A Souvenir Sheet consisting of 1 no. of postage stamp on the Philately Day 2012 :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 12, 2012
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to commemorate ‘Philately’, the king of hobbies by issuing a Souvenir Sheet.
Design : Department of Posts is issuing a Souvenir Sheet to commemorate philately, and mark the celebration of Philately Day by India Post. This souvenir sheet depicts the evolution of Indian postal system from ‘Dak Harkara’ to ‘Air Mail’ and show-cases two iconic postage stamps issued in pre and post-independence era. The first stamp ‘The Inverted Head Four Annas’ was issued in 1854. It was one of the world’s first multicolored stamps. The second stamp depicted in the Souvenir Sheet is one among the three stamps of Jai Hind series issued after independence. This stamp was issued in 1947 and depicts the national emblem of India.
Souvenir Sheet/FDC/Cancellation: Alka Sharma
Type : Souvenir Sheet, Mint condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 2000 Paise
Souvenir Sheet : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- Philately is termed as collection and study of postage stamps. It is an extremely popular hobby and has millions of collectors worldwide. The first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Britain in 1840 picturing a young Queen Victoria. It was produced without perforations and consequently had to be cut from the sheet with scissors in order to be used. Postage stamp collecting began at the same time that stamps were first issued, and by 1860 thousands of collectors and stamp dealers were appearing around the world as this new study and hobby spread across Europe, European colonies, the United States and other parts of the world. At present, it is estimated that about 25 million people enjoy the hobby in the United States; while worldwide the estimated numbers of stamp collectors is around 200 million. There are numerous philatelic clubs and societies who are promoting philately as a hobby. Over the years, postage stamp has assumed additional dimensions. It is a mode of commemorating, celebrating and promoting national heritage and events; it plays a significant role as an ambassador, a brand image of postal administration and a statement of sovereignty of a nation.
- Postage stamps of India can be collected through 68 Philately Bureaux and 1111 Philatelic Counters across the country. Stamps can also be collected by opening a Philatelic Deposit Account in any of these Bureaux.
- Text : Rashi Sharma.