22 July 2017

Protect Pollinators....





Date of Issue : 3 August 2017

Here is a pane of beautiful stamps for Lovers of flowers and  butterflies. On August 3, 2017, in Richmond, VA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Protect Pollinators stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475200). The Protect Pollinators $9.80 pane of 20 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 3, 2017.



The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of  continent’s most iconic: the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America.




The stamps feature:
1. A monarch and a coneflower
(photo by Karen Mayford);
2. A western honeybee and a golden ragwort
(photo by George D. Lepp);
3. A monarch and a zinnia
(photo by Bonnie Sue Rauch);
4. A western honeybee and a New England aster
(photo by Michael Durham); and
5. A monarch and goldenrod
(photo by Justin Fowler).

Source : USPS

20 July 2017

70th Anniversary of Lambretta






 Date of Issue : 3 June 2017


Here is a beautiful stamp issued by Italy Post featuring Lambtretta Scooter. This scooter was also once very popular in India The stamp has been issued to commemorate 70th anniversary of Lambretta Scoter. The stamp features  a poster advertising the Lambretta fifties, created by illustrator and poster designer Italian Franco Mosca, kept at the Lambretta Scooter Museum, Rodano (Milan). 


Lambretta is the brand name of a line of motor scooters initially manufactured in Milan, Italy, by Innocenti. The name is derived from the word Lambrate, the suburb of Milan named after the river which flows through the area, and where the factory was located. Lambretta was the name of a mythical water-sprite associated with the river which runs adjacent to the former production site.



19 July 2017

New Special Covers...



Goods and Services Tax - 1 July 2017





Leader K. Karunakaran Birth Centenary  - 7 July 2017 Kozhikode


International Yoga Day - 21 June 2017 Chennai




World Red Cross Day - 8 May 2017



Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum


16 July 2017

Karphilex-2017 Exclusive Special Covers





Postal administrations of Botswana,Namibia and Vietnam released Special covers to mark their presence at Karphilex-2017.







This may be the first time when  a foreign postal administration  released  special covers at a philatelic event in India.


New Special Cover -KTK/59/2017 - Raksha Bandhan 



Karnataka Postal Circle released the special cover at Karphilex 2017 venue.Interesting to note that the cancellation does not have the Date mentioned.

- Suresh Rao, Bangalore


14 July 2017

Special covers at Karphilex - 2017 , Bangalore








Two new special covers released during Inauguration of Karphilex 2017, today at Bengaluru



1. Learn Kannada Speak Kannada

2. Karnataka's Sporting Legends




1. Kannada is one of the ancient languages of India. It is a prominent Dravidian language. In 2008 the Government of India awarded Kannada, the status of classical language. Kannada is a verbal language of 49 letters that are divided into vowels, consonants and yogavahas (neither vowel nor consonant). Kannada letters and digits originate from the Brahmi script of Ashoka period. The phases in evolution of Kannada script can be observed from the period of Badami Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kalyani Chalakyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar Empire until the period of Mysore kings. Until recently Halmidi inscription (450-500 AD) was considered as the oldest inscription of Kannada, but recently the Archaeological Survey of India has found an inscription older than Halmidi at Talugunda, near Shiralakoppa in Shikaripura taluk of Shimoga District, Karnataka dating back to 370-450AD. After a number of studies, the Department has declared these findings as the earliest Kannada inscription. These new findings have further enhanced the eminence of Kannada.


2. Karnataka's Sporting Legends


Prakash Padukone

He won his first national senior championship in 1971 as a 16 year old become youngest player to achieve this feat. Thereafter he set a record of nine national titles in a row. He achieved his first major international title in 1978 when he won the men’s singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. In 1980 he went on to win both the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. His biggest career achievement happened in 1980 when he won the men's singles title at the All England Championship. He won the first Alba World Cup in October 1981 at Kuala Lumpur. In the Hong Kong Open. After an illustrious playing career he retired in 1991.

Anil Kumble

No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble. He played 132 Test matches for India collecting 619 wickets. He also played 271 ODls taking 337 wickets, in the process becoming the highest wicket taker for India in both formats. After having played for 18 years, he announced his retirement from international cricket in November 2008. He holds the World Record for getting all 10 wickets in a single innings of a Test match against Pakistan at Ferozshah Kotla Delhi in 1999 (10 wkts for 74 runs). He is only the second one in history to do this after Jim Laker. He also has captained the Indian Cricket team and also served as the Head Coach. He was awarded theArjuna award in 1995 and the Padmashri in 2005.

Pankaj Advani

At the tender age of 18, Pankaj won his first World Title. He is the only person in history to have won both the billiards and snooker IBSF World Titles as well as the World Professional Billiards Championship. He was the first person ever to win a "Grand Double" (both the points and time formats in the same year) in 2005. Pankaj repeated the same feat at the 2008 World Championships. In 2014 he created a world record by winning the Grand Double for the third time. A gist of his achievements: World Billiards Champion (Points Format) 4 times, World Billiards Champion (Time Format) 7 Times, IBSF World Snooker Champion Twice, IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion Twice. He is also 26 time Asian Billiards Champion, and won 29 Junior and Senior National titles. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2004, the Rajiv GandhiAward in 2004, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006 and the Padmashri in 2009.

- Suresh Rao, Bangalore





New Thermochromic stamps - Alderney Coastal Eclipses







Date of Issue : 19 July 2017

To mark the next total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017, when all of North America will be fortunate enough to witness an eclipse of the Sun. Here is a set of stamps  to be issued by Guernsey Post Alderney on 19th July 2017 which depicts six coastal locations that will be treated to a partial eclipse, including Alderney. These specially produced heat sensitive stamps reveal information and full eclipses upon coming into contact with warm hands.





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