Spaceships will carry letters and postmen will be dressed in green alien suits: ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Post Office of 2050.
This is the vision of the future post office that winners of the postal department’s annual stamp design contest for children has thrown up.
“In the future everything will shift to outer space as a result of depleting resources (on earth),” said Ishita Patel, 11, the winner in the Class 5 to Class 8 age group, and a student of Auxilium Convent School in Wadala. Her drawing depicted a post office in outer space and spaceships as mail vans.
On Wednesday, three city winners from different age groups were felicitated at the General Post Office for their stamp design entries.
Priyanka Soman, 15, a Class 10 student of DAV School in Panvel, and a winner in the Class 9 and above age group won for her drawing of robots as postmen and an outer space post office. “When I first thought about the post office of the future, I thought it might not survive, then I thought it would probably evolve into something different,” said Soman.
Shrishti Poojari, 9, a Class 4 student of Holy Cross School in Thane won in the upto Class 4 age group.
These and winning entries from Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa will be on display all day on Thursday at the GPO’s hall. Winning entries from each group will also be sent to for the national level stamp design contest.
“We had many good entries this time. Children are aware and can learn a lot through philately,” said Abha Singh, Mumbai region’s director of postal services.
The drawing competition was held across four centres on November 20, after which a jury selected winners in three age groups from 305 entries.