30 September 2013

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From our Readers…

Vipan Kumar Thakur of Chandigarh has created Maximum Cards on Wild flowers of India. Here I share some of the cards created by him.

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: Max Cards Created by Vipan Kumar Thankur , Chandigarh : email - philavpnthakur@rediffmail.com

29 September 2013

World Heart Day




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World Heart Day : 29 September

Today is World Heart Day. World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising.


World Heart Day takes place on 29 September each year: Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.


Theme of World Heart Day 2013


This year’s theme addresses the importance of a life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a focus on women and children. This campaign will highlight what action can be taken through a person’s life to reduce their risk of CVD.Today we have an opportunity to prevent the future impact of heart disease and stroke by adopting heart-healthy living from childhood throughout adulthood.

28 September 2013

New stamps on Lighthouses..



Date of Issue : 26 September 2013

Croatian Post issued a set of three postage stamps featuring famous Croatian lighthouses – Pločica, Stončica and Sućuraj.


Pločica 43° 01,8′ N / 016° 49,2′ E: many respectable European and American magazines have published their reports about the beauties of the tourist offer of Pločica and its underwater world, and now these beauties are also evidenced on the stamp.


Stončica 43° 04,4′ N / 016° 15,6′ E: the lighthouse building is unusual and is unlike any other on the eastern part of the Adriatic. Because of very important strategic position, the building also functioned as a barrack and for the reasons of defence it was digged into firm rocks of the promontory.


Sućuraj 43° 07,5′ N / 017° 12,1′ E: the lighthouse building with the tower is the best preserved historical monument in this part of the island of Hvar. From the lighthouse there is a path to the village Sveti Juraj (St. George) and the well known Grapčeva Cave

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Stamp exhibition on Sri Aurbindo and The  Mother


A  philatelic exhibition solely on Sri Aurobindo and The Mother was held in Kolkata from 15 – 17 August 2013. Perhaps, It was  the first ever philatelic exhibition solely on Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. 15th August is the birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo.


In the  exhibition 52 pages, covering all stamps, max-cards, FDC, Special covers , picture post cards and photo cards on Sri Aurobindo and on The Mother were displayed. Mr Souvik Roy was invited to present his collection in this exhibition. Around 1500 visitors viewed the exhibition.

: Souvik Roy – Kolkata

27 September 2013

World Tourism Day..


World Tourism Day Stamp

27 September – World Tourism Day

Today Is World Tourism Day. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.


In support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 is being held under the theme Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.

This year’s theme highlights tourism’s role in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken by the sector in order to contribute to a more sustainable water future, as well as the challenges ahead.


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26 September 2013

Music Icon - Ray Charles



Date of Issue : 23 September 2013

The U.S. Postal Service proudly honors inspiring musician Ray Charles with a stamp, one of several that inaugurates the Music Icons series. This extraordinary composer, singer, and pianist, blind since childhood, went beyond category, blending blues, gospel, country, jazz, and soul music in a unique and highly influential pop music style. His many hits included “I’ve Got a Woman,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”


Celebrating the life and work of a musician beyond category, this First Day Cover (#6-3/4 envelope) bears an affixed Ray Charles Forever® stamp featuring a photograph of Charles taken later in his career.The full-color cancellation shows a vintage 45 rpm record tucked into a paper sleeve, which bears the official date and location of the stamp issuance. The record jacket is labeled with the words “Ray Charles, Music Icons.”

The stamp art features an image of Charles, taken later in his career, by photographer Yves Carrere. The stamp sheet was designed to evoke the appearance of a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the sheet includes the stamps and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve. A larger version of the photograph featured on the stamp and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side.

Looking back over the course of his long career, there seemed to be little Charles couldn’t do. His work spanned almost the entire breadth of American music and brought him 17 Grammy Awards, plus an award for lifetime achievement in 1987. His many other prizes include the National Medal of Arts, awarded in 1993, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986. That same year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He performed at the White House many times for several different presidents.

Ray Charles Music CD


Along with the Ray Charles Forever® stamp, the U.S. Postal Service has released a CD with a collection of remastered classics of some of Ray's most stellar performances, and previously unreleased material. It features 13 tracks, including the USPS exclusive bonus track, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.” The CD album cover features art from the Ray Charles stamp. It's available for $9.99 in nearly 5,000 Post Offices nationwide and online in the Postal Store.

25 September 2013

New stamps for Chirstmas 2013..

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Date of Issue : 23 September 2013

Posta Faroe Islands issued a set of two stamps within the series “The Christmas Gospel 1″ dedicated to the coming Christmas 2013. The pictures featured on stamps are as follows..

In the first picture, it appears that there is only room for the Message of Joy in a small barn among livestock. In the space above, the star continues to shine, also through the small window of the shed, and announces the new and divine reality. The rod and ladder stand on each side of the barn and symbolize the hope for a new way onward and up.


In the next picture, Joseph holds the rod in his hand, and stands with his arm around Mary’s shoulder, ready to lead his family through life – in harmony with his wife and his creator – for still the star shines from the high and leads the way. Mary and Joseph are surprised that the Almighty has settled among humans.

This is the admirable message of Christmas: that God’s giving and sacrificial love can be accommodated in the heart of every single human being.

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'Moon Mail,' space stamps now on display in world's largest postal gallery


The first envelope postmarked on the moon, the Apollo 15 "Moon Mail," as seen in the "Gems of American Philately" exhibit in the new William H. Gross Stamp Gallery in Washington, D.C. (SNPM)

September 23, 2013 — The first and only envelope to be postmarked on the surface of the moon is now on display as part of the world's largest postage stamp gallery.The Smithsonian opened its new William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the National Postal Museum on Sunday (Sept. 22). Named for its primary benefactor, a philanthropist and philatelist, the Washington, D.C. gallery showcases U.S. and international postage stamps and mail in the context of America's history and culture.Among its more than 20,000 items on exhibit, the Gross Stamp Gallery highlights several examples where stamps have helped commemorate and mark milestones in space exploration history.

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New Pictorial Cancellation from Germany


A new pictorial cancellation will be available on October 6th in 56422 WIRGES. The cancellation is featuring a BLUE TIT(Cyanistes caeruleus).Interested philatelists may please contact Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de. Postage rates: 0,75 Euro AIRMAIL, 2,80 Euro registered AIRMAIL.

Special Covers on Cricket

Cricket fans will  appreciate cricket art and history in the form of limited edition match day covers. These special stamp and envelope combinations were issued for Test matches played at Lord’s Cricket Ground. They feature artwork by renowned cricket artists including many from the MCC’s own art collection, even the postmark is the famous MCC logo. View the cricket section at bletchleycovers.com .

: Terry Mitchell - email : terry@ltmp.co.uk

Dinosaurs on new Australian stamps



Date of Issue 24 September 2013

This new stamp issue by Australia Post illustrates six prehistoric animals that lived in Australia during the Cretaceous period (around 145 million years ago to 65 million years ago).

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Five of these animals are dinosaurs. The fifth, Koolasuchusis an amphibian that persisted on this continent long after it had become extinct elsewhere, a living fossil of its time. From left to right, the minisheet covers a period of nearly 30 million years and extends from the older, polar Victoria to the younger, more temperate Queensland.During those 30 million years, the most profound change that ever occurred in the terrestrial flora took place. This was the appearance of the flowering plants.

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The particular animals chosen were from Queensland and Victoria because it is in those two states that the vast majority of dinosaur material has been found on this continent.The amphibian and with one exception, all the dinosaurs depicted, have never previously been illustrated on stamps.

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The one exception is Timimus, a dinosaur that is now interpreted as a member of a quite different group than when illustrated on an Australian stamp in 1993. This is a perfect example of how science works -a revision of a viewpoint in the light of new information.

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: Australia Post

24 September 2013

New Stamp from India



Date of Issue : 24 September 2013

India Post released a stamp on famous Hindi poet and writer Shri  Pratap Narayan Mishra on 24th  September 2013.He was born in 1856 at Baijegaon in Unnao District, Uttar Pradesh. He was well versed in Sanskrit, Urdu, Bengali and English.

He was a humorous person and had a lifestyle of his own. He wrote more than 50 books. He was the editor of a monthly magazine named 'Brahmin'. Later his publications were compiled into 'Pratap Narain Mishra Granthawali' by Nagri Pracharini Sabha of Kashi.'Prem Pushpawali', 'Man ki Lehar', 'Trapyantaam', 'Vraidla-swagat', 'Shaiv Sarwasva', 'Hathi Hameer', 'Kali Kautuk', 'Bharat-Durdasha' and 'Kavita Lehari' are some of his famous works.He died in 1894.

Image Courtesy : Mansoor B. - Mangalore : Blog :http://mbstamps.blogspot.in/

New stamps from Brazil..


Ground Zero Monument


Date of Issue : 22 September 2013

Here is a new stamp from Brazil featuring Ground Zero Monument on the Equator. In this new issue, the Brazilian Post is drawing attention to the touristic importance of the Ground Zero Monument on the Equator, as well as spotlighting the culture of the state of Amapa, known as “The Middle of the World,” a tribute that greatly honors the people of Amapa.

The stamp portrays the verticality of the Ground Zero. In the background, there is a map of South America, with the state of Amapa highlighted in salmon. A representation of the Equator runs through the state capital, Macapa, which is where the monument is situated. In the foreground, the focus is on the view from the terrace of this tourist site, where the monument shows the dividing line between the two hemispheres, along with some of the surrounding trees. It is also possible to see images of the tourists that visit the place every day. The stamp was produced using digital painting techniques.

Amapa, the only Brazilian state whose capital city is “cut” by the imaginary line that is the Equator and which binds the two hemispheres. It is the only place in the world where the longest river on Earth crosses the Equator. Amapa, home to a people of impeccable culture, a welcoming people with an exotic cuisine, surprising tales and millions of charms. Millions of charms and a special richness to make the sun shine more strongly and perfectly twice a year. This event is the equinox phenomenon, which occurs in the state capital, Macapa, and can be best observed in March and September at the Ground Zero Monument on the Equator.

The monument was built to register the geographical evidence for the Equator and features an obelisk represented by a sundial. It is strategically positioned between the Northern and Southern hemispheres to enable visitors to walk along a physical mark corresponding to the imaginary line. This observation, made with the naked eye, is harmonious and attracts tourists from all over Brazil and the world, making the capital “glow” with academics, researchers, mystics and admirers who gather around the monument.

It lies 5km from the center of Macapa, and consists of a terrace, a space for shows, an exhibition hall, a store selling handcrafted products, and a large parking lot.

The monument is found in the Middle of the World Park, a tourist complex that also includes the Zerao Stadium, where the halfway line of the soccer pitch corresponds to the imaginary line of the Equator; the Sambodrome – the stage where Samba Schools parade and where the Sambodrome Popular Arts School is located.

Stamps on Art


Date of Issue : 26 May 2013

The stamps feature works of  "Lumberjack", the Brazilian Antônio Rafael Pinto Bandeira, and "Fisherman in a Red Shirt", the Georgian Niko Pirosmani. Contemporary painters, born in the second half of the nineteenth century, have different styles and techniques in his works, which represent the character and soul of their respective countries.

: Brazil Post

Stamp on legendary singer and actress Noor Jahan by Pakistan Post
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Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 8 denomination on the occasion of 88th birth anniversary of legendary singer and a melody queen Noor Jahan. This stamp was made available for sale from September 21 at all the important post offices of Pakistan.

imageBorn in a Punjabi family of musicians, Begum Noor Jahan was one of the legendary singers and actors in Pakistan. She was the first woman to record a qawwali for a South Asian film in 1945 and gained immense popularity for her patriotic songs during the 1965 war between India and Pakistan.Having sung almost 10,000 songs, Begum Noor Jahan holds the highest record of film songs in Pakistani cinema.In honour of her selfless contribution, around half a million of these stamps have been printed.The stamp has been designed by Adil Salahuddin, who has also been awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his efforts.

Noor Jahan was the adopted stage name for Allah Wasai (September 21, 1926 - December 23, 2000) who was a legendary singer and actress in India and Pakistan. She has recorded about 10,000 songs in various languages of India and Pakistan including Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Sindhi languages. In 1942, she played the main lead opposite Pran in Khandaan. It was her first role as an adult, and the film was a major success. Khandaan's success saw her shifting to Bombay. Noor Jahan acted in Hindi film 'Anmol Ghadi' (1946) directed by Mehboob Khan, starring Surendra and Suraiya. The film was musical hit and still remembered for its music by Naushad, which have hits like, Aawaaz De Kahaan Hai, Jawaan Hai Mohabbat Haseen Hai Zamana and Mere Bachpan Ke Saathi Mujhe Bhool Na Jaana. Noor Jahan's last film in India was Mirza Sahibaan (1947) which starred Prithviraj Kapoor's brother Trilok Kapoor.

Noor Jahan sang 127 songs in Indian films and the number of talking films she made from 1932 to 1947 was 69. After partition in 1947, she moved from Mumbai to Karachi. Noor Jahan visited India after 35 years in 1982, to attend ceremonies commemorating Golden Jubilee of the Indian talkie movies.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest

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