Indian Theme on Foreign Stamps:Fiji

Indian Immigrants to Fiji

fiji stampOn 14th May  1879, the Leonidas, a ship carrying the first group of indentured servants from Calcutta, dropped anchor near Fiji.After the British Empire annexed Fiji in 1874, the new governor banned the exploitation of native workers, particularly on sugar plantations. He instead decided to import workers from India, which had initiated the system of indentured servitude after slavery ended in 1833.

From 1879 to 1916, 63,000 Indians were transferred to Fiji. (Fiji’s population today is around 850,000.) They were given free passage in exchange for an agreement to work for five years.Today, Indians make up more than 40% of Fiji’s population, and count among them some notable names, like golfer Vijay Singh.

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

New German Postmark on Stamps on Stamps

By Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie

german stamp postmarksThe pictorial postmark is featuring two stamps (the stamp featuring the Inverted Jenny from USA and the first canadian stamp from 1849 featuring a american beaver). The postmark honors the 40th Anniversary of the German Philatelic Study Group USA/CANADA and her Meeting in Hofgeismar during the philatelic exhibition MAERCHENPOSTA. Hofgeismar is located in the rural Region of the german County Hessen.It will be issued on 30th July 2017 at 34369 HOFGEISMAR.

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

New Stamps from Latvia

My Family

latvia my family stampIssue Date: 16.05.2017

XIX Century Historical Ships

latvia ship stampIssue Date: 16.05.2017

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

Special Covers:Environment Day

special covers environment dayBy Suresh Rao

Environment Day Special covers of the following places attached.

  1. Visakhapatnam  – Green Colour Cancellation,2. Chennai,3. Kolkata
Posted in Asian Philately, News, SARC Philately, Special Cover, Themes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Stamps from Switzerland

125 Years of the Brienz Rothorn Railway

swiss railway stampThe Brienz Rothorn railway (BRB) was commissioned in 1892, just 15 months after construction work began. At the time, it was the highest steam-powered rack railway in the world. The fascination with this railway remains to this day. No fewer than 640 men, most of whom were Italians, were involved in the construction of this unique railway. The impressive altitude difference still astonishes visitors to this day. Covering a distance of just 7.6 kilometres, the train ride from Brienz (566 metres above sea level) to the dizzy heights of the Ro- thorn summit at 2,244 metres above sea level takes just under an hour and climbs no less than 1,678 metres. The breathtaking ascent is suitably impressive. The railway has an av- erage gradient of 22.4% and a maxi- mum gradient of 25% (equivalent to 1 in 4 in road terminology). This means that the railway climbs 25 metres for every 100 metres of track! The special stamp marking the 125th anniversary features the Number 5, a rst-generation loco- motive. It was built by the Swiss Lo- comotive- and Machine Works in Winterthur in 1891–1892. Following conversion and modification work in 1935–36 and 1990, it is still in use today. It requires 300 kg of coal and 2,000 litres of water to make the journey from Brienz up to the top of the Rothorn.

Issue Date: 11.05.2017 Designer: Arnold & Braun Gra k Design, Lucerne Printer: Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 32.5×32.5 mm, Sheetlet: 192×115 mm (2 rows of 4 stamps)

50 Years of ch Foundation

The 26 Swiss cantonal coats of arms provided the basis for one ofswiss ch foundation stamp Switzerland’s most fundamental concepts – federalism. The ch Foundation for federal cooperation was founded in 1967 as a foundation un- der private law and is sponsored by all 26 Swiss cantons. It is committed to the con- cept of federalism. As a well-connected institution, it also promotes bridge-building between the cantons and different linguistic communities of Switzerland, and provides services for the cantons. The design of the special stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the ch Founda- tion had a speci c mission to ful l – to represent unity in diversity in a contem- porary way. St. Gallen illustrator Sylvia Geel created an illustration using the col- ours and shapes of all 26 Swiss cantonal coats of arms. She broke down the design of the individual coats of arms to create one overall composition that visualizes diversity in unity.

Issue Date: 11.05.2017 Designer: Sylvia Geel, St. Gallen Printer: Cartor Security Printing La Loupe, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp: 40×32.5 mm, Sheetlet: 192.5×163 mm (4 rows of 4 stamps)

70th Festival del Film Locarno:The Smallest Festival Poster

swiss festival stampThe Festival del lm Locarno lays claim to being one of the oldest lm events with one of the biggest screens in the world. It will be taking place for the 70th time from 2–12 August 2017.

Every summer, Locarno’s intimate Piazza Grande becomes a Mecca for lm buffs. Thousands of fans and lmmakers come together to enjoy a high-quality pro- gramme full of surprises. Talented young artists join famous guests and well-estab- lished celebrities from the industry. The audience is the beating heart of this festi- val, which attracts up to 8,000 spectators to the Piazza Grande each evening. Continue reading

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

Special Cover Released on World Milk Day

special cover milk dayBy Suresh Rao

Shivamogga, Davanagere & Chitradurga District Co-Operative Milk Union Ltd. is one of the leading milk unions among the 14 district milk unions of Karnataka, is an ISO 22000-2005 Certified Organisation, registered on 25-11-1987. The union is committed to provide maximum possible price for the milk producers and is also committed to provide quality milk and milk products to consumers.

COVER ILLUSTRATION: World Milk Day is a day identified by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector. Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread the word and celebrate all aspects of milk and dairy products in many countries around the globe. This special cover is released to mark World Milk Day 2017.

Cover Number KTK/51/2017

Posted in Asian Philately, SARC Philately, Special Cover, Themes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Sepac Stamps on Handicrafts


guernsey sepac stamps‘The humble Guernsey – Flying the flag the world over’ This stamp issue includes four stamps each depicting one of the many countries throughout the world where Guernseys are exported today.The Guernsey has not changed in design over the years and was originally hand knitted with each pattern being specific to a particular family so that if the sailor drowned he could be identified and returned to his family.Guernsey sailors all wore Guernseys, but they pronounced the name of the island as Ganzey rather than the present pronunciation.

Issue Date: 17.05.2017 Designer: Joseph Smith Printer: Joh Enschede Process: Offset Lithography  Size: 30mm deep x 38mm wide Values: 44p, 59p, 73p, 80p


greenland handicrafts stampIssue Date: 15.05.2017

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

Greenland Issued Stamps on Abandoned Stations

greenland abandoned stations stampsIssue Date: 15.05.2017

Posted in Commemorative Stamps, First Day Cover, Stamps, World | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Indian Stamps

By Anil Kr Pujara

50 Years of Passport Act

passport act stamppassport act fdcpassport act stamp releaseThe stamp was released on 23rd June 2017 by Minister of External Affairs Mrs.Sushma Swaraj and MOS Communication Mr.Manoj Sinha.Stamp depicts two types of passports.

250 Years of Survey of India

survey of india stampssurvey of india fdcsurvey of india stamps releasedUnion ministers Harsh Vardhan and Manoj Sinha released a set of two  commemorative stamps and a miniature sheet  on the occasion of 250 years of Survey of India, in New Delhi on 22nd June 2017.

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

New Stamps from France

Paris 2024 Olympic Games Candidature

france olympic stampThe stamp issued on the occasion of the officialization of the candidature of Paris to the organization of the Olympic Games of 2024.

Issue Date: 16.05.2017 Designer: Laurent Mathilde Process: Heliogravure Size: 40 x 30 mm timbre et 26 x 30 mm vignette : 0.73€

The French Red Cross:Stamp Booklet

france stamp bookletThis  booklet is in line with the booklets issued in 2015 and 2016 of the subject. Indeed, the booklet issued in 2015 dealt with Red Cross interventions throughout the world (food, drinking water, salvage …) during large-scale natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, etc.) . This year, as in 2016, the booklet focuses on helping people: the disabled, the elderly, the homeless, the training of nurses, first-aid workers, support for education And sustainable development …La Poste has entrusted the work of illustrating the values ​​of the Red Cross to a painter, illustrator, teacher, who expresses himself in black and white as well as in colors, drawing, painting, ‘In sculpture. His job, to illustrate the stamps is very recognizable for those who know him. A very colorful job, solid but with relief, however, sober, luminous, lively, delicate, human.

Issue Date: 16.05.2017 Designer: Laurent Corvaisier, Corinne Salvi : Heliogravure Size: 165 x 85 mm Values: 7.84€

90th FFAP Congress in Cholet

france ffap stampCholet is located in the extreme south-west of Maine-et-Loire, on the border of three other departments: Vendée and Loire-Atlantique in Pays de la Loire region, and Deux-Sèvres in Poitou-Charentes. One of the specialties of the city is the handkerchief. The textile industry is at the origin of the development of the city. The former factory of whitening of canvases of the River Sauvageau, built in 1881, is one of the last witnesses of the textile activity of Cholet. Continue reading

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