“KARNAPEX-2019”: Let the Stamp...ede begin!

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“KARNAPEX-2019”: Let the Stamp...ede begin!

“KARNAPEX-2019”: Let the Stamp...ede begin!

Oct 07, 2019 12:56:36 PM (IST)

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Mangaluru is all set to host “KARNAPEX-2019”, the 12th Karnataka State Level Philatelic Exhibition at the Dr TMA Pai Convention Hall, M.G Road, Mangaluru from 12.10.19 to 15.10.19 between 10 AM to 7 PM as an extension of the World Post Day Celebrations, normally held in India on October 10th. The Mangaluru Division is hosting it for the first time in its history.

Speaking to Newskarnataka.com, Sriharsha, Senior Superintendent Of Post offices, Mangaluru Division, the host of the exhibition, said, “Hosting this exhibition is a matter and moment of great pride for the Mangaluru Division. It will be the first time that a Philately exhibition of this magnitude will be held in Mangaluru. A postal stamp is an invaluable resource - a communication tool that changed the way we communicated across locations, a source of history, enjoyment, and education. It is also often utilized to promote values and causes. Even though not many people communicate using stamps these days, stamps are still produced around the world including India and these stamps are an invaluable font of knowledge, history and the cultural traditions of our great state and nation. The last one was held in 2015 in Bengaluru. This exhibition will be a great opportunity for people to reconnect to our history and culture".

Here's a curtain raiser

History! In the 'Good Ol' days' my Dad would often hand me a sealed envelope and tell me to "Post-it". And I would; I would walk to the nearest post office, stand in a long queue, have it weighed, buy a postal stamp, lick it, stick it (on the envelope) and post it! But how the world has changed! If I tell my son to 'post-it', he asks the question - On Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp? Sadly, neither he nor his generation will ever know the taste of glue.

For a long while, until Email became popular, letters with stamps were the only way of communicating. These stamped communications kept the world, families, and lovers together but in some cases also tore them apart, setting one against another, and the postal stamp was at the heart of this communication. Today even email has been replaced by WhatsApp. The world is evolving and we have to evolve with it. But how can we forget our origin? We cannot, and we must not; Even if we don't taste the glue, we must at least learn how we once communicated with each other - in both old and modern communication methodologies, it is the tongue that held sway; that we cannot deny! In this connection, Sriharsha told Newskarntaka.com, that the exhibition will offer the best to those who want to learn of our history and culture, even of how the Indian Postal system has evolved over the years. "The exhibition will have many themed collections. The exhibitors were chosen through an online system that sought applications from enthusiastic philatelists from around the state and country." "Many of the exhibitors will also be present in-person to explain their collections to eager visitors", he added.

Postage stamps and their interesting history

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Stamps are little geometrically shaped pieces of paper that are imprinted with the faces of various heroes, contributors, and events that make a nation. They come in huge sheets with adhesive back with perforations between them to make the rip off easy!. The man who invented the machine for perforating the sheets of stamps - that is putting in the little holes that allow you to tear off a stamp easily - was a Dublin (Ireland) man called Henry Archer. You rip one-off, lick it (or wet it), stick it, and your mail is ready to go!

However, before the modern adhesive paper stamps came along, letters were hand-stamped or postmarked with ink. Postmarks were invented by Henry Bishop and were at first called "Bishop mark." Bishop marks were first used in 1661 at the London General Post Office. They marked the day and month the letter was mailed. The rest they say is history - from Bishop Mark to the first modern postage stamp - the Penny Black Stamp in 1840.

In 1680, William Dockwra, an English merchant in London, and his partner Robert Murray established the London Penny Post, a mail system that delivered letters and small parcels inside the city of London for a total of one penny. The postage for the mailed item was prepaid by the use of a hand- stamp to frank the mailed item, confirming payment of postage. On May 6, 1840, the British Penny Black stamp was released. The Penny Black engraved the profile of Queen Victoria's head, who remained on all British stamps for the next 60 years. It was issued by Great Britain's Penny Post.

In 1837, Sir Rowland, a schoolmaster from England, invented the adhesive postage stamp, an act for which he was knighted. Through his efforts, the first stamp in the world was issued in England in 1840. Roland Hill also created the first uniform postage rates that were based on weight rather than size. Hill's stamps made the prepayment of mail postage possible and practical.

India's tryst with the modern Postage Stamp

By the time Sir Rowland did all of this, most of India had come under British rule and thus came about the first Indian Postal Stamp! The first stamps valid for postage throughout India went on sale on October 1, 1854. These stamps came in different colours, featuring Queen Victoria and were introduced with four values – half anna, one anna, two annas, and four annas. 1854 was an important year in Indian Postal History. An all-comprehensive Indian Post Office Act was enacted in 1854. It was in the same year that rail mail service (RMS) began. The sea mail service from India to Britain and China also commenced in the same year. Commemorative stamps were issued in 1954 to mark the centenary of this event. Stamps for India were initially produced in Britain, packed and shipped over. In 1924, a security press was set up in Nashik under the management of Thomas De La Rue, head of the company who had been printing Indian stamps for many years. By 1925, the factory was producing stamps with plates sent from De La Rue in Britain. The four anna value stamp is considered to be the world’s first bicoloured stamp.

Post Independence

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The first independent stamps to be produced in India after the removal of British control were a set of three, depicting the Ashoka pillar, the Indian National Flag and a Douglas DC-4 plane. All of these stamps, valued at three annas, bore the inscription ‘Jai Hind’ which means ‘Long Live India’. While 1854 stamps bore the inscription ‘India Postage’, in the same year, this was changed to ‘East India Postage.’ In 1882, this was again changed to ‘India Postage’ and continued till November 1962 when a new caption ‘India’ was introduced. Today, India has the largest Postal Network in the world with over 1,54,882 post offices (as on March 31, 2014) of which 1,39,182 (89.86 percent) are in the rural areas. Contrast these statistics with the fact that at the time of independence, there were 23,344 post offices, which were primarily in urban areas.


If you are a Postage Stamp Collector, you are called a Philatelist. However, a Philatelist does more (or less) than just collect stamps. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting; indeed, it is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps because Philately includes the collection, appreciation, and research of stamps and other philatelic products.

Thematic philately, also known as topical philately, is the study of what is depicted on individual stamps. There are hundreds of popular subjects, such as birds, and ships, poets, presidents, monarchs, maps, aircraft, spacecraft, sports, and insects on stamps. Interesting aspects of topical philately include design mistakes and alterations; for instance, the recent editing out of cigarettes from the pictures used for United States stamps, and the stories of how particular images came to be used. Collections too can be thematic, with collectors focussing on eras, subjects, personalities or events and ignoring the rest.

Naturally, Philately is often referred to as the King of hobbies and the beauty of this hobby is that it can and is, pursued by people of all ages.

Its stamp..ede time folks, on the 12th. Be there.