31 August 2013

Club News


Rainbow September 2013

Hi !

I have just published September 2013 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. To view this issue, please click following link  :


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New Special Cover


 Shri Godi Jee Parshwanath Jain temple, Pune - 61st Pratishtha Mohotsav

Maharashtra & Goa Postal Circle of India Post  released a special cover today on 31st August 2013, to commemorate 61st Pratishtha Mohotsav  of Shri Godi Jee Parshwanath Jain Temple, Pune.


: Ankit Agarwal – Pune

email : 3dankit@gmail.com

30 August 2013

Australia's ocean gardens on stamps



Date of Issue : 20 August 2013

Australia Post has  featured two of the most stunning coral reefs in the world - the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia - in a new stamp issue. The two domestic base-rate (60c) stamps show underwater images and the two large letter-rate ($1.20) stamps show aerial images of the two reefs. 


Ningaloo Reef is just off the coast of Western Australia's Cape Range peninsula, and about 1055 kilometres north of Perth. This World Heritage-listed region is home to the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. Whale sharks are regular visitors arriving in April for the coral-spawning season.


The Great Barrier Reef runs for more than 2000 kilometres along the Queensland coast and is the world's largest coral reef system. It has almost 200 varieties of hard coral and more than 100 types of soft coral. Species found on the reef include minke whales, barracuda, batfish, whitetip reef sharks and blue-stripe snapper.


The associated products available are a miniature sheet, first day cover, stamp pack, maxicard set of four, sheetlet of five x 60c self-adhesive stamps and a booklet of 20 x 60c self-adhesive stamps.


: Australia Post

29 August 2013

Philatelic tributes to Dhyan Chand and MJ


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Today, 29th August is the birth anniversary of greatest Indian Hockey player Dhyan Chand and greatest pop star of all time, Michael Jackson.This Post is  a  tribute to the legends from the world of Sports and  Music .

Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 – 3 December 1979) was an Indian Hockey player widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. Chand is most remembered for his goal-scoring feats and for his three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in field hockey, during an era where India was dominant in the sport.

Known as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control, Chand played his final international match in 1948, having scored more than 400 goals during his international career.

Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman and philanthropist. Often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Pop", or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.


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In one of my last posts I shared info about graysclae. Here is another example of grayscale on a sheet of stamp sent by Mr. Timir  R.Shah of Vadodara. The scale with light and dark bands on the margin of the sheet is known as greyscale. For more info please refer to my Post on Grayscale.


The European Peacock butterfly….


Date of Issue : 20 August 2013

Here are some new SEPAC stamps. Aland Post issues a beautiful stamp on European Peacock butterfly.The European Peacock butterfly belongs to the family Nymphalidae and has a wingspan of 55 to 65 mm. All smartphone or tablet PC users can join the European Peacock butterfly for an enticing visit to several tourist attractions in Åland.

With this stamp, you do not only get a lovely and colourful stamp but also an interesting device. If you have a smartphone or a tablet computer you can download a free app by the name Sepac stamps. When you later scan the stamp, an entirely new world reveals itself!

This is a so-called AR-application. AR stands for augmented reality, which implies that information from your physical surroundings is mixed with three-dimensional information via the app. Scan the Peacock stamp and join the butterfly for a virtual tour around Åland, taking part of information and interesting facts about the Åland attractions Kobba klintar, Kastelholm castle, Bomarsund fortress, Pommern museum ship and the Maritime Museum.

Forthcoming Sepac stamps



Date of Issue : 12 September 2013



Date of Issue : 24 September 2013


The Small European Postal Administration Cooperation (also Small European Postal Administrations Cooperation or SEPAC) is an association of 13 European postal authorities. They are Åland, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. SEPAC is smaller than PostEurop. Luxembourg was not originally a member of SEPAC but it joined at the end of 2006. Also Vatican City joined subsequently.

The first joint issue of SEPAC postage stamps occurred on October 1, 2007. Further joint issues within the group are scheduled every two years, in 2009 and 2011 (San Marino does not participate in these issues).

The following criteria are requisites for membership:

  • The postal administration must be located in Europe
  • The postal administration must be independent
  • The postal administration must have a small market with more than 50% of its philatelic customers living outside the country.




Wildfire threatens World Heritage Area of ‘Yosemite National Park’

- Pradeep Kumar Mallik

A wildfire in California (USA) has, raging since last 11 days, scorched an area nearly as large as New York City near Yosemite National Park. The so-called Rim Fire has charred about 280 square miles, making it California's seventh largest fire in US history. The raging blaze is expected to move farther into the park.


In 1984, UNESCO designated Yosemite National Park, USA as the World Heritage. In its justification for inclusion in the World Heritage list, UNESCO states:


Yosemite has exceptional natural beauty, including 5 of the world's highest waterfalls, a combination of granite domes and walls, deeply incised valleys, three groves of giant sequoia, numerous alpine meadows, lakes, diversity of life zones and variety of species.

Glacial action combined with the granitic bedrock has produced unique and pronounced landform features including distinctive polished dome structures, as well as hanging valleys, tarns, moraines and U-shaped valleys. Granitic landforms such as Half Dome and the vertical walls of El Capitan are classic distinctive reflections of geologic history. No other area portrays the effects of glaciations on underlying granitic domes as well as Yosemite does.


Yosemite National Park lies in the heart of California in area of outstanding wilderness and great scenic beauty. With its hanging valleys, many waterfalls, cirque lakes, polished domes, moraines and U-shaped valleys, it provides an excellent overview of all kinds of granite relief fashioned by glaciations.

At 600-4000 m, a great variety of flora and fauna can also be found here. The National Park, on the west slope of the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, represents practically all the different environments found within the Sierra Nevada, including sequoia groves, historic resources, evidence of Indian habitation, and domes, valleys, polished granites and other geological features that illustrate the formation of the mountain range.


The variety of flora in the park is reflected in the existence of six distinct vegetation zones which are governed by altitude. There are 1200 species of flowering plant along with various other ferns, bryophytes and lichens.

Let us hope that 4000 firefighters already deployed in the area will be able to contain the wildfire and save the outstanding features of Yosemite National Park.

: Pradeep Kumar Mallik : email : mallikphila@gmail.com

28 August 2013

Greetings on Krishna Janmashtami



Today is Krishna Janmashtami. The festival of Janmashtami commemorates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The festival is also referred to as Gokulashtami, or Govinda in Maharashtra. Janmashtami is one such festival that is celebrated equally in North and South India.  Different parts of the country celebrate the festival differently. In South India, the celebrations are most prevalent in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Gokul and Vridnavan (Lord's birth and growing up place) witness flocks of visitors coming to the place to celebrate the festival at Krishna janmabhoomi, the other parts organize different events and practice different rituals to mark the occasion. In the cities of Mumbai and Pune, dahi-handi is organized wherein a group of men form human pyramid to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it. In the city of Dwarka in Gujarat and the eastern states of Orissa and West Bengal, people celebrate it with fasting and doing puja at midnight. Though the rituals practiced vary from one region to the other, the spirit and devotion to the Lord is same everywhere.

Greetings to all on this festive occasion !!

Philatelic Tributes to Firaq Gorakhpuri

Today is also the birth anniversary of great Indian Urdu Poet, Firaq Gorakhpuri. Firaq Gorakhpuri's real name was Raghupati Sahay. He was born in 1896 in Gorakhpur, India. He left his imprint on three important genres of Urdu poetry - ghazal, nazm and rubaayee. He wrote more than 40,000 couplets. He was a poet of love and beauty. His poems are published in three anthologies - Rooh-o-Qaayanat, Gul-e-Ra'naa, Nagma-numaa. He passed away in 1982.

As a distinguished poet, Firaq Gorakhpuri was well-versed in all traditional metrical forms such as ghazal, nazm, rubaai andqat'aa. He was a prolific writer, having written more than a dozen volumes of Urdu poetry, a half dozen of Urdu prose, several volumes on literary themes in Hindi, as well as four volumes of English prose on literary and cultural subjects.


(28 August 1896 – 3 March 1982) 

Selected works

Gul-e-Naghma ,Gul-e-Ra'naa,Mash'aal,Rooh-e-Kaayenaat,Roop (Rubaayi),Shabistaan,Sargam,Bazm-e-Zindagi Rang-e-Shayri


  • 1960 – Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu
  • 1968 – Padma Bhushan
  • 1968 – Soviet Land Nehru Award
  • 1969 – Jnanpith Award (First Jnanpith Award for Urdu literature)
  • 1970 – Sahitya Akademi Fellowship
  • 1981 – Ghalib Academi Award

27 August 2013

Stamp on Military Uniform..




Lithuania Post  released a stamp featuring Lithuanian military uniforms on August 24.

Aušrelė Ratkevičienė, the painter having created the stamp, decided to depict the uniforms worn by soldiers of Professional Military Service of Ground Forces during official ceremonies. The stamp Lithuanian Military Uniforms have been released in the edition of 80 000 copies with a nominal value of LTL 1.35.

The Lithuanian Army was restored on April 25, 1990. The country’s Armed Forces of the periods ~1200-1251 and 1261-1795 was called The Army of the Great Duchy of Lithuania. Lithuania of the period of 1918-1940 had the Interwar Lithuanian Army.

At present, the Lithuanian Armed Forces consist of 15 thousand soldiers and civil servants. The Lithuanian Army is made of Regular Forces comprising Ground Forces, Air Forces, Naval Forces, and Special Operations Forces, Volunteer Forces and active reserve.

Rock Art on New Brazilian stamp


The rock art is a term used to describe man-made drawings on the rocks. This is a prehistoric form to record the accumulation of acquired knowledge and to share culture and customs of a particular community with next generations. This special mean of graphic communication became theme of the special issue by Correios Brazil “History Set in Stone: Rock Art in the Amazon”.

The stamp shows a representation of the east slope of the Serra da Lua located in the town of Monte Alegre where the most important and best-known Amazon cave paintings can be found. On the picture the painter Mario Baratta expresses the value of relationship between man and place chosen as dwelling and shelter. The painter shows the aesthetics of the rock paintings as record of traces left by those who lived about 11,000 years ago.

By this issue the Brazilian post highlights the importance of rock art in the Amazon as a way of understanding the life of prehistoric societies. The stamp values the unique beauty of this type of artistic expression.

26 August 2013

Cover from Sri Aurbindo Ashram Post Office…


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A philatelic Counter was inaugurated at Shri Aurbindo Ashramm  Post Office Pondicherry on 15th August 2013. The above cover was posted to me  on 19th August by  someone from this Post Office which I received today. But the sender has not mentioned his name on the cover. My Thanks to the sender.. But I wish to know the name of the kind sender. The new name of Pondicherry is Pudducherry but the cancellation bears the name Pondicherry.


The department of posts introduced a permanent pictorial cancellation shown below at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry on 15th August 2013, to mark the birth anniversary of the revolutionary-turned-philosopher-saint Sri Aurobindo. The design of the cancellation is based on the symbols of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.


New stamps from Poland…



Date of Issue : 16 August 2013

Here are new  Priority and economic stamps from Polish Post, featuring insects   for registered mail.Other sets feature modern Polish weapons and ships.

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Modern Polish Army Weapons



Date of Issue : 14 August 2013



Rally of Great Sailing Ships Szczecin 2013


Date of Issue : 3 August 2013


25 August 2013

Stamps for New Born….


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New Caledonia Post issued  two new stamps to commemorate the birth of a baby boy or a baby girl. These postage stamps are the perfect addition to a baby shower invitations, birth announcements for the brand new baby girl or baby boy or letter updates about the beautiful baby.

Why have stunning invitations with plain envelopes if the greatest way to announce the birth of the little bundle of joy is sending mails with these stamps, so that all friends and family can celebrate the happy occasion with the sender! Baby boy birth postage stamp is made in blue, girl birth can be announced with a pink stamp.

New stamps from Brazil

Brazilian Cemeteries


In this issue, the Brazilian Post presents four Brazilian cemeteries that have been listed by IPHAN, Brazil’s Historic and Artistic National Heritage Institute, ensuring that they are recognized as Brazilian Cultural Heritage: Santa Isabel Cemetery in Mucuge (state of Bahia), the Gateway to Arez Cemetery (state of Rio Grande do Norte), the Batalhao Cemetery (state of Piaui) and the Soledade Cemetery (state of Para).

Arez Cemetery is represented by a close-up of its listed gateway. Batalhao Cemetery is represented by some graves and a tree, highlighting the place’s simplicity. The white tombs in front of the background mountains are the highlighted features of the Santa Isabel Cemetery. The stamp showing Soledade Cemetery focuses on the image of one of the many statues that adorn the site. The use of the silver color gives the stamps an air of relic and preciousness, enhancing the perception of cemeteries as places to be preserved for their cultural heritage. The technique used was vector illustration.

Source : International Stamp News

New stamps from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka


Save Tiger

Protect Mother – Like Sundarbans


Date of Issue : 30 July 2013

Here are some new stamps from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh covering a variety of subjects like wildlife, Flowers, Buddhism and educational institutes. 


Endangered animals of Bangladesh


Date of Issue : 30 July 2013

Flowers of Bangladesh




    Date of Issue : 30 July 2013

New stamps from Sri Lanka

Christ Church Girls’ College, Baddegama


Date  of Issue : 5 July 2013

Yala National Park

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Date of Issue : 28 July 2013

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: Pradip Jain – Patna

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