If you’re a stamp lover, or just plain curious about philately, then drop into Pragati Maidan one of these days. Currently on is Indipex 2011, the 6th World Philatelic Exhibition which has stamp collectors and visitors from across 70 countries participating. Here are a few stalls you must check out.
Once a collector and now an exhibitor, US citizen Sandeep Jaiswal proudly showed off his collection of over 3,000 stamps from across the globe. The stall by India Post, known as Indian Feudatory Statexs, has stamps and postal stationery on sale. “The collection includes stamps from India under the British
Raj, stamps by the East India Company and even the rarest-of-rare Queen Elizabeth stamps,” says Jaiswal.
Charkha goes 3D
Children are flocking to the Korea philately stall to buy 3D Mahatma Gandhi stamps. “We did not expect such a response from the visitors, especially children. This is just the first day and we have already sold almost 200 stamps,” said Pyo Hyok Chol, Korean exhibitor. The stamps are priced at Rs 40 each.
The Malaysia counter was a big draw, particularly for its stamps on Indian festivals — Eid and Deepawali, which are celebrated in this Southeast Asian country. “Indian festival stamps are selling like hot cakes and it is likely that we will run out of stocks in a day,” said Haidan Abdul Rahman.
A businessman of Indian origin from Singapore showcased a rare collection of Chinese zodiac stamps that were arranged in the chronological sequence to depict the significance of the order.
The stamps are priced at Rs 1,600 each.