What’s in a Stamp?

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Last week the Government decided to withdraw two definitive postal stamps. Definitive stamps are the ones available at the counters in all post offices. In this digital age where writing letter is almost a forgotten thing, stamps don’t matter much to people. Even among stamp collectors, very few collect definitive stamps. I have definitive stamps of few countries in my collection, but I am more interested in commemorative stamps.

However, the news prompted me to look for definitive stamps in my collection that might have had some significance in the bygone era. Here are the ones that I thought might interest you or raise a curiosity in you.

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Stamp Connect – Jamini Roy

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While glancing through The Hindu newspaper on Tuesday this week, one image caught my attention. It was the picture of a painting of three women. The almond-shaped eyes of the women and the shape of their faces reminded me of a similar one I had seen somewhere. I smiled gently after realizing quickly where I had seen it earlier. I started reading the news article with interest.

The article was about Jamini Roy, a Bengali artist who is considered as a pioneer in Indian modern art. You can read the article if you are interested.

Now, where did I find the earlier painting? It was on an Indian stamp in my collection.

Stamp of a painting by Jamini Roy

Stamp of a painting by Jamini Roy

The stamp is one among the set of four stamps titled ‘Modern India Paintings’ released in 1978.

I am glad to have it in my collection! 🙂

Stamps on Madras (Chennai)

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I wrote this post for the 375th Madras Day in 2014. I have added additional information and few more stamps for this year’s (377th) Madras Day.

Being born and brought up in this lovely city and being a stamp collector, I don’t have a better way to show my love for this city than through stamps.

Here are some Indian stamps on well known landmarks in Madras i.e., Chennai.

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In spirit of the season… football stamps!

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Just thought of sharing few football stamps from my collection in spirit of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Guatemala released the following stamp in 1948 to commemorate the CCCF Championship football tournament. These tournaments were conducted for Central American and Caribbean countries between 1941 and 1961. Guatemala was the host country for the 1948 tournament and they were the runner-ups.

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