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Stamp Images A
 WHAT IS STAMP        ARRANGING OF
                                        STAMP QUIZ
  COLLECTING        STAMP COLLECTION

                    TECHNICAL TERMS
STARTING A STAMP
                        USED IN        IMAGE GALLERY
   COLLECTION
                    STAMP COLLECTING

DIFFERENT KINDS      TECHNICAL DATA    ANATOMY OF A
   OF STAMPS           OF A STAMP      POSTAGE STAMP

                        A VISIT TO
 TYPES OF STAMP
                       PHILATELIC        SITE MAP
  COLLECTIONS
                       EXHIBITION

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        STAMP COLLECTING
Stamp Collecting is known with a respectable
  name „Philately‟. Philately has come to mean,
  specifically, the collection and study of
  postage stamps, postmarks and stamped
  envelopes and the study of postal history. The
  word "philatelist" means a person who
  practices philately or stamp collecting. It
  comes from the French word philatelie,
  which was derived from the Greek words
  "philos", meaning loving, and "atelia",
  meaning exemption from tax (which also
  came to mean "postage is prepaid").
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STARTING A STAMP COLLECTION


      The remarkable feature of stamp collecting is that, it
       is easy to start a collection. You might be receiving
       letters from your relatives, friends or from some
       where else on some occasion or otherwise, such as
       Birthday Cards, Diwali Greetings, New Year
       Greetings etc. with stamps affixed on it. Let us know
       more about easy ways of getting stamps, tools helpful
       in stamp collecting and how to remove stamps from
       envelopes.

         EASY WAYS OF    STAMP COLLECTOR’S     REMOVAL OF
        GETTING STAMPS        TOOL KIT           STAMPS




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          TECHNICAL DATA OF A STAMP



                   NUMBER PER         NUMBER
DATE OF ISSUE
                  ISSUED SHEET        PRINTED

DENOMINATION      PERFORATION         PRINTER

OVERALL SIZE         PAPER            COLOUR

                    PRINTING
PRINTED SIZE                     WATERMARK
                    PROCESS




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                      ANATOMY OF A STAMP

PAPER: What type of paper has been used for printing a stamp? Some of
paper used are Imported or Indigenous adhesive gravure coated stamp
paper, P.G matt coated and Matt chromo.
WATERMARK: Whether the stamp has watermark or not. It used as a
security device to ensure that no unauthorised paper is used for printing.
SEPARATION: In the rouletting method the paper is cut partly or wholly
through but no paper is removed. This is replaced by the perforation
method. In this the paper between the stamps is cut out in a line of holes,
usually round leaving the little ridges of paper in between, which hold the
paper together.
PRINTING: What type of printing process has been used? Typography,
Offset Lithography, Intaglio, Photogravure, Photo offset.
DESIGN: The pattern of the stamp.
ADHESIVE: The gum on the back of the stamp, may be smooth, wrinkled,
dark or white, coloured or tinted of virtually invisible.

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                     DIFFERENT KINDS OF STAMPS

    It is worth knowing different kinds of stamps. Stamps can be
                 classified with various characteristics.
TYPE OF STAMPS          TYPES OF         PURPOSE             CONDITION       OTHER
                        FORMATS
1.DEFINITIVE            1.SHEET          1.REGULAR           1.MINT          1.SE-TENANT
2.COMMEMORATIVE         2.COIL           2.POSTAGE DUE       2.UNUSED        2.TETE BECHE
3.SPECIAL               3.BOOKLET        3.AIRMAIL           3.USED          3.PERFORATE
4.OFFICIAL/SERVICE                                                           4.IMPERFORATE
                                                                             5.CANCEL TO ORDER

Definitive: Stamps used for ordinary postage. These stamps are small in size, simple design,
often printed in single colour and in large quantities and are on sale for a long time. When one lot
is exhausted another is printed even with new plates if first plates are worn out. World‟s first
stamp “Penny Black” issued by Great Britain was definitive.
Commemorative: Stamps issued in connection with an event, person or anniversary. These
stamps are printed in small quantities. Once these stamps are all sold out, these are not usually
reprinted.                                                                      Contd……..

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                  DIFFERENT KINDS OF STAMPS
Special: Some stamps are issued with characteristics of both Definitive and
Commemorative Stamps, these are known as Special.
Official/Service: The stamps used only by Government offices.
Sheet: Almost all stamps are issued in sheets of stamps.
Coil: Stamps issued in rolls, long strips one stamp wide to be sold through Vending
Machines.
Booklet: Sometimes Post Office sell different stamps in small booklets.
Regular: Generally all stamps are called „Regulars‟, because these are to be used on
Regular Post.
Postage Due: When insufficient stamps are used for posting a letter, the balance amount
has to be recovered from the receiver of the letter. Such letters are stamped/marked
„Postage Due‟. Some countries issues Postage Due Stamps for this purpose to show
collection of insufficient postage.
Airmail:The stamps meant exclusively for mails carried by aeroplanes.
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                 DIFFERENT KINDS OF STAMPS

Mint: A stamp that has not been used and is in same condition as sold by Post Office
i.e. in perfect condition with full gum and valid for postal transmission is a Mint
Stamp.
Unused: A stamp that has not been used but has been affixed in an album with a hinge,
its gum gets disturbed and is no longer in mint condition and is called unused.
Used: A stamp hat has served its purpose of payment for delivery of a letter and
defaced by a Postmark or cancellation is called used.
Se-tenant: Two or more stamps of different designs, which exist as an unseparated pair
or strip. Quite frequently, the strip makes the complete design, each individual stamp
depicting a part of the motif.
Tete Beche: A pair of stamps in which one is upside down in relation to the other.
Separation desroys the tete beche variety.
Other Types: Stamps can also be classified by a number of other characteristics, such
as Perforate or Imperforate, Printing type, whether watermarked or not etc.

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    STAMP COLLECTOR’S TOOL KIT

STAMP TWEEZERS      PHOTO CORNERS


                     WATER COLOUR
MAGNIFYING GLASS
                        BRUSH


    HINGES         PERFORATION GAUGE



 STAMP MOUTNS         NOTE BOOK        COLOUR GUIDE


  STOCK BOOKS                           WATERMARK
                         TRAY
 STOCK ALBUMS                           DETECTOR

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     Stamp Tweezers (Tongs)



   The stamps spoilt by careless handling. Perspiration, skin
    oil and dirt, generally present on the fingers, may
    permanently damage the stamps. Instead of using your
    finders and thumbs, a pair of stamp tongs (Tweezers)
    should be used for handling the stamps. Tweezers are
    made of light metal with slender or flattened 'spade' tips
    and should be rust proof and should not be sharp. They
    enable stamps to be picked up, sorted out and placed
    quickly and safely, unspoiled by hands. In the beginning
    it may be difficult to use Tweezers, but with a little
    practice you will be able to use them quite expertly.
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                  Magnifying Glass




   A good Magnifying Glass is essential, for the real enjoyment of
    a collection, with a good view of stamps. The stamp design can
    be observed in a detailed close-up with a Magnifying Glass. The
    varieties and errors can be found easily with a magnifier.
   There are different types of magnifiers/ simple plastic and
    ordinary glass magnifiers, special pocket magnifiers and
    magnifiers with lighting arrangement and with extremely
    powerful lens.
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         Stamp Stock Books, Stamp
                   Albums
   Stamp Album: Store your stamps in albums to protect them.
    Some Stamp Albums feature specified categories with pictures
    of stamps that should appear on each page. Some Stamp
    Albums has certain number of pages assigned to each country,
    with some basic information about the country at the top of the
    page and rest of the page is divided into small rectangles, in
    which stamps can be affixed with Hinges.
   Stock Book: A Stock Book is another type of album with thick,
    card like pages and with plastic or transparent material or
    paper pockets on each page. Stamps can be easily inserted,
    slipped and removed in these pockets, untill they are affixed on
    the album pages or exhibit with the help of Hinges. Stock
    Books do not picture the stamps, so you can organise them
    according to Countries, Theme or as you wish.

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                            Hinges
   Fix stamps in your Stamp Albums and Exhibit Pages with the
    help of Hinges. Never use tape or glue as it may damage the
    stamps, when you try to remove them from your Stamp Album
    and decrease the stamp’s value. Hinges are very small
    strips/pieces of almost transparent, nonporous thin paper with
    special gum on the one side and easily removable. After
    folding, one third to one fourth of the hinge is affixed to the
    stamp, which is then affixed to the album page with the help of
    the other part of the hinge.
                      Stamp Mounts
   The Stamp Mounts are very thin pockets of polyurethane sheet,
    closed on one, two or three sides, in which the stamp is placed.
    Stamp Mount is glued at the back for affixing it on the album
    pages/exhibit pages. The best way to keep mint, unused
    stamps is to put them in mounts and then stick the mount. This
    way the stamps stay undamaged and its adhesive backing is
    also not affected..
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        Packets of Photo Corners
   Some photo corners should always be kept in reserve. They
    will come in handy for first day covers, special covers and
    other oversize items.
                        TRAY
  A tray is required for soaking the stamps in water for
removal from the paper and also for detecting the watermarks
by moistening the back of the stamp with a liquid lighter than
water.
              Water Colour Brush
   A small good Water Colour Brush is usefull for moistening
    the Hinges carefully, removing the gum from the stamps
    and for various other chores.
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             Watermark Detector
   A Watermark is a distinguish mark, design that is made on
    paper during its manufacturing, on which stamps are to be
    printed. the material as per the design of the mark. As in
    currency notes and treasury papers, watermark paper is used,
    as a security device to ensure that no unauthorized paper, is
    used in printing, absence of this watermark is a sure sign of the
    stamp being counterfeit.
   Stamps can be held, back to front, against a source of strong
    light to examine watermarks. Special fluids dropped on the
    back of the stamp also help, but its fumes are poisonous.
    Electric watermark detectors help in checking the watermark
    clearly. Inexpensive watermark detectors have a jet black
    plastic surface which help the watermark to be identified.

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                Perforation Gauge
   It is used to measure the perforation of stamps (Holes between
    stamps that make it easy to separate them). Of course it is
    quite easy to count perforations directly, but Perforation Gauge
    makes the measurement of perforation simple, instant and
    correct. It has different scales showing various sizes of
    perforation, place your stamp against each scale until its
    perforations match exactly those on the gauge.
                        Note Book
   Note Book is another tool to help us. It is simply a student’s
    copy. Describe your collection in it, make a list of wanting
    stamps, note down other information that helps in planning and
    presentation of one’s collection in albums or exhibitions.
                      Colour Guide
    A colour guide helps us to identify and distinguish the
     various shades of the colour of the stamp.
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                  REMOVAL OF STAMPS
   Most stamps come to us affixed on envelopes through the
    mail, how are you going to remove these stamps from
    envelopes? First you should examine for special postal
    cancellations or an image, design, slogan, message on the
    envelope that appeals to you. If yes, then one should keep
    the entire envelope in one‟s album. If not one should cut it
    leaving borders on all sides of the stamp.




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                REMOVAL OF STAMPS
When you have collected ten to fifteen stamps, they should be
soaked, stamp side up, in water in a shallow bowl. Do not
soak too many stamps at one time, they should have room to
float. Stamps affixed on coloured envelopes should be soaked
separately, as the coloured left may damage other stamps.




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                   REMOVAL OF STAMPS
After soaking the stamps for five to ten minutes, you will notice that the
stamps begin to float free from paper. Now remove stamps from water
with the help of Tweezers. Remember the gum on the back of stamp
needs to be removed also. Use Water colour Brush for this purpose.
Rinse the back of stamp gently in fresh water and make sure all gum is
off. After this the stamp should be placed face down on a clean blotting
paper or Paper Towels and covered with another blotting paper or Paper
Towel and put a book on top of them to prevent curling. Leave the
stamps to dry.




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                   REMOVAL OF STAMPS
After the stamps are dry they should be carefully examined for tear,
crease, missing perforations or any other damage and the securely kept in
stock books/pocket books/albums.
                                                     Let us now summarise the
                                                     steps for removal of
                                                     stamps from covers.
                                                     1 Examine to preserve
                                                     with the cover or not.
                                                     2 Cut it out with border.
                                                     3 Segregate (according to
                                                     colour/paper).
                                                     4 Soak in water-face up
                                                     5 Remove (paper as well
                                                     as gum)
                                                     6 Dry- face down
                                                     7 Straighten out and re-
                                                     examine
                                                     8 Secure in stock books/
                                                     albums


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    ARRANGING ONE'S COLLECTION
   BASIC ITEMS REQUIRED FOR ARRANGING
              YOUR COLLECTION

STAMP ALBUMS AND                     USE OF
STAMP STOCK BOOKS              HINGES AND MOUNTS

                              WRITING IN THE ALBUM
    ROUGH NOTE BOOK          WRITING FOR THE EXHIBIT

       PLAN FOR               GOOD PEN PREFERABLY
     ARRANGEMENT                WITH BLACK INK


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                     STAMP ALBUM
   Stamp Album: Store your stamps in albums to protect them.
    Some Stamp Albums feature specified categories with pictures
    of stamps that should appear on each page. Some Stamp
    Albums has certain number of pages assigned to each country,
    with some basic information about the country at the top of the
    page and rest of the page is divided into small rectangles, in
    which stamps can be affixed with Hinges.

   Stock Book: A Stock Book is another type of album with thick,
    card like pages and with plastic or transparent material or
    paper pockets on each page. Stamps can be easily inserted,
    slipped and removed in these pockets, untill they are affixed on
    the album pages or exhibit with the help of Hinges. Stock
    Books do not picture the stamps, so you can organise them
    according to Countries, Theme or as you wish.

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       Use of Hinges and Mounts
   Peelable hinges are normally used to mount stamps in
    an album or a loose page. For Mint Stamps, a mount
    is better.
   Peel off the hinge if not required only after it gets
    dried up, otherwise it thins the stamp.
   Cut hinges into two, lengthwise and use only half
    portion for small stamps.
   While using mounts one should be doubly careful
    while putting in and taking out the stamps as the
    slightest carelessness slip may damage the
    perforations, stamp comers.


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                          Pen
   A good pen, with a black ink should be used to write
    up your Album and Exhibit Pages.

            A Rough Note Book
   One should keep a Rough Note Book to note down
    information gathered from Philatelic Magazines,
    Periodicals, Newspapers, Stamp Catalogue , discussion
    with others etc. The basic information to be acquired
    about your stamps is its Technical Data , Reasons of
    issue, information about special cancellation, errors,
    varieties, printing flaws, some other interesting
    features etc.

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         Plan for Arrangement
One pursuit Hobby of Stamp Collection not only for one‟s
own pleassure, satisfaction, knowledge but may have desire
to exhibit his/her collection in an Philatelic Exhibition and
win prizes . Presenting your stamp collection in an
Philatelic Exhibition is rewarding in itself, apart from
winning prizes. Your exhibit should be self speaking. It
should be well arranged. The Title Page of an exhibit should
have heading matching to theme, introduction to the subject,
a brief plan what is shown in the subsequent pages, layout
of stamps or philatelic material used in an exhibit. For
written material you should make a draft write-up and also
note down position of stamps or other philatelic material to
be used on which page in the Rough Note Book. Note down
Heading and sub headings for various pages.
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         Plan for Arrangement
List of other material if proposed to be used in the
exhibit. Take care of linking the pages with each other
and ensure a logical flow of the theme. Other ideas about
your collection should also be noted down in the Rough
Note Book. Display of stamps should be well balanced.
Too many stamps on one sheet and 2 or 3 stamps on other
sheets will be imbalanced. Also too many stamps on the
top half of the page and too few on the bottom half makes
it imbalanced. Bordering your stamps with a thin black
line around the mouths or bordering the page itself in
similar fashion will be appealing. Used and Mint stamps
should not be mixed with each other. other philatelic
materials you arrange are directly related to your theme.

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        Writing in the Album
        Writing for the Exhibit
Your exhibit should be self speaking. So writing is also
most important part of your exhibit. It should be brief and
relevant to the theme. The write up is done with a view to
impress upon the visitors as well as the jurors. The write
up should tell about important aspects of stamps, FDCs or
other Philatelic material used. It should be below or on the
side of stamps, FDCs or other Philatelic Material. It should
be written in Black Ink and may be type written. It should
be neat and legible. Spelling mistakes, over-writings and
unnecessary punctuations should be avoided


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TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN PHILATELY


 A       B         C      E      F
 G      H          I      M      O
 P      Q          R      S      T
 U      W

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    TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN PHILATELY
   Adhesive: Stamps are to be affixed on articles (letters, parcels
    etc.) for postal transmission, so they are issued with gum on
    the back and are called adhesive.
   Aero Philately: The collection and study of Air Mails Stamps
    and other airborne mail items.
   Air Mails: The stamps meant exclusively for mails carried by
    aeroplanes.
   Airmail: Postal articles carried by an aircraft.
   Bisect: The Stamps cut in half vertically, horizontally or
    diagonally to be used as two separate stamps, each equal to
    half the face value of the original stamps. This type of
    arrangement is done by the Government in emergency when
    there is shortage of stamps of the lower denomination.
   Block: Un-separated set of four or more stamps.
   Booklet: Different stamps sold by post offices in small
    booklets.
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     TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN PHILATELY
   Cachet: A special postmark provided by the post office in connection with a first day of issue,
    air flight, philatelic exhibition, etc.
   Cancellations: A mark applied on stamps to deface them indicating that it has been used and
    may not be used again.
   Cancellation by compliance: It refers to stamps cancelled on request by collectors.
   Cancelled to order: Cancelled without having been used for postal purposes.
   Catalogue: A book listing stamps issued by different countries, with estimated market price.
   Centered: A term used where a stamp design is balanced equally from the four margins.
   Coils: Stamps issued in rolls, as in the United States and Sweden, for easy handling and
    machine vending.
   Combination covers: A cover bearing stamps from two or more countries, a practice
    necessitated in early days when mail travels between two or more Non U.P.U. Nations.
   Commemoratives: Stamps issued in connection with an event, person or anniversary.
   Composite stamps: A number of stamps which together depict a design, may be two but
    usually four and in the form of a block.
   Cutouts: Cutouts are impressed stamps cutout from envelopes, postcard or other printed postal
    stationery for use as ordinary stamps, or for collecting purposes.
   Cut square: refers to the shape of cut out and imperforate stamps of irregular shape (round,
    hexagonal etc)
   Cut-to shape: are stamps or irregular form trimmed close to the margin. These are worthless
    relatively. The value is highest when stamps are cut square with good margins.


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     TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN PHILATELY
   Entire: An envelope or other postal stationery preserved in complete
    condition and not as cutouts.
   First day cover or FDC: An envelope bearing cancellation date
    representing the first day of issue of the stamp affixed thereon.
   Fiscal: Stamps used for revenue purposes other than as prepayment for
    postal transmission. Fiscal cancellation are different from postmarks.
   First flight: It is important in aero-philately, where emphasis is laid on
    cards and covers carried on pioneer flights.
   Franking: It is a method of prepaying postage by a special machine
    used under license from the Postal Department. While impressing a
    mark indicating the postal value, the amount due to the post office is
    automatically recorded.
   Gutters: The space between two stamps for perforation/ margin.
   Hinge: Hinges are very small strips/pieces of almost transparent,
    nonporous thin paper with special gum on the one side and easily
    removable. After folding, one third to one fourth of the hinge is affixed
    to the stamp, which is then affixed to the album page with the help of
    the other part of the hinge.
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   Imperforate: stamps are those without perforation roulettes.
   Inverted: stamps are invariably valuable and occur when stamps are printed in two or
    more colours involving a second feeding into the printing machine, when the partly-
    printed sheet is wrongly fed the second time. This usually results in an inverted
    author, but inverted surcharges and watermarks are also known.
   Machine cancellation: represents a postmark applied by a printing machine, to
    ensure maximum clarity of the postmark. Frequently encountered in exhibition and
    propaganda postmarks.
   Margins: Space between the perforation and design's border or frame in a stamp. It
    also refers to the borders of stamp sheets, on which register marks, pointers, numbers,
    dates, codes of colours used etc. are indicated.
   Mint: stamps are those sold by the post office, in perfect condition with full gum and
    valid as prepayment for postal transmission.
   Maxima Cards: Maxima Cards are special cards with an enlargement of the stamp
    design or showing a scene relating to the stamp, like a picture postcard. These are of
    particular interest and philatelic value when it has the related stamp affixed and
    cancelled.
   Miniature sheets: Miniature Sheets are issued in connection with issue of
    commemorative stamps. It is a sheet containing these stamps. Around the stamps,
    there is an ornamental border or related information, illustrations etc.


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    TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN PHILATELY
   Official: The stamps used only by Government Offices.
   Overprint: Includes everything added to the original design of the
    stamp.
   Pair: refers to two stamps that have not been separated.
   Pane blocks: A block of four or more stamps with a tab carrying
    information.
   Perforations: are characteristic of almost all modem stamps. They.
    are an indispensable aid to separation of stamps from a sheet. This is
    formed by punching out tiny discs from sheets.
   Perforation Gauge: It is used to measure the perforation of stamps
    (Holes between stamps that make it easy to separate them). Of course
    it is quite easy to count perforations directly, but Perforation Gauge
    makes the measurement of perforation simple, instant and correct. It
    has different scales showing various sizes of perforation, place your
    stamp against each scale until its perforations match exactly those on
    the gauge.
   Pre-cancellation: The system under which bulk mailers are given
    stamps that are already cancelled.
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    TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN PHILATELY
   Quadrille: Faint 'graph' on album pages, meant to facilitate
    easy arrangement and write up for the stamps.
   Roulette, Rouletting: A process with the same object as
    perforations, with the difference that instead of punching
    out holes, the rouletting pins only pierce the papers.
   Se-tenant: Two or more stamps of different designs, which
    exist as an unseparated pair or strip. Quite frequently, the
    strip makes the complete design, each individual stamp
    depicting a part of the motif.
   Strip: refers to three or more unsevered stamps in a single
    horizontal row or vertical column.
   Souvenir sheets: See 'miniature sheet'.


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     TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN PHILATELY
   Tete-beche: refers to a pair, strip or block of a stamps with one or
    more inverted relation to the others.
   Traffic lights: are small start or dots on the margin in a sheet of
    stamps, indicating the colours used in printing the stamps. UPU: refers
    to the Universal Postal Union formed in 1875. It regulates free flow of
    mail between countries. Under UPU agreements, all countries treat
    foreign mail with equal care. UPU conventions regulate international
    relations between postal administrations of all countries as well as
    postal rates to different countries.
   Used: refers to stamps that have (unless otherwise specified) been used
    postally.
   Watermark: A Watermark is a distinguish mark, design that is made
    on paper during its manufacturing, on which stamps are to be printed.
    the material as per the design of the mark. As in currency notes and
    treasury papers, watermark paper is used, as a security device to ensure
    that no unauthorized paper, is used in printing, absence of this
    watermark is a sure sign of the stamp being counterfeit.

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      A Stamp Exhibition and You
 A philatelic exhibition is organised to promote and disseminate information
  about Philately. It is a wonderful event and a delightful thing to all stamp
  lovers. It will stimulate a keen interest for philately. It is educative and will
  surely increase your G.K. It is also likely to create lasting friendship
  between you and philately.
 A philatelic exhibition is a great spectacle for all stamp lovers where the
  philatelists display their wide range of precious collections of stamps under
  one roof and is available for public viewing. This event is organized at some
  important place in your city.
 The philatelic event may be of World level, National level, State level or
  District level. The World level and National level Philatelic Exhibitions
  have thousands of frames. A first look at it, over whelmed you and also
  register a feeling of confusion in your mind, because you find yourself
  standing in a jungle of frames, which are planted in so many rows in
  different patterns. It might not be possible to see all the frames. Go through
  the programme of the exhibition and display plans. There are the number of
  exhibits, some on science, some on history, some on culture, some on
  tradition, some on flora and fauna etc. Make a selective list. So make a more
  effective choice of what to see, and what not to see . This will help you in
  properly planning your approach and enjoying the same to full extent.
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
                             Exhibition your stamp collection and
           A Stamp which are related to and You
    Always start with those,
    which attract you most. There might be exhibits of some prominent
    philatelists and some rare items on display, be sure to include in your
    programme even though they may not be falling under your
    specialization. Reserve some time in your schedule to see the classics
    exhibits, exhibits in invitation class, Court of Honour Class, Exhibits
    of Postal Administrations, Collection of the members of the Jury (by
    invitation only, if any) and prize winning exhibits after the
    announcement of awards and of course donot forget to see the „The
    Best Exhibit, prize winning exhibit.
   Observe and examine the selected exhibits carefully and note down the
    following points:
   i. the items displayed on the theme
   ii. the way it is presented.
   iii. the leading idea of the exhibit.
   iv. how they have been related to the theme.
   v. the way it has been written up.
   vi. General impression of the exhibit.                  Contd……..
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               A Stamp Exhibition and You
 If it appears to you that there is something unique, uncommon or some new
  idea presented, then bookmark it in your mind.
 Note down important points – they will be in handy when your memory
  begins to fail you and the exhibition is long dismantled. Compare the exhibits
  and try to form your own views and judgements about their relative merits.
  Note that even the common stamps become as useful as rare items on an
  exhibit on account of depth study and research done by the exhibitor.
  Similarly, relevant cancellations may also serve the purpose of stamps on an
  exhibit.
 Examine the above thoughts and various other aspects of presentations.
  What you observe, see and learn from the the exhibition is going to be a
  milestone in your serious and eventful philatelic career.
 After seeing a philatelic exhibition it may appear to you that there is hardly
  anything that you can do with your stamp collection; after giving some
  thought, it is sure that there is something pleasant you can do with it, no
  matter what you have in your collection.
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                A Stamp Exhibition and You
   Sometime you can take time to compare your stamps with what you
    have seen at a philatelic exhibition, other times you may only be able to
    have a sight of them and be pleased, even though the same is for a short
    time. Still other times the only thing you may be able to do is to
    change your own thinking about your stamp collection and this can end
    up being a significant positive step and which may enthuse you to
    exhibit your collection in a better way.
   If you throw your hands in despair or frustration, it will not take you
    anywhere. The more effective choice is to know, without a doubt, that
    there is something you can do with your stamps, and to then get busy
    with them. A best stamp collection exhibit is made not by chance, but
    by choice.
   God gave us two ends, one to sit on and one to think upon (about your
    stamp collection also) and act. Success depends on which one you use,
    head you win and tails, you do not lose. So not only think but plan also
    and not only plan but act also and you will met with success and see
    your own exhibit at the next philatelic event. It will be a thing of beauty
    to joy forever and a best heritage to bequeath to your children.
   Good luck and enjoy philatelic exhibition.
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         EASY WAYS OF GETTING STAMPS
   The hobby of stamp collecting is very easy to start. It is also
    not very expensive. One can enjoy it with limited financial
    resources. In our country stamps with total denomination of
    less than Rs.500/- are issued in a year. One of the biggest
    question any stamp collector faces is from where to get
    stamps cheaply. One may collect used as well as unused
    stamps, the opportunities are really great. Not all collections
    consist of unused stamps that one buy from the post office.
    Used stamps are worth saving, have value, and they may
    cost you nothing. Here are easy ways of getting stamps.
   Ask your parents, grandparents if they have any old letters,
    which may have stamps on the envelopes. If you find some
    old letters having stamps from your grandparents, you will
    be lucky as the stamps might be 40 to 50 years old and a
    good start.                                      Contd……..
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     EASY WAYS OF GETTING STAMPS
 The other place to search for stamps is your own Letter Box. Do
  not be discouraged when you not receive letters. Now a days
  people write very few letters, they communicate with each other
  by other means of communications. But I am sure you might be
  getting greeting cards for Birthday Greetings, Festival Greetings
  and New Year Greetings. You are again discouraged when you
  notice that many senders use the same common small stamps.
  Ask the people who write to you to use commemorative stamps
  on their letters and they will remember to ask for big stamps t the
  post office when sending letter to you or your family if you let
  them know you are a stamp collector.
 Neighbours, friends, and relatives are another good source of
  stamps. Most of people just throw away stamps when they
  receive them on letters. Do not hesitate to ask them to save their
  mail‟s envelopes for you before they throw away all the
  envelopes.                                             Contd……..
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      EASY WAYS OF GETTING STAMPS
   One source of getting stamps is your parents working place.
    All offices, business places receive good number of letters
    and envelopes are thrown away.
   Older collectors may have number of duplicate stamps and
    often they are willing to help new stamp collectors by giving
    them stamps, or at least providing packets of stamps much
    more cheaper than stamp dealers.
    Local Stamp Clubs are another place to get stamps. A club
    may offer stamps as prizes, or have cheaper stamps you can
    afford to buy. Some stamp clubs sponsor junior clubs that
    meet at schools. If you are fortunate enough to have one of
    these in your area, it can be a great source of both stamps
    and advice.
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   Older collectors may have number of duplicate stamps and
    often they are willing to help new stamp collectors by giving
    them stamps, or at least providing packets of stamps much
    more cheaper than stamp dealers.
   Local Stamp Clubs are another place to get stamps. A club
    may offer Stamps as prizes, or have cheaper stamps you can
    afford to buy. Some stamp clubs sponsor junior clubs that
    meet at schools. It can be a great source of both stamps and
    advice. If you does not have a local club, then start a local
    club. All it takes are four or five other stamp collectors who
    are interested in getting together to learn about and trade
    stamps and ideas.
   Pen Friends in foreign countries is a very good way to get
    stamps from that country. His or her extra stamps may seem
    really common in that country, but over here they are much
    scarcer. Your own stamps may look fairly common to you,
    but he or she is sure to appreciate them.
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               STAMP FUN QUIZ

STAMP       STAMP     STAMP    STAMP      STAMP
QUIZ A      QUIZ B    QUIZ C   QUIZ D     QUIZ E


STAMP       STAMP     STAMP    STAMP      STAMP
QUIZ F      QUIZ G    QUIZ H   QUIZ I     QUIZ J


STAMP       STAMP     STAMP    STAMP      STAMP
QUIZ K      QUIZ L    QUIZ M   QUIZ N     QUIZ O


STAMP       STAMP
QUIZ P      QUIZ Q




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            STAMP FUN QUIZ -A
   GIVEN BELOW IS A STAMP ISSUED ON FIRST INDIAN
    SAILING EXPEDITION AROUND THE WORLD. YOU HAVE
    TO TELL THE NAME OF THE BOAT.


                                        ANSWER



                                 DID YOU KNOW?
                                 MAHATMA GANDHI IS
                                 THE MOST FEATURED
                                 INDIAN ON WORLD’S
                                 STAMPS.




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           STAMP FUN QUIZ - A
   GIVEN BELOW IS A STAMP ISSUED ON FIRST INDIAN
    SAILING EXPEDITION AROUND THE WORLD. YOU HAVE
    TO TELL THE NAME OF THE BOAT.

                                       ANSWER:
                                       TRISHNA




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            STAMP FUN QUIZ - B
   Can you identify the Bird, animal and plant on
    the following stamps ?




                                          ANSWER




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            STAMP FUN QUIZ - B
   Can you identify the Bird, animal and plant on
    the following stamps ?




                                          ANSWER:
                                      GREAT HORNBILL,
                                     GOLDEN LANGUR AND
                                         NEEM TREE




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            STAMP FUN QUIZ - C
   Can you identify the Presidents of India on the
    following stamps ?




            1       2         3            ANSWER




        4       5        6        7
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            STAMP FUN QUIZ - C
   Can you identify the Presidents of India on the
    following stamps ?
                                                ANSWER




                                      1. DR RAJENDRA PRASAD
                                      2. DR SARVEPALLI
                    2         3       RADHAKRISHNA
            1
                                      3. DR ZAKIR HUSSAIN
                                      4. V.V.GIRI
                                      5. FAKRUDDIN ALI AHMED
                                      6. GIANI ZAIL SINGH
                                      7. DR SHANKAR DAYAL
                                      SHARMA

        4       5        6        7
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             STAMP FUN QUIZ - D
   Q. Who invented the postage stamp? Which
    country issued the first postage stamp and when?
   Sir Rowland Hill is credited with the idea of requiring
    prepayment of postage and the use of postage stamps
    to show this payment. Previously the recipient of a letter
    had to pay for delivery and a large portion of the mail
    was refused. (Some people devised codes to convey
    messages on the outside of the letter so when the
    postman showed the letter to the intended recipient, the
    letter could be refused but the message was still
    received.) Hill advocated lowering the rates but requiring
    payment in advance. Great Britain issued the first
    postage stamps in 1840. Nicknamed the Penny Black,
    the stamps cost 1 pence and showed Queen Victoria.


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           STAMP FUN QUIZ - E



    A                           B                                   C

               Here are images of some Indian Stamps. Can you
               tell the order in which they were issued?
               Hint: The purpose of stamps is to pay for sending a letter to its
               destination. Such payment increases as the years passes.

               Click on the right answer:


                A,C,D,A    B,C,D,A      B,D,C,A     D,B,C,A
D

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            STAMP FUN QUIZ - F
   Can you identify the Prime Minister of India on
    the following stamps ?


                                           ANSWER


            1       2         3




    4           5       6

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            STAMP FUN QUIZ - F
   Can you identify the Prime Minister of India on
    the following stamps ?
                                             ANSWER




                                    1. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI
                                    2. INDIRA GANDHI
            1       2         3     3. MORARJI DESAI
                                    4. RAJIV GANDHI
                                    5. CHARAN SINGH

                                    6. JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU




    4           5       6

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STAMP BOOKLET OUTSIDE COVER   STAMP BOOKLET OUTSIDE COVER
                                 STAMP BOOKLET INSIDE
   STAMP BOOKLET INSIDE




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       TYPES OF STAMP COLLECTION




    THEMATIC          MAXIMAPHILY          LITRATURE


   TRADITIONAL      MOPHILASALOON      ONE FRAME EXHIBIT

                                        FIRST DAY COVERS
 POSTAL HISTORY     SOCIAL PHILATELY
                                       AND SPECIAL COVERS


POSTAL STATIONERY      REVENUES


 AERO PHILATELY         YOUTH




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   THEMATIC
A Thematic Collection develops a theme demonstrating its best knowledge through the philatelic
items chosen. It uses all types of appropriate philatelic material. Central to the Thematic exhibit
is the plan which defines the structure of the exhibit and its sub division into parts. The plan
provides a clear understanding of the relation between the exhibit and the whole collection. The
theme of the exhibit is developed by personal research and theme of the exhibit is developed by
personal research and originality. Depth of development requires detailed analysis and synthesis
of each aspect of the theme. Originality is expressed by personal development of an uncommon
subject of a new elaboration of a well known one. A successful development requires a thorough
knowledge of the chosen theme and a high degree of philatelic knowledge, to identify all the
items related thereto. Adequate selection, positioning and sequencing of the items, and accuracy
of the thematic text is essential. The text must not be only be correct but also concise and relevant
to the items shown and ensure thematic linkage. The elaboration of thematic information from
the point of view of issue, primary and secondary elements of the design and other postal (not
privately organized) characteristics is acceptable. Each item selected must be closely related to
the chosen theme and shown its thematic information with lucidity. In the case of cancelled
documents, preference is given to genuine postal usage and conforming to contemporary postal
rates. Philatelic studies may be included in a thematic exhibit as long as they are consistent with
the thematic development and the degree of specialization of the exhibit.

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 TRADITIONAL
Traditional Philately embraces all aspects of postage stamps. It is based on
collection of all items, including those relating to the production of postage
stamps. The appropriate material in this category, among other things,
includes:

1. Postage stamps, whether unused or used, singles or multiples, and stamps
used on cover.
2.Varieties of all kinds, such as those of watermark, gum, perforation, paper and
printing.
3. Essays and proofs, whether of adopted or rejected designs.
4. Pre-stamp and stampless items as appropriate.
5. Other specialised items, including postage forgeries, postally used fiscal
stamps or unused postal/fiscal stamps valid for postal use.


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               POSTAL HISTORY
A Postal History exhibit is a collection of documents and other postal items which have
been carried by postal service, whether official, local or private. Such exhibits show
either postal routes, rates and markings and/or the classification and study of postal
markings on covers or stamps applied by those services or institutions and of the marks
of obliteration on postal items. It consists of used covers, used postal stationery, used
postage stamps, and postal documents so arranged as to illustrate the history or postal
services as a whole or to develop among other things any one of its following aspects:
1. Pre-adhesive postal services.     2. The development of postal services
                                         (National or International)
3. Postal Rates.                     4. Routes of transportation of mails.
5. Postal Markings (Marcophily) 6. Military mail, field post, seize mail, POW
                                        and concentration camp mail.
7. Maritime mail.                    8. Disaster mail.
9. Railway mail.                     10. Disinfected mail.
11. Censorship of mail.              12. Postage due mail.
13. Automation of mail.              14. Forwarding of mail.
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                      POSTAL STATIONERY matters which either
A Postal Stationery exhibit comprises a logical and coherent assembly of postal
bears an officially authorized pre-printed stamp or device or inscription indicating that a specific face
value, rate pf postage has been prepaid. It is arranged using appropriate chosen unused and/or postally
used items or postal stationery from particular country or associated group of territories. Postal
stationery can be classified according to
a. the manner of its availability and usage b. the physical form of the paper or card or
c. the postal or associated service for which it is intended.
The manner of availability and usage may be defined as follows:
1. Post Office issues 2. Official service issues         3. Forces (Military) issues
4. Stamped to order (Private) issues: stamped stationery bearing stamps applied with the approval of
Postal Administration and within specified regulations but to the order of private individuals or
organizations.
Postal Stationery has been produced for a variety of postal and associated services including the
following:
1. Postal: Surface-local inland foreign, Air inland, foreign        2. Registration: Inland, foreign
3. Telegraph: inland, foreign                4. Receipt of Miscellaneous Fees etc.
Certificate of posting of letters/parcels, Money Orders, Postal Orders and other documents bearing
impressions of postage stamp designs etc.
Postal Stationery exhibits are normally of entire items. Where certain items are very rare in entire from
or are only known to exist in cut-down (cut square) form they would be acceptable as part of an exhibit
as would a study for example of variations in the stamp dies used or those with rare cancellation etc.
The use of Postal Stationery stamps as adhesives are also acceptable. Essays and proofs of adapted or
rejected designs can also be included.
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TYPES OF STAMP COLLECTION

MAXIMAPHILY
A growing division of philately is the collection of picture postcards where the picture has some
relation to the theme of the stamp on it. The maximaphily items should conform to the principles
of maximum possible concordance between postage stamp, picture postcard, and postmark. The
constituent elements of maxim card should conform to the following characteristics:
1. The postage stamp should be postally valid and affixed only on the view side of the picture
postcard. (Postage due, pre cancels, fiscals and official stamps are not admissible).
2. The picture postcard dimensions must conform to the Universal Postal Convention, Chapter
90x140mm) and at least 75% of its area must be used for the picture. The illustration (maximum
105x148 mm, minimum 90x140mm) and at least 75 % of its area must be used for the picture.
The illustration should show the best possible concordance with the subject of the stamp design
or with one of these subjects, if there are several. Picture postcards with mere reproduction of the
stamps are forbidden.
3. Postmark and time: The pictorial design of the cancellation and the place of cancellation
(name of the post office) should have a close and direct connection with the subject of the stamp
and of the picture postcard and within the validity of the stamp and as close as possible to the
date of its issue.
4. Maximaphily exhibits can be classified by country, specialized study and thematic.


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TYPES OF STAMP COLLECTION

 AEROPHILATELY
Collecting aviation and airmail stamps, postal articles carried or dropped
from air, cancellations, rocket mail, balloon mail and pigeon mail.

 MOPHILASALOON
This is one of the newest branches of philately. Modern stamps
restricted to the last 15 years are exhibited in this class. Greater liberty is
also given to the exhibitor for the layout of pages. Normally Mophila
Saloon exhibits are judged by the visitors to the exhibition as well as
accredited judges.
 SOCIAL PHILATELY
This class of exhibits has been recently introduced by the FIP. Social
history as seen through philately is dealt in this class. The exhibit may
contain as much as 40 percent of non philatelic material to supplement
stamps and covers to develop the social history of a period or time.
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    REVENUE
Collection of revenue stamps and stamped documents which have been
used to pay revenues or taxes.

YOUTH
In youth lies the future. Most collectors taken to the hobby at a young
age and then sustain the hobby. Most of the top philatelists have raisen
to prominence by sticking to the inclination they had developed at a
young age, FIP has taken significant interest in developing the hobby
among youngsters of up to 21 years of age. In order to give a fair chance
to all age groups, different levels of development and evaluation systems
have been specified. There is no bar in following any of the disciplines of
philately which can either be traditional, postal history or any other.
There are enough reasons for youngsters to get motivated and improve
upon their collection.
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TYPES OF STAMP COLLECTION

                                      LITERATURE
Philatelic literature includes all printed communications, Websites, Software and other electronic
publications, available to collectors related to postage stamps, postal history, and their collecting
and to any specialized fields connected therewith. It is further sub-divided into :
1. Handbooks and Special Studies:
a. Books, Pamphlets & Studies Published
b. Monographs
c. Specialised research articles
d. Bibliographies and similar special works.
e. Exhibition catalogues
f. Specialised catalogues which, besides philatelic issues of one or more countries, treat varieties,
cancellations or other specialised aspects.
2. Similar Special Works
3. General Catalogues : Worldwide, regional and single area catalogues whose depth of
coverage does not qualify them as specialised catalogues.
4. Philatelic Periodicals.
5. Articles of a general nature in philatelic or non-philatelic publications.
6.Websites, Softwares and Other Electronic Publications relating to stamp collecting.

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                           ONE FRAME EXHIBIT
The purpose and concept of One Frame Exhibits are to encourage new exhibitors and to
provide established exhibitors with the opportunity to prepare exhibits on subjects or
themes that cannot be treated well in more than one frame. One Frame Exhibits contain
philatelic/postal material pertinent to any one of the FIP approved classes. One Frame
Exhibits are narrow in scope but the depth of treatment and importance is as complete
as possible. Exhibits in this class should not simply be One Frame extracted from a
multiple frame exhibit and should be based on a subject that is best treated as One
Frame. The exhibit should hold visitors' attention from the first to the last page and be
informative, as well as educational. One Frame Exhibits are a chance for both beginners
and advanced exhibitors.


         FIRST DAY COVERS AND SPECIAL COVERS
Collection of First Day Covers and Special Covers



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                IMAGE GALLERY

 STAMP      MAXIMA    FIRST DAY   PENNY          MEGHDOOT
BOOKLET      CARD       COVER     BLACK          POSTCARD


MINIATURE               EARLIER POSTMAN &       INFORMATION
  SHEET                    POST WOMAN            BROCHURE


                          IMAGES OF APS        INTRODUCTORY
                             COVERS          PAGE OF AN EXHIBIT




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        MAXIMA CARD




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INFORMATION BROCHURE




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MEGHDOOT POSTCARD




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  FIRST DAY COVER




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   MINIATURE SHEET




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   PICTURE POSTCARDS




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              TYPES OF STAMP                       TECHNICAL                             STARTING A
                                                                STAMP       IMAGE
               COLLECTIONS         ARRANGING       TERMS USED                              STAMP
                                                                 QUIZ      GALLERY
                                    OF STAMP        IN STAMP                             COLLECTION
                                   COLLECTION      COLLECTING                                            STAMP
                                                                                                        TWEEZERS
  WHAT IS
  STAMP                                                                                                MAGNIFYING
                                                                STAMP
COLLECTING       THEMATIC                                                                                GLASS
                                                       A        QUIZ A      STAMP
                                      STAMP                                                 STAMP
                                                                STAMP      BOOKLET       COLLECTOR‟S      HINGES
                TRADITIONAL         ALBUMS AND         B
                                                                QUIZ B     MAXIMA          TOOL KIT      STAMP
 A VISIT TO        POSTAL          STAMP STOCK         C
PHILATELIC                            BOOKS                     STAMP       CARD                         MOUTNS
                   HISTORY                             E                                 EASY WAYS
EXHIBITION                                                      QUIZ C     FIRST DAY                    STOCK BOOKS
                                                                                         OF GETTING
                  POSTAL           ROUGH NOTE          F        STAMP        COVER        STAMPS       STOCK ALBUMS
                STATIONERY            BOOK             G        QUIZ D      PENNY                         PHOTO
ANATOMY OF
     A                                                          STAMP       BLACK         REMOVAL        CORNERS
           AERO PHILATELY                              H                                  OF STAMPS
  POSTAGE                            PLAN FOR                   QUIZ E    MEGHDOOT                     WATER COLOUR
   STAMP                                               I
            MAXIMAPHILY            ARRANGEMENT                  STAMP     POSTCARD                        BRUSH
                                                       M        QUIZ F    MINIATURE                    PERFORATION
              MOPHILASALOON        USE OF HINGES                STAMP
TECHNICAL
                                    AND MOUNTS
                                                       O
                                                                QUIZ G
                                                                            SHEET          ABOUT          GAUGE
   DATA                                                P                                                  NOTE
                  SOCIAL
OF A STAMP       PHILATELY                                      STAMP
                                                                         INTRODUCTORY
                                                                           PAGE OF AN
                                                                                           MYSELF         BOOK
                                   WRITING IN          Q
                                                                QUIZ H       EXHIBIT
                                    THE ALBUM          R                                                  TRAY
                 REVENUES                                       STAMP
 DIFFERENT                         WRITING FOR         S                 INFORMATION                     COLOUR
                                                                QUIZ I
   KINDS           YOUTH           THE EXHIBIT                             BROCHURE                       GUIDE
                                                       T        STAMP                      CONTACT
 OF STAMPS                                                                                             WATERMARK
                 LITRATURE                             U        QUIZ J EARLIER POSTMAN
                                    GOOD PEN                            & POSTWOMAN          ME         DETECTOR
                ONE FRAME          PREFERABLY          W
                                                                             APS
                 EXHIBIT           WITH BLACK                               COVERS
               FIRST DAY COVERS        INK
              AND SPECIAL COVERS



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EARLIER POSTMAN


                         POST WOMAN
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                            APS SPECIAL COVERS


The Army Postal Service (APS) is an extension
of the Department of Post in the Defence
environment controlled under its own orders.The
APS issues a good number of Special Covers to
commemorate the various milestones in the
history of Defence Service Organisations to
project the history, organization and deeds on
different occasions such as Regimental days,
Reunions, Jubilees and colour presentations.

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             STAMP FUN QUIZ -G
   GIVEN BELOW IS A STAMP ISSUED ON OCCASION OF 50 YEARS OF
    THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA, SHOWING A CARTOON SKETCH OF
    MAHATAMA GANDHI BY A FAMOUS CARTOONIST OF INDIA. TELL
    THE NAME OF THE CARTOONIST.


                                             ANSWER



                                    DID YOU KNOW?
                                    MAHATMA GANDHI IS THE
                                    MOST FEATURED INDIAN ON
                                    WORLD’S STAMPS.




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             STAMP FUN QUIZ -G
   GIVEN BELOW IS A STAMP ISSUED ON OCCASION OF 50 YEARS OF
    THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA, SHOWING A CARTOON SKETCH OF
    MAHATAMA GANDHI BY A FAMOUS CARTOONIST OF INDIA. TELL
    THE NAME OF THE CARTOONIST.


                                            ANSWER:
                                             RANGA



                                    DID YOU KNOW?
                                    MAHATMA GANDHI IS THE
                                    MOST FEATURED INDIAN ON
                                    WORLD’S STAMPS.




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   Q. What is PIN code?




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   Q. What is PIN code?
   PIN code is short for the Postal Index Number
    scheme. It was introduced on 15th August 1972 in
    India. PIN code is a six digit number and is allotted
    individually to every Head Post office and sub Post
    Office which delivers mail. The PIN code digits from
    left to right progressively pin point and locate the
    geographical position of the Post Office. Our country
    has been divided into eight different zones. The first
    digit indicates the zone. The first three taken
    together indicate the sorting unit under which the
    office falls. The last three specify the particular
    delivery Post Office under the sorting unit. The last
    item of the address should be PIN code. PIN code
    ensures speedy transmission and delivery of mail.

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   Q. You will come across postage stamps
    without any country’s name. How can
    you determine which country it is from?



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“Among other things good and bad that modern
civilization has produced, surely the postal system which
covers the whole world, is one of its most beneficial
activities. It affects every individual wherever he may be
in the wide world, connecting him with millions of
others. That connecting link is the postal system which
has grown from age to age, till it is what we see today.”
Who has written these words. Click on the right answer:

A. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru                  B. Mulk Raj Anand
                      A                B
Can you further tell where these words has been written?

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“Among other things good and bad that modern
civilization has produced, surely the postal system
which covers the whole world, is one of its most
beneficial activities. It affects every individual wherever
he may be in the wide world, connecting him with
millions of others. That connecting link is the postal
system which has grown from age to age, till it is what
we see today.”

Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru has written these
words in the foreword of a book ‘Story of the
Post Office’ written by Mulk Raj Anand.
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   Q. You will come across postage stamps
    without any country’s name. How can you
    determine which country it is from?
   Great Britain was the first country to issue postage
    stamps in the year 1840 and it was followed by the
    rest of the world. On May 6, 1840 the first adhesive
    stamp "Penny Black" was officially issued and the
    stamp does not have the name of the country. None
    of the British Stamps have the name of the country
    on them, simply an image of the ruling monarch is
    printed on it.


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