Philatelic Exhibition at Manipal

manipalphilatelic exhibitionThe two day Tulunadpex 2017, the philately and numismatics exhibition of Manipal University began on 19th August 2017 at the Dr TMA Pai Hall in Manipal. The exhibition, with a display of rare collection of stamps and coins has attracted a large number of themes to the delight of fans, both young and old. A special cover was also released to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Manipal Institute of Technology on the occasion. Six special covers in all were release

“The creation of the stamp is an art, which is done by the Government of India. This glorifies our culture and tells stories in the most minimalistic way possible,” said S Rajendra Kumar, Post Master General who was the chief guest for the function. Focusing on how Philately only contributes to less than one per cent of the revenue to the Department of Posts,  Rajendra Kumar explained that it was necessary to give it a much need fillip.

Dr HS Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University spoke of how important these stamp and coin collections were as it told tales of an era gone by. “Such collections inspire students to prompt them to go back in time and explore their roots, which is necessary,” Dr Ballal said. Also present at the inaugural function were, Dr Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University, Ashok Pai, Secretary of TMA Pai Association. Continue reading

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New French Stamps

World Wrestling Championships 2017

france wrestling stampThe World Championship of wrestling takes place in Paris this year from 21 to 28 August. The French Federation of Strong Struggle of the 6 medals obtained during the last four editions of the Olympic Games and its medals at the previous world championships, will present teams able to compete with the 800 participants who will come from all the continents.

The stamp was made by the artist who produced the official poster of the federation, he represented 2 men and 2 women who struggle.

Issue Date: 24.07.2017 Designer: Valerie Besser Process: Heliogravure Size: 60 x 25 mm Values: 1.30€


france cotentin stampLocated on the coast of the English Channel at the tip of the Cotentin, close to the Channel Islands, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin has forged a long maritime history. Its exceptional harbor, its five ports, its former maritime transatlantic Art Deco station which now houses the City of the Sea, dedicated to the human adventure in the ocean depths. The city is a stopover for the world’s largest passenger ships, and Port Chantereyne, its deep-water marina with more than 1,500 rings, is one of the most dynamic in the English Channel. Fourth city of Normandy with 83 000 inhabitants, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is at the forefront in renewable marine energies, and nautical and naval construction.

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin has everything of great in cultural matters with equipment of national scope like La Breche, national pole of the circus arts of Normandy, Le Point du Jour, dedicated to photography, Le Trident, national scene, The third museum of fine arts of Normandy, a heritage – civil, military and cultural – preserved and lively, dynamic festivals … All the assets of a city where it is good to live.

Issue Date: 10.07.2017 Designer: Elsa Catelin Process: Taille Douce Size: 40,85 x 30 mm Values: 0.73€

Trees of the Mediterranean

france trees stampWe can never repeat it enough, the Mediterranean is a haven for all kinds of species, animal or vegetable. In addition to an unparalleled maritime ecosystem, the Mediterranean can also boast an unequaled vegetation richness on its coasts. And when one speaks of the Mediterranean, immediately comes to mind its most emblematic tree: native of the Sahara, the olive tree was domesticated about 10 000 years ago and is used for the production of fruits and oil For almost as long. However, the latter must share the landscape with other emblematic species. For what would this region be without the presence of maritime pine and green oak? These are two predominant species from the periphery of the Mediterranean; They are robust and can last several hundred years, which can exceed 500 years for pine.

There are also many more shimmering species such as the tamaris that embellishes the ribs of its pink kittens although it is not so imposing as an oak. Or the mimosa, whose precocious bloom begins in February, and the yellow color gives colors to the winter. Continue reading

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New Meghdoot Postcard:Say No to Alcohol

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New Stamps from Gibraltar

Diana: 20th Anniversary

gibraltardiana stampsGibraltar will Issue a setoff 4 stamps on 20th Anniversary of Diana, Princes of Wales. The stamps feature iconic B/W portraits of Diana posing against a dark background by Gemma Levine in 1995.Date of Issue:31 August 2017

Military Heritage

gibraltar military heritage stampsThe Convent – The official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728. It was originally a convent of Franciscan friars, hence its name, and was completed in 1531. The dining room at the Convent has the most extensive display of heraldry in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Cross of Sacrifice – A war memorial designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1917 (found in numerous Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries). The cross in Gibraltar was erected by the Royal Engineers for the commission, and unveiled on Armistice Day 1922. Continue reading

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Niue Issued Stamps on Walkways

niue walkways stampsMatapa Chasm:Regarded as a relatively easy walk, the final destination of this track has historical significance as a bathing spot once reserved for Niue’s traditional Kings.

Avaiki Cave:Historically, this is where the first canoe landed in Niue and later became the bathing place of kings. A dripstone limestone cave allows you entry out across the reef flats and towards the crystalline blue waters of a hidden swimming cave.

Anapala Chasm:The freshwater from this chasm was used to anoint Niue’s past royalty and was a valuable source of water for the neighbouring villages. 155 steps descend down into the crevice where its reputed Niue’s only freshwater fish resides in solitary. Continue reading

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World’s Smallest Postage Stamp

smallest stampThe world’s smallest stamp measures 8 mm by 9.55 mm or .315 inches by .376 inches. It was issued by Bolivar, a province of Columbia, in 1863 and is called the Bolivar 10c green.

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New Zealand Issued Stamps on Recovery of Native Birds

newzealand native birds stampsNew Zealand’s native birds have a unique history in terms of how and why they adapted into the mostly flightless species we are so well acquainted with today. A predominant lack of mammalian predators in the early days of their evolution meant that many species began to grow larger and lost the ability to fly. With the main predator being other birds, many native species also evolved without the instinct to run from trouble. This stamp issue focuses on five native bird species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to the hard work of agencies such as the Wildlife Service and the Department of Conservation. Their great work has seen them go on to become world leaders in bird conservation. Date of Issue: 2 August 2017

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Philippines Issued Stamp on 50 Years of ASEAN

philippines asean stampThe ASEAN Post, composed of member states postal administrations’ of Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines proudly releases the first omnibus joint stamp issue featuring the national flowers of each countries to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN.Although Brunei is a member of ASEAN Post, the country did not issue a national flower stamp.The Philippine stamps has featured the Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac), the country’s National flower in the joint commemorative issue.

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Korea Issued Stamps on 100 Days in Office of President

korea moon stampsKorea has issued a set of stamps to mark 100 days in office of the  President Moon Jae-in on 17th August 2017. Five million stamps issued, with prices from 330 won to 23,000 won depending on size. “The stamps were made with the photo of Moon with a warm and indulgent smile, like a close friend living next door,” a Korea Post official said.

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New Meghdoot Postcard 2017


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