By R K Mishra
The Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) stamp 1980 falls under category of ‘Stamps released on Living Personalities’
Others are Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963) stamp issued in 1962; see the First Day Cover of First President of India
Personalities appeared on stamp and still found living are Shekhar Borker (now 62 Years), and Rita Malhotra, the Kanpur Girl is now in 57. See 1957 Bal Divas issue on the First Day Cover
Thanks Mishrajee for using a canceled stamp of Mother Teresa in
your write-up, as mint is the way to go these days.
Here I would like to point out that before the issue of a proper
personality stamp of J.R.D. Tata was issued on his first death
anniversary in 1995, he is there in the 1982 stamp of 50 Yrs.
of civil aviation, while he was still alive. Mind, the image is even
bigger than the image of Veer Narayan Sigh (tied to the barrel of
a cannon) issue of 1987. Image counts more than the name??
Moreover, 1997 se-tenant issue of Scindia School is collected
as a Gandhi stamp just because it shows a micro-micro image
of standing Gandhi in school’s prayer grounds called
By the way, two stamps from the 1957 Children’s Day issues
were inspired by the real photos of 2 different kids.
There may be others examples in the same vein.
Upholding the thought that ‘IMAGE COUNTS MORE’, providing link for the image of the stamp commemorating 50 Years of civil aviation issued in 1982 and depicting J.R.D. Tata – Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (29 July 1904 – 29 November 1993) . Yet another example under category of ‘Stamps released on Living Personalities’. Thanks.
And here is one more in the same category…
Maharshi Dr. Dhondo Keshav Karve (18 April 1858 – 9 November 1962) The 15 paise postage stamp issued on a living personality was released in 1958. To view go to the link
Today commemorative stamps of personalities are only released after their demise.
Since when India adopted this policy by which rules… ??? more details please on ‘today commemorative stamps of personalities are only released after their demise’.
Yes, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (15 September 1861 – 14 April 1962). The issue of 15th Sep 1960 stamp having denomination 15 p depicts his portrait also contributes to the category. The stamp image follows after a click on the link below
Stamps of Exception:
There are many more personalities whose stamps were released when they are alive:
1. Definitive: Indian Telephone Industries, Bangalore – 26-01-1955 – 1 Re – Person depicted is Mr K V Ramakrishna – He is still alive and lives in Bangalore. Longest Indian alive person after his stamp is released. (World’s longest person alive is queen elizabeth)
2. 15-09-1960 – 15np – dr M Visveswariah – on his birth centenary – he died in April 1962
3. 28-12-1985 – Congress presidents – Rajiv Gandhi –
There could be more. we need to gather this info.
Will you please provide link for the images of those stamps.
My reference is Commutative stamps ( To Commemorate any person) and the date of reference is 27.08.1980.
1.J.R.D.Tata was issued on 15.10.1982.
2.Dr.Karve was issued on 18.04.1958 read as Birth Centenary of Dr Karve (EDUCATIONIST)
3.M.Visvesvarya stamp was issued on 15.09.1960. read as Birth Centenery of Dr.M.Visvesvaraya(Engineer)
4. Issue of 11.11.1957,National Children’s Day on Nutrition,Education
and Recreation. The first children’s Day stamp was issued on 11.11.1957 and he it was shifted to 14 th Nov. linking the birth Day of J. L.Nehru.
President Dr. Rajendra Prasad has been kept under APWAD
My reference-Co lour Catalouge-Phila India 1994
i will like comments over EK VIVAD Stamp.
Say, for a change better change prevailed in the parliament in
honoring the art of our unsung folk artists.
Perhaps, for the artists in Rajsthan it is a way of depicting Krishna’s
special liking for Arjuna. Artists are much more broad minded than
we city & town dwellers.
Someone reading in the know can shed more light on this
Sorry for the typo- first line 2nd change should be read as
sense & not change.
MY DEAR S.K.GARG,
Thanks again Philla Mirror for providing such a useful informations to us.
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