30 October 2014

Winter Fun Stamps from USPS



Date of Issue : 23 October 2014


Winter Fun and Global Wreath Forever Stamps  from USPS Celebrate Holiday Mailings

The US Postal Service is helping customers prepare for the holiday season  by dedicating festive domestic and international Forever stamps. A first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Winter Fun domestic stamps and the Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath International stamp was held at the American Stamp Dealers Association National Postage Stamp Show 2014.



Celebrate the season with this Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath Digital Color Postmark First Day Cover. Part of the Global Holiday series, the stamp art features a classic wreath with a twist - a circle of densely packed silver bells topped with a bright red bow and set against a deep green background.

The color postmark features the words “Silver Bells Wreath” in red between the words “Global” and “First Day of Issue,” which form a circle to mirror the wreath’s shape. Red holly and green branches accent the design and accompany the date and location of stamp issuance: October 23, 2014, New York, NY 10199.



Celebrate snowy days spent outdoors with this new set of four Winter Fun Digital Color Postmark First Day Covers. The stamp art features four playful designs of the season’s most enjoyable activities -ice-skating, making snow angels, building snowmen, and bird-watching.

Club News

Philately exhibition on the theme "Karnataka"

On behalf of India Post Karnataka Circle and Karnataka Philately Society ,
I cordially invite you for the philately exhibition on the theme "Karnataka" organized at 'Vismaya' Hall of MG Road Metro Station. The inauguration ceremony will commence at 11.00 A.M. I invite all the philatelists for the inauguration ceremony.

The exhibition is being organized for a period from 1st November 2014 to 10th November 2014. from 11.00 AM to 07.00 PM . Tuesday will be holiday.

A special cover is proposed to be released  on the occasion at the Vismaya Hall, Rangoli Metro Art Center, MG Road Metro Station, Bangalore.

- Jagannath Mani, Bangalore

29 October 2014

New stamps from Malaysia



Pos Malaysia issued a beautiful set of stamps featuring Malay folk stories   on  27th October 2014.


The “Malay Folk Stories” series features six legends – Hang Tuah, Mahsuri, Tun Teja, Merong Mahawangsa, Tun Kudu and Tun Fatimah.Printed on exclusive watermark papers, the stamps are available in three setenant designs in denominations of 60 sen each.



Club News

Stamp Fair in Ludhiana

The Ludhiana Philatelic Club is celebrating its 40th Foundation Day on 14th November, 2014 at Lions Bhawan, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana. To mark this occasion A Dak Ticket Bal Mela, On the Spot Painting Competition, Stamp Bazaar and Cultural Programme by the Children will be organized. The celebrations will be held from 9.00 am to 5.00pm.

A Colourful Digest will be brought out to mark the event. It will contain articles on various facets of Philately, useful information about Ludhiana and updated directory of LPC members. This will be a useful publication to collect.

On this occasion   limited number of dealers’ booths will be provided. These will be allotted on first-come first-serve basis. There are no charges for the stalls.

You are invited to participate in the Stamp Bazaar and send your consent by e-mail to ludhianaphilatelicclub@gmail.com so that necessary arrangements may be made.

- Mukesh Malhotra , LUDHIANA PHILATELIC CLUB Ph : (O) 0161-2300114, 2302426

KOCHIPEX-2014, Philatelic Exhibition at Vyttila, Kochi - 27th - 28th November 2014



KOCHIPEX-2014 will be organised by Ernakulam and Aluva Postal Division on 27th and 28th November 2014 at Sahrudaya Campus Anchumury Ponnurunni, Vyttila, Kochi - 682 019, Kerala.

28 October 2014

Stamp for Formula one lovers …



Date of Issue : 12 October 2014

Here is a beautiful stamp from Russia featuring formula one car. Russian Post,  issued a special stamp commemorating the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, the sixteenth race of the 2014 Formula One season, too place at the Sochi Autodrom. The stamp was unveiled on the 12th of October.


The 2014 Russian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 12 October 2014. The race, contested over fifty-three laps, was held at the Sochi Autodrom, a brand new circuit built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi.

The race was the sixteenth round of the 2014 season, following on from the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka one week previously, and preceding the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. The race marked the first time that the Russian Grand Prix has been held in a century, and was also the first time the Russian Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the championship was formed in 1950.


Juan Manuel Fangio's 1951 title-winning Alfa Romeo 159

FIA Formula One World Championship is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).The "formula", designated in the name, refers to a set of rules with which all participants' cars must comply. The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix (from French, originally meaning great prizes), held throughout the world on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors. The racing drivers, constructor teams, track officials, organisers, and circuits are required to be holders of valid Super Licences, the highest class of racing licence issued by the FIA.


Formula One cars are the fastest road course racing cars in the world, owing to very high cornering speeds achieved through the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic down force. Formula One cars race at speeds of up to 360 km/h (220 mph) with engines currently limited in performance to a maximum of 15,000 RPM. Grand Prix racing began in 1906 and became the most popular type internationally in the second half of the twentieth century.

27 October 2014

New Stamp from India





The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala at the function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 25th October 2014 to mark 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala. Anagarika Dharmapala  played a leading role in the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and other parts of the world.


Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest , Mansoor B. Mangalore

Club News


Philatelic & Numismatic Welfare Association, Krishna District, Vijayawada is going to conduct an exhibition of stamps, coins and currency notes on 14, 15, 16 November, 2014 at K.B.N. College, Kothapet, Vijayawada-1.  The exhibition timing is 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.  There will be 30 dealer’s booths – of which 6 premium stalls and 24 standard stalls. 

Details can be available from K.N.V. Naveen Kumar, Phones: 9293741834, 8801571684, 984940772

Email: kdpnwa@gmail.com

- P.Mohanachandran Nair, Thiruvananthapuram 

Ananthapuripex-2014, Thiruvananthapuram District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Thiruvananthapuram - 13th - 14th November 2014.

Ananthapuripex-2014'Ananthapuripex-2014', Thiruvananthapuram District Level Philatelic Exhibition will be organised on 13th and 14th November 2014 at Bhagyamala Auditorium, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram by Thiruvananthapuram North Postal Division. Painting and quiz competitions for school children  and Philatelic workshops will also be conducted during the exhibition. ‘My Stamp’ counter will also be opened at the venue. On the occasion two special covers will also be released on the theme “Mangalyan” and “Fort Girls High School, Thiruvananthapuram.”  Dealer’s booths are available for a rent of Rs.3000/- for two days.

For more details please contact C. R. Ramakrishnan, Sr. Supdt of PO’s, Thiruvananthapuram North Division, Thiruvananthapuram-695001. (Phone No.0471-2470111)

ROCPEX-2014, Tiruchirappalli District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Tiruchirappalli - 21st - 22nd November 2014.

Rocpex-2014ROCPEX-2014, Tiruchirappalli District Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held on 21st and 22nd November 2014 at Bishop Heber College, Puthur, Tiruchirappalli - 620 017. The exhibition is being organised by O/o the Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices, Tiruchirappalli Postal Division in co-operation with the Postmaster General, Central Region, Tamilnadu.

For more details please contact:
Shri M. Muthusamy,
Deputy Postmaster, Tiruchirappalli HO. Contact Nos.: (O) +91-431-2460485, (M) +919443049322

Shri M. Madheswaran,
Asst. Supt. of Post Offices (OD), Tiruchirappalli Postal Division, Contact Nos: (O) +91-431-2419722, (M) +919443270143

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest


CG Award 2014 for Rainbow Stamp News and Rainbow Stamp Club



CG Award 2014 (CG International Philatelic Promotion Awards)

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Rainbow Stamp News and Rainbow Stamp Club win  CG Award 2014 with 4th position and 10th position respectively

Christoph Gärtner Auction House is one of the largest international auction houses, holding three to four auctions annually since 2006. In 2013 Christoph Gärtner Auction House launched CG International Philatelic Promotion Award (CG Award) for the promotion of philatelic research and the preservation of philatelic knowledge. This year also Christoph Gärtner Auction House announced CG Award 2014 competition. The competition was open to all working groups, clubs, associations, societies and publishers of philatelic magazines and newsletters publishing a periodical anywhere in the world. In the competition, print media, digital media and the promotion of young talent/public relations were considered as a whole.

"The Award Ceremony of the 2nd "CG International Philatelic Promotion Award" was held on 24th October, 2014 on the occasion of the Briefmarken-Börse Sindelfingen 2014. (Leading philatelic fair held every year in Germany under the patronage of AIJP - Association Internationale des Journalistes Philatelique)." was held on 24th October, 2014 on the occasion of the Briefmarken-Börse Sindelfingen 2014. (Leading philatelic fair held every year in Germany under the patronage of AIJP - Association Internationale des Journalistes Philatelique).

The judging panel consisted of Mr. Patrik Maselis, Belgium (Président Club de Monte-Carlo), Mr. Rainer von Scharpen, Germany (Generalsekretär der AIJP, BDPh e.V. - Leiter der Bundesstelle Literatur), Mr. Henk Slabbink , Belgium (Président Academie Européenne de Philatélie) and Mr. Walter Marchart, Germany (ehemaliger 2. Vorsitzender des BDPh e.V., aktiver Juror Philatelistische Literatur). Christoph Gärtner Auction House was not involved in the assessment process.

I am pleased to inform the Readers that Rainbow Stamp News won 4th Position and Rainbow Stamp Club got 10th Position in digital media section . Other entries from India,  ‘Indian Philately Digest’ (Digital publication of Indian Philatelists’ Forum) has won 5th position in Digital media section of competition and and GPA News (33rd Position) in print media section. Many Many Congratulations to Mr Prashant Pandya the webmaster of Indian Philately Digest and Gujarat Philatelists’ Association on winning this International award. In digital media section there were 14 entries and in print media section there were 49 entries in the competition.

Many Many thanks to all the Readers  and Contributors of  Rainbow Stamp Club and Rainbow Stamp News for their continuous contribution in bridging both the newsletters to the International level !!

View   : Award List

23 October 2014

Happy Deepawali

Wishing you all a very Happy 
Prosperous Deepawali !!

19 October 2014

The winners of 2014 EUROPA Stamp Competition



The First Place Winner - Serbia

PostEurop announced PE Post of Serbia (Serbia-Gold), Turkish PTT (Turkey-Silver) and Hellenic Post (Greece-Bronze) as the top three winners of the 2014 EUROPA Stamp Online Competition at the PostEurop Plenary Assembly in San Marino last week.


The Second Place Winner  - Turkey


In this 23rd consecutive year, 53 entries were submitted based on the theme “Musical instruments” to promote the musical and cultural aspects of every country’s traditional instrument.


The Third Place Winner - Greece

The results of this year’s online EUROPA Stamp competition were disclosed during the PostEurop Plenary Assembly in San Marino last week, in which PE Post of Serbia (Serbia), Turkish PTT (Turkey) and Hellenic Post (Greece) emerged as the top three winners respectively.

“What beautiful stamps we have at PostEurop! The theme of 2014 with musical instruments allowed the postal operators to create marvellous stamps with several different interpretations of the theme using many different printing techniques and special effects including engravings, varnishing, embossing and extra colours” exclaimed Anita Häggblom, Chair of the PostEurop Stamps and Philately working group from Posten Ǻland.

“The public votes received almost equalled to those of last year’s competition but what was remarkable to note was how close the votes were between each entry.” she added.

The first place winner Serbian stamp portrays the traditional Serbian bagpipe.  A man dressed in the national folk costume is shown playing the bagpipe surrounded by the authentic landscape of Eastern Serbia in the background.


Club News



Schoolpex - 2014, 18th Inter-school Stamp Exhibition at Jaipur - 17th - 18th October 2014

18th Interschool Stamp Exhibition, Schoolpex 2014 was organised on 17th and 18th October 2014 at St Xavier's School, Jaipur. Late Shri O. P. Bhatnagar Trophy for Best School was given to BVB Vidyashram, Late Shri A S Mittal Trophy for Best in Senior Category was given to Master Vaibhav Bhatnagar of Mahaveer Public School and Late Dr. Jaya Bhargava Trophy for best in Junior Trophy was given to Master Shivam Bhargava of Hindustan International Academy.


On the occasion specially pre-approved design of ‘MY Stamp’ and MY Stamp Folders were released by Guest of Honour Shri Dushyant Mudgal. The facility of 'MY Stamp' with special My Stamp Folders was provided with 3 pre-approved design of Jain Saraswati Statue, St Xavier's School Building and Maharishi Bhrigu Statue .


Mr Rajesh Paharia, General Secretary, Philatelic Society of Rajasthan reported that it is only Stamp Exhibition in the world which is conducted annually exclusively for school students uninterrupted since last 17 years.

- Rajesh Paharia - Jaipur


    - Sudhir Jain


We had arranged a function at satnaSon 14th Oct. 2014 to honour the members of Central India Philatelic Society (CIPS) who had helped us in organizing Jainism Philately Group (JPG) Khajuraho Meet. Renowned Philatelist and Numismatic writer Shri Kishor Jhunjhunwala of Mumbai was the chief guest. He had distributed mementos, Tulsi coins and calendar to all the members. JPG Chairman and Secretary of CIPS Mr. Sudhir Jain given welcome speech and Joint Secretary Mr. Rajendra Agarwal "Shashi" given vote of thanks,. Mr. Lajpatrai, President CIPS conducted the function.

Mr. Jhunjhunwala addressing the function, told that this is not the honour of the members, but it is honour of the work you have done for Philately. CIPS members had arranged warm welcome to the JPG members at Satna Railway Station and helped in all the arrangements at Khajuraho.

17 October 2014

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty



17 October - The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. It was officially recognised by the United Nations, but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty,hunger, violence and fear. This call was made by Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.


The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year since 1993. It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.


Eradicate Poverty

The above  stamp depicting a child walking in both bountiful and barren landscapes, issued by Slovakia on April 15, 1996 to publicize "Eradicate Poverty Year,".



End Poverty and Stop Child Labour !!

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16 October 2014

One Crore Question on world’s first Airmail in KBC..




A stamp recognizing the feat of Henri Piquet

The recent episode of KBC in which Narula brothers of New Delhi won seven Crore Rupees, the One Crore Question was from Philately i.e name the pilot who flew the plane of world's first official airmail. To see the question I remembered my Blog Post and Henri Piquet's face flashed in my mind and unconsciously chose the right answer....Hope my philatelist friends watched this episode and felt the thrilling moment !! We always learn from philately....


India Post issued a souvenir sheet during World Stamp Exhibition INDIPEX 2011 on 100 years of Air Mail

On 18 February, 1911 the first commercial civil aviation flight took place in India between Allahabad and Naini, a distance of 6 miles when Henri Piquet carried 6500 mails on a Humber biplane. This is considered to be the world’s first airmail service and the beginning of civil aviation in India.


The Kumbh is known to have been a place where the first Air Mail started.

Historically,  Allahabad and the Mahakumbh are of great relevance. If the world  at any point got an Air Mail it was due to this very Kumbh in 1911.On February 8, 1911, French pilot Henri Piquet loaded a sack of 6500 cards and letters and flew away in a two seater bi plane. The flight was made to Naini and it reportedly lasted barely 13 minutes. Though it flew a mere five miles but it did create history.

This was the world’s first official airmail. Among the many letters sent ere the one written by Motilal Nehru to his son Jawaharlal Nehru and some addressed to England's King George V.

The flight happened when a grand exhibition was happening. The idea of the Airmail was the brainchild of British commander Walter G Windham. The British commander was reportedly approached by the chaplain of Allahabad’s Holy Trinity Church to help raise funds.

The idea which was then conceived for the money, was the AirMail. Many might ask how was this going to help, the idea was simple. This was to not only generate money, but it was also to help publicize the exhibition and also set an example of rapid and safe transportation of mails.

Hence, the idea of the world's first official airplane mail was born. Those interested in availing the service were asked to send their mail addressed and stamped to the chaplain of the Holy Trinity Church. The payment for the service was a basic six annas as donation. The funds collected were to go for the new hostel building of the Church. A condition however was set that cards or letters weighing less than one ounce was to be accepted.

Since the occasion was ceremonial, these letters were addressed to people all over the globe. It is believed when the flight was made thousands were present to witness the site. They viewed the take off from the polo ground and the landing at Naini junction.

It is said, when Piquet descended, there was no crowd to greet him. He merely handed over the mail bag to the only post office official present there and returned to Allahabad.Piquet himself is believed to have noted that he flew on a Sommer bi-plane with a rotary Gnome engine of 50 horsepower at the speed of 60 miles per hour at a height of 120-150 feet.

In an interview given to a magazine he had said, he flew over the Ganga and was sure he would make it. The interview was given before he died in 1974 at the age of 86.

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New Special Covers


Philately Day – 13 October 2014

Celebrating 160 years of postage stamps  in India - Bangalore


Golden Jubilee Celebration – Madikeri Dasara Committee – 29 September 2014




Karnataka Postal Circle issued a Special Cover to mark the 110th year celebrations of Hudson Memorial Church on 28th September 2014 at Bangalore (Special Cover approval no. KTK/27/2014)



Karnataka Postal Circle released a special cover on 24th September 2014 at Bangalore to mark the birth centenary of Swami Chidananda. The cancellation depicts the insignia of the Divine Life Society. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/22/2014)

Courtesy – Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum

Club News

Commemorative Postage Stamp Issue Calendar - - October to December 2014

1.Angarika Dharmapala  - 25th October, 2014
2.Liver Transplantation in India - 4th November, 2014
3.Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan - November/December, 2014
4.  - UTI - November/December, 2014

Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum

Stamp show on plants and Nobel laureates in MS University of Baroda

On 14th October  a exhibtion titled " Enjoy the Beauty and Diversity of Bonsai " was organised at Vadodara by Dept. of Botany, M.S.University of Baroda.




On this occasion stamp exhibition related to science subject was also organised for promotion of philately by members of Baroda Philatelic Society.  Collection on Roses & Economic Botany ( Timir Shah ), Medicinal Plants ( Dr. Arun Arya ) & Noble Prize Winners (Dr. Chirayu Bardoliwala  ) was on display for 14th & 15th Oct 2014. Exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs. Nimisha Rao, Artist .

-Timir R Shah - Vadodara

My Recent Cover

Cover from Germany



Thanks to Mr Wolgang Beyer, Germany for the above cover with nice pictorial cancellation.

15 October 2014

Gorgeous carpets on new joint issue of Algeria And Serbia


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Date of Issue : 7 October 2014

A joint stamp issue between two countries dedicated to the deepening and enriching relationships has been prepared for issuing. Algeria and Serbia, have found a common point of their cultural heritage in the field of ethnography, which involves weaving crafts. The issue consists of two stamps that depict two types of carpets produced by these countries.


The Serbian  stamps on the miniature sheet show year 2013 on stamps seems they were printed in 2013 .

The Serbian Post depicts Pirot carpet (kilim). It refers to a variety of flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs traditionally produced in Pirot, a town in southeastern Serbia. Pirot kilims with some 122 ornaments and 96 different types have been protected by geographical indication in 2002. They are one of the most important traditional handicrafts in Serbia.




Algerian region has its own style of carpets. They differ in their patterns and colours but their compositions are quite similar. Generally, carpets are made with sheep wool, sometimes mixed with goat hair to get more robust thread. The stamp depicts the carpet produced in Kalâa Beni-Rached.

The main difference between a carpet and kilim is in their sizes, all larger than two meters weaving carpets are known and are used as ground cover, while the kilims are shorter and their uses are many.

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Special Cancellation on Philately Day at Ahmedabad

Special Cancellation on Philately Day at Ahmedabad – 13th October 2014

India Post is celebrating National Postal Week from 9th to 15th October 2014 and 13th October is celebrated as Philately Day as a part of National Postal Week.

A Special Cancellation has been provided at Ahmedabad Philatelic Bureau on the occasion of Philately Day on 13th October 2014.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest


Golepex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at New Delhi – 17th - 18th October 2014


District Level Philatelic Exhibition ‘GolePex-2014’ will be held at Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, Near Gole Market, New Delhi – 110 001. During the exhibition My Stamp facility, Painting Contest and Philatelic Quiz will also be organised.
For more information Contact: Director, New Delhi GPO
Email: golepex2014@gmail.com
Phone: 011-23364001, 23365690

- Ankit Agarwal - Pune

Schoolpex – 2014 , Jaipur


18th Interschool Stamp Exhibition , Schoolpex 2014 is being organised on 17th-18th Oct 2014 at St Xavier's School , Jaipur. It is only Stamp Exhibition in the world which is conducted annually exclusively for school students uninterrupted since last 17 years.

The 100 Frame exhibition will have Stamp Collection Display as well as many activities including Letter writing Competition , Stamp Quiz Competition , Philately Seminar , Dealer's Stall , PSR meeting and release of Special 'MY Stamp' specially made for the occasion in special MY Stamp Holders. India Posts , Rajasthan Circle will also have its counter and facility of Mobile MY Stamp Van at venue. 

- Rajesh Paharia , Jaipur

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