Philately - A special hobby :-

        Philately is a delightful hobby that sharpens and satisfies your aesthetic tastes. While expanding your knowledge and your interaction with the world you live in, you get to know interesting details of politics, history , prominent personalities, national and international events, geography, flora and fauna, agriculture, science, monuments,soldiers,warriors,scientists, arms and ammunition, modes of transport etc. This process of learning becomes more delightful through visuals and brief write-ups. In addition, philately cultivates a meticulous and focused attention to detail. It also helps you to make friends across boundaries and age limits.

Collection :-

        Both mint-stamps (unused stamps) and used stamps can be collected. These can be collected year-wise ,nation-wise or theme-wise. To make this easier and more attractive to beginners, philatelists generally advise you to collect stamps according to a selection of your choice called a Thematic Collection. Themes may be flowers,birds, animals,architecture, railways, monuments, Red Cross etc. Definitive stamps and stationery can also be collected as a theme. The bottom line is that the collection unfolds various aspects of a theme like a story .

Stamps :-

        There are commemorative and definitive stamps. Commemorative stamps are issued, as the name suggests, to commemorate important events, prominent personalities in various fields, aspects of nature, beautiful or rare flora and fauna, environmental issues, agricultural activities, national/international issues, games etc. These stamps are only available at Philatelic Bureaux and counters or under the Philatelic Deposit Account Scheme. They are printed in limited quantities. Definitive stamps on the other hand, are used for day-to-day postal mailing purposes and are available in various ascending denominations from 20 paisa onwards at all postal counters.

Collection of Used Stamps :-

        Do not throw away letters that you receive. You can collect used up stamps through them. These can be detached delicately from the postal articles. Rinse in a shallow dish of water, using your hands or a soft brush. Carefully dry them in a dark place as the ultra violet rays of sunlight can damage the colours. It is also valuable to retain stamps along with the envelopes on which they are pasted as this authenticates their use.

Stamps Availability :-

        Mint stamps are available at Philatelic Bureaux and Counters in the designated post offices, details of which will be available at your nearest Head Post Office. You may like to get in touch with local philatelists who can perhaps guide your interest. Make pen - friends both in the country and abroad. You will be surprised at the number of people who share your interest.

About Albums :-

        Albums are available at leading Book and Stationery stores and with philatelists.Pasting stamps ruins them. Use paper hinges or "havids" to place them in a album. Plastic strip albums are now available and are ideal to use for beginners. Handle stamps with pincers to avoid smudging or damaging them in any way with your fingers.

Other Philatelic Material at Philatelic Bureaux :-

        Philatelic material includes - 1. Mint stamps (used stamps) 2. First Day Covers (FDCs, which are issued with every commemorative stamp ) 3. Brochure (Information sheet accompanying each commemorative stamp ) 4. Collectors' Packs, year-wise 5. Miniature/Souvenir sheets which are sometime issued with 6. Commemorative stamps. 7. Catalogue of Postage Stamps of India since 1947

Philatelic Bureaux and Philatelic Counters in Maharashtra and Goa :-

        In the state of Maharashtra and Union Territory of Goa, the Philatelic Bureau operates under 2 General Post Offices and 3 Head Post Offices. Under these two GPO's and 3 HO's, there are 85 Philatelic counters. They carry out sale of philatelic items to individuals, dependent counters and authorised Post offices. Philatelic Deposit Accounts can be opened at these Bureaus. Philatelic counters supply all philatelic items but are not authorised to issue the Special Cancellation that accompanies each commemorative stamp. They provide a standard "First Day of Issue" cancellation on first day cover. Authorised offices only sell commemorative/special stamps, blank first day covers and brochures.

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List of Stamps :-

        A List of Indian Postage Stamps from 1852 onwards is updated and is made available for sale from the Philatelic Bureaux. If you need it from abroad,please contact the Director, Mumbai GPO, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

   List Of Stamps From 1852
Contacting Philatelic Society Of India:-

        Many queries are received from beginners particularly, seeking guidance for starting a collection of postage stamps. You may wish to obtain information or consult the Philatelic Society of India. The Department of Posts is not, however, responsible for the information etc. supplied by the Philatelic Society of India as the Department does not handle the secondary market in Philately.


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