25 February 2018

Beautiful America..



O Beautiful !



US Postal Service will issue a set of 20 stamps featuring beautiful  America. With the release of O Beautiful, the Postal Service commemorates the beauty and majesty of the United States through images that correspond with one of the nation’s most beloved songs, “America the Beautiful.”. One of the stamps features a double Rainbow.


23 February 2018

New Pictorial Postmarks



New postmarks on animals from Germany




On 11th March 2018 a pictorial postmark   will be available in 74072 HEILBRONN. The postmark is featuring a European Wildcat (Felis Silvestris), animal of the year 2018 in Germany.






On 29th March 2018  a pictorial postmark will be available  in 60549 FRANKFURT/MAIN . The postmark is featuring a Rainbow-billed toucan(Ramphastos sulfuratus).  The postmark is for a FIRST FLIGHT from Frankfurt/Main to San Jose,Costa Rica.

Postmark on Dino from South Korea



On February 28th 2018  a postmark will be available in South Korea .
The pictorial postmark  features a SPINOSAURUS.




- Wolfgang Beyer, German Philatelic Federation (BDPh)


New Special cover on Mahamastakabhishek



Special cover issued at Sravanabelgola during Mahamastakabhishek



On the occasion of grand inauguration of Mahamastakabhishek of Gomateshwara Bahubaliswamy, a beautiful special cover and special cancellation was released on 17th Feb. 2018 at Sravanabelgola. 



The Cover was released by the holy hands of Pujya Bhattarak Charukirti Swamiji, head of Shrikhetra Sravanabelgola. Jainism Philately Group was instrumental in release of this cover and it's  Karnataka State Convenor Mr. Mahaveer Kundur has designed this attractive cover  and cancellation.

This special cover is available with JPG member Mr. Kiran Upadhye (email brahmakiran@gmail.com).


- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)


India - Iran Joint Issue




Joint issue of India and the Islamic Republic of Iran





Date of Issue : 17 February 2018

India Post and Islamic Republic of Iran issued a joint issue on 17th February 2018 featuring  Shaid Beheshti Port of  Iran and Deendayal Port of India .


Shaid Beheshti Port, Chahabar




Deendayal Port, Kandla



Image Courtesy - Stamps of India



16 February 2018

Indian Cavalry on new Israeli stamp


Indian theme on foreign stamp


The Indian Cavalry,Haifa




An Indian cavalryman against the background of the Indian Cavalry battalion in the streets of lower Haifa.


Date of Issue : 6 February 2018

Israel Post issued a stamp on 6 February 2018 featuring Indian Cavalry , Haifa. This is a nice stamp related to India issued by Israel Post for those collecting stamps on "Indian theme on foreign stamp".


WWI in Eretz Israel Centenary – The Conquest of Haifa (1918)


When WWI broke out in August 1914, the Ottoman Empire formed an alliance with the Central Powers (Germany and Austria) against the Allies (Britain, France and Russia). The Great War, as it was known at the time, went on for more than four years and fundamentally changed world history in general and the situation in Eretz Israel in particular.

In early 1918, after an offensive in which the British conquered the southern part of Eretz Israel from the Ottoman army, the frontline between the two forces was drawn along the Abu Tellul ridge. Both armies were exhausted from their strenuous efforts during the previous several months. They were in need of a respite in order to regroup and renew equipment and supplies. Some of the British troops were transferred to the Western Front in Europe, and military forces from India were sent to Eretz Israel to replace them.

The large British offensive to conquer the northern part of Eretz Israel began on September 19, 1918. British and Indian forces broke through the Turkish line near the Poleg River and proceeded rapidly northward along the coastal plain. By evening, the attackers reached the Tul Karem area, the next day they captured Afula and Nazareth and on September 21st British aircraft attacked the retreating Turks in northern Samaria, inflicting many casualties.

The British route of attack did not include Haifa, and conquering the city was not part of the plan at that stage. However, on September 22nd an erroneous report was received advising that the Turks had abandoned the city. When they attempted to enter the city, the British were met with fierce resistance and barely succeeded in extracting their troops. Following this failure, the Indian 5th Cavalry Regiment was ordered to conquer Haifa. On the morning of the 23rd the Ramchi Jodphur battalion began progressing toward Haifa, but was not able to achieve its goal. At 2:00 pm another battalion, commanded by Major Takhur Dalfat Singh was assigned the task. The battalion's cavalrymen bravely charged the Turks' machine gun positions, subdued them and successfully conquered Haifa. Major Dalfat Singh, who was killed during the attack, was posthumously called "The Hero of Haifa". This battle is considered by the Indian military to be one of the cornerstones of its military history, and it is marked annually with ceremonies throughout India.

In the following days, the British continued their progress northward, which was concluded on September 30th, with the capture of Damascus. A short time thereafter the Ottoman Empire conceded, thus ending WWI on the Eastern Front.

The Stamp and the First Day Cover

The stamp features an Indian cavalryman (Library of Congress, from photos of the American Colony in Jerusalem) against the background of the Indian Cavalry battalion in the streets of lower Haifa (Imperial War Museum). The tab features the insignia of the Indian army's Ramchi Jodphur battalion. The first day cover features a photo of the monument erected in the British Military Cemetery in Haifa in memory of the Indian soldiers who fell during WWI.
Production of the WWI in Eretz Israel Centenary stamp series is aided by The Society for the Heritage of World War I in Israel, which researches the events of the war, publishes books on the subject and hosts conferences and tours for members of the society and the general public.


Courtesy : Eli Moallem, Israel

08 February 2018

First stamps on 2022 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics



2022 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics




Date of Issue : 31 December 2017 


Stamps commemorating the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics have been released in the Chinese capital.

The release took place after the signing of a franchise agreement between the Organizing Committee of the 2022 Games and the China Post Group Corporation. For the first time, the emblems carry a QR code.



The emblem for the 2022 Winter Olympics is called “winter dream.” The design is based on Chinese calligraphy for the word “winter” and also shows a symbolic skater at the top and skier at the bottom.


The Paralympics emblem is based on the Chinese character for “flying” and “evokes the image of an athlete in a wheelchair rushing towards the finish line and victory,” according to the website of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The stamp designs include more than just the emblems, however; “BEIJING2022” is repeated in the background in type that China Post describes as “faintly visible,” and a QR code links to an online video about the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
The stamps were printed in separate sheets of 12 .Chinese artist Lin Cunzhen designed both emblems.

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