India 89-International Stamp Exhibition held at New Delhi from 20th to 29th January 1989, was organized by the Department of Posts, India, in cooperation with the Philatelic congress of India, and under the patronage of the Federation International de Philatelie.Department of Posts, India has started the preparation of exhibition in 1987. A set of two stamps pertains the design of, stylized Swan, regarded as a messenger of good news – adapted from the story of “Nala – Damayanti”, as a logo of exhibition and the Hall of Nations, Pragati Maidan the venue of the exhibition released alongwith beautiful Miniature Sheet on 1th June 1987.
On 17th October, 1987, Department of Posts, India released a set of four stamps with a beautiful Miniature Sheet as a landmark of the City, Indraprastha’s monumental heritages – Iron Pillar near Qutab Minar, India Gate, Dewaan-e-Khas in Red Fort and Old Fort.Department of Posts, released another set of two stamps on Heritage Postal Building of Bangalore GPO and Bombay GPO on 9th October 1988 and another set of two stamps released on 20th December 1988 on DLO Cancellation of 1886 and RMO cancellation of 1864.
A set of four released stamps was released on the Inaugural Day of the exhibition on 20th January 1989 with the designs of “Stamps Collection-Hobby, Traveller’s Coach (Mail Cart) & Post Office, Travancore Anchal Stamp of 2 Chakrams on Stamp and Early Philatelic magazine”.
Special covers were issued for all the 10 days and each day was marked as “INAUGRATION DAY, WORLD PHILATELIC DAY, PCI DAY, STAMP TRADE DAY, ARMY POSTAL SERVICE DAY, YOUTH DAY, INDIA DAY, FIP DAY, AWARDS DAY, and POSTAL SERVICE DAY. Philatelic Congress of India released two Special Covers which includes one Balloon flight carried cover, Army postal Service also issued on this great occasion.
The other major attractions of the exhibition were, a specially prepared Book of Stamps which includes all the 14 Stamps in block of four or block of six in sheetlets/panes form was brought out by the Department of Posts, India.First six Stamps were issued in normal sheets and remaining eight stamps were issued in sheet comprised of panes. Gutter margin pairs are formed by separated the stamps from panes.