30 November 2009

Pride of India Collection

India becomes the Republic

(The original stamp was issued on 26 Jan 1950)

Hi ! I am updating my blog after a short break as I was busy preparing my own collection for an exhibition. I have just completed my work and writing this Post. In today’s Post another new replica from Pride of India Collection of best 25 Indian stamps jointly launched by India Post & Hall mark group. This stamp was originally issued on 26 January 1950 when India became Republic. In club news some contribution by our members. Our thanks to Mr Vinod Sabharwal of New Delhi and Vijay Modi of Himmatnagar, Gujarat for today’s Post. This is all for Today !…..Till Next Post ….Have a Nice Time !


India becomes Republic - Inauguration 26 January 1950


Club News

Articles on Philately in leading dailies

Recently some articles were published on philately in leading Dailies. Here are the links…




Our member Mr Vijay Modi of Himmatnagar Gujrat has sent this error on sheet of Dushyant Kumar stamps.


Extra Horizontal Black line on sheet of Dushyant Kumar stamps

26 November 2009

Best of Christmas stamps 2009

Date of Issue - 2 November 2009

Hi ! Here are the most beautiful stamps on Christmas issued by Australia Post on 2nd November for Christmas 2009. These awesome stamps are so tempting for all stamp collectors because of their attractive designs. For me, these stamps appear to be best stamps of Christmas 2009. It should be noted that Australia Post has also issued other philatelic items besides stamps. All are fantastic and any collector would love to collect these wonderful items. The stamps feature familiar symbols of the Christmas season. The stamps show The fir tree, baubles, candy canes, wrapped gifts, stocking and Santa Claus hat. This issue is a great delight for children.…..This is all for Today !….Till Next Post …Have a Great Time !


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Self Adhesive Sheetlet


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Max Cards


Booklet of 10 x 50 c stamps



Christmas Cards with self adhesive sheetlet

Courtesy – Australia Post

25 November 2009

Christmas Stamps from Australia…

Hi ! It is the time for Christmas preparation all over the world. Many Postal administrations have issued beautiful stamps on Christmas. Australia Post seems to be No. 1 Postal Administration which has brought out most beautiful philatelic items on Christmas for stamp lovers. Here are some awesome philatelic items issued by Australia Post on 2 November 2009. There are some more beautiful items which will be published in forthcoming post. This is all for today…Till Next Post….Have a Nice Time !


Date of Issue – 2 November 2009


Miniature Sheet

This year's Christmas stamps of Australia feature three themes: iconic figures from the Nativity, familiar symbols of the Christmas season and creatures from Christmas Island.

The Nativity issue features the Virgin Mary cradling her newborn son on the 50c stamp, while the $1.25 design depicts the three Magi or Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar offering precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus.




Max Cards

23 November 2009

New Stamps on Christmas


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The new Christmas stamp from Canada features the Madonna and Child.The other stamp features  a snow-covered Christmas tree. The stamp is part of a holiday series that includes a snowman (2005) and a reindeer (2007).



Isle of Man Post Office has issued a set of six stamps featuring Father Christmas. Ruddy cheeked, white bearded and red cloaked... Who could mistake Santa Claus? Like many mythical figures his appearance has evolved with time. He is one of the modern images of Christmas; steeped in emotion for the young: Santa the gift bearer: jovial and portly, otherwise known as 'Father Christmas,' who laughs 'Ho, Ho!' and is drawn magically by reindeer through the night sky on Christmas Eve in a toy-laden sleigh. This issue illustrates the changing image of Father Christmas through the generations.


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The subject of these Christmas stamps  from Norway symbolizes Christmas decorations, and in the background the words from two different Christmas carols can be read.

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New Christmas stamps from Gibraltar feature Christmas decorations.


20 November 2009

New Special Cover

Special Cover On ST. JOHNS SCHOOL, Chandigarh


First school in Chandigarh to be given this honour

Chandigarh, November 16, 2009: In a solemn and impressive ceremony held today at St. Johns School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, a Special Envelope on the School issued by the Department of Posts was released by Mr. K L Khanna, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab Circle. This is the first school of Chandigarh for which a special cover has been issued by the Department of Posts.

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Releasing the special cover, Mr. Khanna revealed that he had also studied at St. Johns in the 60’s. “The values and principles I learnt here have helped me in my entire career and I am grateful to St. Johns for laying such a strong foundation for me. The Department release special envelope for schools when they complete 50 years and I am lucky that this has happened for St. Johns during my tenure.”

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Tiwari, who has also studied in St. Johns, said that although he had been an average student as far as studies were concerned, what helped him becoming successful in life were the core principles and values he imbibed here in School. “Come what may, in good times or bad, the school has always conducted itself in a dignified manner and that is what sets it apart from everyone else,” he stated.

Eminent philatelist, Rakesh Walia, also a former student and Ex president of SJOBA, of St. Johns, said that he was delighted that the School had chosen to dedicate its Golden Jubilee Celebrations to the girl child. “The special cover also has the message ‘Johnians empowering the girl child,” he revealed. The special cover is available with the Philatelic Bureau, Chandigarh for Rs10. each plus postage .

Special Presentation pack is available with rakeshwaliastamps@gmail.com For more information, contact Shanti Bhanot Ph 9815046017

19 November 2009

Famous Hansi Chracters...

Hi ! Here is the latest cover received by me from France showing famous French Cartoon characters by great artist, Hansi. These are very popular in France. David Jastrzebski has sent me this cover with more info about the creator of these cartoon characters which is given below. Hansi, the versartile creator, produced numerous motives for dishes, for stained glass, for dolls, for posters, for commercial labels, for ex--libris, for menus, for programs, for books and about 400 picture postcards. There is a Hansi museum in France with the art work by Hansi.Thanks David ! For this beautiful cover with nice cancellation of Hansi! This is all for Today ! Till Next Post ….Have a Nice Time !…

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The famous Hansi was born on February 23, 1873, in Colmar, that means in Alsace, but under German occupation.As of the age of 10 years, constrained to attend the " Reichsland's school ", the young boy points out by his taste for the drawing and his critical spirit which prevent him from submitting himself to the discipline and make a bad pupil of him. In order to be able to attend the "Ecole des Beaux Arts " of Lyon, he turns to a career as draughtsman. Whereas he would have preferred to dedicate himself to the carving he works out by need as draftsman in Cernay's, Mulhouse's , then Logelbach's textile industries.At the same time, he continues to improve his technique of painting and practises etching and the watercolour. At this time, the first picture postcards are put on the market in Austria and Germany before appearing in France.

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In 1907, he publishes under Hansi's pen name, a series of boards in an collection entitled " Vogesenbilder " (Images of the Vosges) which meets a sharp success. He realizes with the publisher Max Wettig several series of watercolours cards representing landscapes. He publishes until 1914 several literary works (among which the very known " Professor Knatschke ") in a spirit of anti-Germanic satire. Numerous cards signed Hansi and representing charming Alsatian children in enchanting and bucolic settings are published by the editor " La Cigogne ". Due to this graphic means of expression, he becomes one of the symbols of the Alsatian resistance to Germany. His satirical vein brought him several condemnations in front of the German courts.

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In 1914, Hansi enlists in the French army and one finds him on several picture postcards photographed in military dress. After the war, he publishes a lot of illustrated books which do not meet any more the same success. Some of their illustrations are reproduced in the form of postcards. He realizes also posters for the " Alsace and Lorraine's railroads " duplicated in four picture postcards. In 1923, Jean Jacques Waltz succeeds his father at the post of curator of the " Unterlinden's Museum " in Colmar and works on the heraldic art.

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Between 1923 and 1933, the "Alsace' Potassium Hydroxides' Company "order him advertising cards which are published at Braun's in Mulhouse Dornach. Hansi puts so his draftsman's talents on the service of the advertisement. But the second world war breaks out. Hansi, henceforth known as spearhead of the anti-Germanic fight, whose cards popularized the ideas through Germany and whole France, has to take refuge in Agen. After a long journey, weakened, sick and demoralized, Hansi, exiles himself in Switzerland. In 1946, he ends finally up in his native town Colmar. He still publishes menus, illustrated books and some cards.On June 10, 1951, Jean Jacques Waltz dies at the age of 78, The artist leaves with his country an immense cultural and artistic treasure.

18 November 2009

New Stamps from Nepal & Pakistan

Save Glaciers & Save Poor Polar Bears !!

Hi ! In today’s Post some new stamps from our neighboring countries Nepal & Pakistan. But first of all I have a request from the readers for the above cute and heart touching Miniature sheet from Indonesia issued on Climate Change. I am in dire need of this MS & shall be very thankful if any reader from Indonesia could help me to get this MS for my collection which I am preparing on Climate Change. Two more issues from Poland and Spain that I am looking for !! I will send nice mint stamps & MS from India in exchange or any item from my Exchange Collection. Our thanks to Mr Pradip Jain of Patna for today's Post.This is all for Today....Till Next Post....Have a Nice Time !

Stamps in Need

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Climate Change Conference in Poznan & Civic Values

New Issues from Nepal

Nepal 2009 New issue page 2 Date of Issue – 8 October 2009

Butterflies series - 2009

Nepal 2009 New issue page 2

Date of Issue – 8 October 2009

New Issues from Pakistan

Pakistan 2009 issue page3

Date of Issue – 9 .9.2009

Pakistan 2009 issue page3

Date of Issue - 1 October 2009

Polio Free Pakistan

Pakistan 2009 issue page3

Date of Issue 10 October 2009

17 November 2009

New Stamps on Darwin

Hi ! In today's Post some recent stamps on Charles Darwin issued by Gibraltar on 17th November to commemorate his 200th Birth Anniversary. The stamps are in classic Black & White photos of Darwin with his famous books. The stamps are most exclusive in design than the stamps issued so far on Charles Darwin as these stamps feature the work of Darwin which created landmark in the field of Biology. This is all for today...Till Next Post...Have a Nice Time !...

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who realised and presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, providing logical explanation for the diversity of life.

The Gibraltar Darwin 200th Anniversary issue is comprised of 4 stamps and a miniature sheet all dedicated to some of his most important books. His 1859 book 'On the Origin of Species' established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature. He examined human evolution and sexual selection in 'The Descent of Man', and 'Selection in Relation to Sex', followed by 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals'. His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, he examined earthworms and their effect on soil.

Courtesy - Gibraltar Philatelic Bureaue

16 November 2009

European Championship in Women’s Volley Ball


Date of Issue 25 September 2009

Hi ! In today’s post a beautiful stamp issued by Poland on Volley Ball. As always the design of both stamp & FDC is very nice. I have recently received 3 covers from Germany with  very beautiful Bird Cancellations. I thank a lot to Mr Wolfgang Beyer of Germany who regularly sends me covers with nice cancellations on wildlife. Mr Beyer if you are reading this post, please send your me your email id so that I can contact you. I have recently posted you a cover from India. In Club news meet a new member from China. This is all for Today….Till Next Post….Have a Nice Time !


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The stamp and First Day Cover commemorating the European Championship in Women’s Volleyball both feature a drawing depicting the dynamics of the players’ movements.

Volley Ball

The popular game known as volleyball originates from the United States. The rules were laid down in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a physical education teacher from YMCA, and have since then evolved to include changes and modifications under the approval of FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) in order to make the game ever more dynamic and attractive for the spectators. Initially the score was won only after the given team’s own service and the matches sometimes took as long as 4 hours. Nowadays, with each rally bringing a score, the game usually takes only two hours. Two teams of six players compete against each other and the game is carried on until one of them scores 3 sets . The players are allowed to hit the ball three times before returning it to the opponent’s half. In 1998 an additional player was introduced called “libero", who can only play in defense. All the other players rotate between the positions of setter, middle blocker, outside hitter and opposite hitter. European Championships in Women’s Volleyball were first held in 1949. Volleyball has been an Olympic sport since 1964.

An interesting fact

Beach volleyball is a younger sister of the traditional volleyball. It is also an Olympic sport (it has been one since 1996), however its rules are slightly different and the teams consist of only two players. Nevertheless, both sports fall under the authority of the same sports associations

Courtesy - Polish Post

My Recent Covers

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Thanks to Mr Wolfgang Beyer, Germany

Club News

New Members

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