The Telegraph
Wednesday , March 12 , 2014
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Stamp your trip across time and space

- Rare covers wow city philatelists at three-day Tulsi Bhavan display

Philately is seen as the king of hobbies by many.

So when Jharpex, the second state-level philately exhibition organised by India Post, started on Tuesday, scores of residents flocked to Tulsi Bhavan where the show was inaugurated by chief postmaster (general) of Jharkhand circle A.S. Prasad.

On Day One, the exhibition not only wowed visitors with stamps collected across generations, but also gave know-how like the difference between definitive and commemorative stamps. The event will continue till Thursday.

The highlight of the exhibition was, however, the customised stamps. The My Stamp initiative of India Post is such that if you give your passport size photo, an identity proof, you can simply walk out with your own postal stamp worth Rs 5. A sheet of 12 stamps will cost Rs 300. About 10 visitors bought them on Tuesday.

This apart, the postal department released two special covers — one a tribute to Tata Steel founder J.N. Tata and the other depicted Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Jamshedpur in August 1925 — and inaugurated a new post office at Pardih.

“Though the My Stamp initiative has been the attraction, we also managed to release two special covers and open the new post office,” said R.D. Sharma, senior post master of Bistupur Post Office.

The one of Tata is priced at Rs 25, while the other with the 89-year-old photograph of Mahatma Gandhi, CR Das and CF Andrews visiting Tata Steel works is pegged at Rs 300.

The specials were an instant hit with 60 of the 200-odd prints sold within minutes. “Rare covers won’t be available later. Also, 2014 is special as Bistupur Post Office completed 90 years,” Sharma said.