31 July 2016

New Special Cover from Trivandrum

GAJAMUTHASSI - DAKSHAYANI - Thiruvanathapuram - 27 July 2016

Tavancore Devaswam Board, the renowned charitable institution of Kerala is in posession of 33 elephants.  Among them the oldest elephant in captivity is the 85 years old female elephant, Dakshayani. She was donated by the Travancore royal family when she was five or six year old.

In the light of the above facts the Travancore Devaswam Board has decided to honour the beast by providing the tile "Gajamuthassi" on 27th July 2016 at the Travancore Devaswam Board headquarters Sumangali Kalyana Manadapam, Thiruvanathapuram.

Kerala Postal Circle released a Special Cover on this auspicious occasion.

- Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum : email : sreejesh.nt@gmail.com

 News and Views

Unissued Legendary Singer stamps on sale !!

As you are aware 10 stamps of legendary singers and one miniature sheet were to be issued in June though the date has not come. However the stamps were released in the marked before the due date possibly by philatelic bureau Mumbai as one dealer exclusively from Mumbai is selling them at high price and I am watching for the last 10 days and the price is shooting upto 800-900 for 10 stamps and miniature for Rs.1500.
As a thematic collector of music stamps looking for these stamps for the last one year and disappointed as they were prematurely released and withdrawn by India Post.

I understand few staff responsible for this was suspended by India post. The India post should actually arrest the dealer as his e mail address is available on the net and he is the only one selling them on e bay for the last few days and possibly he with the association with philatelic Bureau staff acquired the lot.

I feel since the government must have spent lot of money the India post can take up with the police and confiscate the released items and then  release the stamps at a future date.

The India post can consider issuing stamps on living greet personalities such as great artists dancers and great monuments, temples, mosques, churches etc. There are many great artists who got Padma Vibhusan Padma Bhushan etc. There are 8 stamps issued so far by India post on living personalities including the latest being Sachin Tendulkar.

- Sriramarao Gandikota Cdr, Vishakhapatnam : email :  

29 July 2016

New Stamps from India on International Tiger Day

Tadoba-Andhari National Park

Date of Issue : 29 July 2016

India Post issued two Commemorative Stamps and a Miniature sheet on Tadoba Andhari National Park  on the occasion of International Tiger Day. The stamps were released today at Nagpur. 

Courtesy - Prashant Pandya

New Stamps from India on International Tiger Day

Date of Issue : 29 July 2016

Commemorative Stamps on Tadoba Andhari National Park released on the occasion of International Tiger Day at Nagpur. - 29th July 2016.

Courtesy - Prashant Pandya

Poland - the Land of honey

Date of Issue : 18 July 2016

Here is a beautiful stamp issued by Poland on Honey.Throughout Poland many types of honey are produced, and the tradition of bee-keeping dates back to the Middle Ages. To mark the necessity and importance of this regional product Poland Post has released a special stamp depicting delicious honey. The design of Stamp, FDC and the sheetlet is so beautiful that  every stamp collector would love to have this exquisite philatelic item.
People who live in the south east of Poland make podkarpacki honeydew (PDO). It is made mostly from honeydew (it is derived from silver fir) with the addition of spruce or pine. It has a resinous aroma, similar to the smell of pine needles and a mild, sweet flavour.

The precious treasure of charming Suwalszczyzna is, in turn, honey from Sejneńszczyzna / Łoździejszczyzna (PDO). This honey nectar is made of dozens of different types of plants. It is produced in the basin of the river Niemno, on the border between Poland and Lithuania.

On the Pomeranian Lake District Drawskie, Drahim honeys (PGI) are produced: they are made of buckwheat, rapeseed, heather or lime, and you can also taste there the multifloral honeys. They simply emit the smell of the region of their origin, because they are characterized by the high pollen level coming from endemic aromatic plants.
In Bory Dolnośląskie (that is the part of Nizina Śląsko-Łużycka) heather honey (PGI) is produced, and in Kurpie people make kurpiowski honey (PGI). The latter can be multiflower or nectar, it may also include honeydew. This honey possesses a spicy aroma and a sweet flavour, due to the variety of the vegetation, to the purity of these areas and to the skills of local beekeepers.
Courtesy - Polish Post

 Picture Post Cards on Olympic Events

A Set of 12 Picture Post Cards on Olympic Events was made available at Post Shopee and Epost  by India Post , Karnataka Circle.

- Suresh R. Bangalore

28 July 2016

New Special Covers

Amar Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad - 23 July 2016

- Ambrish Kumar, Allahabad


- 22 July 2016

Courtesy - Sreejesh Krishnan , Trivandrum &  Suresh R. - Bangalore

New Special Covers

Amar Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad - 23 July 2016

- Ambrish Kumar, Allahabad


- 22 July 2016

- Sreejesh Krishnan , Trivandrum

23 July 2016

New Special Cover..

Djhwaja Yatra 2016

Special cover on Jain Dhwaja Yatra

On the occasion of Jain Dhwaja Yatra, a special cover and special cancellation was released on 17th July 2016 at Kalkata. Shri Digamber Jain Agarwal Samaj Youth Wing had organized a grand function at Shri Digamber Jain Parshwanath Upavan Mandir, Belgachia Road, Kolkata in which this cover was released.

New Meghdoot Cards

These two new Meghdoot Postcards issued in the year 2016.

1. Diamond Jubilee of Evangelical Church India
2. Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Group of Educational Institutions

- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)

17 July 2016

Post Crossing

In the colorful world of new ideas, creativity from time to time there are  many interesting ways that can bring people together regardless of their age, sex, and even their country of residence. This “hobby without borders” can be called a hobby of millions of people in the world – mail exchange art cards “Postcrossing”.

To support this initiative Polish Post has released a special beautiful stamp with a wonderful original design .

The main purpose of the authors of the  project is that any inhabitant of the planet thanks to the Internet can choose a random destination and send him a postcard colorful traditional “live” email. Get a little work of art and also a reflection of the postmark of another country – a real gift for all lovers of art postcards and stamps. Moreover, neither the sender will not remain without such a gift in return, because the system operates on the principle “you sent – and you have sent”.
Thus the usual hobbies into a global cultural mission – the participants are immersed in the world of art masterpieces, which are artistic postcards, and know a lot about different countries, but also in a way collect very interesting collection, which will eventually become Philatelic fair value.

15 July 2016

New Special Covers

A set of four personalised Rotary Stamps  & Special covers were released with cancellation on Diabetes Awareness, Paediatric  Heart Surgeries, R.I. Theme , R.I. President  on 26 June 2016 .

Collectors may contact  Rtn. Kevin  Colaco , who is a life member of the Rotary On Stamps International Fellowship :

email : kevincolaco007@gmail.com   Mobile No : 09821736181

My Stamps

 Press Clipping 

: Vipan Kumar Thakur, Chandigarh

New Special Covers

A set of four personalised Rotary Stamps  & Special covers were released with cancellation on Diabetes Awareness, Paediatric  Heart Surgeries, R.I. Theme , R.I. President  on 26 June 2016 .

Collectors may contact  Rtn. Kevin  Colaco , who is a life member of the Rotary On Stamps International Fellowship :

email : kevincolaco007@gmail.com   Mobile No : 09821736181

My Stamps

12 July 2016

Classic Toys of the 1940s to 1960s from Hong Kong

 Hongkong Post has released six special stamps that feature six classic toys of the 1940s to 1960s. The stamps have been printed with a lacquered-gloss effect for a nostalgic touch, and will surely rekindle many childhood memories of some of us.

Hong Kong’s toy manufacturing industry can be traced back to the 1940s. The industry started to blossom in the 1950s, when toy manufacturers in the United States relocated part of their manufacturing process to Asia for lower production costs and engaged plastics factories in Hong Kong to start secondary production lines for plastic toys. By the 1960s, Hong Kong’s toy manufacturing technology had become very sophisticated and toy manufacturing was a major local industry that, together with the electronics, textiles and plastics industries, constituted four pillar industries in Hong Kong.

The toys depicted on the stamps are the following:
Plastic Hammer ($1.70) – As the living standards in Hong Kong in early years were low, many families could only afford inexpensive toys sold by street hawkers and stationery shops. The plastic hammer is one good example.
Paper Dolls ($2.20) – Costing just a few cents, paper dolls could bring endless fun as one could always be creative and design unique outfits and accessories for the dolls.
Water Pistol ($2.90) – Hong Kong’s toy manufacturers seized the opportunity of the craze for spy movies and launched a wide range of water pistols to win the hearts of boys.
Mini Plastic Swords ($3.10) – Mini plastic swords were another pastime popular with boys. Every packet contained an assortment of different coloured weapons. To play the game, the opposing players would place a weapon on the floor or a table, and then move it by shifting, pushing or flicking. The player whose weapon landed upon the opponent’s weapon won the match and could take possession of the latter.
Yellow Plastic Ducks ($3.70) – The classic plastic toy set comprising three ducklings led by their mother duck still evokes cherished memories for many people nowadays.
Tin Frog ($5) – With the gaining popularity of plastic toys, the once fashionable tin toys gradually died out. However, they have seen a resurgence as treasures for today’s collectors.

Soruce : Hong Kong Post

09 July 2016

Stamp on 57th International Mathematical Olympiad 2016

Date of Issue: 6 July 2016

"57th International Mathematical Olympiad 2016" Special Stamps

The 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), being held in Hong Kong from 6 to 16 July 2016, is hosted by the International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee (IMOHKC) with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as the Host University and the Education Bureau as the Supporting Organisation. More than 100 teams from all over the world will compete in this year’s contest. To mark this major mathematical event, Hongkong Post has  issued a stamp sheetlet on this theme.

The IMO is a competition for secondary school students. The event, held annually in a different country or territory, provides an opportunity for exchange among youngsters from around the world who are under the age of 20 and gifted in mathematics, and nurtures students’ interest in mathematics. The IMOHKC was founded in 1986. In collaboration with the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, the committee voluntarily provides talented local students with mathematical Olympiad training and other learning opportunities. Hong Kong has been participating in the IMO since 1988, with the six representing contestants handpicked annually by the IMOHKC among the students attending training courses.

The stamp sheetlet features an illustration of Ceva’s Theorem, a tool frequently used in mathematics to solve problems in geometry. The stamp is circular in shape and shows a geometric problem formulated by Hong Kong, which was adopted as one of the questions in the 2010 IMO.

08 July 2016

Joint stamp of Einstein and Stephen Hawking

Date of Issue : 1 July 2016

Here is a wonderful set of six stamps which marks the 100 years of Professor Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and the work of theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. Its a nice set of stamps related with Science theme especially on  physics .
The stamps have been personally endorsed and approved by Professor Stephen Hawking together with support from The Stephen Hawking Foundation.

Professor Stephen Hawking says “This collection of six stamps, created in collaboration with the Isle of Man Post Office and Glazier Designs, displays some of the equations over the past century that have led to significant scientific discoveries and, in turn, have had a profound impact on the world.”

This stunning stamp issue showcases the works of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Each stamp features a rare iridescent foil printing technique on the words ‘Isle’ and ‘Man’ and Her Majesty the Queen’s portrait along with warm earthy colours to create a scientific and atmospheric look and feel to the collection.
The insightful issue text explains the scientifically accurate diagrams featured on each of the stamps and was prepared by Cambridge university experts and Professor Hawking.
Stephen Hawking endorsed the stamps, saying: “I am honoured to have both my face and life’s work featured alongside Albert Einstein and the commemoration of 100 years since the publication of his theory of general relativity.”

100 Years of General Relativity Prestige Booklet

This exquisite full colour 24 page booklet contains two sets of the stunning 100 Years of Relativity Stamps. This booklet features additional issue text written by Prof. Stephen Hawking, Prof. Malcolm Perry and Sasha Hajnal-Corab, giving more insight in to the themes of the stamps. 

07 July 2016

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak !

This Eid Greetings stamp issued on 10th June 2016 by USPS, featuring gold calligraphy and an olive branch, commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other Eidukum mubarak, the phrase shown in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. Eidukum mubarak translates literally as “May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed),” a phrase that can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.





DATE: 07 JULY 2016 
TIME: 11.30AM TO 8PM

05 July 2016

News from Germany

New pictorial cancellations on Lighthouses from Germany

Three new postmarks will be available  on July 12th in 25946 NEBEL, on August 20th in 21698 HARSEFELD and on August 27th in HELGOLAND

- Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Grpup ArGe Zoologie

My Recent cover from Germany

Thanks to Mr Wolfgang Beyer for this nice cover with pictorial cancellation of butterfly.

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