30 April 2012

Club News…


Rainbow May

Hi ! 

I have just published May 2012 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on blog with news and articles from the world of stamps. It can be viewed at : http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/

29 April 2012

New Titanic stamps..


New Titanic centenary stamps from Ireland…

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Thomas Andrews is on the 55c stamp. 

Ger Garland designed four stamps featuring the faces of four Titanic passengers, which have been unveiled in Cobh, Co. Cork.There are two 55c stamps - one with Co. Down Titanic shipbuilder Thomas Andrews and another of Irish photographer Father Browne, who left the ship at his hometown of Cork. There are also two 82c stamps.

One shows Titanic Captain Edward J. Smith surrounded by oblivious passengers on the doomed ship’s stern and the other is of life boat six survivor Molly Brown with the first class staircase behind her.

There’s a strong postal connection with the Titanic, which was also an RMS Royal Mail ship. It had five postal clerks on board, three Americans and two British. All lost their lives when the ship sank.

Titanic survivor Albert Thessinger was the last person to see them alive. “I urged them to leave their work,” he said. “They shook their heads and continued at work. I saw them no more.”

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    Titanic Captain Edward Smith is on the 82c stamp

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Molly Brown on the Titanic

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Fr Browne left the Titanic at Cobh, Co Cork



The Belgium Post has issued a stamp sheet to commemorate the centennial of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.


The sheet is sold together with the 3D glasses, in order buyers could enjoy the viewing of the Titanic movie in 3D issued in 2012 and directed by James Cameron.


28 April 2012

New stamps on farming …



Date of Issue : 20 March 2012

The bright yellow sunflower is native to North America and grown mainly in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. Sunflower seed is a source of oil used for cooking, salads, paints and industrial lubricants. Non-oil varieties of sunflower are used as birdseed or roasted and eaten as a snack.

Hi ! Here is a wonderful set of five stamps issued by Australia Post on ‘Farming in Australia’ featuring cow rearing, fruit and flower cultivation in Australia. The stamps are so beautifully designed featuring fruits in the best possible view that it attracts a collector on the very first sight !! This stamp set is a nice collecting item for those collecting on fruits, flowers and cow breeds !!



The dairy industry is one of Australia’s major rural industries, ranking behind only beef and wheat. While all states and territories have dairy industries, most production occurs in the more temperate south-east areas of the country, and includes milk, yoghurts and a wide variety of cheese types. The most common dairy cow breeds are the Holstein Friesian and the Jersey.


The pineapple is a tropical fruit native to South America and in Australia grows best in tropical Queensland and northern New South Wales. Lutheran missionaries planted the fi rst crops in Brisbane in 1838 and the commercial industry was established in 1924. In 1946 canning plants were built at Rockhampton and Cairns.


Australia is consistently among the top 10 wine-growing countries in the world. Shiraz is the most produced variety, followed by chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The main wine-producing states are South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, although Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and ACT also have wine industries.


The humble apple tree originated in Central Asia and is one of the most widely cultivated plants in the world. Of the many apple varieties in existence, around 15 are produced commercially in Australia, with Pink LadyTM, Granny Smith, Gala and SundownerTM being the four most common. Victoria is Australia's leader in apple production and the market is primarily domestic, with the majority of fruit sold and consumed fresh.

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27 April 2012

Zohra Sehgal turns 100 today….


A very Happy Birthday to the great actress !!


Zohra Sehgal, The Grand Old Lady of Indian Theatre and Cinema


Zohra Sehgal (born 27 April 1912) is an Indian stage and film actress, who started her career as dancer with dancer Uday Shankar in 1935 and worked with him for the next eight years. She has appeared in many Bollywood films as well as English language films and television series. She is most known for her appearances in Bhaji on the Beach (1992), The Mystic Masseur (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Dil Se.. (1998) and Cheeni Kum (2007); and the TV series, The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–87), Amma and Family (1996). Considered the doyenne of Indian theatre, she acted with Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and Prithviraj Kapoor's Prithvi Theatre for fourteen years, during the period travelled over India, with the troupe.

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She was born a year before Indian cinema. Film, theatre and TV personality Zohra Segal, who turns 100 , has grown to be as colourful and entertaining as the industry itself.


Her zest for life, wit and charm, which have continued to inspire generations, remain unmatched, say entertainment industry veterans. "She is the most incredible woman I have ever met and one of the finest actresses I have ever seen," said filmmaker R. Balki, who roped her to play Amitabh Bachchan's bindaas mom in his 2007 film Cheeni Kum.

View : Indian Cinema on stamps

New stamps from Poland..





  Date of  Issue : 30 March 2012

Suwałki  is a town in northeastern Poland with about  69,340 inhabitants . The Czarna Hańcza river flows through the town. It is the capital of Suwałki County and one of the most important centres of commerce in the Podlaskie Voivodeship . Until 1999 the town was the capital of Suwałki Voivodeship. Suwałki is located about 30 km from the southwestern Lithuanian border. The town gives its name to the Polish protected area known as Suwałki Landscape Park.

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Date of Issue : 28 March 2012



26 April 2012

Philatelic Exhibition on Monuments by ASI…



Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is organising a Stamp Exhibition on Indian Monuments, Museums, Paintings and other historical items on philately. The Subject of the Exhibit may include Indian Cultural Heritage, Monuments, Museums, Coins, Antiquities and other related stamp and material telling a story about India and its culture. This exhibition will be a part of 150 years of ASI in India. The venue for the exhibition is Red Fort New Delhi and will be there for 2 months. It will be inaugurated by the Minister on 15th May 2012. 20 frame exhibit is given by India Post, and about 20 frames by Indian Philatelists.


Only select  exhibits will be  displayed  in this exhibition. Exhibitors will be given a certificate of Appreciation by minister. And may be supported with a memento.

Interested philatelists may kindly contact Mr Ajay Mittal  on phone or email at an earliest possible  for further details.

- Ajay Kumar Mittal    Mobile : 9811032311, 9311332311

Email : ajay@kshitiz.com      ajaymittal1957@gmail.com

25 April 2012

Indian Themes on foreign stamps…


L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art


The L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art is a museum in Jerusalem, Israel, established in 1974. The museum houses Islamic pottery, textiles, jewelry, ceremonial objects and other Islamic cultural artifacts.


The museum was founded in memory of  professor, Leo Aryeh Mayer, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a scholar of Islamic art who died in 1959. It has nine galleries organized in chronological order, exploring the beliefs and art of Islamic civilization. In addition to Mayer's private collection, the museum houses antique chess pieces, dominoes and playing cards; daggers, swords, helmets; textiles; jewelry; glassware, pottery and metalware produced in Islamic countries, from Spain to India. A collection of Islamic carpets was added in 1999.

- Kenneth Sequeira

email : kenneth.sequeira@hotmail.com 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


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New Europa stamps…

Europa 2012"Visit... "


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Utility and conservation of swamp land in Uttar Pradesh



: Ashwani Dubey : Gorakhpur

24 April 2012

Great British Fashion…



To be issued on 15 May 2012

Royal Mail has revealed the details of their ‘Great British Fashion’ stamps due for release on 15 May 2012 , with ten designers honoured.


The stamp set features the clothes of ten designers, charting the modern history of British fashion, from the 1940s styles of Hardy Amies, through to the bold shapes of Alexander McQueen. Other designers and boutiques represented include Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes and Granny Takes a Trip, the groovy psychedelic shop opened in London in 1965 which was often frequented by pop stars such as the Beatles and Pink Floyd. The Tommy Nutter stamp shows a suit made for Ringo Starr and has been recreated especially for the photo shoot. Meanwhile, the clothes of Paul Smith, who recently designed the Isle of Man’s Olympics stamps, are also featured.


The ten 1st class stamps honour the following designers: Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Celia Birtwell, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen. The stamps were designed by Johnson Banks, and are printed by Cartor Security Printing in lithography.


New pictorial cancellation from Germany…



450 years of Market Law : Special Post carried  by Goat 

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450 years back the small town Kaltennordheim got the right to hold regular market. In those time there was more regulation in such matters. May be it is also the first known date of existence for this town. There will be a festival for this purpose. Goats were  sold at this markets. But in May there will be a transport of postal items by a goat on 27th May 2012.

A new cancellation on goat will be released on 27 May 2012  from Germany. Interested collectors may contact Mr Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Collector Group ArGe ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Wolfgang.Beyer1@polizei.sachsen.de Postage rates  are  0,75 Euro AIRMAIL or 2,80 Euro REGISTERED AIRMAIL.

My special thanks to Mr Shrikant Parikh of Ahmadabad, Mr Wolfgang Beyer and Mr  Peter Mika of Germany  for  details about this cancellation !


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23 April 2012

Dracula on stamps…


Death Centenary of  Bram Stoker who wrote famous horror novel “ Dracula”

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Date of Issue : 19 April 2012

On 19 April, 2012 An Post issued commemorative stamps to mark the centenary of the death of Bram Stoker. Bram Stoker, born Abraham Stoker on 8 November, 1847 in Clontarf, Dublin, is best remembered for his classic Gothic horror novel, Dracula, first published in 1897.

In 1870, Stoker graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, whereupon he took up a civil service post in Dublin Castle. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Stoker discovered the civil service wasn’t his cup of tea, so to speak. So, in his spare time, he turned to being a drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail and also started to develop stories and articles for publication. That said, he rose through the ranks of the civil service, and had his first book published, Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland.

He first met Henry Irving when the renowned actor, who was on a visit to Dublin, thanked him for his glowing review of his production of Hamlet. Their friendship developed to the point where, in 1878, Irving suggested Stoker decamp Dublin and join him in London as manager of the Lyceum Theatre. During his managerial tenure at the Lyceum Theatre, Stoker finally took to writing on a regular basis.

In 1897 Dracula was published. The book, which netted him very little in terms of income during his lifetime, has been the inspiration for hundreds of films and a flourishing tourism industry in both Transylvania and the English seaside town of Whitby, the first landfall for Count Dracula in his search for fresh victims of vampirism.


In later life, Stoker suffered from a succession of strokes, and died on 20 April, 1912 at the age of 64.

To commemorate the centenary of his death, An Post has issued  two graphically arresting stamps designed by David Rooney, and depicting Stoker’s most famous, and enduring, creation.


In addition, a fearful mini sheet  and two dramatic First Day Covers are also available.


Products available with this issue:

Centenary of the death of Bram Stoker 55c Se-tenant Stamps (120755ST) €1.10

Centenary of the death of Bram Stoker 55c Sheetlet (120755STS8) €8.80

Centenary of the death of Bram Stoker Minisheet (1207MS) €1.10

Centenary of the death of Bram Stoker FDC Minisheet (1207FDCMS) €2.10

Centenary of the death of Bram Stoker FDC (1207FDC) €2.10

Orders and/or enquiries relating to this release or indeed any aspect of the Philatelic Business should be sent to:

Philatelic Bureau, Order Department P.O. Box 1991, G.P.O., Dublin 1, Ireland

Philat Telephone: 00 353 1 705 7400  Fax: 00 353 1 705 7289

Internet: www.irishstamps.ie

courtesy : Prashant Pandya – Vadodara


The cover of the first edition of Daracula

Publication date : 26 May 1897

Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to relocate from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham van Helsing.

Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.

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