Thursday, February 17, 2011

'Stamp Boy' Wants to be India's Ambassador of Philately

India's Hindustan Times reports, "Fifty-four years ago, a photograph of an eight-year-old boy eating a banana was chosen by Jawaharlal Nehru to be put on a postage stamp. Shekhar Borker, the boy in the stamp, now a 62-year-old, wants to dedicate his life to promote Indian philately."

Reporter Subhendu Ray pens, "A philatelist himself, Borker’s pride and joy is an album of stamps featuring him that have been signed by Nehru and Indira Gandhi. 'This album is my prized possession,' he said."

The stamp with Borker on it (which is shown above) was released on November 14, 1957, to commemorate Children’s Day.

According to the article, "Borker is the only other living person, after Mother Teresa and a Kanpur girl (now in her 70s) Rita Malhotra, who has been featured in India’s postage stamps."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM