Putting a stamp on it

Putting a stamp on it
Those of you who are passionate about stamps, here’s your chance to get acquainted to that object without which snail mail would have been incomplete. The Third Stamps of India National Exhibition (SINE 2012) which is being hosted by Bharatiya Daktikit Sangstha Kolkata and Stamps of India New Delhi, will be inaugurated by a seven-year-old stamp collector Ameya Gupta today.

Ameya is an international record holder for the largest collection of postage scales and is exhibiting Children’s Day stamps at SINE.

Interestingly,  this year will also see a section called ‘My stamp’ which is a customised stamp on which one can put up their own picture. The organisers are hoping this will help in drawing the general crowd.

Unlike the previous years where the recurring phase was ‘Joy of Possession’ for stamp collectors and philatelists, this year SINE is inviting exhibitors who have had national-level exhibits but hadn’t had a chance to display them at a national level to showcase their collection. These could be first time exhibitors or even award winning exhibitors.

‘Support from the stakeholders of philately from all over India and unprecedented success of the last two Stamps of India National Exhibition have given us the strength to host the third exhibition,’ said Savita Jhingan, COO, SINE.

‘The objective of SINE is to provide a platform to showcase new ideas and concepts in philately and to bring a creative and new approach to stamp collecting,’ she added.

The organisation is making arrangements for 300 more frames of exhibits in all regular classes for philatelic exhibition plus two newly introduced classes — the Picture Postcard Class and Freedom Class. In all, there are 200 exhibitors and 38 stalls from all over the nation. Some of the stamps will also be put under the hammer. Stamps of Mother Teressa, Gandhiji, Rabindra Nath Tagore are some of the highlights.

The most popular stamps on display will be the world’s first adhesive stamp Penny Black and Gandhi Stamps issued by various countries across the globe including the highest priced single Indian stamp — a 1948 10 Rupee (Service) stamp of Mahatma Gandhi from India that was recently sold for a price of EUR 144,000 ($ 205,000). Gandhi stamps will also include stamps from the US, UK, Russia etc. and the Khadi Stamp that India issued in 2011.

‘The initiative of the Stamps of India is to create an awareness among the youth to pursue the educative hobby of philately as it can make your studies more interesting,’ added Jhingan. 

Go take a look at this one.


At: NDMC Convention Center, Parliament Street
When: 15-17 December
Timings: 11 am to 6 pm
Anannya Chatterjee

Anannya Chatterjee

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