be issued during the occasion.

Date: 21, 22 and 23rd August 2009

Venue: Hotel Centre Point
Contact: Mr. Atul Jain
Gen Secretary, Jaina Garments, Dayalband, Bilaspur C. G. 495001
Moblile: 09300311007
C.R. Andhare
Mob. 09826644060

Virtual International Philatelic Exhibition


DEVELOPMENT OF THE BULGARIAN AIR MAIL 1875 - 1948 from KALINKOV Boris,VARNA, BULGARIA: http://www.japhila.cz/hof/0532/index0532a.htm

AIR MAIL OF THE KINGDOM OF YUGOSLAVIA from NOVAKOVIC Damir, GREAT BRITAIN: http://www.japhila.cz/hof/0531/index0531a.htm

Member's Views

Naresh Agarwal, Bilaspur


Stamp collectors collect stamps to get the pleasure of collecting and procuring it by physical and mental efforts by way of searching related philatelic material, knocking at doors of different philatelic friends and dealers, pen friends, visiting exhibitions, reading about the subject on which they collect etc. i.e. they put all sorts of efforts, energy, involving search and research on the subject and the material. After doing so much of regular efforts when a material is procured, it adds to the pleasure of getting and preserving it. This may take years together to get and preserve such collection. Further, when displayed in exhibition and the efforts are recognized genuinely and suitably; the pleasure reaches sky and gives a satisfaction which is ultimate goal of philately and philatelist.

But, I am afraid, there are several other means to get satisfaction, if it comes through getting awards at exhibitions only because awards are not only achieved but procured, favored, managed and purchased too. May be my above lines are pinching and a few may not even digest it but this is true and absolutely true.

Exhibitions and shows are organized to exhibit and recognize the collections, the efforts made by philatelists and to appreciate their efforts. But exhibitions are not for those who procure the material without putting efforts in it. Money can get you complete and well displayed collections but this is not philately. Philately is ones total involvement in procuring, collecting material, making, building and shaping of collection.

Regarding exhibitions and the awards given there in, my personal feeling is that 50% of the results are prejudiced / unjustified. Either the jury knows the exhibitor or the jury is influenced or the jury is fed or the jury has limitations.

My first question is whether the collection displayed genuinely of the exhibitor or belongs to some one else? Belonging to some one else means is that it is hired one and displayed in the name of exhibitor where as it is collection of some one else? I have seen dealers preparing exhibits of their own or on demand and sell it at good prices. These exhibits are displayed in the name of buyer and get awards. On payment,dealers too use their contacts to see that the exhibitor gets awards. I mean they play the role of an agent. Dealers or some philatelists also give their collections on hire basis only for the purpose of display and winning awards.

Parents displaying in the name of their children when the children do not know even ABC of the collection. Helping children in building collection and exhibits is appreciable but doing everything of their own and getting awards in the name of child is very bad and is detrimental for the development of this hobby.

Making relation and influencing jury is one of the best ways to get better awards but this is difficult to check.

Well, its up to the exhibitor to decide whether he loves philately or he loves awards which certainly hurt some genuine exhibitor who fails to get genuine award because of this practice.

I appeal to the philatelists to be genuine exhibitor if they want to enjoy philately genuinely.

New Stamps by Canada Post...

Date of Issue - 15 May 2009

Hi ! In today's post, here is a beautiful se-tenant pair on Canadian horse and the Newfoundland Pony issued by Canada Post on 15 May 2009. Both species are recognized for their strength, and, despite their small statures, they are known to endure harsh environments. One stamp features a Canadian Horse peering from the left, overlooking a gold-coloured silhouette of a horse-drawn carriage and a sepia-coloured landscape representing its origins, Quebec’s colourful autumn meadows. The other in the se-tenant pair features a pony, trotting from the right onto a snow-covered landscape showing an emerging lighthouse in the background as well as a gold-coloured silhouette of a pony ploughing the land. When placed side by side, the carriage and the plough meet on the stamps, blending into one image. The faint and subtle backgrounds suggest the origins of the two creatures, and the two different seasons remind that these horses and ponies were relied on year round. I must say the designs of both the stamps have been shown together with great skill used by the designer of the se-tenant pair of stamps . it's a beautiful set of stamps on the smartest creatures of the world. Just magnificent and a very collectible item for all ! Those collecting on horses would find these stamps really wonderful and would love to have them in their collection. This is all for Today...Till Next Post....... Have a Nice Time !

The Canadian Horse and the Newfoundland Pony
The first stamp features a Canadian Horse—a strong, sturdy creature with royal lineage and a long presence in Canada. In 1665, the King of France sent several shipments of horses to the colony of New France. Straight from the King’s royal stables, these Norman and Breton steeds were of mixed origin and included Arabian, Barb and Andalusian stock. Since they developed in isolation from other breeds, these horses eventually merged into a breed of their own, now recognized as the Canadian Horse.

Because of its resilience in the face of harsh weather conditions, the Canadian Horse outworked and outlived larger breeds of horses—a feat that earned it the nickname, “The Little Iron Horse.” Though threatened with extinction in the late 19th century, efforts were made to preserve the breed. In 2002, the Government of Canada honoured the Little Iron Horse’s legacy by declaring it the national horse of Canada.

A Newfoundland Pony, historically considered the all-purpose pony, trots onto the second stamp. This pony’s presence in Canada dates pack to the 17th and 18th centuries, when English settlers to New Founde Land brought along many breeds of ponies to help out on the rugged terrain. These hardy creatures adapted to the harsh climate of the North Atlantic, and over time, they interbred and merged into a common breed, now recognized as the Newfoundland Pony.
Since the onset of modern technology, which took over the jobs once performed by the ponies, their populations have plummeted drastically. To protect this historic creature, the Newfoundland Government declared it a Heritage Animal in 1997.Both species are also celebrated for their personable, sociable and intelligent personalities.

Courtesy - Canada Post

24 May 2009

The Simpsons ...

Date of Issue - 7 May 2009

Hi ! On 7th May 2009 US Postal Service issued a set of five stamps depicting "The Simpsons" which have become very popular among collectors. The five first-class stamps feature characters from the Fox animated series "The Simpsons" - Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. These are very interesting characters depicted on stamps, so have become hot favourites of many stamp collectors. Bart Simpson, who is known to collect stamps, "will serve as a great opportunity to interest youngsters into stamp collecting," The Simpsons, which airs Sundays, is the longest running primetime sitcom in television history. The Simpsons exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. This is a wonderful set of stamps issued by US Postal Sevice and has become a great attraction for youngsters all over the world. Try to get this funny set of stamps in your collection.....This is all for today.....Till Next Post ....Have a great Time !.....

The Simpsons
The Simpsons is an American animated television sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its eponymous family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, society and television, and many aspects of the human condition. The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the first Fox series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–1990). Since its debut on December 17, 1989 the show has broadcast 441 episodes and the twentieth season began airing on September 28, 2008.The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 26 and July 27, 2007.The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 24 Primetime Emmy Awards, 26 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. Time magazine's December 31, 1999 issue named it the 20th century's best television series, and on January 14, 2000 the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom & the longest-running American animated program.

23 May 2009

World Heritage Stamps by UNPA

Date of Issue - 7 May 2009

Here are some more magnificent items issued by Postal Administration of United Nations on World Heritage. The FDC, Three Presige Booklets and a very special Joint Silk Cover issued with Federal Ministry of Finance/ German Post. Well all these items are fabulous that I don't want to leave any item as all of them are best for a collection on Tourism.


First Day Cancellations

On 7 May 2009, first day cancellations for the “World Heritage – Germany” stamps were given at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Palais des Nations, Geneva and the Vienna International Centre as illustrated:

For the first time, the Vienna first day cancellation was also available at the “IBRA/NAPOSTA” in Essen (Germany) as well.
  • New York
  • GenevaVienna

Three different cancellations

Joint Silk Cover with Federal Ministry of Finance/German Post

The Prestige Booklets


New York


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