03 July 2015

New stamps from Poland


World Blood Donor Day


Date of Issue : 14 June 2015

Polish Post recently issued two beautiful stamps on World Donation Day and Sun Flower.The special feature of these issues is its FDCs which are so beautiful. These would be excellent items for collectors.

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.




Sun Flower


Date of Issue : 26 June 2015

The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant in the family Asteraceae, with a large flower head (capitulum). The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with a flower head that can be 30 cm wide.


Sunflower "whole seed" (fruit) are sold as a snack food, after roasting in ovens, with or without salt added. Sunflowers can be processed into a peanut butter alternative, Sunbutter. In Germany, it is mixed together with rye flour to make Sonnenblumenkernbrot (literally: sunflower whole seed bread), which is quite popular in German-speaking Europe. It is also sold as food for birds and can be used directly in cooking and salads. Sunflower oil, extracted from the seeds, is used for cooking, as a carrier oil and to produce margarine and biodiesel, as it is cheaper than olive oil. A range of sunflower varieties exist with differing fatty acid compositions; some 'high oleic' types contain a higher level of healthy monounsaturated fats in their oil than Olive oil.

The cake remaining after the seeds have been processed for oil is used as a livestock feed. Some recently developed cultivars have drooping heads. These cultivars are less attractive to gardeners growing the flowers as ornamental plants, but appeal to farmers, because they reduce bird damage and losses from some plant diseases. Sunflowers also produce latex and are the subject of experiments to improve their suitability as an alternative crop for producing hypoallergenic rubber.


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Executive Committee of Chandigarh Philatelic Club

Office Bearers :

President: Abnash Singh Luthra

Vice President : Rakesh Walia

General SEcretary : Vipan Thakur

02 July 2015

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Rainbow Stamp News July 2015


July 2015

Hi !

I have just published July 2015 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. It is available at following links :


http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/    ( For Indian Readers )

http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.com/   ( For Overseas Readers)

30 June 2015

New Special Covers

Special Carried Cover on Chennai Metro Rail – 29th June 2015


To commemorate the inaugural run of Chennai Metro Rail between Koyambedu and Alandur, Tamilnadu Postal Circle released a Special carrier cover featuring the Chennai Metro Rail design and route etc. (Special Cover approval no. TN/17/205) The special cover was released by Shri Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai City Region. Special covers were carried during the first journey of the new train. Design of the special cover was taken from The Hindu newspaper. Back side of cover carries information about passenger capacity of each train, speed, travel time and number of stations etc. and delivery marks.





Special Cover on Shri B. Ramachandra Adityan – 28th June 2015


A special cover was released in memory of B. Ramachandra Adityan at Kayamozhi in Tuticorin district by J. Charukesi, Post Master General, South Zone, Madurai and was received by Mr. R. Sarath Kumar, Tenkasi, MLA on 28th June 2015.

B. Ramachandra Adityan was a managing editor of Malai Murasu, popular Tamil evening newspaper. He was the eldest son of Daily Thanthi founder Si. Balasubramania Adityan. He was also instrumental in launching weeklies and magazines such as Devi, Kanmani and Penmani and Tamil daily Kathiravan. Mr. Adityan played a vital role in rescuing Tamilnad Mercantile Bank after the bank went out of the control of Nadar community to the Essar group in 1990s. The Nadar communities were the original promoters of TMB. He passed away on 16th October 2013 due to prolonged illness.

Special Cover on Kodagu District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Madikeri - 23rd June 2015


Kodagu District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Madikeri was established in the year 1964. It has been working for the past 50 years on the principle of Vyapari Dharma (Business Ethics). The chamber has around 28 branches in Kodagu with a membership of over 3500 members.

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of KDCCI, a Special cover was released by Shri S. Rajendra Kumar, Postmaster General, South Karnataka at a function organized by the Chamber of Commerce at Valley View Hotel, Madikeri, Kodagu Madikeri on 23rd June 2015 (Special Cover approval no. KTK/45/2015). Shri Praksah, President and Mrs. Monty Ganesh, Secretary, Shri Chidvilas, Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other members of the CCI were also present on the dais.

The special cancellation depicts the logo of the chamber of commerce and industry featuring the traditional weapons of Kodagu the rifle, the ‘Vedtu Kathi’ and the ‘Peechi Kathi’.

Courtesy – Indian Philately Digest

New stamps on Fruits and Vegetables



Date of Issue : 16 June 2015

Israel Philatelic Society has introduced a set of stamps on theme “Vegetables”. These stamps aim to propagate healthy nutrition. The issue consisting of five items was released and put on sale on the 16th of June. These stamps feature vegetable slices on marginal tabs.

The world of nutrition has undergone a revolution in recent decades. Plants such as vegetables have been found to contain tens of thousands of active ingredients that offer far-reaching health benefits. These substances are called phytochemicals (phyto = plant in Greek). Some phytochemicals are pigments (colors). These pigments and phytochemicals are abundantly healthy.

The red color – contributes to fighting cancer and heart disease. The orange color – maintains proper function of the immune system and fights cancer. The green color – slows the ageing of the eye, maintains healthy vision and strengthens bones. The white color – helps maintain vascular and cardiac health and wards off bacteria and infection. The purple color – slows ageing processes such as that of the brain.


Tomatoes are rich in the red pigment lycopene. Lycopene is an effective antioxidant that contributes to reducing the risk for various types of cancer, such as prostate cancer. Lycopene and other components of the tomato also help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and are a source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, potassium and dietary fiber.


Layer after layer, the onion offers aroma, flavor and powerful healthful properties. The sulfur compounds that are unique to the onion and members of its family help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancers such as stomach cancer and more. Onions are rich in quercetin – an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and also provide B vitamins and vitamin C.


Green lettuce contains chlorophyll and is rich in the yellow-green pigment lutein. Lutein is an antioxidant that contributes to slowing the ageing of the eye and maintaining healthy vision. Lettuce provides an abundance of nutritional components which help to reduce the risk of disease and contribute to bone health: vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate and other B vitamins, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.

Purple Cabbage

Purple cabbage is rich in purple pigments known as anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that contribute to slowing ageing processes, such as that of the brain. They also fight atherosclerosis as well as cardiovascular disease. As part of the Brassicaceae family, this cabbage contains anticancer substances. Purple cabbage is rich in vitamin C and provides vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, iron, calcium and dietary fiber.


Carrots contain yellow-orange pigments from the carotene family, such as beta-carotene and alphacarotene. These carotenes contribute to reducing the risk of cancer and also serve as a source of vitamin A. This vitamin is vital to vision, and in particular night vision, as well as to maintaining proper immune system function, healthy skin and normal growth. Carrots provide five different B vitamins as well as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and potassium and are rich in dietary fiber.

Summer harvest stamps from USPS


Every summer, some of America’s favorite foods are in season.he U.S. Postal Service® celebrates a few of those favorites ‒ corn, tomatoes, cantaloupes, and watermelons ‒ with four new stamps that will be put on sale in July.

Vintage produce advertising, including 19th- and early 20th-century crate labels, seed packets, and catalogs, inspired these stamp designs. Though not all produce was shipped in wooden crates, the stamp art is especially reminiscent of vintage crate labels.

The four stylized labels are drawn in the same color palette of red, black, green, and yellow-orange. The produce names are in white lettering at the tops of the four stamps. The word “Forever” is enclosed in a banner centered along the bottom of the stamp; the letters “USA” are to the right of the banner.

After America’s railroads linked the East and West Coasts in the 1870s, growers in agricultural areas could ship their products to locations across the country. To distinguish their wares from other producers, growers commissioned special crate labels from printing houses that employed some of the day’s best graphic artists. The artists created designs that featured clever slogans and unusual styles, though the art did not necessarily relate to the produce inside. Illustrations might portray bathing beauties, historic events, landscapes, animals, or the grower’s family.

Young People for a Healthy Diet


Austrian Post has released a special motivating and colorful stamp on theme “Young People for a Healthy Diet”. The author of this item, Jakob Hansbauer, convinced the jury with a collage of fruit and vegetables, and it is his subject that can be found on the 2015 Youth Stamp. The peculiarity of this stamp is that it was not created by famous artists but instead by young people themselves – for four years.

This year, young people were encouraged to submit drawings, paintings, collages or photographs on the topic of a healthy diet – the technique being at the participant’s choice. The topic of a healthy diet is particularly important for children and young people because it is at this early age that the basis is laid for later dietary habits. Obesity is a topic that affects an increasing number of young people, and a varied age-appropriate diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit is the best precondition for turning healthy children and young people into healthy adults.

The youngsters had time until the end of January to submit their works of art, which they did in large numbers. After the closing date, an expert jury selected their favourite. The choice fell on Jakob Hansbauer, a 14-year-old stamp collector from Elsbethen near Salzburg, where he attends the grammar school in Akademiestrasse. Like many others, he had read about the competition in the journal “Die Briefmarke”, which he receives each month through his Austrian Post subscription, and decided to participate. Jakob, who likes drawing in his free time, designed a face, made up of a head of cabbage, carrot hair, an orange, a pear, a pea pod and a banana, and winking cheerfully.

As he said in the interview with Sybille Pudek, the head of the Youth Department of the Federation of Austrian Philately Associations (VÖPh) for the magazine “Die Briefmarke”, his idea was that this picture should generate an appetite for fruit and vegetables. He is particularly proud that his drawing is now decorating the stamp, since he collects all the stamps he can get his hands on. His other hobbies include hiking and nature, as he said in the interview.

This stamp, the result of this year’s “Young people for a healthy diet” competition, has a nominal value Euro 0.68 with a surcharge of 20 cent to be used for the youth work of the Federation of Austrian Philately Associations. This includes a large number of activities such as school projects in which children are introduced to philately, seminars and the provision of material to youth groups. In addition, this 20 cent surcharge is used for presence at exhibitions and for the holding of the “Young people’s day” at the Christkindl post office near Steyr.

29 June 2015

Postcard on International Yoga Day From Portugal




A commemorative Post card was issued on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga in Portugal on 21st June. The post card was signed by the Ambassador of India to Portugal, Dr. Jitendra Nath Misra, President of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja and Director Sales, CTT Correios de Portugal, Dr. Jose Laia Henriques.





Courtesy : Ministry of External Affairs Govt.of India

26 June 2015

Stamp on Women’s basketball European championship




European Women’s Basketball Championship - 11 to 28 June 2015



Magyar Posta issued a special stamp to mark the Women’s Basketball European Championship. The design of the special stamp features a basketball shoe and a high-heel shoe, referring to the diversity of sportswomen, and the national flags of the host nations. The issue was released on the 4th of June.This is a beautiful stamp with a nice design depicting  a basketball shoe and a woman’s shoe – giving a symbolic look of Women’s Basketball Championship.


Hungary and Romania are jointly hosting the 35th European Women’s Basketball Championship between 11 and 28 June 2015.The matches are being played in five Hungarian and three Romanian cities.

Twenty teams including the Hungarian national side are playing in the European Championship. The winning team will go to the 2016 Olympic Games and the teams in the next four places will compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Hungary will vie with the defending champions Spain as well as Slovakia, Lithuania and Sweden in the MKB Arena in Sopron for a place in the semifinals.

New Special Cover 

Celebrations of Sri Ahobila Mutt released - 22nd June 2015 - Srirangam




The 60th birthday of the 46th Azhagiyasingar, Sri Ranganatha Yatheendra Mahadesikan, was celebrated as Shashtyabdha Poorthi Mahotsavam with a 5-day event from 18th June to 22nd June 2015 at Srirangam. On the occasion a Special Cover and My Stamp were released by Shri J.T. Venkateswarlu, Post Master General, Tiruchirappalli region which were received by Shri Parasaran, Member of Rajya Sabha. S. Rajagopalan, Chief Executive Officer of the Mutt and several devotees were present on the occasion.


Sri Ahobila Mutt is a Sri Vaishnava religious institution established 600 years ago in a place called Ahobilam by Srimad Athivan Satakopan. The present Peetathipathi of Sri Ahobila Mutt, His Holiness Srimad Azhagiyasingar Srivan Sathakopa Sri Ranganatha Yatheentra Mahadesikan became the 46th Pontiff of Sri Ahobila Mutt. He took full charge of the Mutt with his Pattabhishekam held on 22nd May, 2013 at Srirangam.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest

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