Wednesday, 27 January 2016

School Speech on Philately

Today, at school, I gave a speech on the topic "Philately - The King Of Hobbies". Keep in mind that most of my peers do not know about stamp-collecting :) Given below is an extract from my speech.

"I am a philatelist. Philately is about collecting stamps - this hobby is referred to as the King of Hobbies.

Postage marks & stamps indicate pre-payment of money to transfer packages. The very early stamps were not made of paper but were in fact wax seals.

The 1st modern paper stamp was introduced in the UK in the year 1840. The 1st post office in India was setup in the year 1688 in Bombay followed by Calcutta and then Madras.

Philately as a hobby allows us to learn about different countries, their history, novel printing methods etc. 

The highlight of my collection is a set of stamps that capture the evolution of flight. It shows the history of flight starting from balloons to gliders, powered flight and finally space travel. I also collect unique stamps. Some are unique because of the shape, like triangles, circles and hexagons. Others are different because of the material - Gold & Silver foils, ceramic, leather & wood. Some are known for the special printing like phosphorescence, holograms, CDs and fragrances.

My notes on stamps can be viewed on my blog @
My offer of cards and stamps for swaps can be viewed at"

After my speech, some of my friends asked me how I got interested in philately and where in the internet they can find more information.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Antonov O K - Pioneer of Russian Aviation

The multifaceted Antonov O K is a pioneer of Russian Aviation. Antonov is interested in aviation since his childhood and spent most of his time making paper gliders.  His painting skills came handy in designing aircrafts.

He designed 52 Gliders and 22 airplane types and he is the man behind Guinness record holder AN 225.

Antonov was born on February, 1906. In 2006 for his 100th Anniversary, Russia post issued a miniature sheet with his picture and the aircraft designed by him. I got these through a private swap from Olga of Russia.  Thanks Olga.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

A cover from Macedonia

The Republic of Macedonia is located in the Balkan peninsula in Southern Europe. Until 8th September 1991 Macedonia was a part of Yugoslavia after which it gained it's independence. The capital of Macedonia is Skopje.  As a result of a dispute between Greece over the use of the name Macedonia it changed its provisional description to "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)". The current president of Macedonia is Gjorge Ivanov.

Below is the scan of the cover I received. Thanks Anita for sending a nice cover for our swap.  One more to my Around the world card/cover collection.

Friday, 15 January 2016

EuroVision stamp: Austria

In the recent 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, the Austrian band Makemakes took part with the song" I am Yours". "I am Yours" by The Makemakes won the contest after gaining majority from the audience. This was Austria's 48th appearance in the Eurovision contest.

The Eurovision contest was held for the 60th time in 2015.
Following it's victory in 2014, Austria was the venue for the 2015 contest and so issued a stamp on 24th April 2015 showing the logo of 2015's Euro Vision Song Contest. The stamp shows the logo for the 2015 contest entitled "The Sphere". The speciality is the type of printing- offset printing on silver foil.
This beautiful cover with the Eurovision stamp came all the way from Austria into my letter box. Thanks  Danubia for the fabulous cover.

Joint issue stamps: India - Singapore

On November 24th 2015, Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong along with Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi jointly issued 2 stamps ( issued by both Sing Post and India Post - a joint issue) one featuring Istana (The Singapore President's house) and the other featuring the Rashtrapati Bhavan (The Indian President's house) on Mr. Modi's official visit in Singapore marking the 50th anniversary establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and India.

Recently I received a beautiful cover from Singapore from my friend  Lee Shiou Ming. She has used the stamps beautifully on cover in such a way that on the left hand corner is the India's version of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Istana and in the right hand corner Singapore's version but the order is the other way around- Istana first and then Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Thanks a Ton, Shiou Ming for such a wonderful cover.

Odd World - Croatia

My Croatian collection of Odd/Unique stamps

Odd World - Slovenia

My Slovene collection of Odd/Unique stamps

Odd world - Thailand

My Thailand collection of Odd/Unique stamps

Silk stamps

World's longest stamp on cover
2017, 70th Anniversary of the Accession of the throne of King Bhumibo 

Heptagonal Foil Embossed stamps
Issued in 2011

Gold Foil
2017 National Day
2017 65th Anniversary of King Vagiralongkorn
(Gold foil letters)

Circular shaped stamps
120th Anniversary of the state railway, Thailand

Odd World - Korea

My Korean collection of Odd/Unique stamps

Odd shape MS

Dinosaur perforation*

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Odd World - USA

  My American collection of Odd/Unique stamps

                                                   Odd shape


Circle stamps and special coating at selected place to give Touch and Feel effect



Monday, 11 January 2016

Odd World - Taiwan

   My Taiwan collection of Odd/Unique stamps


Odd shaped stamps MS

Parallelogram shaped stamps

Circle shaped stamps

Fan shaped stamps

The above stamp is issued on wood also(see below)

Silk MS

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Balloon Carried Cover : India

On 3rd of January, 2016,  India Post has released a special cover to commemorate the 2nd Tamil Nadu International Balloon Festival held at Pollachi, Tamil Nadu.  Limited edition of 1000 covers were printed and each cover is numbered.  The cover was carried in the balloon and it has the despatch cancellation at the front and delivery cancellation mark at the back of the cover.  Nice addition to my Flights of Fancy.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Cards from Sri Lanka

Tabu, a friend of mine visited Sri Lanka and was kind enough to mail me some picture postcards from different cities across Sri Lanka. The cards illustrate various aspects of the country, the picture-perfect beaches, the rich Buddhist heritage, the diverse land and sea creatures found there etc.

Seeing these wild animals in-person (safaris) takes a lot of effort and time. As Tabu rightly notes, "in the world of instant coffee & internet, Miss Patience has sort of gone into hiding". 

Thanks Tabu.

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