Friday, October 06, 2006


Madras in Stamps - 1 Posted by Picasa

Stamps and year of issue (L to R) ROW 1: University of Madras - Centenary of Indian Universities, 1957; Thiruvalluvar - Philosopher, saint, poet 2nd-1st century BC, 1960; Subramania Bharati-Poet, freedom fighter, 1960; High Court of Madras - Centenary of High Courts, 1962; Srinivasa Ramanujan - Mathematician, 1962; Dr Annie Besant - Theosophist, 1963.
ROW 2: St Thomas, 1964; Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan - philosoper, educationist and diplomat, 1967; 2nd International conference and seminar on tamil studies - 1968; Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao - journalist, 1969; C.N. Anna Durai- politician, 1970; V.S. Srinivasa Sastri - educationist, 1970; Sir C.V. Raman - educationist, 1971; Tanguturi Prakasam - freedom fighter and the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, 1972.
ROW 3: Church on St Thomas Mount, 1973; C. Rajagopalachari - Statesman, 1st Indian Governor General of India, 1973; Kandukuri Veeresalingam - social reformer, 1974; V.V. Giri - 4th President of India, 1974; Theosophical Society Emblem - centenary, 1975; Bicentenary of 16th light infantry (Vijayanta Tank), 1976; K. Kamaraj - politician, 1976; E.V. Ramasami - Social Reformer, 1978.


terrywhatlee said...

I used to collect stamps when I was a kid as did many other kids. I still have my collection. One day I had gone in to the GPO in Delhi with my father and there was a middle-aged man who had bought 4 sheets of stamps just then - a newly released one. It seemed like he was buying for a club of philatelists or something like that. I was curious and I picked up one of the sheets (very carefully) looked at it and laid it back on the wooden ledge - only to be yelled at by this complete stranger that now I had ruined the edge or something like that.

It was a very long time ago. It was at that time that I realized that I should stop collecting stamps soon or I will become obsessively nutty like him. Obsessive that he cared more about the edge of the stamp than the content itself.

Just a memory now and a story to tell. :)

Balaji, I like this series.

sathish said...

terrywhatlee, interesting story..

R. Balaji said...

Terrywhatlee - glad you like the series. And thank you also for an interesting story.
Yes, people can get quite obsessed with their hobbies.
Once I saw a stamp collector, an elderly lady, check the back (the gummed side) of every stamp closely before buying them.
The clerk at the sales counter would tear a stamp off a sheet, the lady would promptly turn it over, peer intently at it for a few seconds, return it, and insist the clerk give her another one.
She selected about 10-15 stamps and in each case a stamp passed her test only on the second or third try.
The sales clerk got really irritated. The stamp buyer did not react at all but continued with her routine.
Finally, when she finished I asked her what she was looking for. She explained that if the stamp had been creased or folded even slightly due to rough handling it would clearly show on the gummed side. She liked her stamps in really mint condition.
I know of another -- a grandmom who diligently buys stamps for her grandchildren even though they do not seem to be too interested in the hobby.

Rajesh Raghupati said...

Wonderful set. What great people?
I collected stamps of different countries but never bothered about series. Except for POLSKA (Poland) flower collection. I had stamps of several small british/ french colonies like St. Kittis & NEvis, Martinique Island.... I had parallelograms, banana shaped and rombhus stamps. I used to buy stamps also in T. Nagar. The shop name is Amar Traders near Gomathi Sweet Stall off Ranganathan Street. It was in the basement. The owner cheated me as I was a kid.
My friend stole my albums and gifted to his then girlfriend. That put an end to my collection. I miss my albums badly now.

R. Balaji said...

Rajesh: Hope it is some consolation that you lost your collection for a noble cause. :)
And I agree with you, great people definitely.
That is one great thing about this hobby - the information that goes with each stamp.

Ramnath said...

Hope it is some consolation that you lost your collection for a noble cause.

That's a good one :-)

Rajesh said...

Noble cause? The girl didn't accept the proposal, took his gifts nevertheless.

R. Balaji said...

Adadaa... avanga galataa naduvula neenga nashta pattadhuthaan micham pola-irukku.

R. Balaji said...

Ramnath: thank you, :)
Noticed the shift to beta blogger?

sathish said...

balaji, how did u shift to new blogger beta?

R. Balaji said...

Hi Satish,
Blogger gave the option on this comment window.
I just had to open an account and then it was a single click of the mouse to shift to beta blogger.

Anonymous said...

What do you feel is better with beta blogger?


R. Balaji said...

anon: I like the labelling facility -- can categorise posts. Apart from that there are a who host of other facilities that are available but have not tried.

R. Balaji said...

PS: ...but the links of the list of blogs I visit regularly and the blog counter have disappeared. That I do not like.

ashok said...

iam still skeptical abt the beta version. but hope its stabler than the older version.

R. Balaji said...

Ashok, as of now it is holding fine.

Rajesh said...

Bala jee,
Romba naalaachu. Pudhusa edhuvum stamp release aagaliyaa.

R. Balaji said...

Hi Rajesh,
:) Yes. A few stamps have been released.
Due to various reasons I could not blog during the last few weeks. Blog visiting was also affected.
But in the last one week I realised there is a problem -- am not able to post pics from Picasa/hello. Must be something to do with the beta blogger. Hope to start soon.

sathish said...

balaji, hope to see u online soon..

R. Balaji said...

Hi Satish, Thanks.