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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Internet has stumped the stamp collectors

LUDHIANA: As the world celebrated the world post day, the Ludhianvis who are fond of collecting stamps regretted that the use of stamps was on the verge of extinction, as increasing number of people were using internet and social networking sites to communicate.

Narinder Pal Singh Panesar, a resident of New Model Town, who is a renowned philatelist and numismatist said, It is really painful that the use of the stamps has almost ended as people are using internet and the social networking sites. However the commemorative stamps still hold their importance for the philatelists as they keep waiting for such stamps to add to their collection. Every commemorative stamp has a story of the person in whose memory the stamp is released and thus these stamps hold importance till date,

He has a rich collection of the stamps and the postal covers that were issued by various international authorities and the Indian government. Over 100 stamps are the ones related to Sikhism. The oldest stamp in this collection is a stamp that belongs to the year 1935 that was released on silver jubilee ceremony of George Vth on golden temple.

This collection also includes a stamp issued by Pakistan in the year 2008 on the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev. These stamps have gold, silver, silk, khadi in their making and some of them are perfumed stamps also. But President of Ludhiana Philatelic Club, 70-years old Yashpal Bangia, a retired Public relation officer from postal department, of Rishi Nagar, disagrees with Panesar.
Source : The Times of India, Oct 10, 2012

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