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Thursday, 25 February 2016

271) Historical First Day Covers (FDCs) on Post Independence India: Compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle of the Department of Posts, India in 2015:

271) Historical First Day Covers (FDCs) on Post Independence India on Post Cards: Compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle of the Department of Posts, India in 2015:



In 2015, Karnataka Postal Circle of India Post has compiled a set of 32 Post Cards depicting historical First Day Covers from its official collection and an individual private collection, from after India became Independent from British Rule,  which are like a trip down memory lane with these Covers acting as important pictorial milestones: 
 The postcards, together with my descriptions of the Covers  are recreated here:


1) Issued on 15.08.1947, this First Day Cover (FDC) is titled “Jai Hind”. The Cancellation is with the Indian Flag and Rabindranath Tagore’s prayer for India:

“When the mind is without fear ant the head is held high:

Where knowledge is free:

Where the world has not been broken up into

Fragments by narrow domestic walls:

Where words come out from the depth of truth:

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection:

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit:

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action –

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”                                                      
Rabindranath Tagore

 The two Postage Stamps on this cover still show the portrait of George VI facing left and the denomination of the stamps as “9 pies”. The Postage is titled “India Postage” and there is a sign of victory along with the letter “V” on the stamps. 
  For my post on Rabindranath Tagore stamps and Commemorative Coins please click on the following link: (Rabindranath Tagore: Contributors to Society: Renaissance of Bengali Culture, Art , Literature, Poetry and Music)
2) Issued on 15.12.1947, this First Day Cover (FDC) commemorates India’s Independence and bears two out of the three stamps which were issued on Independence Day – the Ashok Capitol (symbol of the Indian Government), the Stamp value being 1 ½ Annas and an Aeroplane, the Stamp value being 12 Annas.


 Issued on 15.08.1947, these three stamps depicting the Ashok Capitol (1 ½ Annas), National Flag (3 ½ Annas) and a Douglas IX 4 Aircraft (12 Annas) were the first three stamps of Independent India.

3) Issued on 08.06.1948, this Cover Commemorates the inauguration of the “India – UK Inaugural Flight”. The inscriptions are “AIR MAIL”, “BOMBAY – LONDON INAUGURAL FLIGHT” and “AIR-INDIA INTERNATIONAL”, “BOMBAY”, “CAIRO”, GENEVA”, “LONDON”. The colours on this envelope are those of the Indian Flag – Saffron, White and Green.The Cancellation Stamp reads - "Air Mail Bombay Mondon 8.6.49 First Flight".


4) Issued on 15.08.1948, this First Day Cover (FDC) is in memory of the Father of the Nation. The inscriptions on this Cover are “IN MEMORIUM OF THE FATHER OF OUR NATION MAHATMA GANDHI ‘THE LIGHT THAT SHONE’ – BORN 02 OCT 1869 – DIED 30 JAN 1948” Mahatma Gandhi is shown in the foreground with the Indian Tri-Colour. Three stamps depicting Mahatma Gandhi titled “Bapu” (in Hindi) meaning “Father” in the denominations of 1 ½, 3 ½ and 12 Annas are affixed. The Cancellation reads “Jai Hind” and is dated 15 August 1948.


 5) Issued on 15.08.1948, this is the Official First Day Cover of the First Anniversary of Indian Independence. The inscriptions read “Indian INDEPENDENCE” “FIRST ANNIVERSARY 15 AUGUST 1948”. “INDIAN POSTS & TELEGRAPHS”.  The stamps include four denominations of stamps on Mahatma Gandhi – 1 ½, 3 ½, 10 and 12 ½ Annas. The Cancellation reads “Jai Hind” and is dated 15 August 1948. 


6) Issued on 15.08.1948, this is a First Day Cover issued by the Bombay Philatelic Company on Mahatma Gandhi.  The symbolic image of Mahatma Gandhi standing in the foreground of the Indian Map reads “FIRST DAY COVER issued by THE BOMBAY PHILATELIC Co. FORT, BOMBAY. In the centre right is the inscription “GANDHI MEMORIAL STAMPS – 15th August 1948”. At the bottom is the inscription “THE GREAT PATRIOT – THE ARCHITECT OF OUR INDEPENDENCE”. The postage stamps are of the denominations of 1 ½, 3 ½ and 12 Annas. The Cancellation reads “Jai Hind” and is dated 15 August 1948.
For my post of Honouring Mahatma Gandhi & the Martyrs of Cellular Jail, please click on the following link: (Honouring Mahatma Gandhi & the Martyrs of Cellular Jail, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.)


7) Issued on 10.10.1949, this Cover commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the Universal Postal Union (UPA). There is a picture of the Globe on the left hand side, with Postal carriers – A Mail Aeroplane, Railways, A Mail Ship and a Horse Carriage (or Tonga) carting the inscription “ 75th ANNIVERSARIO U.P.U. 1874-1949. The Postage Stamps are in the denomination of 2, 3½, 12 Annas and 9 Pies. The stamps are titled “Universal Postal Union”.


8) Issued on 15.08.1949, this Cover Commemorates Archaeological Survey and is part of the Archaeological Series. On the left is mentioned “INDEPENDENCE DAY COVER” below which is a statue symbolising a Hindu God and 15 AUGUST 1949”. The Postage stamps contain pictures of famous Hindu temples and a dancing Nataraj (The Hindu God Shiva) in a Tandav Dance pose (meaning “The Dance of Destruction”). The Cancellation Stamp reads – “Poona, Independence Day, 15 Aug 1949”.


9) Issued on 30.01.1949, this Cover Commemorates “Inland and Night Airmail inauguration” with a Mahatma Gandhi slogan “Sabko Sanmati de Bhagwan” (meaning “God give everyone good or right judgment or mind or a good understanding”). Affixed on the Cover are two 1 ½ Annas postage Stamps. The Cancellation Stamp is dated “30.01.49, NAGPUR, AIR” and “FIRST FLIGHT”.


10) Issued on 15.08.1949, this Cover Commemorates Archaeological Survey and is part of the Archaeological Series. On the left is mentioned “INDEPENDENCE DAY COVER” below which is a statue symbolising a Hindu God and 15 AUGUST 1949”. The Postage stamps contain pictures of famous Hindu temples and a dancing Nataraj (The Hindu God Shiva) in a Tandav Dance pose (meaning “The Dance of Destruction”). There are also stamps depicting the Taj Mahal & Kutub Minar. The Cancellation Stamp reads – “Poona, Independence Day, 15 Aug 1949”.


11) Issued on 26.01.1950, this Cover Commemorates the Republic of India and the Inauguration of the new Constitution. On the left are images of the Indian Parliament and the Constitution of India on top of which is mentioned “BHARAT – REPUBLIC OF INDIA”. The postage stamps show musical instruments, a Farmers implements, an inkpot and a quill, the “Charkha” or the “Spinning Wheel”. The Cancellation Stamp is “Bombay dated 26.01.1950”.


12) Issued on 01.03.1951, this First Day Cover (FDC) commemorates the “1st ASIAN GAMES” held on 4th March 1951. There is an image of a running athlete, with the Globe in th background symbolising the growing emergence of these Games on the International platform. The two Postage stamps are of the value of 2 and 12 Annas and depict the Flame of the asian Games. The Cancellation stamp is of New Delhi, dated 04.03.1951 and depicts two wrestlers.
For my Post on Coins Commemorating Indian Sports, please click on the following link: (Post Independence India Issues: Commemorating Sports in Indian Coinage)


13) Issued on 01.10.1952, this is the official Cover on Saints and Poets of India – Rabindranath Tagore, Meera, Ghalib, Surdas, Tuldidas, Kabir. The Stamps are of the value of 12 Annas, 2 ½ Annas, 4 ½ Annas, 4 ½ Annas, 1 Anna and 9 Pies respectively. There is a picture of a displaying Peacock with, book and a Veena (a musical instrument). The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay dated 1 Oct 1952.


14) Issued on 02.10.1953, this First Day Cover commemorates the Conquest of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the World. The Cover shows a picture of the Himalayan Mountain Range including Mount Everest with photos of the conquering Mountaineers – Edmund Hillary on the left and Tenzing Norgay on the right shown in small circles, below whch is mentioned “INDIA – CONQUEST OF MOUNT EVEREST”. The Postage Stamps are titled “Conquest of Everest” and are dated “29.05.53” (the date of the Everest Conquest). The Postage Stamps are of the value of 2 and 14 Annas. The Cancellation is of Bombay GPO. and is titled "Everest Vijay" (meaning "Conquest of Everest").


15) Issued on 16.04.1943, this First Day Cover (FDC) commemorates the Centenary of the Indian Railways (1853-1953). Depicted on this Cover are images of the old Railways with an old design Steam Engine pulling a Goods Bogie, and a Modern Steam Engine pulling a Passenger Train. In the centre is mentioned “16th April 1953” INDIAN RAILWAYS CENTENARY 1853 – 1953”. The Postage Stamp is of 2 Annas and titled “RAILWAY CENTENARY” and depicts an old engine with the year mentioned as 1853 and a modern day engine with the year mentioned as 1953. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay and is dated “16.04.1953”.
For my post on 150 Years of Indian Railways, including the story of the first Indian Railways freight train, please click on the following link: (Celebrating 150 Years of serving the Indian Nation: Commemorative coins on the Indian Railways, including the story of their mascot "Bholu").


16) Issued on 01.11.1953, this First Day of Issue Cover commemorates the Centenary of India Telegraph Centenary (1851 – 1951). On the left is shown Telegraph lines and the crackling of a telegraph machine as it sends out its messages. Mentioned on this image is “INDIA TELEGRAPH CENTENARY B.D.S. PRODUCTION”. The Postage Stamp is of the value of 2 Annas and shows multiple telegraph lines on poles. The Cancellation is titled “Bhartiya Telegraph Shatabdi” (meaning “Indian Telegraph Centenary”).



17) Issued on 24.10.1954, this First Day Cover commemorates United Nations Day. On the Cover is shown the logo of the United Nations with “INDIA” mentioned alongside symbolising that India was a part of the United Nations. There are trees growing on mountains and a clearer picture shows the Lotus, the National Flower of India, blooming in all its glory in a water body.  The ribbon at the bottom reads “UNITED NATIONS DAY”. The date is mentioned as “24th October 1954”. The 2 Annas Postage Stamp is titled “United Nations Day” and shows the logo of the UNO and the Lotus. The Cancellation Stamp is of Madras GPO and is dated “24 Oct 54”.



18) Issued on 01.10.1954, this First Day Cover commemorates the “Indian Postage Stamp Centenary (1854-1954)”. The Cover reads “Postage Stamp Centenary” and shows a 1854 Stamp of One Anna depicting Queen Victoria and a 1954 Stamp of 3 Annas depicting the Lion Capitol Emblem of the government of India. The four stamps beautifully show the evolution of the Indian Postal delivery – The Indian Dak Runner, the Camel Mode of Postal Delivery, the Pigeon Carrier, the cycling postman (which is a mode of delivery, prevalent even today), the Mail Aircraft, the Mail-ship etc. The Postage Stamps are of the value of 1, 2, 4 and 14 Annas. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO.
For more on the Scinde Post, Evolution of Indian Postage Stamps during the British period,   Commemorative Stamps issued in 1930s on the various modes of postal delivery, particularly the Indian Dak Runner (Spl. Cover) - please click on the following link: (Indian Dak Runner, Evolution of Postage in India including "Scinde Dawk" and modes of postal delivery)



19) Issued on 26.01.1955, this First Day Cover is on the Five Year Plan.  Stamps depicting various facets of a resurgent India have been affixed on this Cover. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO and prominently displays the numeral 5. The Cancellation is dated 26.01.55.


20) Issued on 24.05.1956, this Firat Day Cover (FDC) commemorates 2500th Buddha Jayanti” or the “2500th Anniversary of the Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana”. The Postage Stamps show the Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha attained his Enlightenment and the “Dharma Chakra” and are of the value of 2 Annas and 14 Annas. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO and is inscribed “2500 vin Buddha Jayanti” and is dated “24.05.56”.
To read about the Miniatur Sheet of stamps issued on the 2550th Anniversary of the "Mahaparinirvana" of the buddha please click here: (2550 years of the "Mahaparinirvana" of the Buddha - Commemorative Postage Stamps issued in 2007)



21) Issued on 24.05.1956, this First Day Cover also commemorates the “2500th Buddha Jayanti” ot the “2500th Anniversary of the Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana”.  There is a picture of a green Leaf with the inscription “2500th Buddha Jayanti” on the left side. The two Stamps which are there on the above FDC are also affixed to this Cover with the Cancellation Stamp of Bombay GPO dated “25.05.56”.


22) Issued on 15.08.1957, this First Day of Issue Cover (FDC) commemorates the Centenary of the 1857 First War of Indian Independence. The picture shows the legendary Jhansi-Ki-Rani with a sword in hand symbolising the fight for Independence, and with a map of India in the background bound with a Chain shown inside an artistic arch. Also shown below this image are the pictures of the brave Generals Tatya Tope and Nana Sahib and the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar who participated with all the resources at their disposal in the First War of Indian Independence. The Postage stamp of “15 Naya Paise” shows the legendary Jhansi – Ki – Rani on horseback sword in hand heading towards the field of battle outside Jhansi Fort. (Notice that this stamp is denominated in “Naye Paise” which were introduced in 1957 marking the introduction of the decimal coinage in India. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO and is dated “15 Aug 57”.
(For my post on a description of the First War of Indian Independence” and the commemorative coins issued on the 150th Anniversary of the  First War of Indian Independence, please click on the following link: (Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the First War of Indian Independence).

 


23) Issued on 15.08.1957, this First Day Cover (FDC) also commemorates the Centenary of the 1857 First War of Indian Independence. The picture shows the legendary Jhansi-Ki-Rani with a sword in hand, heading towards the field of battle outside Jhansi Fort symbolising the fight for Independence. The Postage stamp is denominated in “15 Naye Paise” shows the legendary Jhansi – Ki – Rani on horseback sword in hand heading towards the field of battle outside Jhansi Fort, while the other stamp is denominated in “90 Naye Paise” and shows an “Eternal Flame” (Martyrs memorial) for the Indian patriots who fought for the freedom of their country with a sapling growing in the centre symbolising renewal. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO and is dated “15 Aug 57”.
 24) Issued on 15.08.1957, this First Day Cover (FDC) commemorates the Centenary of the 1857 First War of Indian Independence. The picture shows the legendary Jhansi-Ki-Rani with a sword in hand, in the field of battle outside Jhansi Fort against the British Army symbolising the fight for Independence. The Postage stamp is denominated in “15 Naye Paise” shows the legendary Jhansi – Ki – Rani on horseback sword in hand heading towards the field of battle outside Jhansi Fort, while the other stamp is denominated in “90 Naye Paise” and shows an “Eternal Flame” (Martyrs memorial) for the Indian patriots who fought for the freedom of their country with a sapling growing in the centre symbolising renewal. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO and is dated “15 Aug 57”.



25) Issued on 04.04.1957, this First Day Cover (FDC) symbolises the introduction of the Decimal Coinage in India. There is an inscription “Father Coin” or “100 Naye Paise” coin denoting the highest denomination of coin introduced in the New Series. The other denominations are 50, 10, 25, 5, 2 and 1 Naye Paise. Various denominations are seen on the Postage Stamps – 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 13, 20, 25, 50 and 75 Paise value. The Cancellation Stamp of Madras GPO is in the shape of a 10 Naye Paise coin and is inscribed “Dashmik Sikke” (meaning “Decimal Coins”) and is dated “04.04.57”.
(For my post on the Decimal Series please click on the following link: (Indian Coinage Act 1957 and the Decimal Series 1957 - 64).


26) Issued on 14.11.1957, this First Day Cover (FDC) commemorates “Children’ Day”. There is the image of two children playing on a swing and children are depicted on all three Postage Stamps of the value of 15, 8 and 15 Naya Paise respectively. The Cancellation Stamps are of three years and have the dates “14.11.57, 14.11.58, 14.11.59” on them and are of New Delhi GPO.
For my Post on recent Children's Day First day Covers and stamps, please click on the following link: (Commemorating Children's Day with postage stamps, Miniature Sheets, First day Cover, and painting competetion titled "A Day in the Rain").


27) Issued on 22.06.1960, this First Day Cover commemorates the poet, Kalidas. Scenes from his work “Shakuntala” (Shakuntala was the wife of Dushyant and the mother of Samrat “Bharat”, after whom our country gets its name. Her story is told in the Indian epic “Mahabharat” and dramatised by Kalidas in the play “Abhijnansakuntala” – meaning “the sign of Shakuntala”) are depicted on the 15 NP and Rs.1.03 Stamps having the Calcutta GPO Cancellation stamps dated “22 June 60”.



28) Issued on 18.02.1961, this First Day Cover commemorates the First Aerial Post, Golden Jubilee (1911-1961). Shown in the picture and on the Postage Stamps, are the first flight aeroplane and a modern day aircraft. The Postage stamps are of the value of Re 1, and 15 Naye Paise respectively. The Cancellation Stamp is of Jaipur GPO and is inscribed Golden Jubilee and depicts a mail carrying aircraft and is dated “18.02.61”.



29) Issued on 07.10.1963, this First Day Cover is on the Preservation of Wildlife. The Postage Stamps show a Himalayan Panda, a Tiger, an Indian Lion, an Indian Elephant and an Indian Bison or “Gaur”. The Postage Stamps are of the value of 15, 30 and 50 Naye Paise and Re.1/-. The Cancellation Stamps are of New Delhi GPO and are dated “07.10.63”.


30) Issued on 23.01.1964, this First Day Cover commemorates Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. There is a picture of the INA logo on the Cover and Netaji’s photos along with the INA logo on the two postage stamps of 15 and 55 Naye Paise. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO and is inscribed “Subhash Chandra Bose” and has the cancellation date “23.01.64”.



31) Issued on 23.01.1964, this First Day Cover also, commemorates Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. There is a picture of the INA Martyr’s Memorial in Singapore on the Cover and Netaji’s photos along with the INA logo on the two postage stamps of 15 and 55 Naye Paise. The Cancellation Stamp is of Bombay GPO and is inscribed “Subhash Chandra Bose” and has the cancellation date “23.01.64”.

For my post on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's efforts to gain India's Freedom and Commemorative Coins issued on him, please click on the following Link: (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: Prominent Revolutionary leader during India's Freedom Struggle).



 32) Issued on 15.12.1997, this First Day Cover commemorates “Indipex 97” at the “Philatelic Congress of India”. This FDC also contains a Miniature Sheet of a Stamp of Rs.45/- on Mother Teresa and with her holding a child in her arms. The Cancellation Stamp is of New delhi GPO and is dated “15.12.1997”.
 To read more about Mother Teresa and her life's work, and the Commemorative Coins issued on her, please click on the following link:(Honouring Prominent Saints & Temples : Mother Teresa: Commemorative Coins)







Links to posts on Indian Post-Cards:

1) Historical First Day Covers on Post Cards compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle on Post Independence India

2) For Part I of the DYKS (32) "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" (Part I) - Description of 16 birds with picture postcards)

3) For Part II of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

4) For Part III of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas" please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

5) Two Series of Postage Stamps issued during the reign of George V: Inauguration of New Delhi in 1931 and Silver Jubilee of the reign of George V in 1935 compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle   

6) Aero India 2015: Asia's Premier Air Show: A set of 10 Post cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post in 2015. 

7) Himalayan Lakes: Chandratal, Roop Kund, Sela, Tsangu and Tsomo Riri: A set of five post cards issued by India Post in 2015 

8)  Incredible India: (Part I) A set of 48 Post Cards issued by India Post in 2015
9) Incredible India: (Part II) A set of 48 Post cards issued by India Post in 2015
10)   Incredible India: (Part III): A set of 48 Post cards issued by india Post in 2015
 11) Olympic Events: A set of 12 Post cards issued by the Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 11.07.2016  

12) "Orchids": A set of 12 postcards issued by the Karnataka Postal Cicle of India Post, with designs inspired by 6 Stamps on Orchids issued by India Post on 21.10.1991 and 6 Stamps issued on 08.08.2016 
  
Maximum or Maxim Cards: 

1) Did You Know series (33): 1) Maxim or Maximum Cards 2) A set of 5 Maximum Cards issued by the Department of Posts, India to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad

"My Stamps" Albums:

1) "Ajanta & Ellora Caves": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita and Rajeev

 2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita

3) "Sun Temple, Konark": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

4) "Fairy Queen": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

5) "Mahabodhi Temple": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 
  
 6) "Port Blair Island": "My Stamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2016:

1)  Special India Post Cover  carried in a dedicated Hot Air Balloon flown during the II International Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Pollachi, Tamilnadu, released by Tamilnadu Circle of India Post in January 2016

2) "Vibrant India": Postage Stamps issued by India Post on this theme

3) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nasik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 1) Spl. Covers on Pandu Leni Caves and Smt. Kusum Dhirubhai Mehta released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 16.01.2016 

4) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.2016: (Part 2) Spl.Covers on Kalaram temple and Nashik "Grape City & Wine Capital of India" released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 17.01.2016 

5) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 3) Spl. Covers on "Nashik Dhol" and "Dr. Anand Gopalrao Joshi" released by Maharashtra postal Circle on 18.01.2016 

6) International Fleet Review - 2016 (IFR - 16) held at Vishakhapatnam from 04.02.16 to 08.02.16: Commemorative Postage stamps issued by India Post 

7) Celebrating 75 Years of setting up of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal : Commemorative Postage Stamps brought out by India Post. 

8) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06 - 09.02.2016: (Part 1): Spl. Covers on "Indian Dak Runner" & "The PUNPEX-16 logo" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 06.02.2016 

9) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 2): Spl. Cover on "Butterflies of Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

10) PUNPEX - 16  held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 3): Spl. Cover on "Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

11) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 4): Spl. Cover on "Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh" released on 07.02.2016 

12) "Gurudwara Shri Paonta Sahib": Spl. Cover released by HP Postal Circle, of India Post 

13) India's First International Fleet review held on 18.02.2001 at Mumbai 

14) "Jal Mahotsav" on the River Narmada from 12-21.02.2016: Spl Cover issued by the Department of Posts, India 

15) "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv", Ujjain 22.04.2016-21.05.2016: MAPPEX-2016 Spl Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, India Post on 07.02.2016 

16) Unique Handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh: MAPPEX 2016: A Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General , Indore Region, Indore, on 05.02.2016 

17) Golden Jubilee of The Statesman Vintage & Classic car Rally": Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi on 28.02.2016 

18) Mahamaham Kumbha Mela Festival, Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu: February 13-22, 2016. Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai, India Post. 

19) "Maharaja Agrasen ki Baoli " in New Delhi: "UTSAV 2016"- A Special cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 17.02.2016 

20) Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Birth Centenary celebrations : A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi, India Post on 15.02.2016

21) Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued on 17.02.2016 by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi 

22) National Science Centre Delhi: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi , Department of Posts, India on 16.02.2016 

23) Commemorating the Birth Centenary of Vasantrao Srinivassa Sinai Dempo: A Rs.5/- Stamp issued by  India Post on 04.03.2016 

24) 150th Anniversary of the Allahabad High Court : Commemorative Stamps & Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India & India Government Mint, Mumbai respectively 

25) National Archives of India (Part 1): 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Commemorative Stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India on 13.03.2016 

26) The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 

27) "A Minor Rock Edict" of Samrat ashok found in Gujarra , Distt. Datia M.P. : A Special Cover issued by the Indore Region, MP Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India

28) "Batesara Group of Temples": A Special Cover issued by Indore Region, M.P. Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India 

29) "India-UN Women HeForShe Programme": Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post  

30) Fire Services of India: A Rs. 5/- Stamp issued by the department of posts, india to honour the "Fire Services of India

31) Govardhanram Tripathi: Commemorative Rs.5/ Stamps brought out in his honour by the Department of Posts, India. 

32) The "Everlasting Flame international Programme 2016": A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, Department of Posts, India. 

33) "Ahimsa Ball": Commemorating the 10th Installation Ceremony of the Ball: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 26.04.2016 

34) "BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 14-16 April 2016, held at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle on 14.04.2016 

35) "25th Shukla Day Coin and Philately Fair" held from 22-24.04.2016 at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 22.04.2016 

36) "Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai Silver Jubilee": A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 07.03.2016 

37) Swami Chidananda: A Rs.5/- Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 21.05.2016, celebrating his Birth Centenary. 

38) "Brave Fighter Narvir Shivaji Kashid: A Special Cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 05.05.2016 

39) Tata Power: Commemorating the centenary of the establishment of The Company by India Post, by issuing Rs.5/- stamps on 10.06.16 

 40) "Surya Namaskar": The theme of second International Day of Yoga: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 21.06.2016

41) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Jharkhand: DEOPEX:2016: A Special Cover issued by the Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

42) "Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar": DEOPEX-2016: A Special Cover issued on him by Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

43) "Philatelic Seminar, Jaipur": A Special Cover issued by the Rajasthan Postal Circle, India Post on 28.02.2016 

44) "Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey Namme - 2016": A Spcial Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 03.05.2016 

45) The Indian Institute of Architects: Commemorating the Centenary year of the Institute by issuing a Special Cover by Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 12.05.2016  

46) Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 (INAS 300): A Special Cover issued on the Induction of MiG-29Ks and de-induction of Sea Harriers in the Squadron, by the Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 11.05.2016 

47) State Trading Corporation : Celebrating 60 Glorious Years: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, India Post on 18.05.2016 

48) Christ Church Fort Teppakullam, Tirichirappalli: 250th Anniversary Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle, India Post on 17.05.2016 

49) "BSE" (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange): Commemorating the 140th Year of its establishment: A Rs.5/- commemorative stamp brought out by India Post on 09.07.2016 

50) "VIKAS PARV - CHHAU DANCE": A Special Cover issued by Jharkhand Postal Circle on 17.06.16 

51) 65th Plenary of the North Eastern Council held on 26-27 May 2016 at Shillong: A Special Cover brought out by the NE Postal Circle of India Post, on 03.06.2016 

52) Platinum Jubilee of the First Philatelic Bureau set up in Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 21.06.2016 

53) Chennai Book Fair: A Special Cover issued by the Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 01.06.2016

54) Chennai Book Fair (Part II) A.K. Chettiar : One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

55) Chennai Book Fair (Part III): T.Janakiraman: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

56) Chennai Book Fair (Part IV): P.V. Akilandam: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

57) Chennai Book Fair (Part V): D. Jayakanthan: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

58) Chennai Book Fair : (Part VI): Pudhumaipithan: One of Six Eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

59) Chennai Book Fair: (Part VII): Va Ramasamy: One of six eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

60) Tadoba Andhari National Park: Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on "International Tiger Day" at Nagpur on 29.07.2016 

61) Tara Mata Temple Shimla: Famous Temples of Himachaal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover issued by HP Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

62) Bagla Mukhi Temple, Bankhandi, Kangra: Famous Temples of Himachal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover released by the H.P. Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016  

63) Chintpurni Temple , Chintpurni Una, HP: Famous temples of Himachal {radesh Sries: A Special Cover released by H.P.Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

64) Ter-Centenary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur: A Special Cover brought out by Delhi P0stal Circle of Indiapost on 20.06.2016 

65) "Rio 2016" Summer Olympics: Commemorative Stamps and booklets issued by the Department of Posts, India on 05.08.2016

66) "Orchids": A set of 6 Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post on 08.08.2016  

67) Indian Metal Crafts: A set of six Stamps issued by India Post on 26.08.2016 

68) Independence Day - Tourism in India: A Rs. 25/- Commemorative Stamp issued by India Post on 15.08.2016 

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2014 and 2015:

1) 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil - A set of four stamps issued by India Post.

2) Commemorative Stamps on "Swachh Bharat" Mission

3) Commemorative Stamps on "Project Rukmini"

4) Commemorative Stamps on "Indian Ocean & Rajenda Chola I"

5) International Day of Yoga - "Commemorative Stamps & Coins" 

6) India-France - 50 Years of Space Co-operation - Commemorative Stamps

7) Commemorative Stamps on 50 years (Golden Jubilee) of "Engineers India Limited"

8Bicentenary of the "Old Theological Seminary" (OTS) Kottayam, Kerala

9Commemorative stamps issued on Nabakalabera (Jagannath Temple, Puri)

10) Commemorative stamps issued on an Indian Game called "Sagol Kangjei" originated in Manipur, from which Polo was adapted all over the World  

11) Samrat Ashok - Commemorative Stamps issued on the legendary Emperor of Ancient India 

12) Women Empowerment - Commemorative Stamps

13) Baba Amte - Commemorative Stamps 

14) Did You Know Series (4): A sample of the beautiful stamps brought out by Department of Posts, India 

15) 10th World Hindi Conference held at Bhopal - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts India

16) 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak War: Commemorative stamps issued by Department of Posts, India. 

17) Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. B.R. Ambedker by Department of Posts, India with a stamp titled "Dr B.R. Ambedkar and the Indian Constitution" 

18) The "Charkha" or the Spinning Wheel: Commemorative stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India 

19) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

20) 50th Anniversary of the Border Security Force (BSF): Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

21) 3rd India- Africa Forum Summit at New Delhi - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts, India 

22) Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL): Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post.

23) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Raising Day of the First and Third Gorkha Rifles: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post.  

24) India-Singapore Joint issue: 50 Years of Bilateral Relationship: Two Commemorative Stamps issued by India-Post. 

25) Celebrating 60 years (Golden Jubilee) of EEPC India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

26) Centenary of the setting up of the Zoological Survey of India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

27) Celebrating Children's Day on November 14th - Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post. 

28) Musicians of India - Commemorating Classical Musicians of India by issue of Stamps by India Post. 

29) Sumitranandan Pant (poet and writer) : Commemorative postage stamps issued on him by India Post 

30) Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the IDSA, New Delhi: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

31) 100 Years of Return of Mahatma Gandhi to India in 1915: Commemorative postage stamps issued by India Post 

32) Commemorating Alugumuthu Kone, one of the first Freedom Fighters against the British: Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

33) Centennial of the Patna High Court of Judicature: Commoemrative Stamps issued by India Post 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on stamps issued in 2013: 

1) Commemorative Postage stamps on the "Wild Flowers of India" issued by India Post.

2) 100 Years of Indian Cinema: 50 commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on Stamps issued in 2012:

1) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part I) - Warli Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012

2) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part II) - Shekhaati Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2011:

1) Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.100/- issued on Mahatma Gandhi on Khadi Cloth for the first time ever by India Post.

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2010:

1) Princely States of Indore, Sirmoor, Bamra and Cochin : Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts issued in 2008: 

1) Centenary of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru: Commemorative Stamps brought out by Indiapost in 2008

2) Standard Chartered Bank: Commemorating 150 Years of Banking in India: A Rs.5/- Commemorative Postage Stamp issued depicting the SCB Mumbai Heritage Building 

3) "Aldabra Giant Tortoise": A commemorative postage stamp brought out by India Post in 2008 

List of Commemorative Stamps issued in 2007:

1) 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post  

Commemorative stamps issued in 1931, 1947 and 1950:

1) Three Series of original Indian stamps which depict : Inauguration of New Delhi (1931), First Independent India postage stamps (1947) and Republic of India Inauguration (1950)

 Postage Stamps from Thailand depicting Buddhist Jataka Tales:

1) Thailand postage stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Magha Puja Day (Part I)

2) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Asalha Puja Day (Part II)  

3) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Visakha Puja Day (Part III)

4) Postage stamps from Thailand commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales

Forever Stamps from United States Postal Service (USPS):

1) Forever Stamps: A Series of Stamps commemorating the "US Civil War 1861-1865"

2) Forever Stamps: The Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali (2016) 

Postage Stamps from the Bailiwick of Jersey

1) "Man of Steel": A Superman movie. Jersey post stamps commemorating a local lad Henry William Dalgliesh who played Superman in the Movie 

Postage Stamps from Gibraltar:

1) 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta - the Universal guidepost/landmark in Liberty and Freedom: A miniature stamp sheet issued by the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau

Postage Stamps issued by Hongkong Post:

1) Working Dogs in Government Service: A sheetlet showing six dogs issued by Hongkong Post in June 2012

Postage Stamps issued by New Zealand Post

1) ICC Cricket World Cup - 2015 14 Commemorative Stamps issued with the theme "Have A Ball"

International Philately Exhibitions :

1) World Stamp Show New York 2016

2) Thailand 2016 - FIAP 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition 10-15 August 2016







4 comments:

  1. Rahul Kumar has commented:
    "This post is absolutely WOW!! Splendid compilation.. The pick of the lot for me is the one commemorating the introduction of decimal coinage".

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    1. Thank you, Rahul. I received this set of post-cards from the epostoffice at Philately Museum, New Delhi The decimal coinage FDC is my favourite too.

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    2. Hi, I tried searching for these on the epost office but they are not listed any more :-(.. do you still see them?

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    3. They got picked up by Collectors within a week or so of their being put up on the website. I will let you know when some other interesting items are put up on the epostoffice website in future.

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