26 January 2015

New Special covers from Rajasthan


Heritage Game of Rajasthan – Horse Polo, Maharaja Bhawani Singh Cup


Rajpex-2015, Day: 2, 25th January 2015

On the second day of Rajpex-2015, a Special Cover on Heritage Game of Rajasthan – Horse Polo, Maharaja Bhawani Singh Cup was released by Rajkumari Diya Kumari, MLA of Sawai Madhopur in presence of Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Rajasthan Postal Circle, Shri Digvijay Singh, Secretary, Polo Club, Jaipur, Shri Dushyant Mudgal, Director Postal Services, (HQ), Rajasthan Postal Circle, Shri Dinesh Sinh Jaini, Director Postal Services, Shri J. M. Dhor and Sr. Philatelists, Shri Rajesh Paharia, Sr. Philatelist.



On the occasion two sets of Picture Postcards were also released by the guests on dais. One set of on religious places of Rajasthan including Dadudwara, Naraina, Jaipur, Govind Dev ji Temple, Jaipur, Sri Amrapur Place, Jaipur Ekling ji Temple, Udaipur, The first Church of Rajasthan, Todgar, Beawar, Galiakot Dargah, Dungarpur, Nakoda Jain Temple, Balotra, Barmer and Maa Tripura Sundari Temple, Banswara. Another set of 6 Postcards on Stamps issued on Rajasthan having images of Bride-Rajasthan, Valler Dance of Garasia Tribe, 13th Asian Pacific Dental Congress, 1988, Radha – Kishangarh, Pushkar Fair, Ajmer and Cities of India, Bikaner.A quiz competition of school children was also organized on the second day.

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Picture Postcards

Rajpex 2015, Day 3

Republic Day celebration, Flag hoisting ceremony and Cultural performances at Mahaveer Public School the venue of Rajpex - 2015 and Special Cover release on Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur with Cancellation in form of Meter Franking.

Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur

Special Cover released on Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur at Rajpex 2015 on 26th January 2015.


Courtesy : Prashant Pandya


MUMBAIPEX 2015 was INAUGURATED on 23rd January 2015 at 10.00 hrs by Shri Mahesh Zagade, Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra at the Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Annex Building, Mumbai GPO, Mumbai.

Mumbai Dabbawala Association


Shri Raghunath Medge, President, Mumbai Dabbawala Association was the Guest of Honor. Dr.N.Vinod Kumar, DPS (HQ) O/o Chief Post Master General, Maharshtra Circle were present at the event.A special cover on Mumbai's Dabbawala was released on this occasion.

Mumbaipex 2015 : SPECIAL COVER : Dr.Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum released on 24 January 2015


Courtesy : Viswas Menon

Greetings on Republic Day




Happy Republic Day !!

Today is 66th Republic Day of India. Let’s remember the golden heritage of our country and feel proud to be a part of India.  Greetings to all Indians living in every corner of the world on Republic Day .

Special on this 66th Republic Day

US President, Barack Obama would be the chief guest on this year, 2015 Republic Day celebration of India on 26th of January in New Delhi. He would be accompanied by his wife (Michelle Obama) and senior official’s team of the administration.

Women armed forces of India would take part for the first time in the Republic day Parade of this year, 2015. The order came from the top authorities as our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi keen to Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti. Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti would be the main theme of this year Parade.

25 January 2015

Rare species of animals featured on new Jersey stamps



Jersey Post will issue a series of stamps dedicated to its rare species of animals. The series consists of six stamps that feature a Puffin, Agile frog, Red squirrel, Green Lizard, Hedgehog, and a Barn owl. The issue is to be released and put into circulation on the 18th of February.

Club News

Rajpex-2015, 14th Rajasthan State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 24th - 27th January 2015.

Rajasthan Postal Circle organized Rajpex-2015, 14th Rajasthan State Level Philatelic Exhibition at Mahaveer Public School, Vardhman Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur from 24th to 27th January 2015.

24th January 2015 - Day 01


The exhibition was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Rajeev Dasot, Additional DG, Rajasthan Police and Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Postal Circle on 24th January 2015. Shri Rajendra Godha, Chairman, Mahaveer Public School Committee and Shri Umraomal Sanghi Secretary, Mahaveer Education Committee were the Guest of Honour of the function.


On the first day a Special Cover on 17th Vintage Car Rally was released by the Chief Guest Shri Rajeev Dasot in presence of Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, CPMG, Rajasthan Postal Circle, Guest of Honour Shri Rajendra Godha and Shri Umraomal Sanghi, Shri Dushyant Mudgal, Director Postal Services (HQ), Jaipur and other guests.


Every year a Vintage Classic Car Rally is organized in Jaipur that brings out all the vintage cars of the city and nearby places for the delight of city dwellers and season tourists in Jaipur.

Organized by Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club, the 17th Vintage Classic Car rally was scheduled at the auspicious Jai Mahal Palace of Jaipur on 24th and 25th January 2015. The event brings together a group of leading car owners and vintage car collectors from different parts of the country.


A Stamp Booklet on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was released on the occasion by Shri Rajendra Godha and all guests on the dais.



A drawing competition was also organized for School Children on 24th January on theme Mars Mission. The best entry of the competition design will get a place on the special cover to be issued on 27th January 2015.

Courtesy - Indian Philately Digest

24 January 2015

New Valentine’s Day stamps



Date of Issue : 19 January 2015

In Finland, Valentine's Day is the second most popular postcard season immediately after Christmas.  This year's Valentine's Day stamps have as their theme joyful encounters in the forest.The stamps depict snowflakes, trees, a mouse, birds, berries, and a fox and a rabbit.


Greeting stamps : Vintage Tulip & Vintage Rose

US Postal Service will issue two beautiful stamps on 14 February 2015 for Valentine’s day .

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Date of Issue : 14 February 2015

Traditionally a symbol of devotion, tulips add a sentimental touch to correspondence. Vintage Tulip, a new two-ounce stamp, can be used to accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for weddings and other celebrations, greeting cards for all occasions, and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage.

As a universal symbol of love, a rose adds a sentimental touch to correspondence. Vintage Rose, a Forever® stamp for all occasions, can be used for wedding RSVP cards and thank-you notes, Mother’s and Father’s Day cards, Valentine’s Day cards, birthday cards, sympathy cards, thinking-of-you cards, or for any time a beautiful stamp is fitting


Club News

Special Cover : Centenary Celebration of Vani Vilasa Sabha

Special Cover was issued at Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu on 26 December 2014 on Centenary of Vani Vilasa Sabha, Kumbakonam



- R . Kasinath - Tanjore


23 January 2015

New Stamp from India..


Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao Abhiyan


Date of Issue : 22 January 2015



Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing the special postage stamps while launching the nation-wide campaign of Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao Abhiyan in Panipat, Haryana, on Thursday.

India Post released a commemorative postage stamp to mark the launch of 'Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao' scheme, a flagship initiative to address issues that affect women, and also reverse the trend of an adverse and declining Child Sex Ratio. The stamp was released by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the function organized to launch the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT, Smt. Menaka Gandhi, Hon'ble Minister for Women and Child Development, Shri K.P. Solanki, H.E. Governor of Haryana and Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Hon'ble CM of Haryana and Film Actress Madhuri Dixit, who has been made the Brand Ambassador of the campaign were present at the function.


New Special Covers

Canonization of St. Joseph Vaz : Sancoale - 14th January 2015


On the occasion of the canonization of Goan priest Joseph Vaz, a Special Cover was released to commemorate the canonization of saint by Shri Charles Lobo, Postmaster General, Goa region, after the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration in Sri Lanka where Pope Francis officially declared Blessed Joseph Vaz as saint on 14th January 2015 at Sancoale.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest

Golden Jubilee Celebrations : Vivekananda College, Puttur – 7 January 2015


Walk of Hope : Kanya Kumari To Kashmir : Manava Ekta Mission Thiruvanthapuram : 17 January 2015



Led by Shri M,  founder of Manav Ekta Mission, Walk of Hope is a padayatra for peace and harmony covering 6500 km from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in 15-18 months through 11  Indian states bringing together citizens from all walks of life.  The main objectives are Interfaith harmony, sustainable living Community Health, Equality for all, Women Empowerment, Education and Youth Development etc.,

Golden Jubilee - Baselius College, Kottayam – 2 January 2015



Basellus College, Kottayam, the flagship college  of the Malankara Orthodox Church  in the headquarter city is currently celebrating its golden jubilee.  Having ignited manifold minds and moulded many illustrious alumni who have left their imprints on the sands of time, the college is now striving towards scaling greater heights.  On the blessed occasion of the golden jubilee, the college salutes its founding fathers, staff and students both past and present and rededicate itself to serve the community in and around the city of letters, upholding its noble mission of elevating youngsters to the pedestal of wisdom.

St. Mary Group of Institutions, Kerala : Thiruvanthapuram – 17 January 2015



The life of Dr. P. T. Abraham is a saga of distinctive achievements as an Educationist, social Worker and as a Sportsman.  In June 1974, by sheer hard work, he established the first CBSE School in Central Travancore (St. Mary's Residential Public School, Tiruvalla).  He was the mastermind behind the formation of St. Mary's Educational and Cultural Society, which now spreads over the length and breadth of Kerala.  The Society houses six schools and two colleges in, Tiruvalla, Trivandrum, Kollam, Pathanapuram, Kanyakumari and Allepey. These schools and Colleges have made their mark as distinguished Educational Institutions.  This is because of Dr. P.T. Abraham's innate talent, sacrifice and dedication towards education.  This Special Cover is released as a tribute to Dr. P.T. Abraham (1932-2013).

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


22 January 2015

175th Anniversary of the Penny Black and birth of Edward Stanley Gibbons



Date of Issue : 17 February 2015

Isle of Man Post Office’s tribute to the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive posting stamp used in the public postal system, and the birth of Edward Stanley Gibbons, show the Penny Black, the Penny Red which replaced the Black and the Two Penny Blue alongside William Mulready, Roland Hill and Edward Stanley Gibbons whose portraits are featured on the stamps next to their associated contribution.


Isle of Man Post Office will issue a stamp set  produced in collaboration with Stanley Gibbons marking the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive posting stamp used in the public postal system, and the birth of Edward Stanley Gibbons. The issue is due for release on February 17, 2015.

Postage rates on the Isle of Man and the rest of the British Isles had risen to a very high level by 1830 and as a result a campaign to reform these was led by Roland Hill with the main aim of lowering the rate to one penny per half ounce. This in addition to introducing a method to signify if a letter had been pre-paid was developed by William Mulready. The first step towards a change in the postal system then occurred on December 5, 1839 when the rate was reduced to four pence. This was a success and the penny rate was introduced January 10, 1840. At first the postage paid or due was written in ink on the letter by the postmaster and then on May 6, 1840 a new method of paying postage was introduced and the famous Penny Black was born, followed by the TwoPenny Blue on May 8, 1840.

A number of devices were incorporated in the designs to prevent forgery including stamps being printed by the recess method, paper specifically made with a small watermark on each stamp, a machine used to make intricate background patterns, and the use of unique corner letters with each stamp on the printing plate of 240 stamps having a different combination of corner letters.

The Penny Black and Two Penny Blue were resounding successes. The 1840 stamps were found to be easily cleaned of the red cancellation and reused and this prompted a colour change to Red for the Penny Black stamp with new stamps issued in 1841.
Six stamps have been produced and include depiction of the Penny Black, the Penny Red which replaced the Black and the Two Penny Blue. In addition, there are three stamps each with a key individual - William Mulready, Roland Hill and Edward Stanley Gibbons whose portraits are featured on the stamps next to their associated contribution.

Edward Stanley Gibbons was born on June 21, 1840, interestingly in the same year that Britain issued the Penny Black. Gibbons interest in stamps began whilst at school and he started the business Stanley Gibbons Ltd when employed as an assistant in his father’s pharmacy shop in Plymouth where he set up a counter selling stamps in 1856.Stanley Gibbons is the world's oldest rare stamp merchant with world-leading experts at the heart of everything it does. It is this adherence to quality that gained Stanley Gibbons the Royal Warrant in 1914. The company continues to serve collectors, philatelists and numismatists all over the world, host auctions and publish highly respected journals.

Dean Shepherd, Editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly said: “It was fitting that Stanley Gibbons had the opportunity to work with Isle of Man Post Office on this very special issue, which not only marks the 175th Anniversary of the world’s first stamps—and thus the birth of stamp collecting—but also the birth Anniversary of Stanley Gibbons, whose name has been synonymous with the hobby for almost 160 years.”

“As well as what would have been Stanley Gibbons’ 175th birthday, 2015 also marks the 125th Anniversary of Gibbons Stamp Monthly magazine—which I am delighted to see depicted on the £1.20 value.”
“The fact that the stamps have also been designed by Leanne Sherliker of Benham, part of the Stanley Gibbons’ family of companies, makes this issue all the more special in this very important year for Stanley Gibbons and serves as a very attractive tribute to the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black.”

Maxine Cannon, Stamps and Coins General Manager said: "The stamp issue is important to the Post Office in a number of ways; the launch of the Penny Black marks the birth of the modern British postal system which is now used around the world. The Penny Black, Two Penny Blue and Penny Red are icons of this achievement and even 175 years later are still popularly recognised both for their historical significance and collectors’ value.”


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