Monday, November 14, 2005

No mere pieces of paper

"EVERY piece of paper speaks of an era. Of immemorial times when great lives took birth, blossomed and passed away. When many turning points in history swept nations in a revolutionary tide. But these are no mere pieces of paper."

So writes reporter Megha Mohan in an article, "Square Inches of Papers That Travel Places and Tell Stories, " which focuses on the Ludhiana Philately Club in India and their recent exhibition.

To read the entire article, click here.

By the way, it's interesting to note that The Indian Postal Administration in the 19th and 20th centuries (up to India's attainment of Independence in 1947) extended far beyond the geographical limits of the sub-continent itself.

In a number of British-controlled areas scattered around the Indian Ocean, Indian stamps were used to prepay postage until the establishment of local postal systems.

Shown above are Indian stamps used in Mesopotamia which later became Iraq. Note the Bagdad cancellations.

To find out more, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM