Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Covers from India

For today I have selected two covers I received recently from India. The first one was sent by Mansoor.

The stamp used on this cover belongs to a set of two issued on the 24th of April 2008 in the form of a souvenir sheet. Here is the full picture of the souvenir sheet.

The set of stamps is dedicated to Jasmine, a very well known plant and flower that belongs to the same family than olives (Oleaceae) ! Jasmine flowers are usually white, even though some species have yellow flowers. There are more than 60 species of Jasmine. In China, Jasmine is used to perfume tisanes or to make tea. Jasmine is the national flowers of several countries : Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan and Syria.
To be noted that this souvenir sheet is scented. Of course it smells Jasmine ;-) Since it issued its first one, it seems that Indian Post has taken the habit to issue regularly scented stamps. Yesterday, when storing this souvenir sheet in my album I was thinking : imagine an album full of scented souvenir sheets, where all the perfumes get mixed together ! Enough to get a headache, no ?
I wonder if somebody knows how long last the perfume of such scented stamps ? At least after 3 or 4 years it seems still very strong !

If you look back to the cover you may note the nice cancellation
which is described in Mansoor’s blog.

The second cover was sent by Demastan.

It bears four stamps that were issued on the 22nd of November 2007 and that are dedicated to renewable energy. The stamps have also been issued in the form of a souvenir sheet.

The four renewable energies that are illustrated on the stamps are : Biomass, Hydro, Solar and Wind. In these days of sustainable development, this sort of subject seems very appropriate on stamps !

Thank you to both of you for sending me such covers. I owe you something in return that I will try to send you as soon as possible.


Anonymous said...

In your link list In search of Stamps link has been mentioned twice, this is just for your information

Jeevan Jyoti said...

Its really nice to see the stamps from India with the details on your blog.

Jeevan Jyoti
Shimla, India