21 November 2017

First stamp of Independent India

Date of Issue : 21 November 1947

The First Stamp of Independent India was issued on 21 November 1947. It depicts the Indian Flag with the patriots' slogan, Jai Hind (Long Live India), on the top right hand corner. It was valued at three and one-half annas and was  meant for foreign correspondence

Date of Issue : 15 December 1947

The second stamp issued on 15 December 1947 depicts the Aśokan lions capital, the National Emblem of India, and was for domestic use.

Date of Issue : 15 December 1947

The third stamp also issued on 15 December 1947, showing a Douglas DC-4 aircraft, was meant for foreign airmail.

19 November 2017

Christmas 2017 stamps from Christmas Islands

Date of Issue : 1 November 2017

Here is a beautiful set of stamps and a Miniature sheet issued by Christmas Islands for this year's Christmas..In recognition of Christmas Island’s name (selected by Captain William Mynors, as he sailed past the island on Christmas Day, 1643), Christmas Island Christmas stamps have been issued every year, since 1984. They are a light-hearted take on Christmas in the southern hemisphere.

The stamps

Illustrated by Shane McGowan, this year’s stamps and minisheet show Santa taking time out from delivering presents to practise his golf swing on the spectacular Christmas Island nine-hole golf course.
In the minisheet design, One see that the island’s famous red crabs are enjoying stealing some of Santa’s errant golf balls, which Santa’s elves are doing their best to rescue and fashion into a Christmas tree, to add some festive flair to the golf course. The island’s many seabirds are also enjoying the view.

$2 Santa

The international-Christmas-card-rate stamp features Santa teeing off.

65c Rudolf

The domestic Christmas-card-rate stamp features Rudolf, as Santa’s trusty golf caddy.

Sheetlet of 5 X$2
This sheetlet contains 5 x $2 self-adhesive International stamps from the Christmas Island Christmas 2017 stamp issue.

17 November 2017

Special Cover - Valley of Words..International Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun

Valley of Words - International Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun
17-19 November 2017

A Special cover was released on inaugural day of "Valley of Words", International Literature and Arts Festival, being held at Dehra Dun from 17 -19 Nov. 2017 by Dr. KK Paul, Governor of Uttarakhand.

Valley of Words is a Festival of literature and  arts which brings together the best writers, critics, and listeners from poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writings for young adults, storytellers, balladeers, puppeteers, thespians, photographers, artists and craftspeople from across the world.

Image Coutesy : Abhai Mishra

Stamp Exhibition at Valley of Words

Abhai Mishra, Jeevan Jyoti, Vinay Gupta,Abhishek Bishnoi

A stamp exhibition is also going on  at Valley of Words Literature and Arts Festival, Hotel Madhuban, Dehra Dun , 17 to 19 Nov. 2017. Governor's exhibit and 6 Exhibits of Dehradun philatelists - Uttarakhand Postal history, Dehra Dun and POW camps by Abhai Mishra, Taj Mahal and Rainbow by Jeevan Jyoti, Sachin Tendulkar by Vinay Gupta Gupta and Musicians by Abhishek Bishnoi are on display.

15 November 2017

New Special Cover on Children's Day

14 November - Children's Day 

Children's Day (also known as Bal Diwas) is celebrated in India every year on 14th November. As Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very affectionate towards children, his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day.

Silicon City Academy of Seoondary Education-ACSSE school,founded by Shri.K.B.Lakshman in the year 2005 was built on a formidable mission to make a happy place for all children as "Joy of Learning" is the motto of the School.Under the "able guidance of academic Chairman Dr:K.S. Sameera Simha, the school is providing quality education.Students are exposed to a well structured friendly teaching methodology that will help to shape their future in a positive way. Learn more about SCASE on: www.siliconcity.edu.in

Special Cover :  Inscription stones of Bengaluru 

Exhibition on Inscription Stones of Bengaluru, 14 - 19 November 2017

Inscription Stones Of Bangalore' is a civic activism project to raise awareness and protect ancient inscription stones (shila shaasanas) found in the Bengaluru region. Inscriptions stones are original documentation of the people, culture, religion and language of the region dating back to as early as 750CE. Rampant urbanization in Bengaluru has led to destruction of a majority of the 150 stones in the old 'Bangalore' region which were documented by B.L. Rice and others from 1894 to 1905 in the remarkable twelve-volume series Epigraphia Carnatica. This project retraces the footsteps of B.L. Rice to protect and restore the dignity of the last remaining 25 'Inscription Stones Of Bangalore'. This special cover was released on 14-11-2017.

Front image: The oldest Kannada stone inscription in the Bengaluru region dated to about 750 CE (Ganga period).

Rear image: Inscription stone at Begur with the earliest recorded use of the name 'Bengaluru' dated to 890C

-  Suresh R., Bengaluru

14 November 2017

Children's Day

Date of Issue : 14 November 2017

India Post released a set of two stamps in the denomination of Rs 15 each and also two miniature sheets of Rs 15 each on November 14, 2017 to mark Children’s Day 2017. The designs are based on children’s paintings on Nest.

Image source : Stamps of India

13 November 2017

2018 - Year of the Dog

Date of Issue : 10 November 2017

2018 is the year of the Dog . On 10th November, 2018, Åland Post issued Year of the Dog, the fourth stamp in the series featuring Chinese zodiac animals.  

 With this lovely miniature sheet, Swedish artist Martin Mörck continues to put his mark on the series, illustrating a time when sailing ships dominated the townscape and sailors bought China dogs as souvenirs.
Produced in Staffordshire, the heart of English porcelain industry, during the 1800s, the delicate China dogs were made from glazed and decorated ceramics and particularly popular among Scandinavian and Åland sailors. The sailors’ dogs, also known as Staffordshire dogs, always appear in pairs, the most common type being white spaniel dogs with details in gold. They were placed on the mantel piece or windowsill at home.  A tall tale accompanying the sailors’ dogs had it that the dogs would be placed looking into the living room when the sailor was at home but out of the window when he was at sea.
The original China dogs illustrated on the miniature sheet may be viewed in the collections of the Åland Maritime Museum. Two maximum cards, also painted by Martin Mörck, complement the miniature sheet.
Hong Kong

2018 - Year of Dog 

The “Year of the Dog” stamp issue is the seventh in Hongkong Post’s fourth Lunar New Year special stamp series. Four thematic stamps delight collectors with cute models of dogs in ceramic, jade, pottery and seashell art. Exhibiting the lovely temperament and sweet playfulness of the dog, they present the Chinese zodiac sign for the year. Also available are stamp sheetlets printed in paper and silk that celebrate this great festive time of the year with joy and auspicious greetings.

Date of Issue : 27 January 2017

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