If ever you have wondered what the fragrance of jasmine, sandalwood, and rose has to do with stamps, the day-long philately exhibition at the Head Post Office, Pandeshwara, on 12th Oct 2011 had the answers.A set of three stamps, released by India Post, carrying the fragrance of flowers and sandalwood, was on display at the exhibition. Dakshina Kannada Philatelic and Numismatic Association joint secretary Mansoor B. Hussain opened the plastic wrapper to show the stamps with fragrance of jasmine. Although the fragrance was fading nevertheless it was there unmistakably.
The first fragrant stamp to be released in India was that of sandalwood in 2006, followed by the rose smelling one in 2007 and the latest has been the one emitting the sweet fragrance of jasmine in 2008. The jasmine stamp is still available in the head post office, Mr. Hussain said.
GOLDEN STAMPS:Many may not know that some of stamps come with golden foils and the glitter continues for years. Among the collections on display were Tonga stamps in gold foil and Mr. Hussain\’s own collections on Russia. Interestingly, the golden stamps in his collection though highlighted Russian themes were released in Switzerland and the certificate issued by the Swiss authorities in this regard too was on display.A large number of stamps on elephants collected by G.G. Lakshman Prabhu were worth the attention. His collections segregated along various themes relating to elephants include philatelic collections from Tanzania to Thailand and from the U.S. to the U.K.
Association vice-president Baikampady Srinivas Rao had butterfly stamps on display. Then there was a series of stamps arranged along the Kannada alphabet. Another set of stamps that showed human eyes captured showing many emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt.(Source-The Hindu)