Special Cover Issued at Sravanabelgola during Mahamastakabhishek

By Sudhir Jain

On the occasion of grand inauguration of Mahamastakabhishek of Gomateshwara Bahubaliswamy, a beautiful special cover and special cancellation has been released on 17th February 2018 at Sravanabelgola.

Cover was released by the holy hands of Pujya Bhattarak Charukirti Swamiji, head of Shrikhetra Sravanabelgola. Jainism Philately Group was instrumental in release of this cover and it’s  Karnataka State Convenor Mr. Mahaveer Kundur has designed this attractive cover  and cancelation. This special cover is available with JPG member Mr. Kiran Upadhye (email brahmakiran@gmail.com).

Posted in Asian Philately, News, SARC Philately, Special Cover, Themes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Stamps from Austria

Cars 2018

The car was designed by Ing. Karl Jenschke, who had worked at the Steyr works since 1922: work on designing an aircraft engine in collaboration with en- gine design specialist Karl Wagner ulti- mately resulted in the development of a small water-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine as the basis of a small car. The Steyr 50 was produced by Steyr-Daim- ler-Puch between 1936 and 1938, then overhauled and re-released onto the market with a more powerful engine as the Steyr 55. A total of 13,000 cars of both models were produced.

Issue Date:27.01.2018 Designer:David Gruber Printer:Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process:Offset Printing Size:42 x 34,8 mm Values:€1.25

Musical Instrument: Tuba

A characteristic feature of the tuba is its extremely conical form, from the leadpipe through to the bell, which is described as wide-bore. Tubas are available in different pitches, and are then refer- red to accordingly as an F tuba, E♭ tuba, CC tuba or BB♭ tuba. Depending on the type, the tuba has between three and six valves. Tubas are used in both classical orches- tras and brass ensembles and in folk mu- sic and jazz. With its low range, the tuba is, on the one hand, used in orchestras in a bass role to support the double basses or trombones; on the other hand, it can also take a solo role, e.g. for the giant’s or the dragon’s theme in Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen”. The tuba is usually played whilst seated, in which case the instrument rests on the player’s thigh or the chair.

Issue Date:22.01.2018 Designer:Maria Schulz Printer:Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process:Offset Intaglio Printing Size:33,35 x 42 mm Values:€2.10

Austrian inventions

Michael Thonet was born in 1796 in Boppard am Rhein. As an independent cabinet maker he soon began to experiment with making furniture from bent wood. The wooden components for his bentwood furniture were boiled, then bent into the required shape using a bending form and glued together, a process which he continuously impro- ved. In 1836 he invented the “Bopparder Schichtholzstuhl” (Boppard layerwood chair), which earned him his rst success. Gebrüder Thonet in Vienna Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metter- nich, whom Thonet met in 1841 at the World Fair brought him to Vienna, where he presented his designs at the impe- rial court and was granted a patent. A short time later he and his family moved to Vienna, where he, together with his ve sons, founded their own company: Gebrüder Thonet. Continue reading

Posted in Commemorative Stamps, History Behind A Stamp, New Stamps, News, Stamps, Themes, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meghdoot Postcard: Stop Child Labour

Language-Tamil,Year 2017

The census found an increase in the number of child labourers from 11.28 million in 1991 to 12.59 million in 2001. Poverty and lack of social security are the main causes of child labour. The increasing gap between the rich and the poor, privatization of basic services and the neo-liberal economic policies are causes major sections of the population out of employment and without basic needs. Continue reading

Posted in Asian Philately, Picture Post cards, SARC Philately, Themes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Miniature Sheets from Belgium

Diamond Sector

The MS issued In the form of a diamond, “Kimberley Process” logo, spot varnish.

Issue Date:29.01.2018 Printer:Stamps Production Belgium Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours

60 Smurf Years

The Miniature Sheet is a collection of Smurfs silhouettes.

Issue Date:29.01.2018 Printer:Stamps Production Belgium Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours

Belgian Beer Culture

Evocation of beer : foam and bubbles

Issue Date:29.01.2018 Printer:Stamps Production Belgium Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours

Posted in Commemorative Stamps, Miniature Sheet, New Stamps, News, Themes, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India – Iran Joint Stamp Issue

India Post has issuing a set of 2 stamps and a miniature sheet jointly with Iran on 17th February 2018.Earlier joint stamp issued between both the countries in 2004 depicts poets Kabir and Hafez.The stamps depicts two major ports of both the countries.

Shahid Beheshti Port: The port, located in Iran’s southeastern Sistan- Baluchestan Province was inaugurated in December 2017 by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani . The first phase of the Chabahar port project is known as the Shahid Beheshti port.Iranian Foreign Ministry said Zarif referred to the Shahid Beheshti Port and said it reinforces Iran-India mutual and regional cooperation.The port is likely to ramp up trade among India, Afghanistan and Iran in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi for trade with the two countries.Over a month ago, India had sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan by sea through the Chabahar port, marking opening of the new strategic transit route.

Deendayal Port Kandla: The Kandla Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has been rechristened as Deendayal Port . The port’s journey began in 1931 with construction of a jetty by Maharao Khengarji. Continue reading

Posted in Asian Philately, Commemorative Stamps, First Day Cover, History Behind A Stamp, Joint Issues, Miniature Sheet, New Stamps, News, SARC Philately, Stamps, Themes, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Stamps Released on Olympic 2018 Games


The 23rd Winter Olympic Games will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, from 9 to 25 February 2018. There will be 102 events in 15 disciplones. The Monegasque delegation will consist of athletes repsresenting bobsleigh and downhill skiing.

Issue Date:08.02.2018 Designer:David Maraskin Process:Offset Size:40.85 x 30 mm horizontal


Issue Date:26.01.2018 Designer:Zadrga d.o.o. Printer:Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Hrvaška Process:Offset Colours:4-colour Size:Comb 14 : 14


Issue Date:02.02.2018 Designer:L.Danilāns Printer:Baltijas Banknote, Latvijā Process:Offset Values:€ 0.61


Issue Date:07.02.2018 Designer:Mario Petrak, designer from Zagreb Printer:AKD d.o.o., Zagreb Process:Multicolor Offset Printing Colours:Multicolor Size:35.50 x 29.82 mm

Posted in Commemorative Stamps, First Day Cover, History Behind A Stamp, New Stamps, News, Stamps, Themes, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra to Step Down in March

Canada Post has starts the process of search for its new CEO.The present president and chief executive officer of the Canada Post Corporation Deepak Chopra, will step down on 31st March.Chopra was appointed to a five-year term to lead Canada’s postal system beginning Feb. 1, 2011. Shortly before the 2015 federal elections, the government led by the Conservative Party of Canada reappointed Chopra to a second five-year term.Chopra announced in August 2017 that he will leave the crown corporation March 31.Chopra played an important role in issuing Canada – India Joint stamp issue I 2017. Continue reading

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Stamps Released from Spain

Tourism 2018

One more year, Spain scores spectacular results in terms of the number of visitors in the country. The figures speak of 80 million tourists and more than 84 million euros. No wonder, this country is a perfect tourist place that brings together all the elements that make it the ideal destination to spend a few days of rest. The Filatélica Tourism series, emits two new stamps that summarize with an image many of the greatnesses of this country.

The chancla reminds us of that sun and coast tourism. The more than 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, are the ideal claim for the thousands of tourists who come to Spain, looking for the quality of our waters and almost 6,000 kilometers of beach.

Issue Date:16.01.2018 Process:Offset Size:35 x 24.5 mm Values:1.35 € y 1.45 €

Ephemerides: Madrid Protocol on Antarctica 1998-2018

In 1991, the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty on Environmental Protection was signed in Madrid. This treaty was born to reinforce the Antarctic Treaty System and the need to increase the protection of the environment on the other side of the world. In this agreement, it is established that Antarctica is considered a natural reserve “dedicated to peace and science”. Seven years later, on January 14, 1998, it would enter into force for the 28 countries that had signed it and, over the years, until 2015, it has been ratified by nine other countries. Its main purpose is to protect this part of the world above all things, for its environmental value and also, its value as an area to conduct scientific research and thus better understand the global environment.

Issue Date:16.01.2018 Process:Offset Size:40.9 x 28.8 mm Values:1.45 €

Festes de Sant Antoni, Artà, Illes Balears

Like every year, every January 17, many corners of Mallorca are dyed red to celebrate Sant Antoni. The music, the torradas, the parades, the correfocs and the traditional beneïdes (blessings) of animals, are the main acts that can be found in different towns of the Island. There are many people who are happy to celebrate this party, but they stand out the festivities of the locality Artà, for its popular and traditional character. Continue reading

Posted in Commemorative Stamps, First Day Cover, History Behind A Stamp, New Stamps, News, Stamps, Themes, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indian Theme on Foreign Stamps: Royal Mail

Sophia Duleep Singh

Indian princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh was honoured by the Royal Mail of the UK, which marked the centenary of the suffragette movement with eight special stamps. Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh, (August 8 1876-August 22 1948), the daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh, is the only woman, who has one among the eight stamps to herself.

The image shows Princess Sophia “selling copies of the WSPU newspaper The Suffragette in April 1913. A member of the Women’s Tax Resistance League, (whose official motto was ‘No Taxation Without Representation’), the princess appeared in court on several occasions after refusing to pay taxes.”
The stamps feature original photographs of campaigning in the decade before the right to vote was passed with the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Continue reading

Posted in Asian Philately, Commemorative Stamps, History Behind A Stamp, New Stamps, News, Stamps, Themes, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Royal Mail Issued Stamps on Centenary of Voting Right to Women

Royal Mail has issued a set of eight stamps on the occasion of centenary of voting righ to women on 15th February 2018.The stamps depicts  original photos of important events, like the release of Suffragettes Mary Leigh and Edith New from prison in 1908. Scenes captured in the stamps include a protest at the Coronation Procession of 1911 and the Great Pilgrimage of suffragists in 1913. Continue reading

Posted in Commemorative Stamps, First Day Cover, History Behind A Stamp, New Stamps, News, Themes, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment