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q         Philately as a hobby getting much  importance now'a-days.  Philately  is an art of systematic collection of stamps. Often it is called as a ‘King of hobbies, hobby of Kings’.

q         Philately literally meaning ‘a lover of Taxation’.

q         Philately is a collection of postage stamps & other philatelic materials, one of the most enriching & educative hobbies in the world. It helps to increase knowledge about countries, cultures, history, Science, technology & nature. It helps to know our motherland & helps us to productively use our spare time.  

q       A specialty of stamp collecting is that this hobby is the most democratic of all the hobbies. Nation, language, age, sex & color do not constitute any barrier to stamp collecting. Stamp collectors all over the world feel a sort of brother hood towards each other. Stamp collectors of a country do not feel any animosity towards those countries with which their country is not on good terms.

q         It is believed that stamp-collecting hobby has started since 1841.  King George V, Duke of Windsor, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, King Carol of Rumania, King Farouk of Egypt,President Roosevelt, Maharaja Jiyaji Rao of Sindhia of Gwalior, Nawab of Bhawalpur, General K.M.Cariyappa, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi etc. were some of the great & enthusiastic stamp collectors.


q         While large number of people collects only postage stamps there are quite a few who collect various other types of Philatelic items connected with postage stamps. They are: -

1.      First Day covers/Special Covers

2.      Miniature sheets

3.      Souvenir sheets

4.      Souvenir cards

5.      Maxim Cards

6.      Stamp Booklets, coil stamps

7.      Postage due labels

8.      Collectors pack, thematic packs, souvenir packs

9.      Presentation packs

10. Information sheets/ cards

11. Cancellations on cards and on other items.

12. Items of postal stationery like MOs and Certificates of posting


Stamp collection can be broadly classified as: -

1.General Collection: - Refers to the practice of collecting stamps from all countries on several subjects. There are no rigid rules in this. The main aim of this kind of collection is general knowledge.

2. Country collection: - Every general collector can grow into a country collector. One can choose one or more countries.

3.Thematic collections: - This refers to the collection of stamps on a theme, subject or topic.   


q         One can collect mint stamps or cancelled stamps .The best source of stamps is the daily mail one receives, but stamps may also be obtained from friends, relations, office correspondences, pen friends, stamp dealers, & philatelic auctions. Other than this the main source of availability of stamps is Post office. One can easily get them from the Post Office, which caters the needs of all the philatelists.


q         Philately account can be opened by paying Rs. 200/- at any Head Post office which are situated at all the major Talukas of each District of entire North Karnataka.  The requirement of Philately Deposit account holder as mentioned in the application form will be sent to the address given by Regd. Post free of cost once in a month

q         The PD Account can be gifted as Birthday gift to the children.


q          Most stamps come to us on envelopes, which first need to be examined for postal cancellations. If nothing interesting emanates one should cut it leaving borders on all sides of the stamp. Once 10-15 stamps are collected they should be soaked in the tap water. A little salt can be added for colored paper cut outs as this prevents the dye from leaking out & precipitating in the tray. Stamps with colored dyes (other than black) should always be floated separately. After soaking the stamps for 5-10 minutes they will automatically separate from their backing paper. Along with separation from the paper the gum needs to be removed using a soft camel hairbrush. After this the stamp should be placed face down on a clean towel or blotting paper or newspaper & covered with another paper.

q          After the stamps are dry they should be carefully examined for tear, grease, missing perforations, or any other damage & then securely keep in stock in the stock book/ album.

q          Damaged, forged, dirty stamps should not be collected.


q          Many collectors think that the arrangement of stamps and writing them up on the album sheets are a task to be attempted only when their collections are to be prepared for exhibitions or a task, which can be performed in due course after collection has attained a large size.  This is not a desirable approach to adopt.    Even if one who having 150 to 200 stamps can start arrangement and writing them up in an album.  The arrangement and writing up require serious thought and efforts.  It is necessary to organize the collection in such a manner that its intrinsic value is enhanced.  This is equally true of a collection prepared for public display and own collection.

q          It is said that planned approach is treated as half done a job. 

The planning embraces the following aspects. 

1.      Stamps which may be selected:

The stamps that go into the collection should be carefully and wisely chosen.  Whether the collection is country, based on thematic, or based on any other topic it should be kept in mind the stamps are not heavily cancelled stained or folded or thinned, torn or torn perforations.   It is advisable to pay particular attention for having only well centered stamps. In case of thematic collections it should be ensured the stamps or other philatelic materials to be presented are relevant.                                

2.      Sequence of presentation: 

The sequence in which the stamps are arranged is of great importance in country collections the chronological sequence is perhaps the most apt for presentation.  This is not applicable in case of thematic collection wherein the sequence should be dictated by the development of the thing.  One should now work out logical elements into which it will sub divide the theme and allocate the steps to the various sub divisions. This will give the sequence in which the stamps will appear in the collection.  Here the knowledge about the subject the specialty of the items in the collections all must become obvious.   

3.      Write up:

In the case of country collection it is comparatively simple.  Even in such collections it would be a good idea to give brief introduction, preferably with a map thereafter it would be adequate if a write up about the stamps were given.  It is advisable not to include in the write up whatever readily seen or read from the stamps themselves.  The date of issue, watermark, and perforation may be given in the write up.  A brief description of the stamp designed may also be given.   Even non-philatelic information in the write up adds charm to the presentations.  But it should be as brief as possible.  Another point to be noted is that the write up should not result in leaving the stamp to the background.  This is all the more important in thematic collection as one would be naturally present all the information one has collected in the album sheets. Give short introduction not more than half a page or so at the beginning & there after give brief elucidatory remarks at each stage in the development of the theme.

4.      Mode of writing:

If the handwriting is nice, lettering is eligible then one can write the album sheets using black ink in boldly, deliberately and neatly.   Type writing and laser printing through computers can also be taken.  

5.      Lay out of each sheet: 

One should give some thought in planning the lay out to the number of stamps which will go on to a sheet and how and where they will be mounted and what and where the write up would be positioned. What is essential is that completed work should present neat balanced and attractive space.   There are no specific instructions on how many stamps on a page, should the write up be above the stamps, immediately beneath the individual stamps, or at the bottom covering all the stamps displayed, should mounts be used.   It all depends on the size of the stamps, their shape, the extent of set the, amount of write up that is required.

However following points may be kept in mind:

v       If a set is not complete and plan is to get the missing stamps, earmark the place for them.

v       Avoid too many illustrations.  Illustrate when the variety you are indicating cannot be easily seen and understood from the stamp without the aid of magnifying glass. 

v       It would be desirable to display the variety separately, do not split a set to introduce varieties of certain stamps in the set .  such verities may be shown after the set has been displayed.  

v       In arranging the stamps aim at symmetry, balance and simplicity.  Do not place stamps of different size and shapes  in the same line as far as possible.

v       Generally a set is presented in order of value beginning with the lowest.  However, if the set consists of more than one shape or size you may break the sequence to suite the needs of the good presentation

v       Leave at least 2 or 3 quadrille squares of space between the stamps horizontally in a row and 4 or 5 between the stamps vertically.


q         Once stamp collection is started the hobby can be developed.

1.      By joining local Philatelic Club: -

There are at presently 15 Philatelic clubs at least one each in each district of North Karnataka. By joining the Philatelic Club one can get chance to be associated with experienced Philatelists. (List of Philatelic clubs in the region is enclosed)

v       Get clarified the doubts through seniors.

v       Can exchange, buy, or sell stamps with other members.

v       Can use the philatelic library of the philatelic club.

v       Can participate in the workshops/ seminars to be conducted by the club.

v       The potential is limitless & it is entirely up to the collector to make use of the membership of the philatelic club.

2. By having contact with the department: -

       In every Head Post office a Philately Counselor is looking after the entire philately work. The Philately Counselor will give all sort of cooperation & help to develop the Philately hobby.

3. By joining the workshops/ Seminars conducted by the Dept. with the     help of eminent philatelist at regular intervals.

4. By participation in the exhibition: -

          Participation in the exhibition will help to develop the hobby.

 Contact : Office of the Postmaster General, North Karnataka Region,  Dharwad - 580 001. Ph : 0091-0836-2441708 / 2441830. Fax : 2740237.