29 January 2017

New Special Covers - Katakpex 2016

Katakpex 2016

Ruchi Foodline - 21 January 2016

Ruchi Foodline: 

After long 41 years of sweat and toil, today 'RUCHI' has made a name in every village & city of Odisha. It has made a landmark in the history of Odisha Industries as a leading quality food processing Unit. The seed of Om Oil and Flour Mills Ltd. which was sown on the barren land of industrially backward Odisha in the year 1976, has culminated into a fullgrown tree spreading the aroma of the RUCHI Spices to different parts ofthe globe. 

Ravenshaw University - 21 January 2016

 Ravenshaw University :Ravenshaw:

The oldest higher educational institution of Odisha was established. in 1868. It was upgraded to a University on 15th day of November 2006. With its glorious all-round achievements and ceaseless scholastic pursuits, it has created a distinct niche for itself in India and abroad. The history of Ravenshaw in many ways reflects the History of Modern Odlsha.

Dhableswar Setu - 20 January 2016

 Dhabaleswar Setu :

Dhabaleswar Bridge is the largest suspension bridge over river Mahanadi of 254 meters long which reminds the beautiful Ramjhula and Laxmanjhula over river Ganga at Rishikesh. it connects the mainland with Dhabaleswar island. One can experience the most  moment while passing over the hanging bridge and enjoy the beauty of Nature.

Odisha State Maitime Museum, Jobra Cuttack- 20 January 2016

Odisha State Maritime Museum,Jobra,Cuttack :

The Odisha State Maritime Museum - A milestone in the Maritime heritage of the nation was inaugrated on 1st April 2013 on the south  bank of River Mahanadi in a heritage building which has been set up at jobra workshop has various galleries along with its ancillary components showcasing the enriching maritime history and heritage of Odisha through artifacts and models attracting thousands of visitors and tourists all over the world, throughout the year. This is the only one of its kind in the country which is worth visiting.

- Suresh.R, Benagluru

28 January 2017

My Recent Covers...

Cover from Portugal

Portugal - India Joint Issue 

Many Thanks to Mario Paiva - Blog :  https://o-filatelista.blogspot.com 

Cover from Germany

Thanks to Mr Wolfgang Beyer, Germany

27 January 2017

New Stamps from India - Nature

Date of Issue : 25 January 2017

India Post issued  a set of six stamps and a miniature sheet on 25th January 2017 featuring Nature.

26 January 2017

Greetings on Republic Day

Wishing all Indians living in different corners of the world
Very Happy Republic Day !!

25 January 2017

New Special Covers from Bangalore...

120th Birth Anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose - 23 January 2017

Two New Special Covers on  Rotary Foundation (KTK/11/2017) and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose (KTK/15/2017) were recently issued in Bangalore.

The Rotary Foundation - 21 January 2017

- Suresh.R, Benagluru

24 January 2017


Date of Issue : 12 January 2017

Within the area of design, retro means retur- ning to older styles. New products are made in a retro style, but the term also includes old products that become popular again. One good example of this is the string shelf that is depicted on the coil stamp.

Stamp Booklet

Before working on the stamp, I researched what had been written about the retro phenomenon. I noted in particular a quote by William Morris, from England, who was a designer and author during the second half of the 1800s.

Morris said that “the past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make”. His point is that we do not live our lives today in isolation from the past, and this stamp series shines a spot- light on things we created before.

Maxi cards

The word “retro” has modern connotations, despite it being anchored in the past. We are not referring to the Middle Ages when we call something “retro”. But what products can be considered retro, and why? I think it refers to objects that in some way still speak to us today.

Contemporary objects

Many young families are passionate about retro, and my own family is no exception. Both string book shelves and classic porcelain from Gustavsberg can be found in our home. The sideboard with the red desk lamp that is depic- ted on the stamp belongs to us.

The home office is one of the environments that was included in my assignment for the stamps. Depicted from top to bottom are a hall with vintage clothing, a kitchen where the cabinet with sliding doors is filled with 1950s porcelain and this same porcelain set out on the table. The living room lamp, coffee table and TV furniture are period pieces.

TV furniture, yes. As you can see there is a flat-screen TV there. The presence of the flat-screen TV, bike helmet, stovetop, mobile telephone and laptop illustrates the dialogue between old and new that can be found in most modern homes. 

Source : WOPA

23 January 2017

Lions International

Date of Issue : 20 January 2017

Here is a beautiful stamp on "Lion International' issued by Finnish Post on 20 January 2017 featuring logos of different countries.. It also depicts the map of India and Indian flag and national emblem.Lions Clubs International is an international secular, non-political service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. As of April 2015, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world.

22 January 2017

2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Date of Issue : 12 January 2017

Here is a  Miniature sheet on Flag theme, issued by Malta Post.Every 6 months the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) rotates among the EU member states. Member states holding the Presidency work in'trios'. This system was introduced in 2009 as part of the Lisbon Treaty. The 'trio' works on a common agenda through long-term goals that are addressed by the Council over 18 months.

The current trio consists of the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta. The Netherlands held the Presidency between January and June 2016 and Slovakia between July and December 2016. Malta will be holding the Presidency between January and June 2017 and will work on a detailed 6-month programme on the basis of the 18-month programme set by the 'trio'.

A logo for Malta's EU Presidency was chosen from 29 submissions by students. It represents the Maltese EU Presidency in a stylised interpretation of the Maltese Cross. This represents a bridge between the historical national values and the multi-faceted fellowship characterizing the European Union. The Cross is pointing in all direction, signifying Malta's place in the world. The colourful logo represents the dusk and the sunrise that suggest the continual process of rebirth, renewal and reunion.

18 January 2017

New stamp from Ukraine...

The Cultural Epochs of Ukraine

The Paleolithic Age

Date of Issue : 20 January 2017

Club News

Stamp exhibition in Mandi (Himachal Pradesh)

Distt. Level Philatelic Exhibition at DAV School, Sundernagar, Distt. Mandi from 30 January 2017 to 31 January 2017. For details plz contact : Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices - phone no. 01905-235746, 9418307848.email :e-mail: domandi.hp@indiapost.gov.in

New Stamp from India - Dr. MG Ramachandran

Date of Issue : 17 January 2017

The birth centenary of Dr. M G Ramachandran was celebrated on 17th January 2017 at Dr MGR Medical University campus in Guindy. On the occasion a Commemorative Stamp was released by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam .

17 January 2017

School Days..

Date of Issue : 17 November 2017

Here is a  beautiful set of stamps of Pro Juventure series    from Swiss Post on the theme of schooldays with a pair of motifs: Learning and playing, or blackboard and playground, that is to say Pythagoras and hopscotch. The two poles of our schooldays, the two areas in which we gather a multitude of experiences that will shape our subsequent lives. 

Acquiring knowledge and having fun: both were crucial for our development. Think back to your own childhood. What memories remain unforgettable? How did you fare back then? And how did your colleagues get on? Sure, not everyone had the same opportunities, just like today. And that’s exactly the problem that Pro Juventute is seeking to address – by creating equal opportunities for  young people. The money raised from these annual stamp issues  support projects working in this area. 

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15 January 2017

Most beautiful stamp of 2015...

Israel’s International Year of Light stamp recently received the Nexofil award for the most beautiful stamp of 2015.The awards were presented Oct. 28, 2016 in Spain. A Swedish Ingrid Bergman stamp was the runner-up, and a Croatian stamp placed third.
The winners were determined by an international jury comprised of philatelists from more than 20 countries. Issued Feb. 10, 2015, the 11.80-shekel stamp from Israel commemorated both the International Year of Light and the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry (Scott 2050). 
The stamp design represents the Schrodinger equation on the left and the protein rhodopsin on the right. Shown on the attached tab, or label, are the emblem of the International Year of Light and representation of rods and cones, two types of light-sensitive cells in the human retina.
Sweden’s 14-krona Ingrid Bergman stamp issued Aug. 20, 2015, is part of a joint issue with the United States honoring the 100th birth anniversary of the actress (Sweden Scott 2756, United States 5012). 
Both the Swedish and U.S. stamps were based on a photograph of Bergman taken by celebrity photographer Laszlo Willinger. The Swedish stamp was designed by Gustaf Martensson and engraved by Lars Sjooblom.
Martin Pingel, head of design at Postnord Stamps, described the design as “a simple, powerful depiction of one of the world’s most well-known actresses of the 20th century.”
The Croatian stamp, issued July 9, 2015 (Scott 964), was part of the multination Euromed series featuring boats of the Mediterranean. 
The 5.80-kuna stamp pictures a cargo vessel known as a bracera. The stamp design by Dean Roksandie is based on a photograph by Ljubo Gamulin. 
Israel won another first-place Nexofil award for best definitive stamp series for its Sept. 2, 2015, Rivers issue (Scott 2079-2084). 
Spain also received two first-place awards, one for best engraved stamp (Scott 4048, Segovia UNESCO World Heritage Site) and best mixed printing (4038, Exfilna 2015, National Philatelic Exhibition, Aviles).
Other first-place awards were presented to stamps and souvenir sheets of Austria, Belgium, France, Liechtenstein, Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay.

New Special Cover

 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

A Special cover was released on 7th January 2017 to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas -2017, held from 7-9 January 2017 at Bengaluru, Karnataka.

-Suresh.R ,Bengaluru
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14 January 2017

Greetings on Makar Sankranti, Pongal & Bihu..

Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated in India, Nepal and parts of Bangladesh in various cultural forms. In Punjab it is celebrated as Lohri,In Assam as Bihu and in Tamil Nadu as Pongal.  It is one of the most auspicious days for Hindus all over India and in other countries.. Makar Sankranti is a festival of the harvest season when the Sun enters the Tropic of Capricorn or 'Makar'. It usually coincides with 14th or 15th of January every year corresponding to the month of 'Magh' according to the Hindu solar calendar.

Pongal - The harvest festival

Pongal is a four-days-long harvest festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu.  For as long as people have been planting and gathering food, there has been some form of harvest festival. Pongal, one of the most important popular Hindu festivals of the year. This four-day festival of thanksgiving to nature takes its name from the Tamil word meaning "to boil" and is held in the month of Thai (January-February) during the season when rice and other cereals, sugar-cane, and turmeric (an essential ingredient in Tamil cooking) are harvested.

08 January 2017

New stamp from India - India - Portugal Joint Issue

Date of Issue : 7 January 2017

Prime Minister Shri Narendra  Modi  and Prime Minister of Portugal Mr. Antonio Costa released a set of   joint postage  stamps on 7th January 2017. The stamps feature dance forms of the two countries.

Portugal 2017 Joint issue with India- MS, stamp & postmark depicts the Chakra and the flag colours.

Courtesy - Kenneth Sequeira

07 January 2017

Love Skywriting stamp from USPS.....

Love is in the air .......! The new Love Skywriting stamp debuts January 7 at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California.

Date of Issue : 7 January 2016

The United States Love Skywriting special forever stamp will be issued on  January 7,2017. The first-day-of-issue ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, Chino Airport, 7000 Merrill Ave #17, Chino, California.

The Love Skywriting stamp will add a sweet, romantic touch to letters and cards, not only on Valentine’s Day, but all year round. The stamp art depicts the word “Love” written in white cursive script against a blue sky studded with wispy clouds. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail. 

It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission. 

05 January 2017

New Stamp from India - 350th Prakash Utsav

Date of Issue : 5 January 2016
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today attended the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj in Patna.A commemorative postage stamp was released to mark the occasion.

- Pradip Jain, Patna

04 January 2017

Club News

Rainbow Stamp News  January 2017

Dear Readers,

January 2017 issue of Rainbow stamp News has just been released. It s available on following link :




02 January 2017

New Stamps from India

Legendary Singers of India

Date of Issue : 30 December 2016

India Post issued a set of 10 stamps and a Miniature Sheet on legendary Singers of India on 30 December 2016.

Splendors of India

Date of Issue : 1 January 2017

India Post issued a set of 12 Greeting stamps "Splendors of India " with 12 MS in form of Desk Calendar with 12 different issues  and a MS of of all 12 issues.

Source : Stamps of India

01 January 2017

Happy New Year !!

Rainbow Stamp Club wishes all a Very Happy New Year !!

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