23 April 2014

My recent covers and Magazines..

 

Journal of The Army Philatelic Society

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Thanks to Col Jayanta Dutta ( Chief Editor, JTAPS email : doctorjayanta2009@gmail.com  ) for the nice issue of JTAPS. Lot of info for the lovers of philately, Special articles on United States Grill stamps and US Postmaster’s Provisional stamps.

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Received from David Jastrzebski, Dijon - France 

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Ashwani Dubey , Gorakhpur

22 April 2014

22 April - Earth Day..

 

 

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Date of Issue : 22 April 2014

The USPS unveils Earth Day Stamp today !!

It's Earth Day !

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the Global: Sea Surface Temperatures stamps during the U.S. Department of Energy's Earth Day "Community Day" celebration on Tuesday, April 22.

The event will take place at The U.S. Department of Energy Forrestal Pavilion on Independence Avenue SW.

More than 20 green exhibitors will showcase their programs and services, say officials. Additionally, three local elementary schools will exhibit Earth Day artwork and displays and Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School fourth graders will participate in a "Scavenger Hunt" seeking environmental information from the exhibits.

New Special Covers..

 

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Special Cover on Mahavir Jayanti Celebration 2014 - 19th April 2014.

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India Post, Maharashtra and Goa Postal Circle issued a Special Cover on Mahavir Jayanti Celebration 2014 on 19th April 2014 at World Trade Center, Mumbai. (Sp. Cover approval no. MH/10/2014). The Special Cover was jointly released by Shri Harish Agrawal, Postmaster General, Mumbai Region, Shri Kapil Gogri, President, Jain Philately Group, Mumbai and Shri Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Industries Federation and Vice President, World Trade Center. Jain Philately Group, Mumbai has also prepared a presentation pack containing one special cover and 4 picture postcards on Jainism which is available at Rs. 100.

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Special Cover on Adopt homeless pet - 19th April 2014
 

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India Post, Maharashtra and Goa Postal Circle issued a Special Cover on Adopt homeless pet at Mumbai on 19th April 2014. (Sp. Cover approval no. MH/11/2014)

Courtesy : Indian Philatelic DigestSudhir Jain – Satna

New stamps on Mushrooms

 

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Here are new colorful stamps from Falkland Islands featuring 4 varieties of mushrooms. It’s a beautiful set for those collecting stamps on Mushrooms.

30p False Chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca

The False Chanterelle is a gilled boletoid which can easily be mistaken for the highly prized gourmet Chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius which has ridges instead of gills. Found in Britain, mainland Europe and North America it is fairly common in the Falkland Islands. A saprobic fungi it is generally found growing on acid grass-lands and heathland.

75p Red Wax Cap Hygrocybe sp

The genus Hygrocybe belongs to the family Hygrophoraceae in the order Agaricales. The name Hygrocybe means “watery head” and these fungi are so named because the cap is generally very moist often with a glossy appearance.

The Hygrophoraceae or the Wax Gill family contain some of the most striking and colourful mushrooms. The Wax Gills fall into two general groups, either brightly coloured as shown in this bright red species or white to dull-coloured. All have thick waxy gills which gives them their common name.

£1.00 Clustered Domecap Lyophyllum sp

One of the true mushrooms or toadstools this species from the family Lyophyllaceae in the order Agaricales was first described in 1818 by the Swedish mycologist Elias Magnus Fries. This species is found throughout Europe and in many other parts of the world.

£1.20 Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus

The genetic name Coprinus meaning “dung” or “living on dung” which is true of many Ink Caps, but not particularly apt for this species which not only grows in large groups in dung enriched grasslands but also along verges and even on footpaths. The species is widespread in Britain, on mainland Europe, the Mediterranean and North America. In the Falklands it grows in isolated patches in grassland or wasteland and appears during late Autumn.

New Stamp and Pictorial postmarks from Principality of Andorra

 

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Date of issue : 2 May 2014

New Stamp and two pictorial postmarks (FDI) from the Principality of Andorra
On May 2nd a single stamp with denomination 0,66 Euro.will be issued in Andorra . The stamp is featuring a Blue Tit(Cyanistes caeruleus) . In catalonian language Tintipella.
Two pictorial postmarks (FDI) will be issued for this day and the two postmarks are featuring two Blue Tits. One of them is for the Philatelic exhibition EURANDORRE together with the BIRDPEX at Poitiers.

Courtesy: Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de 

Mr.Dr.Bernhard Jankowsky,member of Philandorre(philandorre.online.fr) and Vice Chairman of the ArGe Brazil (www.arge-brasilien.de)

 

Club News

Dealers’ Meet at Mumbai

A dealers’  meet cum display was held at World Trade Center, Mumbai from 18th to 20th April. Despite of elections to be held on 24th, the event was  well attended by stamps and coins collectors and dealers. Good response was shown by the philatelists in buying stamps and other items from various dealers stalls. Both dealers and collectors were seen satisfied at the end of the show.

A special cover on Mahavir Jain was released during this event. A big  stall was put by the Dept of Posts having 5 to 6 staff members, attending to collectors and were seen compelling to buy the stamps. Whereas the response was not so overwhelming though they were having material since 2001 in their stock for sale.

- HP Singh , victorystamp.com

21 April 2014

Centenary of the Komagata Maru

 

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Canada Post will release  unique booklet of 6 international-rate stamps. Released in connection with Asian Heritage Month, this stamp recognizes the significance of the Komagata Maru incident and commemorates its 100thanniversary.

Canada Post,  will be releasing a stamp on May 1 ( formally to be released on May 6, 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, when a Japanese-owned ship carrying South Asian passengers was denied entry upon arrival in Canadian waters.

A sad moment in Canada’s history

On May 23, 1914 the Komagata Maru, carrying 376 South Asian passengers of mostly Sikh background, was refused permission to land in Vancouver due to the laws in place to discourage non-white immigrants from entering Canada. Instead of a journey for a better life, the passengers arriving in Vancouver were denied food and water, and were not allowed to disembark.

After two months of waiting and hoping to be granted entry, the majority of the passengers on board the Komagata Maru were forced to leave Vancouver on July 23, 1914. This event lead the passengers to face further conflicts after they had landed in Calcutta, India.

Toronto: The Canadian postal department, Canada Post, has decided to release a stamp on 1st May 2014, commemorating the centenary of Komagata Maru incident in 1914 that involved forced return of 376 passengers from the Vancouver Harbor to India.

This $2.50 stamp will be formally released in Ottawa by federal Employment and Multicultural Minister Jason Kenney and Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra.

“The South Asian community is proud that part of its history is being remembered,” the Canada Post said in a press statement.

Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamship hired by influential Sikh Baba Gurdit Singh, was boarded by 376 Indians and set sail for Canada in 1914. The Indians were not allowed to disembark at Vancouver city in Canada and the ship was sent back. On reaching India, the British government ordered firing on passengers as the ship anchored at Budge Budge port near Kolkata. 

“The Komagata Maru Foundation has done a good job educating people in the South Asian community, but there are still many Canadians who do not know about the incident,” Foundation President Harbhan Gill said.  “We’d love this stamp to prompt questions. This is part of Canadian history.” 

However, according to Toronto-based stamp collector Prakash Mody and a few others, Canada Post is doing a half-hearted job as it is issuing only $$2.50 Komagata Maru stamp. It means as an international stamp (which’s $2.50 denomination), it will only be used by Canadians for mailing international letters (United States not included). And so, Canadians won’t be able to see it while receiving mail or sending mail within the country. 

To Mody’s dismay Canada Post is printing only 250,000 of these stamps and not the usual 1.5-million stamps.

“If Canada Post wanted to publicize (as they mentioned in their write-up) this historical event, then they could have (and should have) issued this stamp at regular Canadian rate (85 cents) and should have printed their normal run of 1.5-million stamps,” he said.   

When approached, Canada Post President Deepak Chopra said he would make a statement and answer any questions related to this stamp on May 6 when the stamp will be formally released.

“Forced to leave Vancouver on July 23 (1914), the passengers (aboard Komagata Maru) returned to India, where approximately 20 of them were shot and others imprisoned. Even though it was a sad event, Canadians should take away a happy message. We’ve learned from those mistakes and made positive, inspiring changes in (the last) 100 years,” Gill said. 

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Mr Prakash Mody, noted philatelist from Canada expresses his views on this issue in a letter to  The Chairman, Canada Post and Philatelic Advisory Committee. Here are some points to ponder given by Mr Mody in his letter.

I am happy that on May 1, Canada Post (CP) is issuing a stamp on Komagata Maru incident. I don't know why was this Komagata Maru stamp is not issued of a domestic - permanent rate and instead issued of $2.50 international rate denomination? May be that Indo-Canadians may use it for writing to India but that number may be small (they use emails) and that way only few would come to know about this event. Canadians may not know about this black dot in history!

The quantity printed is only 250,000 instead of usual around 1.5 million stamps! If CP wanted to publicise, as mentioned in Details, this historical event, it could have issued of domestic rate with more quantity. I hope that wide publicity is given of the special function to release the stamp at Ottawa.

Views and Opinion

Some people said despite this being a historical decision to recount Canadian history, Canada Post is doing a half-hearted job as it’s issuing only $$2.50 Komagata Maru stamp.  It means as an international stamp (which’s $2.50 denomination), it will only be used by  Canadians  for  mailing international letters  (United States not included).  So, Canadians won’t be able to see it while receiving mail or sending mail within the country, says Toronto-based stamp collector Prakash Mody.

Moreover, to his dismay, Canada Post is  printing only 250,000 of these stamps and not usual 1.5-million stamps.  “If Canada Post wanted to publicize (as they mentioned in their write-up) this historical event, then they could have issued (and should have) issued this stamp of regular Canadian rate (58 cents) and  should have printed their normal run of 1.5-million stamps,” he says.

When approached, Canada Post President Chopra said he would make a statement and answer any questions related to this stamp on May 6 when the stamp will be formally released .

“Forced to leave Vancouver on July 23 (1914), the passengers (aboard Komagata Maru) returned to India, where approximately 20 of them were shot and others imprisoned.

“Even though it was a sad event, Canadians should take away a happy message.  We’ve learned from those mistakes and made positive, inspiring change in 100 years,” says Gill.  “We’re a new Canada, one that treats everyone as equal.”

Mody has for years been pursuing with Canada Post the idea of a Diwali stamp, as Diwali in Canada and elsewhere is no more deemed only as a Hindu Festival.  It has assumed to some extent the same meaning as Christmas.  Most Canadians now know what the Festival of Lights is.

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20 April 2014

Greetings on Easter

 

 

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Happy Easter  !!

 

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Date of Issue : 28 March 2014

Today is Easter . It is also called the Pasch or Pascha  or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion at Calvary. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

To celebrate Easter, Christianity’s most important feast, Magyar Posta  issued a regular postage stamp with a face value of HUF 115, on which the painting Recognition by the Kossuth Prize-winning artist Erzsébet Udvardi can be seen. The stamp design depicts the recognition of the Redeemer when breaking bread and the two disciples who encountered the risen Jesus on the way to the village of Emmaus. The apostle Luke mentions them in the Bible, but only names one of the two, Cleopas. The stamp was produced at the banknote printing company Pénzjegynyomda using a photograph by József Hajdú and the design of the graphic artist Eszter Domé through a combination of offset and gold foil printing.

Easter Eggs

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

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