04 October 2015

Stories from the Great War…



To be issued on  : 11 November 2015

First World War is one of the most tragic events that involved countries from around the world. This war is always a popular them for various stamp issues produced by different Postal Services annually. This stamp release is the second set of Guernsey Post‘s philatelic products that commemorate the centenary of The First World War.

This is the most beautiful set of stamps issued so far to commemorate the Centenary of World War I,. The selection of the stamp designs is superb and the designers of this set need a great applause from the  Stamp Lovers.  I am very pleased to share the details about these new stamps to be issued by Guernsey Post on 11th November 2015.

This second issue of stamps commemorating the First World War looks at the huge contribution that the General Post Office (GPO) made, with a particular focus on the Bailiwick.

Bridget Yabsley, acting head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said: ‒ “Of the 250,000 employees of the General Post Office (GPO) in July 1914, 75,000 workers bravely put themselves forward and made an enormous contribution during the Great War in the years that followed. Records show that 43 of these men came from the Guernsey Post Office”.

The stamps

The 42 pence stamp depicts Philip Carré, a postman in Sark when war broke out and who subsequently joined the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (RGLI). He returned to Sark and his role as the island’s postman when the Regiment was demobilised in February 1919 and was awarded the Coronation long-service medal in 1953.


The post was dispatched daily across the English Channel on mail boats to be distributed by The Royal Engineers (Postal Section) or REPS from Field Post Offices. One of the mail boats that went between Guernsey and England during this time was the SS ‘Vera’ (56p), who provided a vital link for islanders.


As well as joining other regiments, 12,000 post office workers enlisted in The Post Office Rifles, the 8th Battalion City of London Regiment, including Privates JG Fowler, AW Smith, LW Burridge, HF Taylor and RF De Garis, all young postmen from the Bailiwick (62 pence stamp). Lawrence Burridge was killed in May 1916, aged 23. Albert Smith died from gunshot wounds in December 1917, aged 25. The fate of the other three Guernseymen is not recorded.



Letters and greetings also returned to the islands, as depicted on the 57 pence stamp by a card sent home to Guernsey by Lieutenant Peter Le Page of the Royal Army Medical Corps.


The troops did not have time to write lengthy letters and pre-printed Field Service Post Cards replaced lengthy letters during the War. Soldiers referred to them as ‘whizz bangs’ ‒ their nickname for the small German artillery shells – because they got through the censors so quickly.

The whizz bang depicted in the 68 pence stamp was sent to the sweetheart of Guernseyman Private Yves Cataroche, who also featured in Guernsey Post’s first issue on the 41p stamp.



Captured on the 77p stamp are postman Robert, who joined the RGLI, and postmistress Ethel Bynam, who married after the War in 1922. The position of the Edward VII penny stamp signifies ‘longing to see you again’. Their grandson, Dave Bynam, followed in their footsteps and continues to work at the Guernsey Post office.

Mrs Yabsley said: ‒ “Our stamp issue is testament to the untiring work of the Post Office workers, who made an enormous, positive difference to those at the Western Front and also the Home Front.

“It also reveals stories of unwavering bravery and support shown by the people of the Bailiwick who served during the Great War”.

The six stamps and prestige booklet will be released on Remembrance Day, which in many countries is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918.

The First Set of World War I



03 October 2015

New Special Covers


"Integral Coach Factory - Diamond Jubilee" - 2 October 2015


:  S. Vijayakumar, Chennai email : vijay.philatelist@gmail.com

Special cover issued on Jain saint
- Sudhir Jain


On the occasion of 10th Swargarohan Anniversary of Jain Saint Pujya Jayanand Muni Maharaj, a special cover was issued at Jaipur on 30th September 2015. Release function was organised at Mohanbadi, Galta Gate,  Jaipur in the auspicious presence of Pujya Maitryprabh Sagar ji Maharaj. Mr. J. M. Dhor, President,  Jaipur Philatelic Society was instrumental in release of this special cover and special cancellation.


02 October 2015

Club News



Rainbow Stamp News October 2015

Title Oct 15

Hi !

I am pleased to release October 2015 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available at following links.


http://rainbowstampclub.blogspot.in/    ( Indian Readers )

http://rainbowstampclub.blogspot.com/      ( Overseas Readers )

2 October - International Day of Non-Violence



The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Philatelic Tributes to the Father of Nation



Gandhi Ji and three Monkeys


Gandhi'jis "Three Wise Monkeys" were named Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru and are originally Japanese macaques, a common species in Japan....

Courtesy - Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

Read special article on Gandhi Ji’s three Monkeys in Rainbow October 2015


01 October 2015

New stamp from India


Mahant Avaidyanath


Date of Issue - 1 October 2015

India Post issued today a commemorative stamp on Mahant  Avaidyanath. The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad released the Commemorative Stamp on Mahant  Avaidyanath at a function held at Gorakhpur this morning.





Courtesy – Ashwani Dubey, Gorakhpur





Courtesy - Sandeep Chaurasia – Gorakhpur

30 September 2015

New stamp from India


Commemoratives Postal Stamp on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar released



Date of Issue : 30 September 2015

The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad released the Commemorative Stamp on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th Birth Anniversary Year, in New Delhi on 30th September, 2015. The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot and the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla were also present on the occasion.


Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (b. 14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, was one of the architects of the Indian Constitution. He was born to Bhimabai Sakpal and Ramji on 14 April 1891 in Madhya Pradesh.

Babasaheb was a well-known politician, economist, social reformer and an eminent jurist. Ambedkar's efforts to eradicate the social evils like untouchablity and caste restrictions were remarkable. The leader, throughout his life, fought for the rights of the dalits and other socially backward classes. Ambedkar was appointed as the nation's first Law Minister in the Cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru. Bhimrao Ambedkar was appointed as the chairman of the constitution drafting committee. Ambedkar emphasized on the construction of a virtual bridge between the classes of the society. According to him, it would be difficult to maintain the unity of the country if the difference among the classes were not met. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor in 1990.

Courtesy-Indian Philately Digest

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