22 December 2014

New stamp on Winter Sport



Date of Issue : 15 December 2014

Armenia Post has released  stamp on the theme “Winter Sports”. It was issued on December 15th, 2014 .The stamp with the logo of Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) depicts the alpine skiing as the most common winter sport in Armenia. The mentioned theme was adopted by the RCC member-countries as the common theme to be issued in 2014.


Stamp on International year of solidarity with Palestinian people




Algerian Post issued a special stamp to celebrate the International year of solidarity with Palestinian people. The item was released on the 15th of December. In Algeria on occasion of this year a special festival is held annually. The Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika called on his people to extend their hands to help the Palestinian people as a “moral and human duty”.

The date of 29 November was chosen as the day of solidarity with Palestinian people because of its meaning and significance. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being as an independent and sovereign State.

The Solidarity Day has traditionally provided an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine is still unresolved and that the Palestinian people is yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.


Press Clippings

image Divyabhaskar - City Bhaskar edition  covered Timir Shah’s  Interview  on collection of BRL fee stamps & various types of TV & radio Licenses. Mr Timir Shah is noted philatelist of Vadodara.


21 December 2014

New stamps from Monaco



Date of Issue : 21 January

Monaco Post will issue a special stamp on occasion of centenary of the Kiwanis International organization. The stamp has been already designed and will be released on the 21st of January 2015.

The Kiwanis International organization was established in Detroit, USA in 1915. Its headquarters are now in Indianapolis. Although it was originally created as a business network, its members’ philosophy rapidly turned to focus on helping children in need.

Kiwanis began to expand throughout the world in 1963 and now has more than 600,000 volunteer members in 100 countries.

New stamp on Aquatic Plant from Monaco


Date of Issue : 21 January 2015

Another stamp from  Monaco Post dedicated to the flora of this country. The item depicts Posidonia meadow – national species of Monaco. The issue  is scheduled to be released on the 21st of January 2015.

This marine plant species is not seaweed, but an aquatic plant which plays a vital role in the coastal marine environment. The meadows that it forms serve as spawning grounds and nurseries for a multitude of animal species, and a source of food for still more. Its role in the environment also includes protecting the coastline from erosion, storing atmospheric carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

Club News


Lupex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition was held at Ludhiana Post Office, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Ludhiana on 19th and 20th December 2014. Exhibits on variety of subjects were on display at the exhibition. During the exhibition ‘My Stamp’ facility was also launched at Ludhiana.

Shri Yash Pal Bangia, President of Ludhiana Philatelic Club displayed his scooter decorated with images of postage stamps at the exhibition.

In Senior category first prize was won by Bhuvan Mehta for his collection “Sheetlets of India”, while Narinder Pal Singh and Dr Kanwar won the second prize for their respective collections on Extraordinary Stamps and Birds. The third prize was given to Rajpal Oswal for his collection on Braille. In the junior category, which was for the participants till the age of 14, the joint first prize was awarded to Kultaran Singh and Sandli Battra for their respective collections on Sikhism and Discover India.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest

19 December 2014

New Special Cover


‘My stamp’ and  ‘Special cover’  on Rotary  issued by India Post, Bihar Circle on 5th Dec.


A special Cover was released on  Rotary day Celebration by Bihar Postal Circle on 5th December 2014 with the release of My Stamp . The cover is based on Buddhism theme and was released by RI President Gary CK Huang.






- Pradip Jain – Patna : email : philapradip@gmail.com


Article on 1948 Gandhi Memorial Issue


An article on 1948 Gandhi Memorial Issue  by noted professional philatelist of Patna Mr Pradip Jain  was recently published in  popular International stamp magazine Gibbons Stamp Monthly. The whole story is being published into three series Nov. 14 , Dec 14 and Jan 15 issue.

18 December 2014

Christmas stamps from Royal Mail



Date of Issue : 4 November 2014

Here is a beautiful miniature sheet  issued by  Royal mail for this year;s Christmas. This festive Miniature Sheet features all seven Special Stamps on a snowy background illustrated by Andrew Bannecker, bearing the words : Christmas 2014.

The Mint Stamps feature five tableaux: Collecting the Christmas Tree, Posting Christmas Cards, Building a Snowman, Carol Singing and Ice Skating. The first two tableaux also feature on the Large stamps, enabling a full range of seven values to be offered.


Collecting the Christmas Tree Second Class A father and his son (son and daughter in the Large version) trudge contentedly home in the snow, having picked up their tree in the run-up to Christmas.


Posting Christmas Cards First Class A robin, cheekily perched on top of a post box, watches as a girl and little boy (accompanied by another child in the Large version) pop in their Christmas cards.


Building a Snowman £1.28 Already sporting a carrot nose and hat and scarf in traditional Christmas colours red and green, a snowman is completed when a boy adds a twig arm.


Carol Singing £1.47 In the shimmering glow of a classic street lamp, a family sing a round of festive songs as the snow tumbles gently down.



Ice Skating £2.15 In the final stamp, a mother and daughter skate together hand in hand on a frozen pond with a suitably festive backdrop of pine trees.

Christmas 2014 Stamp Cards


The images on Christmas 2014 stamps really are incredibly festive, so they look even more Christmassy when enlarged in postcard size. 8 in set.

17 December 2014

New Special Cover from Odisha



1st CBS Sub Post Office of Odisha Circle

A special cover was released on 1st CBS Post Office of Odisha Circle by the Hon'ble Governor of Odisha, Dr. S C Jamir on 9 Decembere 2014.




Rajbhawan S O, Bhubaneswar – 751 008 successfully migrated to CBS on 09.12.2014 First CBS Sub Post Office of Odisha Circle and 2ndCBS Office ( Next to Bhubaneswar GPO) .


- Sreejesh Krishnan – Trivandrum

Image Courtesy  - http://ipasporissa.blogspot.in/2014/12/roll-out-of-raj-bhawan-so-to-cbs-as.html

CBS Post Office

India Post has the largest Postal Savings Bank network in the world. Keeping pace with the technological changes in the banking field and to meet the expectations of the customers, India Post has undertaken a project for switching over to a Core Banking Solution (CBS) platform with a total project outlay of Rs. 800 crores. CBS will enable customers to do banking operations through computers, mobile phones and withdraw cash through ATMs. Money transfer from one account to another too will become easier and faster.

Old Toys – Europa2015 Theme




Date of Issue : 8 May 2015

I am sharing here few stamps to be released by European Countries in 2015 on “old traditional” Toys. The theme of Europa 2015 is old Toys. Europa stamps will feature popular traditional old toys of the respective countries.  Stamp from Aland features  “Monkey with drum”. This toy was very popular few decades ago all over the world . Pulling toys were also favorites of little children and will be featured on stamps from Denmark. Building Blocks have  always been  very popular among children and these will appear on stamps from Denmark.


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Date of Issue : 2 January 2015


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Date of Issue : 4 May 2015


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Date of Issue : 30th April 2015

View : Complete list of Europa 2015 stamps


The meaning of toys as we know it today being exclusively playthings for children was not commonly used until the nineteenth century. Before then and even into the early 1800’s the word toy was used to describe anything from an adult bauble of little or no value to a very expensive miniature (like handcrafted pieces of silver furniture handmade by the best craftsmen). The word toy comes from an old English world meaning tool.

Ancient toys from excavations of Egyptian ruins show that children had a variety: painted wood balls or glazed papyrus and reeds; spinning tops of wood, papyrus, or stone; pull toys and dolls crafts of wood, ivory, gold, bronze and clay. Some wooden animals had moveable parts, like the jaws of tigers and crocodiles.

Both in Greek and Roman times there were lots of different children’s playthings. They played with clay spinning tops (some propelled with a piece of thread on the end of a stick), balls, terracotta animals and dolls with moving arms and legs, baby toys including animal shaped rattles. Roman children had dolls, wooden toy hoops, spinning tops, drums, draughts, and wooden animals.  Children's games like naughts and crosses, knucklebones and blind man's bluff existed. Wood horses for both these eras were also favourites, including models of the Trojan horse. Many in this period were designed to develop physical fitness. Some, like the hoop, were used by both children and adults. Kites were another old plaything enjoyed by young and old. The Chinese, who invented kites over 3000 years ago, developed many variations and also used them to send signals. The Chinese or Japanese invented the whipped top at an early date. These became so popular and all different types spread throughout Asia and the Middle East. In the English 1500’s toys were popular. For example a Tudor Christmas was a special celebration full of fun and also pomp. The celebrations took place in halls and a Lord of Misrule rode in on a hobby horse, Mummers were actors, Jesters kept everyone happy and Merrymakers (ordinary people) wore costumes and heads of strange monsters! The musicians would have played with pipes, drums, lutes and whistles from a gallery.

As long as toys have existed they have reflected the cultures that produced them. They reflect popular styles of clothing, activities, occupations, social standards and conditions. For example boats, wheeled vehicles and planes of transportation all show the styles of the period in which they were made. Doll makers and craft toys often reflect period styles and clothing.

The Europa 2015 stamps will feature old traditional toys .

Club News

"ITS Stamp News"and completes 17 years of publication


The Indian Thematic Society has issued a new issue no.68 December 2014 of its quarterly magazine "ITS Stamp News" ( Editor – Suraj Jaitly ) and completed 17 years of its regular publication without any break or combined issue. Many many congratulations to Mr Suraj Jaitly.The issue has been despatched to its regular subscribers if you are not its subscriber Please contact :

Suraj Jaitly  email :   indianthematicsociety@gmail.com

Mobile: +91 98728 51244
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Press Clippings

Finding music in stamps and coins


Gandikota Sriramarao has 250 coins and 93 musical currency notes, apart from over 4,000 stamps from around the world, collected over 24 years. Photo: R. Ravindran – The Hindu

There is music in these postage stamps. They are not just pieces of paper with images on them but contain music that you can listen to,’ says retired Commander Gandikota Sriramarao, as he shows off his collection of gramophone record/CD/DVD stamps from Bhutan and North Korea that can actually be played.

The Visakhapatnam-based philatelist is exhibiting his collection of currency notes, coins and pictorial cancellations related to music at the Tag Listening and Viewing Archives at The Music Academy.

An avid interest in music and singing led Mr. Sriramarao to learn music after he retired from the Indian Navy.

“Collecting stamps, coins and currency have been my passion from childhood. But when I started learning music, I decided to collect things connected to music. I have been doing it for 24 years now and have 250 coins and 93 musical currency notes apart from over 4,000 stamps from around the world,” says the 74-year-old who spends half his pension on this.

A walking encyclopaedia on stamps and currency, he says, “There are 76 musical post offices in 13 countries. They are named after musicians.”

At the exhibition, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. till Saturday, one can see coins shaped like guitars and those embedded with Swarovski crystals, or even gold and silver.

Mr. Sriramarao’s wife, Ramalakshmi Gandikota, herself a musician, and son Vijai Gandikota too share his passion for stamps and are at hand to explain the significance of the collection to visitors at the exhibition.

The Hindu  - 17 December 2014

- Mahesh Parekh - Chennai

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