Tuesday, November 1, 2011

These stamps are worth a sniff

Dear Comrades,

MANGALORE: One would definitely be fascinated seeing aromatic postal stamps, which release the fragrance of sandalwood, rose and jasmine.
In fact, such stamps are not available for sale in any of the post offices of the India Post as all the three stamps were released as commemorative stamps in the form of miniature sheets in limited numbers.

Dakshina Kannada Philatelic and Numismatic Association joint secretary Mansoor B. Hussain provided opportunity for people to feel the fragrance at an exhibition organised by the Association here recently.

Hussain has all the three fragrant stamps released by India Post on various occasions. Stamps with the fragrance of sandalwood (with a face value of Rs 15 released on December 13, 2006), rose (of Rs 15 and Rs 5 released on February 7, 2007) and jasmine (of Rs 15, Rs 5 released on April 26, 2008) are among the rare collections of Mansoor, who has hundreds of stamps in his collection.

Hussain told TOI that India Post send commemorative stamps directly to regional philatelic bureaus and the bureaus will divide it among philatelic centres in major post offices. "Only limited numbers of miniature sheets of stamps were released by the India Post and none of the philatelic centre has the stock now," he added.

Hussain, who has more than 1,000 stamps in his collection, concentrates more on collecting miniatures sheets of stamps being released in India after the Independence. In fact, he has all the miniature sheets released by the postal department since Indian Indian Independence in 1947. In addition, his collection includes country-wise and theme-wise stamps. Another rare collection of Hussain is the stamps of Russia after the dissolution of Soviet Union in 1992.

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