StampNews.com hurries to inform that a rare collection of stamps ranging from the first stamp printed in India at the Nasik Press, in 1926 to those brought out to commemorate legendary singers Mohammad Rafi and Kishor Kumar is currently on show at Gurgaon-based Philatelic Dealers Association that is conducting a week-long exhibition.
Victorian-era stamps dating 1880s with value ranging from half an anna to up to five rupees are included in the collection. Some unique stamps which range from those introduced to celebrate India's independence to those marking Air India's first flight to the United Kingdom are also on display.
"Every year we organise this exhibition and receive a good response. Over the years we have seen a paradigm shift in our target audience. Retired people who used to have philately as their hobby but could not pursue it visit us," says Madhukar associated with the Philatelic Dealer's Association.
A stamp designed to look like a gramophone from Switzerland, a T-shirt shaped stamp from Malaysia, a stamp from Taiwan with a velvet beer engraved on it and one depicting Poland's art form printed on pure silk are some of the exquisite stamps on display.
A collection of stamps commemorates the beauty of late Princess of Wales, Lady Daina. From Bhutan come CD shaped stamps that mark the independence of the country.
"There is no limit to the variety of stamps. I have a huge collection of stamps including all the available stamps on boats and ships in the world," says Rajendra Prasad a visitor to the exhibit.
A set of stamps released exclusively on the colourful traditional art form of 'Madhubani paintings' depict its various forms ‒ Bharni, Katchni, Tantrik, Nepali and Gobar. A collection of stamps released by Tanzania in honour of the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth is included.
"Philately is a shrinking art. But we are trying hard to revive it through initiatives like these. I am very fond of philately and have a collection of 1.5 crore stamps," says Rakesh Walia, a philatelist who has authored six books.
Besides an unusual collection of stamps, the exhibition is also displaying antique coins dating as old as 1835 as well as currency notes including an extinct red coloured two rupee note.
Sourced by ptinews.com