Philately is a delightful hobby that sharpens and satisfies your aesthetic tastes. While expanding your knowledge of and interaction with the world you live in you get to know interesting details of politics history prominent personalities national and international events geography flora and fauna agriculture science monuments soldiers warriors scientists arms and ammunition modes of transport etc. I would like to know what kind of stamps and from where I can get these stamps...and What is the Philatelic material available at Philatelic Bureaux..
You are right Manpreet...This process of learning becomes more delightful through visuals and brief write-ups. In addition, philately cultivates a meticulous and focused attention to detail. It also helps you to make friends across boundaries and age limits. Both mint-stamps unused stamps and used stamps can be collected. These can be collected year-wise , nation-wise or theme-wise. To make this easier and more attractive to beginners, philatelists generally advise you to collect stamps according to a selection of your choice called a Thematic Collection. Themes may be flowers, birds, animals, architecture, railways, monuments, Red Cross etc. Definitive stamps and stationery can also be collected as a theme. The bottom line is that the collection unfolds various aspects of a theme like a story. There are commemorative and definitive stamps. Commemorative stamps are issued, as the name suggests, to commemorate important events, prominent personalities in various fields, aspects of nature, beautiful or rare flora and fauna, environmental issues, agricultural activities, national/international issues, games etc. These stamps are only available at Philatelic Bureaux and counters or under the Philatelic Deposit Account Scheme. They are printed in limited quantities. Definitive stamps on the other hand, are used for day - to - day postal mailing purposes and are available in various ascending denominations from 20 paisa onwards at all postal counters. Do not throwaway letters that you receive. You can collect used up stamps through them. These can be detached delicately from the postal articles. Rinse in a shallow dish of water, using your hands or a soft brush. Carefully dry them in a dark place as the ultra violet rays of sunlight can damage the colours. It is also valuable to retain stamps along with the envelopes on which they are pasted as this authenticates their use.
Philatelic Bureaux function in 59 Head Post Offices at Circle Head Offices or in major district towns. They carry out sale of philatelic items to individuals, dependent counters and authorised Post offices. Philatelic Deposit Accounts can be opened at these Bureaus. Philatelic counters supply all philatelic itemsbut are not authorised to issue the Special Cancellation that accompanies each commemorative stamp. They provide a standard First Day of Issue cancellation on first day cover. Authorised offices only sell commemorative/special stamps, blank first day covers and brochures. Periodically a catalogue of Indian Postage Stamps from 1947 onwards is updated and is made available for sale from the Philatelic Bureaux. If you need it from abroad, please contact - The Director, Mumbai GPO, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Many queries are received from beginners particularly, seeking guidance for starting a collection of postage stamps. The Department of Posts is not, however, responsible for the information etc. supplied by the Philatelic Congress of India as the Department does not handle the secondary market in Philately. Re-production of stamps is allowed for illustration purposes in Philatelic Publication or in an article relating wholly on postage stamps which may appear in any magazine, newspaper or publication of a general character. Such reproduction should however, be only in black. If stamps are to be produced in colour for publicity purposes, prior permission of the Director General of Posts must be obtained. To avoid similarity with the postage , such reproduction must be distinctively in smaller or larger sizes than the actual stamp and must be without perforation on the edges. Further, across bar will also be placed on one- corner of the stamp, obliterating the denomination. It must be noted that reproduction of the stamp in colour of the actual size of the stamp with perforation of the edges may be deemed to be taken as production of the actual stamp .
Stamp collecting is the collecting of postage stamps and related objects, such as covers envelopes or packages with stamps on them . This is a lovely post, since this hobby is very close to my heart. I would like to share the history of stamp collecting....The first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Britain in 1840 and pictured a young Queen Victoria. It was produced without perforations imperforate and consequently had to be cut from the sheet with scissors in order to be used. While unused examples of the Penny Black are quite scarce, used examples are common, and may be purchased for 20 to 200, depending upon their condition. Children and teenagers were early collectors of stamps in the 1860s and 1870s. Many adults dismissed it as a childish pursuit.During the late 1800s many of those collectors, as adults, began to systematically study the available postage stamps and published research works on their production, plate flaws, etc. It was not until the 1920s that publicity about valuable stamps encouraged a large increase in the number of stamp collectors. This rapid increase in postage stamp values was largely because very few of the older stamps had been saved in good condition. Especially difficult to find were pairs, triples, and large blocks of older stamps. Because many U.S. stamp issues of the 1920s rose rapidly in value, during the 1930s many American collectors stockpiled mint U.S. stamps with the hopes of selling them for a sizeable profit in a few years time. This never materialized. Even today, more than 60 years later, one can find many 1930s U.S. issues in mint condition for close to face value, and many stamp dealers and collectors still use stamps issued as far back as the 1930s for postage when mailing letters. Most U.S. postage stamps issued since the 1930s are easy to obtain and have minimal value. Some high face value stamps, such as the 2.60 United States Graf Zeppelin issued in 1930, are worth substantial amounts of money. Other stamps issued since 1930 that are usually worth something are souvenir sheets from popular countries, hard to find plate number coils, and errors in printing.
Posted On : 04/14/09 3:28:53 AM
Dinesh Reward Points : 300 Member Since : Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Posted By : Manpreet Bharara Posted On : 04/13/09 11:42:19 PM Go
Thanks...Priyadarshini and Siddharth....I would also like to know what is a Philatelic Bureau, a Phi..
Manpreet do you collect stamps. Iam aphilatelist and I can say philately can be most rewarding if you really take it seriously. I will write in detail soon
Posted On : 11/03/09 11:12:11 AM
Renu Gupta Reward Points : Member Since : Sunday, July 01, 2012
For me philately is the best hobby. If you are seriously collecting stamps you can learn so many things from a single stamp.The best thing about stamp collecting however is that it s a great opportunity to learn about new countries cultures currencies and landmarks. What else can stamp collecting teach Here s a sampling of the many lessons to be learned from stamps Consider Indian first post independence stamp of three and half annas was issued on 21st Nov 1947. It showed the Indian Flag with the slogan of Jai Hind . This stamp teaches us the currency used ANNAS in 1947. it makes you curious to know how and when annas changed to rupee.