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Belief of GPA : Gain Knowledge, Share Knowledge, Spread Knowledge

Editorial

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Confusion persists - Natural Calamity or Man made??? GPA expresses sincere condolences to the families of the victims of floods that have wrecked havoc in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh & parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Creative Philately

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Stamp Collecting is a Big Biz in Asia

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FastPhila : National

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FastPhila : International

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100 Years of Indian Cinema : Journey through Stamps...1

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Philately : The King of Hobbies & Hobby of Kings...

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Upcoming Events

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At the time of writing this editorial the stamps of 100 years of Indian Cinema have not been released at the philatelic bureaus for over 2 months now after official release on 3rd May, 2013. Why a notification was given that the stamps will arrive at the bureaus in June? BSNL & Mobile Companies are doing a brisk business as collectors from across India are ringing up the bureaus for inquiry of the stamps. The answer from the bureaus is more surprising - asking the collector, do you know when they will arrive? What a pity.

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Recently concluded All Indian Dealers Association meet in Delhi gave a new dimension to philately. The segment which was briskly traded & sought after was the First Day Covers of all segments i.e. with individual stamps, set of stamps, se-tenants & miniature sheets. Thanks to the new catalogue of FDC published by Mr. Praful Thakkar with pricing. Collectors/dealers were hunting for the FDC with their want list. The price realisation & volume of trade in FDC segment was buoyant. The dealers hope that the demand will grow in the coming months in this segment. It seems the collectors are now shifting their focus from mint to FDC. The saying "Mint Stamp is dumb, when it is cancelled it whispers, but when affixed on a FDC duly cancelled, it sings" has come true in this Dealers Meet. Sometimes, collectors need to re-evaluate the true purpose of collecting. If they view philately purely from the perspective of making money, they are apt to experience moments of stress & anxiety. However if they embrace philately as a refuge from the rigors of the world, then they have truly found the meaning of the hobby. Telegram service is to end by 15th July 2013. Many philatelists are expected to take a last dig at the telegraph office before it is discontinued forever. GPA acknowledges the untiring effort of the philatelists who are contributing by the way of articles to make GPA news a success. GPA thankfully acknowledges all from the philatelic trade who are giving regular advertisements. Mismanagement at its peak‌ Collectors packs is considered as a prestigious item of Indiapost. The collectors who do not regularly visit the philatelic bureaus heavily rely on them as the total stamps of a particular year can be availed at one go. Collector pack of the year 2012 is surely going to bring surprise amongst collectors as 7 (SEVEN) stamps issued in 2012 are missing from the pack. This is the information from many philatelic bureaus. If this happens, the image of Indiapost is sure to get a beating. It is believed that the stamps which are not in the year pack 2012 are..2 stamps of India Israel joint issue, Mathematics day, 4 stamps of Bio Diversity. Thanks & Warm Regards. Mainak Kathiara, President Emeritus

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By Shri Praful Thakkar, I.A.S. (Retd.)

Private Double Registered FDC with JAI HIND Cancellation of 15-8-1947 & Registered Date Cancellation of 21-11-1947 & 15-12-1947 on respective Date Stamps with Registration Slips This cover is the creation of renowned philatelist S. S. Nathan of Madras (Now Chennai). On the left side of the cover National Emblem with Lions is shown having two crossed Indian National Flags in background. The legend below that is, "INDEPENDENCE DAY :: 15th August 1947” Here is our darkness now the powers of light Stir us to change this land that we have filled With squalor and with nightmare and with night, To Beauty's self. They summon to rebuild Rebuild in beauty on the burnt-out coals Not to the heart's desire but to the Soul's ! "

Burma and Ceylon were British crown colonies or were under British Raj till they attained Independence. British Raj was the name given to the period of British colonial rule in South Asia between 1858 and 1947; it could also refer to the dominion itself and even the region under the rule. The region, commonly called India in contemporary usage, included areas directly administered by Britain, as well as the princely states ruled by individual rulers under the paramountacy of the British Crown. However, Burma and Ceylon were granted independence on January 4, 1948 and February 4, 1948 respectively. Hence, on 15-8-1947 they were under the administration of British Raj. And therefore on this cover along with the Victory stamp of George VI of India, the

stamps of Burma and Ceylon of George VI were affixed and were cancelled with special JAI HIND cancellation of India dated 15-8-1947. This cover is unique because it is a Private FDC not only with Commemorative “JAI HIND” cancellation of 15-8 -1947 of India on Stamps of KG VI of India, Burma and Ceylon, but it has also double registration cancellation done on 21-11-1947 & 15-12-1947 with respective issue date stamps. The cover also has delivery postmarks at the back and respective registration slips. The slips show that the same cover was registered twice on respective dates of 21-11-1947 & 15-12-1947. GU JA RA T

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By Justin Harper to The Telegraph, UK

There has been a huge surge of interest in stamps from collectors and investors across Asia, with iconic British stamps the most sought-after type. Stamp collecting is growing hugely popular in Asia, prompting British dealer Stanley Gibbons to open offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. There are roughly 60 million collectors of rare stamps around the world, with the Far East now accounting for more than twothirds. While the majority are bona fide collectors, many buy for investment purposes to diversify their portfolios. Keith Heddle, group investment director at Stanley Gibbons, said “Our investor base in A reunited block of twelve 2d (two penny) blues from Plate 1. The two Asia is growing fast, as high net worth indi- penny blue was released on the same day as the penny black, but is ten viduals buy stamps for investment and look times rarer. Photo: Stanley Gibbons at alternatives not just to mainstream options, but also to fine wine, art and most recently, gold.” China has rapidly risen up the ranks in terms of stamp-buying nations. Stamp collecting was banned under Mao until 1976, and wealthy Chinese are now beginning to buy back their heritage on a massive scale. Heddle added: “Chinese stamp shows are absolutely buzzing and there are estimated to be more than 20 million serious Chinese collectors. Markets are also booming in places like India, where there is a strong philatelic heritage." While Chinese rarities are appreciating in value, iconic British stamps such as the Penny Black and Two Penny Blue are constantly sought after. In fact, British stamps are the most widely collected in the world. Singapore is no stranger to acquiring expensive British stamps. An Edward VII 6d stamp overprinted with “IR Official” issued in 1904 was sold to a Singaporean investor in 2010 for £375,000. That was the rarest and most expensive single British stamp that Stanley Gibbons offered up until last year when the Plate 77 Penny Red was sold for £550,000 last year via its Hong Kong office.

“Stamp collecting in China was banned under Mao until 1976”

The most expensive item Stanley Gibbons had in stock was a reunited block of twelve 2d (Two penny) blues worth £950,000. This was sold recently to a collector in Australia. While a hobby for many, rare stamps have proved to be a valuable asset class over the long-term, acting as a useful hedge against volatile stock markets. The GB30 Index, which tracks the prices of 30 of the rarest stamps of Britain, has risen by more than 11 per cent each year for the past 10 years. However the market is fairly illiquid as stamps are rare and traded very infrequently. Last year Stanley Gibbons launched the GB250 Index to provide a broader view of the investment market for stamps from Britain. Source and More reading @ goo.gl/iKfGo. One of the Readers Sandylns has given comments on above article as under : "Canada has produced a Lunar New Year stamp since 1997 aimed directly at the Chinese market. They are extremely popular and sell out fast. The stamps are tri lingual and each year is illustrated with the appropriate symbol." GU JA RA T

Senior Philatelist Dr. Amrish Parikh passes away Renowned Senior Philatelist, surgeon and member of Gujarat Philatelists’ Association Shri Dr. Amrish J. Parikh passed away on 9th July 2013. GPA team offers deep condolences to the great philanthropist. May his Soul rest in Peace. He was a source of Inspiration for young Philatelists. He lived for People in entire his Life.

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- Compilation by Jatin Trivedi

India Post : Achievements & Challenges India Post has uploaded video showing their Achievements and Challenges at goo.gl/r1HZM. Ms. Lotty Alaric discusses these achievements and challenges with delegates to the Program named “PUBLIC FORUM” and have discussion. Delegates include Mrs. P. Gopinath (Secretary of Posts, Director General & the Chairperson of Postal Services Board), Mr. Alok Saxena (Deputy Director General of the Project Management Unit, Department of Posts) and Ms. Rajul Bhatt (Director, Project Management Unit, Department of Posts). The video covers larger aspects of India Post through its Journey since it’s inception. This video can be viewed on Youtube at youtu.be/gGruR657MHo.

Personalised Stamps (MY STAMP) in MICHEL Catalogue

- Courtesy Shri Shrikant Parikh

Germany based world’s renowned Stamps Catalogue “MICHEL” includes Four Indian Personalised Stamps in their catalogue with Market Price and details. Personalised stamps released in India are recognized by leading catalogues now across the world but in India we are still waiting to get this included in Catalogues as well as in Collector’s Pack and List of Stamps published by India Post. These stamps can be seen neither on India Post Website nor on WNS.

Special Cover on Tagore-Gandhi

Philatelists set to use Telegram on Last Day

- Courtesy Shri Pradip Jain

On 9th July 2013, Ravindra Parishad and Patna GPO of Department of Posts released a Special Cover on “Mahatma Gandhi”, “Kasturba” and “Rabindranath Tagore” at Shantiniketan in spring festival, during Stamp Show 2013. The cancellation used is Pictorial cancellation on which depicts Nobel Prize medal of Gurudev.

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As we all now know that the July 15th would be the last day to use the Telegram services as BSNL, the Telegram Service providing company, has declared that they are shutting down 160 years old telegram service on no or limited use of it by people of India on maximization of the use of alternate communication methods like emails and SMSs. Various media including The Diplomat publishes article on this with title “India Sends Its Last Telegram, Stop” with some quotes from BSNL officials and illustrations provided by Shri. Pradip Jain from Bihar. This article can be viewed at goo.gl/77Uqr. The article of DNA daily can be viewed at goo.gl/WrHCH which mentions some experiences of people who have used this service before. Philatelists from across the country are all set to use this service on the last day as it could be a collectible item. There are Philatelists across the world who have informed their India friends to get one copy for them and send them for their collection. It is believed that BSNL will make highest profit on Telegram on July 15th comparing last decade.

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- Compilation by Jatin Trivedi

Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition

Royal Mail is running an amazing national art competition for primary school pupils to design stamps for Christmas 2013. Two lucky winners will see their designs on one of the 1st or one of the 2nd Class Christmas stamps from this year’s range. Only twice before has Royal Mail run a competition like this – in 1966 and 1981 – so this is the first opportunity for more than 30 years for school pupils to design an official Royal Mail Christmas stamp. The competition theme is ‘what does the Christmas season mean to you?’ and so the children can design an image that best describes what the festive holiday period means to them. Stamp Design displayed here is art work of a Student named Lucinda Blackmore (Age 6 at that time). This design was selected as Stamp Design and the stamp was published in 1981 on the occasion of Christmas. Source & More Information at goo.gl/rhtTy.

LONDON 2015 : EUROPHILEX

EUROPA 2013 Stamp

LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX International Philatelic Exhibition Regulations (IREX) are published and can be viewed at goo.gl/cDpBa. Commissioners also are decided for most of European countries and the list is made available for Philatelists if they want further information from their respective countries. The full list of Commissioners and other details are available on official website www.london2015.net.

In last edition of GPA NEWS, we published article with compilation of all EUROPA Stamps. At that time stamp from some countries were not released including Isle of Man. The image is the stamp released by Isle of Man on EUROPA 2013.

Tall Ships from Jersey Jersey Post has released a set of Six Stamps dedicated to Legendary Tall Ships. A Tall ship is a Large, Traditionally Rigged Sailing Vessel. The featured tall ships are Stavros S Niarchos, HM Bark Endeavour, STS Tenacious, Eye of The Wind, Prince William and Sk/S Christian Radich. Popular modern tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques. Tall Ships are actively used during races or festivals. Source : goo.gl/pncpl.

150th Anniversary of Monte-Carlo

Constellation Series No. 3 from Japan

Four stamps were issued by Monaco Post to celebrate 150th anniversary of Monte-Carlo SBM (Societe des Bains de Mer). On the 2nd April 1863, an Order of Prince Charles III has given François Blanc the exclusive right to run in Monaco the “Societe des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Etrangers”, which became Monte-Carlo SBM. Source & more info @ goo.gl/exv9U.

Japanese post issued the third series of Constellation stamps. The “Constellation” stamps collection is issued for the purpose of promotion of natural science and culture of letter writing. That’s why the Constellation stamps are usually highly demanded among Japanese customers. The current issue is dedicated to the typical spring constellations and deThe rarest regularly-issued Chinese stamp – the picts: Cancer, Leo, 1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar is sold for Virgo, Ursa Major, HK$ 6.9 Million which is equal to US$890,000 at Little Bear, Bootes, an Auction in Hong Kong. Only 32 copies are ReCorvus, Corona, corded for this stamp said Interasia Auctions in a Canes Venatici and Press release. “Philately has a special place in Ladle constellaChinese culture, with rare stamps regarded as important cultural tions Source & icons and treasures, just like art,” auction house director Jeffrey More info @ Schneider said in the statement. Source & more info @ goo.gl/ goo.gl/Luz1b. MI4ic.

Rare Chinese Stamp sold for US$890,000

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100 Years of Indian Cinema : Journey through Stamps : 1

Research based Compilation by Shri Vijay Navlakha

At the time of compiling this article and gathering information about stamps released on 50 iconic Personalities of Indian Cinema, Philatelists are yet to see the miniature sheets in their hand as they have not yet arrived in the bureaus. As some of them have seen it but most of us have seen the images as we have printed it in the last issue of GPA NEWS and they are available on Internet also. The brochure which is prepared for this release DOES NOT contain the information on personalities whose stamps are released. Being this reason some Philatelists demanded to compile the information of Information on all of these Iconic Personalities whose stamps are released and you can see the result below. This article provides you basic information of these celebrities. We have already shown you Images so in this article we are keeping them aside and you can refer to last GPA NEWS if you wish to get the idea of relative stamp. This article will be published in parts and this is the First of them. Ashok Kumar : (13 October 1911 – 10 December 2001), was a filmactor. Born Kumudlal Ganguly in Bhagalpur, Bengal Presidency he attained iconic status in Indian cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1988 and the Padma Bhushan in 1998 for his contributions to Indian cinema. He started his career in Mumbai, albeit accidentally, with the Bombay Talkies production Jeevan Naiya in 1936.Altogether, he starred in over 275 films. Ashok Kumar died at the age of 90 in Mumbai on 10 December 2001 of heart failure at his residence in Chembur. B. N. Sircar : (Birendranath Sircar) (1901 – 1980) was a film producer and the Founder of New Theatres Calcutta. He made Bengali films that were noted for introducing many Famous Film Directors. He was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1970. B. R. Chopra : Baldev Raj Chopra (B.R. Chopra) (22 April 1914 – 5 November 2008) was a director and producer of Bollywood movies & television serials. Best known for making Hindi films like Naya Daur (1957), Sadhna (1958), Kanoon(1961),Gumrah (1963)and Humrāz (1967)andtheTVSeries, Mahabharat in the late 1980s, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1998. He died in Mumbai at the age of 94 on 5 November 2008. Bhalji Pendharkar : (3 May 1897 – 26 November 1994) was a film personality . Bhalji started his career in the era of silent films. He was associated with Prabhat Film Company's earliest talkies, and also worked with other studios in hometown of Kolhapur. Later he acquired his own studio in form of Jayprabha Studio and became a film producer and director. He also writes lyrics for some film songs in Marathi. In the year 1991 before his death, he was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Bhupen Hazarika : (8 September 1926 – 5 November 2011) was a lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1997), andPadmabhushan(2001)Hazarika was awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), India's highest award in cinema, by the Government of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008), the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama. He was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, in 2012. He died on 5 November 2011. Dev Anand (Dharam Dev Anand) : (26 September 1923 – 3 December 2011), was a film actor, writer, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. Part of the Anand family, he co-founded Navketan Films in 1949 with his elder brother Chetan Anand. Anand is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Awardin 2002 for his contribution to Indian cinema. His career spanned more than 65 years with acting in 114 Hindi films of which 104 have him play the main solo lead hero and he did 2 English films. Dev Anand died in London at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011. Dhirendra Nath Ganguly : (26 March 1893 – 18 November 1978), better known as Dhiren Ganguly or D.G, was a Dadasaheb Phalke Award winning and Padma Bhushan recipient film entrepreneur-actor-director of Bengali Cinema. He had set up a number of film production companies: Indo British Film company,British Dominion Films, Lotus Film Company. Later, he directed films for New Theatres. He produced many movies in comedy genre. He was born in Calcutta and died in the same city. Durga Khote : (14 January 1905 − 22 September 1991) was a actress, starting as one of the foremost leading ladies of her times, she remained active in Hindi and Marathi cinema, as well as theatre, for over 50 years, starring in around 200 films and numerous theatre productions. Hrishikesh Mukherjee : (30 September 1922 – 27 August 2006) was a famous film director Popularly known as Hrishida, he directed 42 films during his career spanning over four decades. Renowned for his social films that reflected the

changing middle-class ethos.He also remained the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC),. The Government of India honoured him with theDada Saheb Phalke Award in 1999 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He received the NTR National Award in 2001. GU JA RA T

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Majrooh Sultanpuri : (1 October 1919 – 24 May 2000) was an Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter. He was one of the dominating musical forces in Indian Cinema in the 1950s and early 1960s and was an important figure in the Progressive Writers' Movement. He won the Filmfare Best Lyricist Award in 1965 for "Chahunga Main Tujhe" in film Dosti, and the highest award in Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in 1993. Naushad Ali : (25 December 1919 – 5 May 2006) was a musician. He was one of the foremost music directors for Bollywood films, and is particularly known for popularising the use of classical music in films.His first film as an independent music director was Prem Nagar in 1940. His first musical success film was Rattan (1944), following it up with 35 silver jubilee hits, 12 golden jubilee and 3 diamond jubilee mega successes. Naushad was conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1982, and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. Nitin Bose : (26 April 1897– 14 April 1986) was a film director, cinematographer and screenwriter of the nation's film industry. In the 1930s and early 1940s, he worked with New Theatres, who made bilingual movies: in both Bengali and Hindi. Later, he moved to Bombay and directed under the banners of Bombay Talkies and Filmistan.First use of playback singing in Indian films were in films directed by Bose in 1935: first in Bhagya Chakra, a Bengali film and later in the same year, in its Hindi remake Dhoop Chhaon. His most wellknown work is Ganga Jamuna. Rai Chand Boral : (19 October 1903 – 25 November 1981) was an Indian composer, considered by music conoisseurs to be the father of Bollywood film music. Boral was born in Calcutta. His father, Lal Chand Boral was a classical musician (expert of Dhrupad). He had three sons, and Rai Chand was the youngest. Musicians from Rampur and Gwalior were invited for lessons. These include Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan, Masit Khan (tabla player), andUstad Hafeez Ali Khan (sarod player). Rai Chand learnt "Sath Sangat" on the tabla and attended music conferences in Lucknow, Allahabad, and Benares.He received theDadasaheb Phalke Award in 1978 at the age of 75. He died in 1981 at the age of 78. Ruby Myers Sulochana : (1907 – 10 October 1983), was a silent film star of Jewish ancestry, although it is unclear whether she descended from an Ashkenazi family, Bene Israeli family, or both.In her heyday she was one of the highest paid actresses of her time, when she was paired with Dinshaw Billimoria in Imperial Studios films. In mid-1930 she opened Rubi Pics, a film production house. She was awarded the 1973 Dada Saheb THE BIG BAZAAR OF INDIAN PHILATELIC MATERIALS Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema for lifetime achievement. www.PHILAKING.com Sohrab Modi : (2 November 1897 – 28 January 1984) was a Parsi stage and film actor, director and producer.His films include Khoon KaKhoon (1935), a version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Sikandar, Pukar,Prithvi Vallabh, Jhansi ki Rani, Mirza Ghalib, and Nausherwan -e-dil (1957). Sohrab Modi died of cancer on 28 January 1984 at the age of 86.

Tapan Sinha : (2 October 1924 – 15 January 2009) was a film director, who worked for both in & Bengali film direction. He started his career in 1946, as a sound engineer with New Theatres film production house in in Kolkata, then in 1950 left for England where he worked at Pinewood Studios for next 2 years, before returning home to start his 6 decade long career in Indian cinema, making films in Bengali, Hindi and Oriya, straddling genres from social realism, family drama, labour rights, to children's fantasy films. He was arguably the most uncompromising filmmaker outside the orbit of Parallel Cinema.On 15 January 2009, he died of pneumonia and septicaemia.

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by Shri Dinbandhu Mahapatra n last two editions, we focused on some analysis done on comparison of Information on two Websites: India Post and WNS. And had an ideas on how number of issues are different on both websites. In this edition, we will focus on some more analysis, results & illustrations.

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Contradictory Date of Issues (DOI) in two databases “A picture speaks thousand words” and therefore few pictures as example, due to the fact that listing all 49 of those found by me, and there might be some more, will increase the size of this write up, will follow after the table – Classified year wise. The summary table is given below, which shows 49 contradictory DOI entry from 1st January 2002 till 31st January 2011. Date of Issue (as per) Year

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WNS Nr. INS009.02 INS027.02 INS028.02 INS029.02 INS043.03 INS044.03 INS045.03 INS046.03 INS057.03 INS058.03 INS068.03 INS069.03 INS070.03 INS071.03

Name Indian ordinance factory - 200 yrs A Kali C Saikiani Gora Greetings - fish Greetings - bird Greetings - butterfly Greetings - squirrel India France joint issue - Chicken, painting India France joint issue - peacock Allah Jillal Bai Lallan Fakir S Nijalingappa Major Somenath Sharma, PVC

WNS 31-Mar-02 12-Sep-02 12-Sep-02 12-Sep-02 28-Oct-03 28-Oct-03 28-Oct-03 28-Oct-03 28-Nov-03 28-Nov-03 28-Dec-03 28-Dec-03 28-Dec-03 28-Dec-03

IP 18-Mar-02 12-Aug-12 12-Aug-12 12-Aug-12 30-Oct-03 30-Oct-03 30-Oct-03 30-Oct-03 29-Nov-03 29-Nov-03 29-Dec-03 29-Dec-03 31-Dec-03 31-Dec-03

IN010.04 IN013.05 IN047.05 IN013.06 IN024.06 IN043.06 IN055.06 IN056.06 IN057.06 IN058.06 IN059.06 IN060.07 IN069.07 IN046.08 IN060.08 IN062.08 IN009.09 IN029.09 IN057.09 IN102.09 IN103.09 IN108.09 IN005.10 IN009.10 IN027.10 IN028.10 IN029.10 IN030.10 IN031.10 IN032.10 IN047.10 IN074.10 IN091.10 IN 025.11 IN 039.11 IN 044.11

Siddhar Swamigal International Year of Physics - A . Einstein M S Subulakshmi Gemini Ganeshan Rain water Harvesting Biswanath Roy Field Post office - Bushhire - Mumbai Field Post office - Man + Camel in Back gr. Field Post office - Siachen + Helicopter Field Post office - Army Post office Sign B Ziegenbalg 1st Battalion - 4th Gorkha S B Chavan - Politician Dakghar Buddhadeva Bose Sheik Thambi Pavalar 50th (SAIL) Sacred Heart Church, Pondicherry Holy Cross Church Henry Louis Vivian Derozio Lal pratap Singh Maharaja Suraj Mal P.C.Sorcar Vallal Pachaiyappa Heritage Buildings - Ooty HPO Heritage Buildings - Delhi GPO Heritage Buildings - Lucknow GPO Heritage Buildings - Cooch Behar HPO Heritage Buildings - Shimla GPO Heritage Buildings - Nagpur GPO S M A S Thangal C Subramanian Lalitkala Akademi 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit 2011 Dev Narayan Chitrapur Match

15-May-04 30-Mar-05 16-Dec-05 25-Feb-06 5-Jun-06 30-Oct-06 8-Dec-06 8-Dec-06 8-Dec-06 8-Dec-06 10-Dec-06 27-Nov-07 17-Dec-07 31-Oct-08 30-Nov-08 3-Dec-08 3-Feb-09 19-Jun-09 14-Sep-09 15-Nov-09 17-Dec-09 29-Dec-09 28-Feb-10 30-Mar-10 12-May-10 12-May-10 12-May-10 12-May-10 12-May-10 12-May-10 2-Aug-10 28-Oct-10 30-Dec-10 7-May-11 3-Sep-11 9-Oct-11

14-Apr-04 31-Mar-05 18-Dec-05 18-Feb-06 29-May-06 31-Oct-11 10-Dec-06 10-Dec-06 10-Dec-06 10-Dec-06 8-Dec-06 22-Nov-07 18-Dec-07 13-Oct-08 29-Nov-08 31-Dec-08 31-Jan-09 17-Jun-09 19-Sep-09 15-Dec-09 22-Dec-09 27-Dec-09 23-Feb-10 31-Mar-10 13-May-10 13-May-10 13-May-10 13-May-10 13-May-10 13-May-10 1-Aug-10 28-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 25-May-11 7-Sep-11 27-Oct-11

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(10) Ten

(01) One (02) Two

(08) Eight

(02) Two (03) Three

(06) Six

(11) Eleven

(03) Three

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Stamp Size wise Analysis Note! Stamp sizes are calculated based on as per provided data, without discrepancies, in WNS website only. All stamps irrespective of their status in Indiapost website are considered issued when it is shown in WNS website. Biggest and smallest

*Some abbreviations are used for the sake of clarity in above table. Observation on Sizes 

The smallest stamp issued was of B. D. Garware (in 2004 with ca. 556 mm2 area) and the biggest issued was that of State Bank Of India (in 2005 with area of 3460 mm2). Most used smallest format was that of ca. 812 mm2, used in 5 years out of studied 10 years. However for the biggest stamps, no such trend in format could be ascertained. In WNS website, size of some stamps are shown incorrectly. Please see examples on right (Initially I had wished to cover completely this parameter also in this article, later I realized it to be a Herculean task and requires many visits to Philatelic museum in Sansad Marg HPO – IN 110 001 – Hence, keeping this aside for the sequel) At so many places, the size of Stamp is written as 29.0 mm x 29.0 mm may be without actually measuring. Or is there a database error with default value of 29.0 mm?

“on both Websites: India Post & WNS, 49 Contradictions of only Dates of Issues found in set of just 11 Years”

The observations go beyond this and there are more to come in next issue. Topic to be discussed in next issue are :  Stamp area wise issue  Notes on Graphical Presentation  Issue with name Printer on WHS site  Examples of Details Missing on WNS  Other Placement contradictions on India Post site  Designer of Stamp/FDC/Cancellation (Cachet?)  Layout or Format?  Perforation Gauges  Odd Shaped Stamps  Types of Paper used  Theme-wise issue with assumptions made for classification And of course I would like to show you what and how I referred material and with acknowledgements. GU JA RA T

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