World’s Longest Stamp
On 1st April 2017, Thailand Post issued this nine-baht stamp to honour the 70-year reign of late King Rama IX.
On 1st April 2017, Thailand Post issued this nine-baht stamp to honour the 70-year reign of late King Rama IX.
Dehradun May 2017 Vol. X No. 113
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Here is May 2017 issue of Rainbow Stamp News for you. I am sorry to inform all the readers of Rainbow Stamp News that our regular contributor of Specialized Section Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal passed away on 21st April 2017. Our Deepest Condolences to all his family members and dear ones. His sudden demise is a great loss to Indian Thematic philately. He was the master of thematic philately and contributed more than 200 comprehensive articles on various subjects to the leading philatelic journals including ‘Topical Time’ of The American Philatelic Society. His article published in this issue of Rainbow is the 106th article. Apart from his philatelic expertise he was a very good artist and cartoonist. He was awarded several national and international awards for his specialized exhibit on Roses. His contribution to thematic philately is so wide that this loss can never be repaired. May his soul rest in peace. He will always be remembered as ‘ Man of Roses ’ among philatelic community. This issue is a tribute to Dr Agrawal and in his memory, some of his finest articles will be re-published every month in Specialized Section for the whole year….
This is all for this month.....More in next issue.
§ From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§ Recent Indian Issues
§ In The News
§ Doon Philatelic Diary
§ Readers’ views
§ Beginners’ Section
§ Specialized Section
§ New Issues from Other Countries
§ Philatelic Clubs and Society
§ Blogs & Websites on Philately
§ Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter
It was shocking to hear that Dr. Satyendra Agrawal has passed away leaving a big vacuum in philatelic fraternity in India. It took me enough time to believe this truth when I heard this from Mrs. Jeevan Jyoti. At this age when he was supposed to enjoy and live philately more freely, he left us and moved to his heavenly abode. Mr. Agrawal a close friend of mine was genuinely an asset of Indian philately. His different research based articles touching different aspects of thematic philately will keep spreading their fragrance in the years to come in philatelic field as his highly recognized collection and exhibit on ROSES does. A Fellow in ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization, a master in Thematic Philately recognized internationally, a thorough gentleman, a seasoned poet having good command on Urdu and Hindi poetic vocabulary , a prolific writer, a recognized cartoonist ….a man with versatile personality; Mr Agrawal was a wonderful human being. My heartfelt condolences. May his soul rest in peace and may god give strength to his family members to bear this irreparable loss.
I remember my first introduction with him long back in 2001 at Nasik during Inpex Empirepex 2001, where we had long discussion over his exhibit on Roses which was awarded Large Vermeil. I was impressed by his knowledge and command in thematic philately. And then from one show to the other, one place to the other and the mobile technology our friendship grew, strengthened and then Rainbow is one platform where we both walked together along with other regular contributors of Rainbow. He always appreciated my views and my way of writing and I always admired his versatility. Face book interaction of ours had always been interesting as he used to post his poems and I used to give reply in my limited amateur poetic capabilities. The most interesting being my amateur poetic comments on his cartoons. I remember his beautiful cartoon sent to me as birthday gift along with his best wishes on face book featuring my face with me busy in thoughts of philately.
He was a genius beyond any doubt. Some people say he was straight forward but that was his plus point. He was a hard core philatelist. I remember one incident shared by his wife in 2001 when he literally locked him in a room for a week to prepare his exhibit on Roses which was displayed in Inpex Empirepex 2001. I remember him asking for my suggestions for title of his book “History of Miniature Paintings through Philately”. He later gifted me a piece of that great philatelic work studded with art of paintings. In fact, he had a deep sense of looking differently in to philatelic items / stuffs and discover great elements of interest in those. His articles touched various topics normally beyond the thinking of common philatelist e.g, April Fool, The Playing Cards, When stamps served as coins.. just marvelous. His different articles on Hindu Mythology also showed his super intelligence and versatile knowledge. His book “My Rainbow of Philatelic Articles” is just a philatelic marvel to be preserved for long. I am lucky enough to have this gem in my possession. He was a regular motivator for me who advised me several times to write on different aspects of philately for its promotion or to check the wrong practices. His in depth knowledge of other aspects of philately was commendable.
The flow of thoughts is ON and ON but I have to stop myself here. I must say, he will be remembered in this field of philately for number of years to come. Had there been a HALL OF FAME for Indian philatelist in India, I would have liked a place for him there. While saying this I like to give a suggestion that Indian philatelic fraternity should look in to this direction to recognize and give honor and true tribute to such philatelists. A fund should be generated or the broad hearted philatelists should come forward in this direction..
While concluding I would like to share one of my email dated 06.01.2014 to him when sent me his wonderful book Indian Miniature Paintings which reads as under :
Finally I would say for him…
“You always stood out of all people by your wonderful character and your big heart, those of us who got to know you were very lucky for having crossed paths with you, you now have God by your side.”
-Naresh Agrawal Ph. 09425530514
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Indian Issue
14 April 2017: Deekshabhoomi – Se-tenant pair 2 x Rs 5
22 April 2017 : Bharat Ratna Bhim Rao Ambedkar Institute of Telecom Training, Jabalpur – Rs 15
23 April 2017 : Coffee (Scented stamp) – Rs 100 MS
26 April 2017 : Telugu Writers – 3 x Rs 5
1 May 2017 : Ramanujacharya – Rs 25
Recent Special Covers
7 April 2017 World Health Day - 'Depression: Let's talk' - Bangalore
18 April 2017 World Heritage Day – 3 special Covers from Bangalore
5 April 2017 : 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference , Dehradun
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In The News
Rainbow will always miss you ........
(18 July 1952 - 21 April 2017)
Renowned philatelist Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal passed away on 21st April 2017. He was internationally known for his finest philatelic collection on Roses. He had written a number of articles on thematic philately in several national and international philatelic magazines including Topical Time of American Philatelic Society. He has contributed more than 100 articles to Rainbow stamp News. His sudden death is a great loss to Indian philately. Our heartfelt Condolences to all his family members . May his soul Rest in Peace.
Jeevan Jyoti – Dehradun
I never imagined that I would be the one to give the news of Dr Agrawal’s sad demise to the philatelic community. It was very sad and shocking. Dr Agrawal gave various colors to philatelic journalism and to Rainbow he had given 106 shades of colors in form of his wonderful articles for which I regularly received appreciation from the Readers all over the world....He gave a new fragrance to Thematic philately...which we will always feel in his work and wonderful Posts he gave to the world of stamps...He touched a variety of subjects that besides philatelists many non philatelists were avid readers of his articles. He brought out a wonderful Coffee Table book ‘History of Indian Miniature Paintings Through Philately’. His recent Facebook page “ Facts- Philately Enjoyment Digest’ is a very popular page among philatelists. ’The beautiful line he wrote starting his articles. on "Roses' .Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose...is truly dedicated to him.....There are so many memories associated with him when I met him during the philatelic exhibitions. Here are some I wish to share. He gifted me his book ‘My Rainbow of Philatelic articles’ with his autograph…I felt honored when I saw special mention of my name in his book. For Rainbow Stamp News he was one of the strongest pillars . He continuously wrote for Specialized Section of Rainbow since the time it was started… I cannot express in words how the Rainbow team feels after Dr Agrawal….Just can say…We will never say goodbye to you …..You are always with us in each and every issue……...Rest in Peace ….RoseMan….
Facts Philately Enjoyment Digest is his very popular page
Memories are forever – Memorable Moments with Dr SK Agrawal at INDIPEX 2011, New Delhi
Dinesh Sharma, Naresh Agrawal,Ajay Srivastav, Jagannath Mani Jeevan Jyoti,Mrs Neelam Agrawal, Dr SK Agrawal and his daughter
Dinesh Sharma, Naresh Agrawal,Ashok Kumar Tiwary,Rajesh Bagri, Dr SK Agrawal and Anwar Jamal
Dipok Dey , Kolkata
I was closely associated with him since 1983. Very often he used to discuss about his ROSE collection and write-up on Indian subjects.I was very much shocked when I had seen Jeevan Jyoti’s post.
Dr. Agrawal received his Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University. He was a scientist and worked as SRF in ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) research project. He was an excellent Cartoonist, having very powerful line drawing, his subject matter for the cartoons were outstanding. He used to talk thousands of words within a few bold lines. Apart from this he was a stamp collector, winner of several medals in National and International philatelic exhibitions and prolific philatelic writer. He was a regular contributor in Jeevan Jyoti’s Rainbow Stamp News.
He was a very good friend of mine..It’s a great loss to Indian Philately particularly Thematic. I pray to God, May his soul rest in peace.
Dr Avinash Jagtap, Switzerland
I was deeply sorry to know the sudden demise of our cherished friend
Dr. Sattyendra Kumar Agrawal on last Sunday due to heart failure.
Although we used to correspond with each others for the last so many years and had met two or three times during our life time, although he was quite Junior to me, I had a great respect for his talents which enabled him to write a number of thematic articles which appeared in two three journals on several interesting subjects. Although I have been staying in Switzerland for so many years, we used to Exchange our ideas and views on several Topics. He was always happy to discuss and help the budding philatelists by suggesting on several themes. With his departure, we have lost a great thematic writer.
We will Keep him eternal in our memory as a very good friend. Indian Thematic Circle has lost a great scholar in the field of Thematic Philately. May he live in our memory for decades to come.
I have lost a good friend.
Avinash B. Jagtap
Eli Moallem , Israel
I am very sad to hear about this bad news. He was a great collector that contributed and enriched our knowledge in philately. May he rest in peace. God bless and keep his family.
Suraj Jaitly, Ludhiana - Editor ITS Stamp News
I was very much shocked when I got a message from Mrs. Jeevan Jyoti about demise of Dr. Satyendra on 21st of this month. It took me a long time to accept, especially as I got his last mail on 20th of this month as Mrs. Jyoti also got his mail on the same day.
I was in touch with him from more than 25 years, although personally met him couple of times only. He was a great well-wisher not only for me but for all philatelic fraternity in the country. He always guide and inspired me to continue publication of “ITS Stamp News”, whenever I feel to discontinue the same. He selflessly wrote various articles not only for our magazine (almost for every issue) but also contributed for various other journals & bulletins in the country. He has vast knowledge about philately and has good command on his writings. He was also an excellent Cartoonist and contributed for various forums with his simply line sketches, which means a lot.
My heartfelt condolences to his family members ...May his soul rest in peace and may god give strength to bear this loss to all his friends and family members. He may be far away from all of us now but his writings and contribution for all of us, remains in our mind always.
Prashant Pandya , Vadodara Editor – Vadophil
Dr Satyendra Agrawal is best known for his collection on Roses. He was not only a philatelist but also a good philatelic writer, artist and cartoonist. His articles were always informative and well researched. His contribution to thematic philately is remarkable. His untimely sad demise is a great loss to Indian philatelic fraternity. I pray the Almighty God to give his family members all the strength to bear this loss and may his noble soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to his family members. Dr Agrawal will always be remembered through his articles.
Dinesh Sharma - Lucknow
It was shocking news about the demise of Dr. Styendra Agarwal, a great thematic philatelist. I met him hardly two or three times, but he left an indelible impact on me through his vast knowledge on thematic philately.
It was in 2004, I had an opportunity to see his exhibit on “ROSES” during a Philatelic Festival organised at Lucknow, where prominent exhibits from the eminent philatelists of Uttar Pradesh were invited. I was impressed to see a high quality thematic exhibit.
In Chennai he and me won the Gold medals in thematic class. Coincidently both of us were from Uttar Pradesh, where the development of thematic philately was not of high standard in comparison to rest of India. At ‘INDEPEX -2011’, he went on to win a “Large Vermeil” medal leaving all other prominent Indian thematic philatelists behind. Being a scientist he had a good habit of researching subjects which he utilised fully in developing his thematic exhibit on “ROSES”.
He was gifted with a good talent of writing and he was a regular contributor to the ‘RAINBOW’ through his philatelic articles on various subjects. And he ended up compiling a book on his articles contributed to the ‘RAINBOW’.
Indian Philately has lost an eminent thematic philatelist who could have brought a Gold medal in Thematic Class in a FIP world Philatelic Exhibition. I will definitely miss his articles.
May the soul of this great philatelist and a good friend rest in peace.
Ashok Kumar Tiwary - Jamshedpur
Very sad news about Satyendra Agrawal Ji. We were in regular touch and I had arranged a lot of unique items for his collection. He always contacted me in case he wanted to buy something. Last week he had asked me to buy the dimond-rose stamp from Netherlands for him. A true friend for all of us left in such a manner. May his soul Rest in Peace.
Thailand Post issued world’s longest stamp to mark late king’s lengthy reign
On April 1, Thailand Post issued a sheet of five stamps—the longest the world have seen, at 170 mm in length—to mark the 70th anniversary of late King Rama IX’s accession to the throne. Each of the five stamps features the same design, which includes a series photographs of the king set against a background of luscious green fields. Nine million stamps were printed by the Thai British Security Printing Public Company.
Color-Changing U.S. Stamp Will Herald 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Color-changing ink on this stamp commemorating the 2017 total solar eclipse will fade when heat is applied to reveal a moon over the blotted-out sun. The stamps will be released June 20 in conjunction with the summer solstice.
Just as a total solar eclipse will change the skies over the continental United States on Aug. 21, a newly released U.S. stamp will change when pressed with a finger — a photo of the moon materializing over the blotted-out sun. The photographs come courtesy of astrophysicist Fred Espenak, who has seen 20 solar eclipses, including one on every continent.
The 2017 total solar eclipse, which some are calling the Great American Eclipse, will be the first to cross coast-to-coast since 1918; parts of 14 states will enjoy views of the total eclipse, and many more will have partial views of the spectacle. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible anywhere over the continental U.S. was 1979.
To celebrate, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a stamp June 20 that features a stunning view of the sun's outer atmosphere, called a corona, blotted out by the moon — as well as the moon itself, which appears when heated. Both images were taken by Espenak, who saw his first total solar eclipse in 1970 before he became "hooked on the shadow," as he said. Read More…
1948 Gandhi stamps sold for record Rs 4.14 crore
A set of 1948 stamps picturing Mahatma Gandhi has sold for a record 5,00,000 pound (approximately Rs 4.14 crore, as on 19th April 2017).
The "unique" strip of four ten-rupee stamps is considered the most important and desirable item of post-Indian independence philately, Jersey, UK-based dealer Stanley Gibbons said in a statement .
The purple-brown stamps are emblazoned with the word 'SERVICE' and were issued to the then governor-general's secretariat for official use. Only single stamps of this kind have previously been recorded to exist in private collections.
The purchase by an Australian investor is the latest in a number of transactions highlighting the strength of the market for rare Indian stamps. Stanley Gibbons sold a single Gandhi ten-rupee stamp to a client in Uruguay last year for 160,000 pounds (approximately Rs 1.32 crore). In March, an Indian stamp where the head of the young Queen Victoria had been inverted in error sold for 110,000 pounds (approx. Rs 91 lakh).
"The market for high-quality Indian rarities is supported by the on-going desire of the wealthy, Indian diaspora and savvy international clients to own these historic assets," the dealer said. Although the firm highlights the strength of the Indian collectibles market, it reported a pretax loss of 29 million pounds last year amid financial restructuring and discovery of errors in its accounting methods.
Special Event sheet on International Yoga Day from UNPA
The UN postal agency, UN Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue the new special event sheet to commemorate Yoga Day that has been marked annually since 2015. The special sheet consists of stamps with images of the sacred Indian sound "Om" and various yogic postures."Releasing soon. @unstamps Special Event sheet to commemorate International Day of Yoga," India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.
The first International Yoga Day was commemorated at the UN in 2015 with aplomb, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj leading the celebrations along with then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
Ban Ki-moon and his wife had joined hundreds of students and yoga practitioners to perform asanas and mediate under the guidance of Shankar during the yoga day celebrations.
In December 2014, the UN General Assembly had adopted a resolution with a record number of 177 co-sponsoring member states to commemorate the International Day of Yoga every year on June 21.
Recent Stamp Exhibitions
Brasilia-2017 is a Specialized World Stamp Exhibition. The Exhibition will open on 24 October 2017 and close on 29 October 2017. Mr Ajay Kumar Mittal is the National Commissioner. Interested philatelists may contact him at email : email@example.com
BANDUNG 2017 Specialised WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION, 3-7 Aug 2017 Exhibition under FIP Patronage
Shri Sahdeva Sahoo is National Commissioner for this exhibition. emails : firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com Phones +91 9337103542
+91 674 2432251 (LL)
+91 674 2432251 (LL)
Ms Avipsa Biswal won a Silver Bronze Medal in Melbourne 2017 exhibition held from 30 March to 2 April 2017 in Melbourne Australia.
Doon Philatelic Diary
Kalsi Rock Edict
King Ashoka was a Mauryan emperor who ruled from 268 to 232 BC. He is considered to be one of the greatest emperors, whose empire stretched from Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan to Bangladesh in the east and most of Indian continent barring parts of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka. After the battle of Kalinga in 260 BC, he was deeply perturbed by the bloodbath and embraced Buddhism. Being a patron of Buddhism he did many things for its propagation. Not much was known about this legendary emperor till the British historian James Princep deciphered the inscriptions on the various edicts made by Ashoka during his reign.
Special cover issued on Ashoka Rock Edict on 13-10-2008 during National Postal Week at Dehradun.
One of the important rock inscription is at Kalsi, near Dehradun at the confluence of Tons and Yamuna river. In earlier times Kalsi was an important city which linked the capital of Magadh empire Patliputra with Afghanistan. The 10 x 8 ft rock edict is engraved in Prakrit language using Brahmi script. The site was excavated by John Forest in 1860. At the time of excavation nothing was clearly visible and it had to be cleaned before anything became visible. Presently it is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It is one of the fourteen rock edicts of Ashoka and contains preaching and religious messages of Buddhism. It shows the commitment of King Ashoka towards non-violence and his approach towards welfare of his subjects. These fourteen edicts are scattered at eight different places controlled by Ashoka at that time and are considered to be marking of boundary of his vast kingdom.
Ashoka Rock Edict at Kalsi
There is no direct reference to Buddha or Ashoka in this rock edict. Ashoka is referred as 'Devanampiya' & 'Piyadasi'. Major part of the inscription is on the southern face of the white granite rock. On the eastern face there is figure of elephant with inscription 'Gajatam'. This signifies the descending of Buddha from the heaven in the form of a white elephant. The inscription says - 'no animal should be slaughtered, medical aid to both men and animal should be provided, redressal of matters for welfare of people should be conducted, people should observe self-control, tolerance should be practiced'. It also records the name of five Greek kings who were contemporary to Ashoka. Interestingly near to the edict site is also 'Ashwamegha Yagna' site of King Sheelvarman who sacrificed horses and other animals here.
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From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal : India Post : Needs to give importance to Philately
Heartiest Congratulations for the excellent newsletter I am receiving since last nearly TWO years. I am 79 and still collecting Philatelic Materials with Stamps and related items. This has grown very heavy also. But now thinking to reduce collecting Stamps due to HIGH Value and reluctaant authoritiesnce of PO counters in many.I fully endorse the VIEWS expressed by Mr. Naresh Agrawal. Something Strong and Tough has to be done by approaching Higher Authorities.
- Mohan Chawda - BALLARPUR, District : Chandrapur (Mahrashtra)
Very well said about excessive releases of stamps and special covers by India Post in the process citing what American Philatelic Society could do against its own excessive issuing of ‘American Bicentennial’ themed items. But then US example had issued some 113 stamps over a span of 13 years before it acted to put a stop. In India, India Post seems to be issuing much more than 113 items in a year and being loved by India’s enthusiastic stamp collectors and displaying them all over on various blogs. In my opinion, major culprit has been the SO CALLED ‘SPECIAL COVERS’ sold at a premium and like a wild fire. These have been worthless and a waste of money because seldom does the stamp and the cover/cancellation (however fancy) match. Has anyone in India clearly understood the basic rules that apply to covers? Simply put, do Indians find any other country (I mean major) that issues JUST THE SPECIAL COVERS ONLY? There must be a reason for that -isn’t it? And that reason alone should cause Indian Philatelic Societies to shun away from Special Cover -if not the way new stamp issues get released in huge numbers per year.
-Hemant V Kulkarni – Milwaukee,USA
LICENSE TO KILL STAMPS
If you want to hunt a migratory waterfowl such as ducks and geese in the United States, you need to purchase first a “Duck Stamp” formally known as the “Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp” which is an adhesive stamp and serves as the federal license for doing so.
President Herbert Hoover signed the Migratory Bird Conservation Act in 1929 to authorize the acquisition and preservation of wetlands as waterfowl habitat. The law, however, did not provide a permanent source of money to buy and preserve the wetlands. On March 16, 1934, Congress passed, and President Roosevelt signed, the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, popularly known as the Duck Stamp Act.
Duck stamps are issued by the United States government and also currently by 10 states as Hunting and fishing licenses are issued by states, and the Act requires anyone older than 16 , also have a Federal Duck Stamp affixed to a state hunting license when hunting waterfowl. Funds generated from state stamps are designated for wetlands restoration and preservation, much like the federal funds, but with a more localized purpose.
Duck stamps are issued once a year. First stamp issued on 14th August 1934 had a face value of $1, jumped to $2 in 1949, and to $3 in 1959. In 1972 the price increased to $5, then up to $7.50 in 1979, $10 in 1987, $12.50 in 1989 and to $15 in 1991. In 2015 the price of federal duck stamp rose to $25.
Collecting Duck Stamps is a popular branch of U.S. philately that isn’t limited solely to hunters. In fact, anyone with an interest in wildlife will find something to enjoy in these colourful collectibles. Older stamps are generally rarer, and those in good condition can fetch prices in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Complete sheets, mint condition stamps and unsigned stamps are among the rarest, and they command the highest prices.
Many foreign countries, including Canada, Australia, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom have also issued duck stamps.
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Dr Satyendra Agrawal was one of the strongest pillars of Rainbow.This is the last and 106th article contributed by Dr Agrawal to Rainbow. Regarding this article it was our last communication on 20th April 2017.On 21st April morning he left for heavenly abode.
LETTERS, WHICH WERE A CHALLENGE FOR POSTMAN TO DELIVER
© Late Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal
In one of my informal meeting with a high postal official, he shared his experiences on the very interesting way of addressing on post by few senders who make maps of the location or landmark or the special feature of the recipient’s home. It becomes even more interesting when colour of the cow or some pet animals indicated as a reference so that safe delivery of the post is ensured.
Sometimes it indicates the innocence of the sender and sometimes the lack of house numbering or street naming in early 17th and 18th centuries. There were no organised street naming or house numbering systems (if it occurred at all, the naming and numbering was purely random), thus the addressing of a letter was more akin to aRAC route planner with a descriptive narration to guide the post boy to the ‘target’ residence.
Address on an early cover reads:“To the tobacconist inhabiting the shop coloured black in sketch, next door to Park’s, Edinburgh N.B.”
One more interesting example of it I found in the Grosvenor Auctions catalogue .It was an Envelpdope of 1861 printed ''REGISTERED SAFETY ENVELOPE/NOT TO BE OPENED WITHOUT DETECTION''sent from London to Lamplugh, W. Cockermouth with 1d Penny Red stamp. Instead of addressee name, only described his speciality and written “To the Principal Shopkeeper or Person who sells Stationery of…”
An early envelope without addressee name, only described his speciality. It reads: “To the Principal Shopkeeper or Person who sells Stationery of ………..”
But such peculiar way of addressing not limited to 17th and 18th century, it continues even today in 21st century when established postal address for any person or establishment exists in most part of the world. The reason for such un-usual addressing may be sometime only fun or addressee being an identity locally-nationally or internationally.
Only Portrait,Characteristics or Landmark as Addressee’s Postal Address
Mahatma Gandhi is one such internationally known personality who received many post addressed un-usually. A collection of such Postcards and Envelopes posted from abroad and within the country and successfully delivered to him, are displayed beautifully in Sabarmathy Ashram, Ahmedabad.
Uniquely addressed these letters sometimes depicted only his portrait as address or his ideals for which he was known world over.
Postal covers with Gandhi Portrait only for Address
Postal cover with Gandhi Portrait only for Address posted from NY
Instead of name of Addressee Gandhi, only written “The Great Ahimsa Noble of India, Wardha”
Another such example is related to“Sigmund”, a nationally popular artist of Iceland.
He also been delivered successfullya letter mailed from Thailand addressed only "Sigmund, Iceland".
Salvador Dali was also a prominent Spanish surrealist painter and known forhis characteristic flamboyant moustache.In a 2010 poll, his facial hair was voted the most famous moustache of all time. He is delivered many mails successfully carrying picture of his famous moustache only as his address.
In 2016, a postman in County Wexford, southeast Ireland, managed to deliver the letter with just the hand-drawn map and no address on the envelope.It featured a drawing of the“Hook Lighthouse”,which is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world situated at the tip of the Hook Peninsula,along with the helpful message: "Here please".
Such un-usual addressing is not only found on mails of only nationally/internationally famous persons/ buildings etc. but examples exist for ordinary persons too.
A letter was delivered successfully to the farmers at Holar in Hvammsveit, West Iceland, at the end of March, 2016, although it included neither the recipients’ names nor their address only had drawn a map on the envelope, showing the rough location of the unnamed farm, along with a brief description of the family living there.Few more information the mailman had to go by was:
Name: A horse farm with an Icelandic/Danish couple and three kids and a lot of sheep”.
An additional clue in the lower right hand corner read, “The Danish woman works in a supermarket in Buoardalur.”
The letter mailed in Reykjavík by foreign tourist who had visited the farm earlier
A 2015 letter also reached to its destination without any address,only written:
“Your man Henderson.
That boy with the glasses who is doing the PhD up there in Queens in Belfast.”
For many, trying to decipher who “your man Henderson” is might seem a fairly big task, but it proved no bother for Buncrana postman. He cunningly delivered it to the “Irish Times” office where Roisin Henderson, wife of the aforementioned “boy with the glasses”, works as a journalist.
The delivered letter ‘your man with the glasses’, 2015
(Barry Henderson, to whom the letter was cryptically addressed, is in fact “doing the PhD up in Belfast “in modern history at Queens University.
The couple live in Buncrana, Co Donegal, which is about as far as the writer got in terms of geographical knowledge of the address.)
Even a German Christmas card with just "England" on the envelope has reached the right address of a common man, in Gloucestershire
German Christmas card with just "England" on the envelope as address
Paul Biggs, from Longlevens was absolutely shocked when his postman arrived at his front door with the card from his friend in Bitburg in Germany postedon Monday and was handed to him by his postman on Wednesday morning.
The postman had been carrying the letter as he completed his round, asking his customers if the card was for them.It is believed that originally card have been addressed correctly and so was sent to the right area of England - but with an address label that fell off at some point.
Though the Royal Mail's team of 'address detectives' are renowned for their ability to ensure poorly addressed items of mail reach their intended recipients ,even by their standards, this example is pretty impressive.
Mind blowing way of addressing mails, just for fun
Peculiarity in addressing is not always due to lack of available address, drop out of address labels or sometimes illiteracy but many mails witnessed it to be just for fun.
I found again a very interesting 1867 coverfrom Moffatt to Glasgow, for auction in Grosvenor Auctions cataloguemost unusually addressed in the form of a humorous poem:'Intelligent postman! Take this letter, (I really don't think you could do any better)..., But postman accepted this challenge, searched out the clues hidden in the poetry and delivered it safely to the right person.
An 1867 (June 22nd) envelope from Moffatt to Glasgow unusually addressed in the form of a humorous poem
A Dublin man also posted a letter with the broken-up jigsaw address, just to see how far Irish postal servicewill go to deliver a letter with such un-usually addressed.
He surprised when found that crossword puzzle clues was solved with style and letter was deliveredsuccessfullywith a polite note explaining why they had to open it up.
Letter with a jigsaw puzzle address
The Irish mail service have called him "a postal champion", "a legend of letters", a "king of puzzles" but they'd like a break from the problem solving.
Call it crazy, call it complicated or as philatelic fun many more mind boggling un-usually addressed envelopes received by postal department in many parts of the world and intelligent postmen accepted the challenges and delivered the mails at their right destinations. I am concluding my article with few more examples saluting the dedication-intelligence and honesty towards service of the postal departments and their workers.
Irish letter with address written in mirror writing
The letter to the brewery with the cryptic address
I failed to find a caption for this envelope
( Images courtesy : Grosvenor Auctions catalogue, Viswas Menon, Vala Hafsted, David Curran and from net)
United States 1901 Pan American Exposition Issues
The Pan American Exposition was a World's Fair held at Buffalo, NY from May 1 through November 2, 1901. The "Pan American" theme was carried throughout the event with the slogan "commercial well being and good understanding among the American Republics." Tickets to the event cost $0.25 in 1901, and during the time the Pan American Exposition was open to the public, it drew about 8,000,000 visitors.
The logo of the exposition
Nikola Tesla had recently invented a three-phase system of alternating current power transmission for the long distance transfer of electricity. This allowed designers to light the temporary buildings of the exposition in Buffalo, using power generated 25 miles away at Niagara Falls. One of the key inventions displayed at the fair was the newly developed "X-ray" machine.
Actually, the six US stamps issued at the time of the Pan American Exposition did not commemorate any event or anniversary. They were issued to publicize the World Fair event. To get around the rule that the U.S. Post Office Department could not issue new postage stamps for advertising purposes, they added the phrase “Commemorative Series of 1901” to the top of the frame on each of the new postage stamps.
The Pan American Exposition set, described below, was issued on May 1, 1901. These six US stamps were engraved by the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing on double-lined USPS watermarked paper, and they are all perforated 12.
· 1 Cent - Fast Lake Navigation - Steamship "City of Alpena", which operated along the Great Lakes.
· 2 Cent - Fast Express - Empire State Express -- New York Central and Hudson River Railroads.
· 4 Cent – Automobile - An electric automobile, as illustrated in a turn- of-the-century Baltimore and Ohio Railroad flyer. The Capitol Dome is shown in the background.
· 5 Cent - Bridge at Niagara Falls - At the time, this bridge, linking the United States and Canada, was the largest steel single-spanned bridge in the world.
· 8 Cent - Canal Locks at Sault Ste. Marie - The locks were a great engineering feat, providing navigational links between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
· 10 Cent - Fast Ocean Navigation - American Steamship St. Paul. The St. Paul was the first commercial ship to be commissioned as a warship during the Spanish-American War.
1901 Pan-American set complete tied by Pan American Exposition machine cancellation on gold cacheted exposition envelope addressed locally to Buffalo, hand stamped "Buffalo, N.Y. May 1 '01" c.d.s. The Aristocrat Collection
In 1901, multi-colour printing was still primitive, and the process, based on contemporary technology, was very, very difficult. These bi-coloured stamps were each printed in a two step process. First the black vignettes were printed on the paper sheet. Then, the sheet was placed, and hopefully properly aligned, on another plate, where the coloured frame images were printed around the black vignettes. Some misregistration was to be expected, with the vignette images being too high, too low, too far left, or too far right, when the colored frames were printed over them. Stamps with horizontal or vertical misregistration of the vignettes are actually abundant, and they can make an impressive addition to a specialized collection of the Pan American Exposition stamps.
If someone placed the paper with the vignettes printed on it onto the press for the printed frames upside-down the vignettes appeared inverted in relation to the coloured frame designs. Three of the denominations, 1 cent, 2 cents and 4 cents, were printed in sheets on which the center vignette was inverted relative to the frame. The inverts carry the Scott catalog numbers 294a, 295a, and 296a respectively. Normally, these would be detected by the quality control people at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the badly printed sheets would have been destroyed. But, some of them made their way to post offices and were sold to the public. These three "inverted center" stamp denominations are among the greatest of 20th Century rarities today. The three US stamps, if purchased together, have a 2012 Scott Catalog value of $137,000.00, far too expensive for most collectors!
While the 1 cent and 2 cent inverts reached post offices by accident, the 4 cent invert was printed deliberately as the result of a misunderstanding — and, in fact, never went on sale. After the discovery of the 1¢ and 2¢ inverts in mid-1901, the Third Assistant Postmaster, Edwin C. Madden, decided to track down any additional errors, and in late summer had his assistant instruct the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to send any inverted Pan-American stamps in their inventory to Madden's office. No inverted stamps in fact remained on hand, and proper procedure would have been for the Bureau to inform Madden that none were still in stock. However, interpreting Madden’s communique as an unconditional demand for inverts, the Bureau produced four sheets of them from the 4 cent plates and sent 400 copies on to Madden. The word "specimen" was then hand stamped in purple ink on about half of the stamps. Between 1901 and 1904 Madden distributed 172 four-cent inverts as gifts to friends, associates and his sons (also keeping one for himself), both with and without the overstamp. News of this brought charges of impropriety and an official investigation by the Postmaster General, but Madden was cleared of any wrongdoing, given that no money had changed hands. Of the copies that remained, a pane of 100 went into the Government Collection of American Stamps in the Washington National Museum. The curator there later traded 97 inverts from that pane to stamp dealers in exchange for examples of rare U. S. issues missing from the museum’s collection. (No record exists of what happened to the rest of the 400 original copies.)
The one cent invert is considerably more common than the others. One single stamp of each value was sold at Robert A. Siegel Auctions in April 2009 for a total cost of $199,000 (respectively, $19,000; $90,000; $90,000). A block of four of each invert value realised $1,146,000 in the same auction ($21,000; $800,000; $325,000).
The Alan B. Whitman Collection Block of four
Block of four
Block of four.Ex Col. Edward H. R. Green, Philip H. Ward, Weill Stock and Connoisseur.
Block of four.
The Alan B. Whitman Collection of single stamps
1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, of the 600 to 700 known
The 2c is the rarest of the three Pan-American Inverts. It is surmised that approximately 200 were issued through the post office, with two distinct shades known. Estimates of surviving examples range from an early count (1945) of 55 unused and 2 or 3 used to the 1998 Datz estimate of 150 unused, 3 to 5 used and a block of four intact.
The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed. In fact, because the stamps were removed from mounting paper, they are generally thinned or have seriously disturbed gum.
In 2001, for the centenary of the inverts issue, the USPS produced a souvenir sheet that contained reproductions of the three original inverts, along with four 80-cent stamps based on a souvenir Cinderella stamp available at the original Pan-American Exposition. Fourteen million copies were printed, making this a common issue. Although the details and colors are exact copies of the originals, the date "2001" appears on the lower left corner of each stamp.
1. Col Jayanta Dutta, Dr Anjali Dutta, Jayoti Dutta, Ananya Dutta (2006). Rare Stamps of the World, The Army Philatelic Society.
2. James E. Koetzel (editor), (2006). Scott 2007 Specialized Catalog of United States Stamps and Covers. Sidney, OH: Scott Publishing Co.
3. Beverly King, Max Johl, (1937). The United States Postage Stamps of the Twentieth Century, Volume I. H. L. Lindquist.
4. "The Alan B. Whitman Collection of Outstanding U.S. Stamps: 1901 Pan-American Issue Invert Singles". Robert A. Siegel Auctions. 2009.
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I am extremely happy to publish here the Interview of a person who has created an exquisite art from damaged and discarded postage stamps. It’s a very special and unique art work. She is Mrs Deepa Melkote from Bangalore. 82 year old, Mrs Melkote is an art lover and has specialized in making collage from discarded stamps, I am pleased to share some pieces of her artwork and her journey of four decades in making these beautiful collages.Mr Nikhilesh Melkote, a senior member of Karnataka Philatelic society and a noted philatelist from Bangalore is her son. What a wonderful combination of art and philately in Melkote’s family !. Here is her interview with Mr Naresh Agrawal .- Editor
1. How did you get in to this hobby of Collage making with stamps ? Did it start form collecting stamps and then moving on to Collage making or you straight away started with collage making?
My son Nikhilesh used to collect stamps since his school days, in the 1970s. As a philatelist, he would throw away even stamps with minor damage like perforation missing or thin paper etc. One day I told him to give these damaged stamps to me so that I could do something useful with them. I already had made decorative items with waste products with aluminium foil, milk bottle caps etc.
2. Stamp collectors / Philatelists love stamps, preserve those in stock books or display those on album sheets and collect on a theme or adopt some other collecting and preserving methodology. But you chose a different way of loving stamps, collecting and preserving. How did this idea click you?
I read in a magazine that an English lady used old Penny Black and Penny Red stamps as wallpaper in her room. This gave me the idea that why not use stamps to make works of art?
3. Did you learn collage making from somewhere? Tell us something how do you select your theme and proceed with collage making?
I am totally self-taught. My late husband was in Government service and he was posted in many places like Vidhana Sabha (secretariat), Bangalore, Tungabhadra Dam and Administrative Training Institute, Mysore. These buildings where he worked in became themes for my collage. When we visited Calcutta I took a picture of Howrah Bridge and made it into a collage. In addition, I picked up any nice pictures from mythology like Radha Krishna, Krishna Leela or any pretty natural landscapes for my art.
4. There is one new emerging class in philately which helps stamp lovers with small pockets. Cheap stamps are appreciated in this class to help promotion of philately. But your collecting and crafting interest has given new thinking and dimension to philately which not only help using cheap stamps but torn and damaged stamps to get life. What do you say on this aspect of philately you are perusing and enjoying?
I cannot claim to be a philatelist at all. I am just an amateur artist who uses stamps discarded by philatelists as a medium.
5. Collage making needs time, strength, physical and mental fitness apart form skill, vision etc. . At this age of 82, how do manage your hobby in terms of procuring material and making collage and managing time being at home?
I have other hobbies like embroidery, knitting etc. in addition to collage making. These help me to spend my time fruitfully and I don’t get bored anytime.
6. Collage making is very specialized craftsmanship which needs skill, imagination and love. How do you work on your collage crafting / making. Tell us about the subjects you prefer for making collage.
It does not need any specialized skill. Yes, love and imagination are a must. I first draw the outline of the drawing on a white paper. Then I collect the required number of stamps of the right colour and shape. Later the stamps are pasted on the sheet using glue. Subject can be anything which catches my fancy, as stated above.
7. What difference do you find in the way you indulge in stamps and the other philatelists do?
As I said, I cannot be compared to philatelists who do serious study of stamps. I am a collector and artist.
8.You need good number of stamps of specific designs, colors, sizes etc.. With introduction of modern technology in communication systems, how do you find getting stamps you need now?
Earlier, we used to get stamps on every letter. In my husband’s office also, the staff were instructed to preserve every stamp. My son and his philatelist friends used to supply me with a lot of their unwanted stamps. Nowadays its more difficult as we hardly receive any letter with stamps on them.
9. Please tell us about other hobbies you pursue other than stamp collage making?
I play Bridge with my friends and also read a lot of books. My other art works include embroidery, patchwork and knitting.
10. We congratulate for your long journey with the craftsmanship of stamps. How do you feel after having such long association?
Thank you for the compliment. I feel happy and content that I put my time to productive use and also entertained people with my art.
11. Lastly after having long journey with stamps, how do you find philately in personality building of a child.
I feel philately is a very educative and fun hobby and all efforts must be made to encourage children to take up. It is a challenge today to convince children because of their exposure to technology and other activities. But philatelists like Mrs Jeevan Jyoti are doing a great job to preserve this hobby.
Interview : Naresh Agrawal
New issues from other Countries
Isle of Man
6 April 2017 : Isle of Man - Festivals
This colourful miniature sheet is a celebration of the Isle of Man’s rich cultural heritage, with each stamp dedicated to festival which inspires and entertains. The release of this miniature sheet is to coincide with the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Music, Speech and Dance Festival. This colourful collection uses colour blocks on each stamp to represent the stage of the festival while words related to each of the festivals is displayed in microtext.
Climate change, excessive hunting, intense volcanic activity, are some of the causes that led to the destruction of large parts of the flora and fauna on Earth. A great variety of plant and animal species are classified as endangered and others are near extinction every year, even before biologists can identify and categorize them.
Romfilatelia, through the postage stamp issue Recently extinct species intends to sound the alarm on climate change involving all humanity and their responsibility to protect the planet.
1.The passenger pigeon or wild pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 2.70, is an extinct species of pigeon that was endemic to North America, where in the past it was very widespread. The scientific name, migratorius, refers to its migratory character.The remarkable phenomenon of this species was the enormous number of individuals, which travelled in flocks with lengths up to 5 km.
Passenger pigeons were hunted by Native Americans, but hunting intensified after the arrival of Europeans, particularly in the 19th century. At the end of the 19th century their numbers dropped significantly, the main reasons for the extinction of this species being the massive scale of hunting, the fact that the species would produce a single egg as well as the rapid loss of habitat.
The last recorded nest and egg in the wild were collected in 1895 near Minneapolis. Martha, the last of her kind in captivity, died of old age on September 1, 1914, in the Cincinnati Zoo.
2.Thylacinus cynocephalus, Greek for “dog-headed pouched one”, was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times and is illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 3.50. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped lower back) or the Tasmanian wolf.
Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is believed to have become extinct in the 20th century.
Intensive hunting, encouraged by bounties, was named as the main cause of its disappearance, although other factors are to be considered as well, such as diseases and human encroachment on its territory. The last captive thylacine, later referred to as Benjamin, was trapped in 1933, and sent to the Hobart Zoo where it lived for three years. This last thylacine died on 7 September 1936.
3.The Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica), illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 8, is an extinct tiger subspecies that inhabited the Indonesian island of Java until the mid-1970s.
The Javan tiger was a small size subspecies, compared to other subspecies to the Asian continent. With a body length of 200-245 cm and a weight of 100-140 kg (the males), the Javan tiger was classified as a distinct species, Panthera sondaica.
Tigers and their prey were poisoned in many places when their habitat was rapidly being reduced. Natural forests were increasingly fragmented after World War II for plantations of coffee and rubber. During the period of civil unrest after 1965, armed groups retreated to reserves, where they killed the remaining tigers.
The last tiger was sighted in the Meru Betiri National Park, in 1976. Since then, not a single cub has been recorded in this last known refuge of the big cats.
The Baiji (Lipotes vexillifer), illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 15, is the only representative of the Lipotidae family, being a functionally extinct species of freshwater dolphin, formerly found only in the Yangtze River in the People’s Republic of China.
The Baiji population declined drastically as the People’s Republic of China industrialized and made heavy use of the river for fishing, transportation, and hydroelectricity.
What sets it apart in terms of looks is the long snout, which developed as an adaptive necessity to the dark muddy waters of the Yangtze river, where sight could not be used for orientation of food gathering.
It has been claimed, after surveys in the Yangtze River during the 1980s, that the Baiji is the first dolphin species in history that humans have driven to extinction. Efforts were made to conserve the species, but a late 2006 expedition failed to find any Baiji in the river.
16 April 2017 : 12 Months, 12 Stamps - Barcelona
Continuing with the series inaugurated by Correos this year, 12 months, 12 stamps, this month the issue is dedicated to the province of Barcelona. The month of April, the month of spring, of the rebirth, is one of the most important months for this province as it celebrates its great day, Sant Jordi or St. George's Day, commemorating the death of this saint on April 23 Of the year 303. In 1995, UNESCO proclaimed April 23rd as World Book Day. That day, therefore, the popular tradition combines the two commemorations, with the exchange of red roses for the saint, and a book for the date.
For this reason, an open book with the inscription "Sant Jordi" appears next to a red rose.On the book rests a letter B, which, following the line of the stamps issued earlier in this series, represents the province through the old letters of registration of vehicles.
The letter is decorated with the Dragon of Park Güell, which has become an emblem of the park, and serves to represent the style of the great Gaudí and "trencadís", a type of ornamental application of the mosaic from ceramic fragments.
Next to the dragon, one can see one of the most international desserts of the place, the Crema Catalana, made with egg yolk, sugar, flour and milk with cinnamon and lemon peel, which once curdled, is burnt over, creating a fine caramelised layer.
Next to the Crema Catalana, the mythical Hotel W, known as hotel vela, was designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill, which reaches 99 meters in height and forms part of the postcard that forms the coastal image of the city of Barcelona.
Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin April 2017
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