The First Ever Philatelic Census Set To Go Online

\"\"Philatelic-Census” an innovative initiative up-taken by Philamirror a few months ago has received remarkable response and philatelists will sure be happy to know that the “Philatelic Census” has now reached to an optimal level.

The task of compiling census data was concurrently on while more and more details kept on pouring in. In its commencing stage the initiative appeared a bit slow in catching expected momentum. But continued attempts of publicizing and making philatelists aware of it did yield good response in long run.

Every good intention gets its due after all!

Philatelists across the country took this initiative with warm hearts indeed and Philamirror started getting continued responses and this created an atom of happiness among the volunteers who took the task to give it a shape at the end.

Almost all the states are duly represented in this ‘Philatelic-Census” happened for the first time ever. Philatelists in India as well as abroad will be facilitated with a huge repository of their counterparts practicing the “King’s Hobby” at different places across the globe.

There is a pleasant presence of philatelists overseas as well. The initial response is just indicative but it is much encouraging and it is expected to have much expanded coverage of this “Philatelic Census” crossing the boundaries of the Indian subcontinent.

Philatelists from Oman, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, and Turkey have responded and we are happy to shape-up the “International Philatelic-Census” now.

The optimum numbers of philatelists\’ details and data is sufficient for “Philatelic-Census” to be published online.

So hold on your breath and just wait for the April 1st 2012. The morning will be dedicated to the Philatelic-Census and you will find the first ever “Philatelic-Census” online!

Philamirror will facilitate you all with an easy download of the ‘Philatelic-Census” for your further use.

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23 Responses to The First Ever Philatelic Census Set To Go Online


    Great News! Even lack of a standard details format has not
    deterred Philatelists. Waiting for 1st April, 2012.

  2. Sandeep says:

    Great. Waiting eagerly for April.


  4. Thank you very much for the great efforts.

  5. Dinu says:

    Hope the editor is not taking advantage of that particular date !!! 🙂

    It is great news.

    Many a established news paper takes liberty on this date for Practical joke.


  6. Congrate, hope this census will give the actual economic status,interests and the density of philatelists and phila material all over the world.

  7. Ujwala says:

    Appreciating the efforts fort for the philatelic census, taking your attention to celebration of the 2012 as Nationtional Year of Mathematics. We could find eight philatelic acknowledgements to Srinivasa Ramanujan as detailed in the table 1. below. With appeal for enhanced mathematical promotion in philately and philatelic practices request to provide additional entries possible in the table of philatelic acknowledgement to S. Ramanujan. Thanks for the co-operation.
    Table 1. Philatelic Acknowledgements to Srinivasa Ramanujan
    Sr. No. Date Description
    1. 22.12.1962 Commemorative postage stamp on 75th Birth Anniversary
    2. 22.12.1962 First Day Cover Cancelled at New Delhi
    3. 22.12.1962 First Day Cover Cancelled at Lucknow
    4. 01.08.1995 Philatelic Book Cover by American Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society
    5. 09.07.1996 Special Cover with Cachet on37th International Mathematics Olympiad held at Mumbai
    6. 26.12.2011 second time, a postage stamp on 125th Birth Anniversary
    7. 26.12. 2011 Cancellation Mark on Maxim Card Created by Boben J E of Trivandrum
    8. 26.12. 2011 Cancellation Mark on Maxim Card prepared by Sanjiv Jain, Dehradun

    • Anil Nawlakhe says:

      Certain Mathematical Look at Practices in Philately

      Luis Eugénio Ferreira in ‘A Certain Look at Philately’ defined “Unity” as the perfect suitability of ‘each element’ to the criterion. Accordingly the “thematic unity”, is perhaps the most obviously valid element of modern collecting and would be enough to justify it in itself. Analyzing the “suitability”, to interconnect an item for thematic element for making thematic collectionas a coherent whole; he uses mathematical terminology. He says-
      “Mathematically, the “theme” functions as a “group as a whole”, and the internal coherence of the collection is obtained through the integration in this “group” of all the elements that “belong” to it, or rather in a way that all the elements “belong” to it effectively.
      The generic themes: zoology, sports, vehicles, famous people, typology of the kingdoms of nature, are all generically static themes. Here, it is easy to characterise the elements that “belong” to the “group”. These collections acquire the value of an illustrated catalogue in which the pieces to be included must only have suitable graphics for the “group proposed as a whole”.
      The creation of the World, the evolution of a branch, or defined area, of knowledge, the description of an industrial or other process, involve distinct phases, with a certain complexity. There are also the characteristically historic or social motives, wars, conflicts, eras taken in their diachronic sense, with their events generally interconnected for reasons close to cause, etc. Here the creative power and the philatelic research surpass the problem of suitability and often constitute truly meritorious work. He call the first type “logical suitability” and it is immediately understood in relation to the “group”, the mathematical concept of “philatelic group”. However, the non postal (document) material could not be considered as a philatelic element, it would certainly be outside the “group”, though from the point of view of the “conceptual suitability” it could definitely be included.”


    Right, Mr.Dinu. Stamp lovers are so scarred of Practical Jokes
    commited rather frequently by Philatelic Bureaux that they need
    indeed to be fearful of dates like April 01.

  9. N.A. Mirza says:

    Lets wait for April 1 even if it turns out to be …
    Srinivasa Ramanujan’s extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and continued fractions as put in by Wikipedia cannot be forgotten. Details on him by S/shri Ujwala and Anil Nawlakhe is commendable.

    N.A. Mirza

  10. Ujwala says:

    Thanks for the words.
    As quoted in Rutherford at Manchester (1962) by J. B. Birks, “All Science is either Physics or Stamp Collecting”; if it is true…AND if “Mathematics is Language of Sciences”, is perfectly true…then the “SCIENCE OF PHILATELY” can surely address some ways to have solutions for wide range of problems in betterment of Humankind through mathematical activity – the Philatelic Census. At least hope for some facts to come forth.

  11. N.A. Mirza says:

    Dear Mr. Ujwala
    I have always held that stamps tell the truth, they carry and convey messages, they are ambassadors of their countries as they bring closer people of diverse values. Sir Rowland Hill planned a prepaid postage system in the form of stamps to check and contain a cheating that was practiced by people as the story goes. Stamps issued to commemoratve events invite people to dig deep and find out the truth and put them before the world because facts in text books are distorted. This way stamp collection does become one of the sciences. It is difficult to digest this fact but those who build thematic collection can throw light on it.

    N.A. Mirza

  12. Anil Nawlakhe says:

    May I wish!!! that the celebrating committee of NYM 2012 will go for an announcement for a ‘STAMP DESIGN COMPETITION’ as a part of celebration to integrate these sciences through public participation,that can fulfil one of the objective of the celbration in taking MATHS 2 MASS.
    This was earlier done for the celebration of International Year of Chemistry last year-2011.

  13. Anil Nawlakhe says:

    Here is an example of celebration for Pi Day that honors π, one of world’s most mysterious and awe-inspiring infinite mathematical constants. Pi Day is celebrated annually on MARCH 14 2@1:59:26 p.m. That date and time correspond to the FIRST EIGHT DIGITS of π or 3.1415926.[ See full size image at ];
    Hope!!!!!! for mathematical applications while issuing stamps and stamp sheets to celebrate NYM 2012.

  14. Ujwala says:

    The Mathematical ‘Disappearing Number’ had been reflected in Indian Philately as Non Issue but Pre-scheduled Stamp on commemoration of ‘National Mathematics Day’ but still found to exists virtually at many web pages and sites including ebay. Have a view or review…

  15. Anil Nawlakhe says:

    Schools having ‘Philatelic Clubs’ can have “Digital Philatelic Exhibition”on web page, with Ramanujan mathematics and his inventions .
    Large number of digital images of postage stamps are freely available for selection, that can be planned in project work through many groups of five students each with sub task alloted to each of them. HAPPY NYM 2012.

  16. Anil Nawlakhe says:

    While searching for more philatelic acknowledgements to Srinivas Ramanujan, I found an imagery. I could not identify the building and what this imagery stands for? If anyone could identify this picture ???

    Please view the imagery at

  17. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    Dear Mr.Anil,
    Only an expert in Muslim Architecture can identify the building.
    To me, the tomb resembles what we have in Lodhi Gardens,

  18. Ujwala says:

    You have given a thread to reach. Theatre Royal Plymouth co production, Complicite’s A ‘Disappearing Number’ might have its shows in Delhi. Perhaps… if I am right, this imagery is one of poster for their show in Delhi/India.

  19. Ujwala says:

    UPU conventions now include DEFINITION of postage stamp and Governments are invited to clearly define the postage stamps in their national legislation…
    A revised article (article 6 of convention) on postage stamps has been adopted by UPU explaining the character, purpose, subject and design of postage stamps.
    About characteristics of postage stamps, UPU (Point 1.1 of RL 115, c 14) recommends size saying ‘their vertical and horizontal dimensions are not less than 15mm nor more than 50mm’
    Understanding the role of UPU in postal regulation and affairs regarding postage stamps, I suggest in line with thoughts proposed by Stanley Max, that UPU should also consider postage stamp size in metric dimension following the ISO Standards in paper use.
    Stanley Max while presenting his thoughts on METRIC-SIZED POSTAGE STAMPS in his article [The Dimensions of Metric-Sized Postage Stamps, American Philatelist December 2009, pp1-2] said, that ‘Postage stamps are usually issued in rectangular or square shapes, and come in many different sizes’. He added further accepting the importance of variety in ‘adding to the mixture a genre of stamps possessing a certain mathematical regularity — metric dimensions’.
    He reported ‘the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has specified very clear and easily applicable rules governing paper sizes in the metric system. According to these rules, the ratio of length to width must equal the square root of 2 (√2), which is approximately 1.4’.
    Max while agree with size limitations beyond which a postage stamp can be too big or too small to be useful; he picked up the list of paper size at A9 proceeding down several more sizes. He also added a column in his article suggesting given size would be useful as a postage stamp. Stanley Max suggests that metric-sized paper yields three sizes suitable for a stamp A10, A11 and A12.
    India Post and Indian Security Press Nasik (who mainly is responsible for stamp production) are suggested to go for METRIC-SIZED POSTAGE STAMPS in celbration of NYM 2012.

  20. Anil Nawlakhe says:


    Nice idea. It can be a good practice for Stamp Collectors in Indian Philately as a part of celebration of the National Year of Mathematics 2012 to analyze the post independence Indian commemorative stamps for their shape and size for finding where does the majority Indian Stamps stands for their ratio of size (Length devided by Breadth) after and before adoption of the METRIC SYSTEM.
    I found some statistics with good analysis of Indian Stamps, posted on PHILAMIRROR; thus hope someone with excellent holding of Indian stamps will take initiation in this nobel Metric Practics for cause of NYM celebration.

  21. Anil Nawlakhe says:

    Nice way of celebrating maths and connection with arts
    Swedwn:Stamps on Geometric Figures

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