17 November 2017

Special Cover - Valley of Words..International Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun

Valley of Words - International Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun
17-19 November 2017

A Special cover was released on inaugural day of "Valley of Words", International Literature and Arts Festival, being held at Dehra Dun from 17 -19 Nov. 2017 by Dr. KK Paul, Governor of Uttarakhand.

Valley of Words is a Festival of literature and  arts which brings together the best writers, critics, and listeners from poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writings for young adults, storytellers, balladeers, puppeteers, thespians, photographers, artists and craftspeople from across the world.

Image Coutesy : Abhai Mishra

Stamp Exhibition at Valley of Words

Abhai Mishra, Jeevan Jyoti, Vinay Gupta,Abhishek Bishnoi

A stamp exhibition is also going on  at Valley of Words Literature and Arts Festival, Hotel Madhuban, Dehra Dun , 17 to 19 Nov. 2017. Governor's exhibit and 6 Exhibits of Dehradun philatelists - Uttarakhand Postal history, Dehra Dun and POW camps by Abhai Mishra, Taj Mahal and Rainbow by Jeevan Jyoti, Sachin Tendulkar by Vinay Gupta Gupta and Musicians by Abhishek Bishnoi are on display.

15 November 2017

New Special Cover on Children's Day

14 November - Children's Day 

Children's Day (also known as Bal Diwas) is celebrated in India every year on 14th November. As Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very affectionate towards children, his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day.

Silicon City Academy of Seoondary Education-ACSSE school,founded by Shri.K.B.Lakshman in the year 2005 was built on a formidable mission to make a happy place for all children as "Joy of Learning" is the motto of the School.Under the "able guidance of academic Chairman Dr:K.S. Sameera Simha, the school is providing quality education.Students are exposed to a well structured friendly teaching methodology that will help to shape their future in a positive way. Learn more about SCASE on: www.siliconcity.edu.in

Special Cover :  Inscription stones of Bengaluru 

Exhibition on Inscription Stones of Bengaluru, 14 - 19 November 2017

Inscription Stones Of Bangalore' is a civic activism project to raise awareness and protect ancient inscription stones (shila shaasanas) found in the Bengaluru region. Inscriptions stones are original documentation of the people, culture, religion and language of the region dating back to as early as 750CE. Rampant urbanization in Bengaluru has led to destruction of a majority of the 150 stones in the old 'Bangalore' region which were documented by B.L. Rice and others from 1894 to 1905 in the remarkable twelve-volume series Epigraphia Carnatica. This project retraces the footsteps of B.L. Rice to protect and restore the dignity of the last remaining 25 'Inscription Stones Of Bangalore'. This special cover was released on 14-11-2017.

Front image: The oldest Kannada stone inscription in the Bengaluru region dated to about 750 CE (Ganga period).

Rear image: Inscription stone at Begur with the earliest recorded use of the name 'Bengaluru' dated to 890C

-  Suresh R., Bengaluru

14 November 2017

Children's Day

Date of Issue : 14 November 2017

India Post released a set of two stamps in the denomination of Rs 15 each and also two miniature sheets of Rs 15 each on November 14, 2017 to mark Children’s Day 2017. The designs are based on children’s paintings on Nest.

Image source : Stamps of India

13 November 2017

2018 - Year of the Dog

Date of Issue : 10 November 2017

2018 is the year of the Dog . On 10th November, 2018, Åland Post issued Year of the Dog, the fourth stamp in the series featuring Chinese zodiac animals.  

 With this lovely miniature sheet, Swedish artist Martin Mörck continues to put his mark on the series, illustrating a time when sailing ships dominated the townscape and sailors bought China dogs as souvenirs.
Produced in Staffordshire, the heart of English porcelain industry, during the 1800s, the delicate China dogs were made from glazed and decorated ceramics and particularly popular among Scandinavian and Åland sailors. The sailors’ dogs, also known as Staffordshire dogs, always appear in pairs, the most common type being white spaniel dogs with details in gold. They were placed on the mantel piece or windowsill at home.  A tall tale accompanying the sailors’ dogs had it that the dogs would be placed looking into the living room when the sailor was at home but out of the window when he was at sea.
The original China dogs illustrated on the miniature sheet may be viewed in the collections of the Åland Maritime Museum. Two maximum cards, also painted by Martin Mörck, complement the miniature sheet.
Hong Kong

2018 - Year of Dog 

The “Year of the Dog” stamp issue is the seventh in Hongkong Post’s fourth Lunar New Year special stamp series. Four thematic stamps delight collectors with cute models of dogs in ceramic, jade, pottery and seashell art. Exhibiting the lovely temperament and sweet playfulness of the dog, they present the Chinese zodiac sign for the year. Also available are stamp sheetlets printed in paper and silk that celebrate this great festive time of the year with joy and auspicious greetings.

Date of Issue : 27 January 2017

10 November 2017

Christmas Cup Cakes...

Date of Issue : 9 November 2017

Cupcakes have become hugely popular over the years, once thought to just be a trend or phase, but now well established and respected in the cake world. The appeal of cupcakes is its versatility with the range of designs and flavours having limitless options which can stretch our imagination.

Novelty cupcakes have become a popular trend where all types of designs are being applied and are very popular for seasonal events, weddings, children’s parties and corporate events. Seasonal designs are particularly appealing and when it comes to Christmas, cake artists’ love pushing the boundaries and making unique, cute or funny designs.
The cupcakes featured on the stamps were specifically produced by a well known bakery based in Gibraltar - Piece of Cake
Piece of Cake CEO Sharon Garcia said;
"When designing these cupcakes we wanted to apply a local theme to a Christmas design. We had to create something unique to Gibraltar. Our Christmas tree had to be adapted to our Rock of Gibraltar. Our rock ape also had to feature a Christmas hat. The snowman reflects our national football team colours and emblem on his hat, symbolic of our new prominence in the football world. We also feature our beloved Pan Dulce-a cake typically enjoyed by Gibraltarians over Christmas.
This set of 6 Christmas cupcakes represents Gibraltar’s heritage, our love for the season and our particular love for all things sweet!”

: Wolfgang Beyer, Germany

09 November 2017

Christmas carols...

Date of Issue : 16 November 2017

Swiss Post will issue four special stamps for this Christmas featuring musical gems as Christmas motifs.The stamps are so beautiful and anyone would love to have them in collection.Here are four popular Christmas songs featured on these stamps as motifs. Swiss Post will also issue set of  four A6 double  cards with these motifs.

1."Snow falls softly at night" was written – and possibly also composed – by Protestant pastor Eduard Ebel (1839–1905). However, he may also have taken up an old folk tune. At any rate, he himself considered it a nursery rhyme.

2."Jingle Bells" was written in the mid-19th century by the American composer James Lord Pierpont. Although it’s not strictly a Christmas song, it is sung all over the world at Christmas.

3.The lyrics of "Silent Night" were originally taken from a Christmas poem written by assistant priest Joseph Mohr (1792–1848) from the Austrian village of Arnsdorf and Franz Xaver Gruber composed the hauntingly beautiful melody. Today the carol is sung in countless languages around world.

4.In the case of "We wish you a merry Christmas", the writer is lost in the mists of time. A traditional English carol dating back to the 16th century, it also looks beyond Christmas to the beginning of the New Year.

08 November 2017

Titanic letter sold for £ 126000 at an auction....

One of the last known letters to have been written on the Titanic has sold for a world record price at auction.
The letter, written by American businessman and Titanic passenger, Oscar Holverson, fetched £126,000. It was sought-after because he wrote it on 13 April 1912 - the day before the Belfast-built ship hit an iceberg.
It is the only known letter, on headed Titanic notepaper, to have gone into the Atlantic and survived.The sea-water stained document was sold to a British buyer, whose bid to the auction in Wiltshire came in via phone.
The auctioneer, Andrew Aldridge, described the anonymous customer as someone "who collects iconic items from history".Mr Holverson, a successful salesman, wrote the letter to his mother while travelling on the ill-fated ship with his wife, Mary.
The couple boarded the Titanic in Southampton and planned to travel back to their home in New York.
In his note, the writer seems in awe of his surroundings, telling his mother that "the boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel".
Mr Holverson, who has an idiosyncratic style to his syntax, also writes about seeing "the richest person in the world at that time" - John Jacob Astor - on the ship, accompanied by his wife.
"He looks like any other human being even tho (sic) he has millions of money," he adds. "They sit out on deck with the rest of us."
The letter had a reserve price of between £60,000 and £80,000.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's sale, Mr Aldridge said that "even if the letter was virtually blank, it would still rank as amongst the most desirable, such is the nature of the paper, its markings and history".
Having been an auctioneer of Titanic memorabilia for 20 years, he said that its content takes it to another level, "because of its date, the fact it went into the Atlantic and the observations it contains".
One prophetic entry in Mr Holverson's letter never came true, when he wrote: "If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday AM."
When the Titanic sank, Oscar Holverson, along with JJ Astor, died along with more than 1,500 people.Mary Holverson survived.Her husband's body was recovered and, inside a pocket book, the letter was found.
It still bears the stains of the sea water and the water mark of the White Star shipping line.
The letter eventually made its way back to his mother.Mr Aldridge said that makes it "possibly, the only onboard letter written by a victim that was delivered to its recipient without postage".
Source :  BBC News

New Special Covers..

Mysore V. Doreswamy Iyengar 

The Legendary Veena Maestro, Mysore V. Doreswamy Iyengar (1920 -1997) was born in Doddagaddavalli, a village in Hassan District of Karnataka. A child prodigy under the tutelage of Asthaana Vidwan Venkatagiriyappa, he began his career at a young age of thirteen as an Asthaana Vidwan in the court of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. For over six decades he enthralled music lovers with his mellifluous Mysore Style. Recipient of numerous titles and awards including the 'Padma Bhushana', his name has become synonymous with the Veena.

Lions Club Centennial celebration

In the year 1917, businessman Melvin Jones announced an ambitious initiative - an association dedicated to the central principle of serving others. Today, 1.4 million people walk in his path of service to others. We 'Lions' are one with people of the world. In Sanskrit, it is called "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam". Service to others defines who we are. Our motto puts it in terms others can easily understand-"WE SERVE".

Lions Club of Bangalore Adityanagar conducts medical camps, distributes free medicines, provides free computer education to lesser privileged and encourages youth empowerment through football team, distributes scholarship to meritorious and needy students. It also does annual adoption of special children.

 National Unity Day

-Suresh R, Bangalore

07 November 2017

Butterflies from China and Jersey

Date of Issue : 1 September 2017

Jersey Post Issued a set of six stamps a miniature sheet and a sheetlet featuring butterflies found both n China and Jersey.

06 November 2017

New Christmas stamps

Date of Issue : 1 November 2017
New Zealand Post issued a set of 5 special stamps and a miniature sheet for Christmas.
Some of the first items used to decorate Christmas trees were as simple as fruit and nuts. Sprigs of holly and other seasonal flowering plants were also used, as well as candles, which were a bit of hazard until the invention of lights. As the custom of putting up a Christmas tree slowly began to spread through Europe and on to America, the ornaments became more diverse as people started experimenting with different materials.

The first tinsel was made of beaten silver and was much heavier and limited in colour compared to today’s vast array of glistening, colourful plastic and foil versions. Cookies, marzipan and other sweet treats were cut into different shapes such as circles, hearts and stars and hung on branches along with paper snowflakes and hand stitched angels.
This homemade style was overtaken in popularity when the art of glass blowing was taken up in Germany and delicate hand crafted baubles were produced. By the 1880’s, Germany was leading the world in hand crafted glass ornaments. Moulds of children, angels, bells and more saw the shape and style of Christmas decorations change once again.
With the popularity of celebrating Christmas on the rise, the Christmas decoration market began to boom around the world. Soon Japan and the Czech Republic were producing decorations to be imported into America and Europe. The invention of new technology and materials meant that mass production was possible. Suddenly everybody could have glittering, colourful decorations adorning their Christmas tree.

The particular style of art that has been used to create this year’s stamps is known as quilling. It’s thought that its origins date back more than 500 years, but it was at its most popular during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The name came from the act of wrapping a strip of paper around a feather quill to create a tight coil. These days, people can get special tools and templates as well as machine cut strips to make their artworks even more detailed and precise.

Quilling’s popularity peaked in the early 1800’s as a hobby for ‘ladies of leisure’. Although previous to that it had been popular among nuns as a way of decorating sacred texts, containers and holy pictures.

Quilling has been brought back to life in recent years with many hugely talented artists such as Yulia Brodskaya who is responsible for the stamp artwork, choosing it as their discipline. A close look at the art works displayed in this stamp issue give an idea of the time, patience and skill required to create these vibrant works. 

04 November 2017

New Stamps from India

Indian Cuisine

Date of Issue : 3 November 2017

India Post issued a set of 24 stamps and 4 Miniature sheets on Indian Cuisine featuring popular cuisine, Regional cuisine, Bhog Prasad and Festival Cuisine.

On 1st November 2017 India Post issued 3 commemorative postage stamps featuring  Kavi Muddana , Adikavi Nannaya and  Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple in Rs denomination each.

 Kavi Muddana

Adikavi Nannaya

                                                   Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple 

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