Octogenarian Artist who Weaves Magic out of Postal Stamps

By Tamara Mathias​

Meet the 82-year-old woman who has spent over 40 years painstakingly creating beautiful artwork from discarded Indian postage stamps and her son who passionately preserves philately. Deepa Melkote speaks at the lightening pace of a woman on a mission.deepa melkote

The 82-year-old homemaker is a woman of many talents, but her specialty lies in the intricate collages she has created over the last four decades. Her subjects are varied: historical monuments, dancers in colourful lehengas, brightly coloured birds and mythological figures. Each piece is comprised of vivid stamps that have been segregated, cut into tiny pieces and glued neatly onto a sketch.“I once read in a magazine about a British woman who collected stamps and used it as wall paper for her home,” she explains. “That gave me an idea to do something with discarded stamps. The colours are what attracted me.” Continue reading

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Hungary Issued Stamp In memory of the Gulag-Gupvi victims

hungary gulag stampHungary released a commemorative stamp in remembrance of the victims of the GULAG-GUPVI.  The commemorative stamp with a symbolic concept was designed by graphic artist András Szunyoghy Jr. and 200 000 copies were produced by ANY Security Printing Company. Forced labour camps to suppress the political opposition existed even in tsarist Russia, but these did not form a unified system. After the 1917 revolution, Lenin banished many of his political opponents and detained them in camps. The growing camp system, known throughout the world by the acronym of its Russian name GULAG, reached its greatest extent under the dictatorship of Stalin. In these camps, the Russian and foreign opponents of Stalin’s politics, former prisoners of war deemed unreliable, peasants driven off their land and other forcibly displaced people were compelled to do very hard physical labour. They were made to work 12 hours a day with precious little attention paid to their feeding, health and accommodation. Continue reading

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New Stamps from The Netherlands

Winter Birds

netherlands birds stampsThis is the stamp sheet of Winter Birds, which is part of a series of stamps within a four-part series in the Netherlands, featuring bird species, arranged by season. When you scan the stamps with Cee app, you will hear the sound that the bird makes and you can read more about the bird.

Issue Date: 24.01.2017

Dutch Chicken Breeds

netherland year of rooster stampsEach chicken is depicted in a characteristic pose, with its head turned to face the chicken on the stamp opposite. The background is a close-up photograph of the plumage of the relevant chicken breed (the colour variety), with a photograph of a feather of the chicken next to it. The stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands. The stamp sheetlet was designed by Birza Design in Deventer. Continue reading

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India Post Released Stamp on Centenary Year of Ramjas College

ramjas college stampIndia Post has issued a postage stamp to commemorate the Centenary Year of Ramjas college Delhi.Founded in 1917 by the great educationist and philanthropist, RaiKedarNath, Ramjas College is one of the oldest colleges of Delhi, predating the University of Delhi itself.

fdc ramjas college Beginning from the humble precincts of Darya Ganj in Old Delhi, the College today boasts of a spacious campus, state-of-the-art infrastructure and an esteemed faculty of scholars trained at leading universities in India and abroad.

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Postmarks,Postcard,Personalized Stamps and Cards on Birds and Animals from Germany

germany birds stampsBy Wolfgang Beyer,Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie & Matthias Reichel, Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group Meiningen

Germany will issue a pictorial postmark,postcards,personalized stamp and special covers on the  occasion of philatelic exhibition at 98617 NEUBRUNN  on 25th March 2017. All philatelic items are featuring the Tawny Owl(Strix  aluco). It´s the bird of the year 2017 in Germany.Neubrunn is located in the rural region  Rhön in Germany.

Poctorial postmark on  Hazel domouse

germany animal postmarkHazel domouse is the animal of the year 2017 in Germany.This postmark will be available from 12th March 2017 in 74072 HEILBRONN.

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Vietnam Issued Stamps on Year of Tourism

vietnam tourism year stampsThe design for domestic use is a photo of terraced rice fields on high mountains with yellow crops, while the design for international use features a spectacular sunset over the 3,143m-high Fansipan peak, which is covered with a blanket of clouds.The collection includes two stamps for domestic and international mail. The images on the stamps were taken by photographers Ngoc Bang and Gia Chien, who are based in the province.Both stamps were decorated with the traditional weaving patterns of local ethnic groups.

The domestic and international stamps are priced at VNĐ3,000 and VNĐ10,500, respectively, and are available at book shops and post offices nationwide. Continue reading

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Special Cover Released on Sun Temple Konark

special cover konark templeBy Anil KrPujara

India Post has released a special cover on Konark Temple on 3rd February 2017 from Konark.The special cover is cancelled with My Stamp of Konark Temple.

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New Stamps of Kyrgyzstan

Spiders

kyrgyzstan spiders stampsIssue Date: 19.12.2016 Values: KGS 190

Navigation on Lake Issyk-Kul

kyrgyzstan ships stampsOn November 25th 2016 the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic puts into circulation a series of Kyrgyz Express Post postage stamps: “Navigation on Lake Issyk-Kul”.

  1. Three-masted schooner “Issyk-Kul” (the beginning of the twentieth century).
  2. Motor ship “Progress of Kyrgyzstan”, launched in 1926.
  3. Cruiser “Moscow” of the President of Kyrgyzstan.
  4. Torpedo boat

 Issue Date: 25.11.2016 Designer: Aliona Cojocari Illustrator: Oleg Cojocari Printer: Nova Imprim Process: Offset Lithography Size: 46.00 х 27.50 mm Values: 50 KGS, 100 KGS

125th Birth Anniversary of V.V. Obraztsov

kyrgyzstan V.V. Obraztsov stampsIssue Date: 19.12.2016 Values: KGS 229

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Stamps on Headgears

fdc headgears of indiaheadgears of india stampsbrochure headgears of indiaIndia Post issued this unique series on 10th February 2017.According to brochure no seprate stamp sheets issued and only 3 million sheetlets  have been printed but this so called sheetlet is not fulfilling norms of a sheetlet.Infact it is miniature sheet.

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New Stamps Released on Year of Rooster

The Netherlands

netherland year of rooster stampsIssue Date: 31.01.2017

St.Maarten

st maarten year of rooster stampsIssue Date;27th January 2017

Kyrgyzstan

kyrgyzstan year of rooster stampsIssue Date: 03.02.2017 Designer: Vitaliu Pogolșa Printer: Nova Imprim Process: full-colour offset lithography, partial gloss finish + pantone bronze Size: 34.00 x 34.00 mm Values: KGS 50, 100

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