27 November 2014

Stamps on Sun Dials



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Date of Issue : 16 December 2014

Israel Post has prepared for issuing a special set of three stamps on the theme “Sundials”- the first tool that allowed people to measure the passing of time. Three beautiful and different sundials found in Israel are depicted on this stamp set. The issue is to be released on the 16th of December.


Sundials in Eretz Israel

The changing shadows cast upon the ground as the sun apparently moved across the sky have caught people’s attention since ancient times. This phenomenon was utilized in planning the sundial, the first tool that allowed people to measure the passing of time and determine the precise time for purposes of work and ritual.

The simplest type of sundial consists of a vertical rod (gnomon) that casts a shadow onto a dial marked with semicircular lines. Over time, sundials were improved and their precision was enhanced. Sundials are referenced in world literature as far back as the Bible.

The Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem

In the early 1970′s, a mobile sundial made of stone was discovered among the ruins of a grand building that was unearthed in an archeological dig in the eastern part of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem after the Six Day War and given the name “Beit Hamidot” (the measurement house). The dial was approximately 11 cms tall and the elegant etchings along its sides attest to the fact that it was a prestigious item used in a wealthy home in the 1st century.

It is a polar sundial, in which the scale of dates is affixed at a 33 degree angle to the ground, in accordance with the geographic latitude of Acre, and the top of the scale faces toward the pole. A dedication is carved into the front of the dial – “This sundial of the Al Anwar Al Ahmedi Mosque, which was dedicated by the honorable, renowned and magnificent minister Hag Ahmed Pasha Al Jezzar, who shall be rewarded by the forgiving God, is dedicated to benefitting humanity. It was built by Ibrahim Al-Faradi the Kurd in 1201 of the hijra of the prophet”.

Zoharei Chama Synagogue, Jerusalem

In 1908 a large perpendicular sundial was built on the southern wall of the Zoharei Chama synagogue on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem. It was designed and constructed by Moshe Shapira, a Jewish man from the old Yishuv who was born in the Meah She’arim neighborhood. He learned how to make sundials from Aryeh Leib Gordon,a learned educator in Jerusalem at that time, and from studying a book by the Vilna Gaon. The scale of dates is five meters in diameter and marked with lines indicating 5 minute intervals.

The pole that casts the shadow is fixed at an angle, parallel to the earth’s axis. Two reg

Club News

Hyderabad Stamp, coin & Note Fair – 2015 potponed

The Hyderabad Stamps, Coins & Notes Fair-2015 is postponed which was  proposed be held in February 2015 It was to be held at FAPCCI Federation House, Hyderabad. Executive Committee of FAPCCI has decided to renovate the Hall where this Fair was to be held, all bookings for the hall are cancelled.The Fair will be held under same terms and conditions and everything else remaining same, at the same place at a future date, details will be intimated soon.

- BK Nagpal  : email : hyderabadphilsociety@yahoo.co.in Phone :+91 - 9885031013


26 November 2014

Stamp on China Danxia - World Heritage Site



Date of Issue 4 December 2014

China Post has introduced a special philatelic issue paying tribute to the beuty of Danxia. ‘Danxia’ refers to an impressive and rugged landscape shaped by weathering and erosion on continental red sandstone sedimentary beds.

The site comprises six areas in China’s southern provinces, namely Chishui from Guizhou, Taining from Fujian, Liangshan from Hunan, Danxiashan from Guangdong, Longhushan from Jiangxi and Jianglangshan from Zhejiang. The poetic and panoramic beauty of the cliffs, gorges, waters and trees in Danxia is fully depicted in this stamp issue.

China Danxia was inscribed on the World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2010. Danxia landforms are characterised by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls.

They are the result of endogenous forces (including tectonic uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion) acting on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds over the millennia. China Danxia comprises Taining in Fujian, Langshan in Hunan, Danxiashan in Guangdong, Longhushan in Jiangxi, Jianglangshan in Zhejiang and Chishui in Guizhou, each having distinctive geological features. The splendour of the Danxia landforms is beautifully presented on the stamp sheetlet for all to see.

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New stamps from India Post

1. India - Slovenia Joint issue - 28th November 2014.
2. Sagol Kangjei (The Manipuri Pony Polo) - 29th November 2014.

Stamp Booklet on Nehru’s 125th Birth Anniversary by India Post

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On the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Department of Posts brought out a collection of stamps issued on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The booklet was released on 14th November 2014. This booklet contains original stamps issued on Jawaharlal Nehru since 23.10.1985. It is priced at Rs. 1000. The booklet is designed by Nenu Gupta and is available online at Snapdeal Portal.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest

New pictorial cancellation from Germany



On December 29th 2014 a new pictorial cancellation will be issued in 24103 KIel. The cancellation will  feature the lighthouse "Paard van Marten" in the Netherlands.

Interested philatelists my please contact: Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de. Postage rates:0,75 Euro AIRMAIL,2,90 Euro Registered AIRMAIL.

25 November 2014

Slovak Philatelist honored on stamp



Date of Issue : 5 December 2014

I am pleased to share the information about a postage stamp to be issued in honour of a philatelist. Slovak Post will  release a special commemorative stamp to honor one of its greatest philatelists on the 5th of December.

Severín Zrubec lived, worked and received his degree of Doctor in Laws at the Faculty of Law of the Slovak University (1948) in Bratislava. Severín Zrubec worked as a lawyer in various organisations. He held his final post at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (1968 – 1981) until 1982 when he retired. He is buried in his home place.

However, the philatelic public knows Severín Zrubec as a successful exhibitor, journalist, association member, and a member of home and foreign juries assessing exhibits. He took part in organised philately for more than fifty years. He engaged in modern view of philately as a hobby with a significant cultural and social mission. Since 1952, Severín Zrubec was a member of the Association of Slovak Philatelic Societies.

Attempts for re-establishment of the Association of Slovak Philatelists (1969) are also closely connected with his name. He held an office of the association chairman during two terms (1969 − 1979) and then continued as its vice-chairman for another two periods. His activities earned him various awards, for instance, Gold Honorary Medal of the Association of Slovak Philatelists and Laureate of the Prize of the Association of Slovak Philatelists 2000.

Severín Zrubec worked as a member of the Thematic Philately Commission of FIP (1974 - 1984) and International Jury of the Association of Slovak Philatelists (1973 − 2011), as well.  His name has been written in golden letters in the Slovak and European philatelic history. The exhibit “Today Rotary Press Machines Revolve” was displayed at several tens of domestic and foreign exhibitions for twenty eight years. It was awarded four gold, seventeen gilded and seven silver medals at five world’s fairs under the patronage of FIP and twenty two international exhibitions. When finishing his exhibition activity in 1998, Severín Zrubec gifted his extensive thematic collection “Printing and Book” to the Museum of Book Culture in Trnava. However, the good man and excellent philatelist was also a poet engaged in writing for a long time. During 2003 - 2005, he published fourteen short collections of subjective lyric poetry written especially for his friends and acquaintances.

The traditional postage stamp with a coupon annually issued at the occasion of the Postage and Philately Stamp Day is impressively shaped as a trapezium with triangle coupons. It is dominated by his portrait and autograph. Zrubec’s first gold medal awarded at the World Postage Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 1962 extends over the right coupon, while a section of the emblem of the Society of St. Gabriel, he co-founded (1962), is depicted on the left one. FDC includes a postal stationery (J. Fándly, 1991 from Museum of Book Culture) issued by the Union of Slovak Philatelists and sent to his address.

Club News

Hyderabad Stamp, coin & Note Fair – 2015 potponed

The Hyderabad Stamps, Coins & Notes Fair-2015 is postponed which was  proposed be held in February 2015 It was to be held at FAPCCI Federation House, Hyderabad. Executive Committee of FAPCCI has decided to renovate the Hall where this Fair was to be held, all bookings for the hall are cancelled.The Fair will be held under same terms and conditions and everything else remaining same, at the same place at a future date, details will be intimated soon.

- BK Nagpal  : email : hyderabadphilsociety@yahoo.co.in Phone :+91 - 9885031013


Festival Masks on stamp



Date of Issue : 19 November 2014


Here are new  stamps from Philippines featuring festival masks. These beautiful stamps could be included in Mask, culture and Tourism themes. Its a wonderful set for thematic Collectors.

In line with the celebration of the National Stamp Collecting Month, the Philippine Postal Corporation  launched the colorful “Philippine Festival Masks” commemorative stamps on the 19th of November, during the fiesta celebration of the famous Higantes Festival in Angono, Rizal.

Souvenir sheet - Masskara Festival - Antonio M. Carranza Jr.

Stamp Designs:

1. Moriones Festival - Jose Antonio A. Jayme

2. Higantes Festival - Nemesio Miranda

3. Pintados Festival - Donald Tapan

Included in the Festival Masks Commemorative Stamps are four of the world’s famous festivals: The Moriones Festival in Marinduque, Higantes Festival – Angono, Rizal, the Pintados Festival -Tacloban and Masskara Festival in Bacolod City.

PHLPost printed 120,000 copies of the three Philippine Festival Masks stamps, sold at P10 each. The said stamps were produced in tactile printing technology that allows a person to touch and feel the actual texture embellished in the stamps.

The body of the traditional higantes (giants) which are made of bamboo and colorful cloth and a face made of paper mache is depicted in the “Higantes Festival Mask Stamps” designed by Nemesio Miranda.

The colorful tradition of Pintados Festival in Tacloban was depicted in Festival Mask “Pintados” stamps designed by Donald Tapan.

New Special Cover


Tribute to a Scientist – Dr Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao



 A special cover was issued in Hyderabad on Birth Centenary  eminent scientist Dr A S Rao. He was founderand Managing Director of ECIL.

- Sreejesh Krishnan, Trivandrum


24 November 2014

New Christmas stamps




Date of Issue : 20 November 2014

For this year’s Christmas here are new stamps issued recently. Estonia Post introduced two Christmas stamps on the 20th of November. The items depict gorgeous Christmas decorations.

Christmas time is still the most important holiday celebrated in Estonia. For Estonians, Christmas is a mixture of the traditional, the modern, the secular, and the religious. Like in other Nordic states, Estonia’s celebration of Christmas mostly falls on Christmas Eve, however Christmas season starts in Advent with people buying Advent calendars or lighting Advent candles.


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Date of issue : 14 November 2014

Polish Post has already issued its annual Christmas stamps on the 14th of November . Christmas in Poland is a major annual celebration, as in most countries of the Christian world. The observance of Christmas developed gradually over the centuries, beginning in ancient times; combining old pagan customs with the religious ones introduced after the Christianization of Poland by the Catholic Church.

Later influences include mutual permeating of local traditions and various folk cultures. Christmas trees are decorated and lit in family rooms on the day of Christmas Eve. Other trees are placed in most public areas and outside churches. Christmas is called “Boże Narodzenie” in Polish (literally ‘God’s Birth’).





Date of issue : 17 November 2014

Finnish Post issued a Santa Claus special stamp for this year’s Christmas  on the 17th of November.

The Joulun taika (The Magic of Christmas) stamp's based on Antti Kurola’s impressive photograph. In the magical picture, Santa Claus is throwing snow into the air with both hands, and behind the snow-covered spruce tree forest is revealed the city of Rovaniemi. The Santa Claus stamp is a great way to show to the rest of the world where the real Father Christmas is from.

23 November 2014

New Special Covers



Kerala Postal Circle released a Special Cover on 19-11-2014 in connection with MALAPPURAMPEX 2014. CONOLLY'S PLOT - The oldest Teak Plantation in the world.  Situated in Nilambur, Malappuram District, Kerala State.  It is named after H.V. Conolly, the Malabar District Collector between 1841 and 1855 during the British Rule, who was instrumental in planting teak in the entire Nilambur area.  The cancellation depicts ‘The hanging bridge’  in Conolly's plot, Nilambur on Chaliyar River. Cover approval No. KL-16/2014

Special Cover on Second Death Anniversary of Late Shri Kailashpati Mishra


A special cover on Second death anniversary of Late Shri Kailashpati Mishra wAS issued on 3rd November 2014 at Patna.

- Sreejesh Krishnan – Trivandrum

Forthcoming stamp exhibitions

Kochipex - 2014, Philatelic Exhibition at Vyttila, Kochi - 27th - 28th November 2014.

Kovaipex - 2014, Philatelic Exhibition at Coimbatore - 27th - 29th November 2014.

Silverpex - 2015, National Philatelic and Numismatic Exhibition at Kannur - 9th - 11th January 2015.

SINE, Stamps of India National Exhibition at New Delhi -Stamps of India National Exhibition on Jan 30, Jan 31, & Feb 1, 2015 at NDMC Convention Centre, Opp Jantar Mantar, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 110001. For details visit stampsofindia.com

Hyderabad Stamp, Coin & Note Fair - 2015 at Hyderabad - 6th - 8th February 2015.

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