29 April 2020

Recent Special Covers from Tamilnadu

Centenary Celebrations of Indian Red Cross Society

The Mission of the Indian Red Cross Society is to inspire, encourage and initiate at all times all forms of humanitarian activities so that human suffering can be minimized and even prevented and thus contribute to creating more congenial climate for peace.Indian Red Cross Society Tamil Nadu Branch is celebrating its Centenary (1920-2020) in India.

The Special Cover was released to commemorate the occasion of Centenary Celebration of the Indian Red Cross Society¬Tamil Nadu Branch on 28th January 2020.

Clubfest - First festival of Philatelic Clubs in Chennai

Aimed at promoting Philately, the King of Hobbies, Permanent Philatelic Exhibition was inaugurated at the Philatelic Bureau of Anna Road Head Post Office on 15.08.2017 where exhibits on different themes are displayed. Philatelic Workshops were conducted at Schools to help them open Philatelic Clubs and Philatelic Deposit Accounts. There are 160 Philatelic Clubs in Chennai. With a view to encourage the budding Philatelists, CLUBFEST 2020 is organized at Anna Road Philatelic Bureau @ Chennai, for a period of one month from 12.02.2020. During this Philatelic Festival, the members of Philatelic Clubs will get an opportunity to showcase their philatelic talents.

This Special Cover and Cancellation was released on 12th February, 2020, to mark the inauguration of CLUBFEST 2020.

-Suresh R., Bengaluru

24 April 2020

We Salute the Corona Warriors

" We Salute the Corona Warriors "

Fight against COVID - 19 Pandemic

Today Coimbatore Postal Division of India Post released a special set of postcard WE SALUTE THE CORONA WARRIORS
 The postcards are with  pre- printed message and are available in 4 themes. The unique cancellation is red in colour promoting social distancing. These can be sent to Corona Warriors to express gratitude for their great  service to the Nation..

22 April 2020

Earth Day 2020

22 April - Earth Day

One Earth, One Family: Earth Day 50th anniversary celebrations

Date of Issue : 14 February 2020

Earth Day originated in 1970 as a way to underscore the need for conservation of the Earth’s natural resources and is celebrated by the United Nations on 22 April each year. In 2020, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary and coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato si’, the Vatican marks for the first time what is the largest environmental event on the planet. 

The philatelic minisheet of two values ​​issued for the occasion (0.30 and 1.10 euros), designed by the artist Joyce Chiarella, aims to seek and simultaneously represent everywhere the beauty and harmony of creation: in the forms, in the sounds and colours of nature, but also in the face of a child with its innocent gaze admiring the surroundings. In the upper left sun shines on the coat of arms of Pope Francis, while the moon, on the right, reflects the title of the issue. This celebration aims to remind us that creation is a gift we have received from God and, for this reason, as the Holy Father teaches in Laudato si’, we have a mission to care for it and to protect it.

Source : UFN

Environmental art on 2020 UN Earth Day Stamps

Date of Issue : 22 April 2020

Earth Day has been observed on 22 April each year in many countries since 1970. The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day in 2009.
Earth Day, also known as International Mother Earth Day, is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

Earth Day also recognizes a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
The Designs
For this stamp issue, UNPA has selected six artists whose works are influenced by environmental issues. Each sheet contains an artist’s statement describing how the planet and sustainability has inspired their work.

Designer: Rorie Katz (United Nations)

– US$ 0.55 – Zaria Forman (USA)
– US$ 1.20 – Courtney Mattison (USA)
– CHF 1,00 – Mathilde Roussel (France)
– CHF 2,00 – Benjamin Von Wong (Canada)
– € 0,85 – Paul Villinski (USA)
– € 1,35 – Nicole Dextras (Canada)

Source : UN Stamps

Earth Day stamp from USPS

Date of Issue : 18 April 2020

The United States Postal Service  issued a forever stamp on April 18 to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Special  Digital cancellation

The U.S. Postal Service honors the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by putting its own stamp on raising awareness of our environment and the communities in which we live and serve. The new Earth Day Forever stamp marks five decades of Americans coming together to celebrate the importance of protecting the environment. The stamp was issued onon April 18,2020.

The Postal Service had canceled the first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Earth Day stamp due to social distancing guidance. 

Club News

Philaminars 2020

Webinars on Philately

1. Traditional Philately - 24 April 2020
2. Thematic Philately - 25 April 2020
3. Postal Stationery -  27 April 2020
4.Postal History - 28 April 2020
5. RPSL Expert Committee - 29 April 2020
6. History of RPSL - 30 April 2020

12 April 2020

Greetings on Easter

Happy Easter

Date of Issue : 13 March 2020

Date of Issue : 12 March 2020

Date of Issue : 27 March 2020

Date of Issue :11 March 2020

New special Cover

Inauguration of revamped Rail Museum , Mysuru

This special cover is released to commemorate the inauguration of the expanded and renovated Mysuru Rail Museum located at Mysuru. Contemporary style of architecture has been used as backdrop to the exhibits which will standout in the landscape of Mysuru. Originally set up in the year 1979, the revamped museum will provide more opportunities to people to explore the artifacts and enhance their experience.

- Suresh R., Bangalore

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Indian philatelist wins LV at NZ2020

Heratiest Congrtulations !

Noted philatelist of Kolkata,Mr Madhukar Deogawankar  known for his specialized collection on Indian Stamp Booklets has won a Large Vermeil Medal at New Zealand Stamp Exhibition NZ2020 for his book 'Indian Stamps Booklets'.

11 April 2020

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Veteran philatelist Dr. Ranjit Singh is no more...

Dr Ranjit Singh Gandhi, noted  philatelist from Patna left for heavenly abode yesterday on 10th April 2020 .He is known for his excellent collection on Indian Meter Franking which won many awards at several  prestigious philatelic exhibitions. Dr RS Gandhi was  national commissioner and a jury member in many stamp exhibitions  and was one of the Vice Presidents of PCI. He was in the Organising Committee of INDIPEX 2011 World Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi and was also a member Philatelic Advisory Committee .
We express our heartfelt condolences ! May his soul rest in peace !

Dr. RS Gandhi's exhibit of Indian meter markings won a Gold Medal in the Postal History class in FIP Italia 98 World Exhibition. His impressive exhibit was published in book form by Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Affrancature Meccaniche (Italian Association of Mechanical Postage Collectors) in 1999.

News Source : Madhukar Jhingan , Abhishek Bhuwalka

10 April 2020

Covid 19 stamp from Swiss Post to raise funds !

Swiss Post  issued  a semi postal  stamp to promote solidarity during the coronavirus crisis. All proceeds from sales of the stamps will be split between Swiss Solidarity and the Swiss Red Cross.

Date of Issue : 6 April 2020

The stamp was created at very short notice and designed by Berne-based studio Nulleins Kommunikationsdesign. The graphic design professionals designed the stamp at a safe distance from their home offices.

The stamp symbolizes solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic: with Switzerland at the center, while the rotated cross reveals a shining globe.

It will only cost the surcharge of 500 cents per stamp, while Swiss Post will bear the face value of 100 cents.

Help us to help others! By purchasing these stamps, you are showing solidarity together with Swiss Post: you donate 50 francs, while Swiss Post gives you stamps worth 10 francs.

The stamps are available as a 10-stamp sheet for 50 francs at postshop.ch or can be ordered via the telephone number: 0848 66 55 44.

Source : Swiss Post

04 April 2020

Club News

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release April 2020 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available on following link :

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