As part of the Postal week celebrations, India Post released a Souvenir Sheet on 12th October 2012 on Philately Day.
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 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 this 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.
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 multicoloured
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.
Postage stamps of India can be collected
through 68 Philately Bureau’s and 1111 Philatelic Counters across the country.
Stamps can also be collected by opening a Philatelic Deposit Account in any of