Postal Stamp Image : SRI ROWLAND HILL & BIRTH PLACE 0958 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 25/01/1980
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 2.00
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0958
Stamp Information : ?Among the many things, good and bad, that the modern world has produced, surely the postal system, which covers the world, is one of its most beneficient activities.? -Jawahar Lal Nehru India, during the past hundred and twenty-five years, has built up an impressive postal system. INDIA-80, the first international philatelic exposition to be held in Asia under the aegis of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie, is the Federation Internationale de Philatelie, is the culmination of the celebrations connected with epoch-making events in the history of Indian Post Office. The Year 1979 saw the completion of hundred years of postcard service and fifty years of scheduled carriage of domestic mail by air. 1979 also marked the 125th anniversary of the issue of first Indian postage stamp. A series of special stamps to commemorate these events have been issued and the current set of stamps completes the series. ROWLAND HILL: 1795-1879 (200 paise) Born on 3 December 1795 at kidder-minister (England), the son of an English school master, Sir Rowland initially turned his attention to problems of teaching. He possessed wide ranging interests, exploring the fields of printing, astronomy, mathematics and transportation. His proposal for reform of postal service were that all postage rates should be the same without regard to the distance, all mail should be prepaid and the rate of postage should be low enough to attract people to the service. Inspite of the determined opposition, his proposal were put into effect and the postal service, as we know today, was born in 1840. He suggested a device which subsequently became known as postage stamp. He died at Hampstead (England) on 27 August 1879 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The design of the stamp depicts the house at No. 96. Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, where Rowland Hill (inset) was born.(courtesy: National Postal Museum, London). The first day cover illustration is an artist?s impression of the hand-operated transfer press, the type of hand-operated transfer press, the type of litho-printing machine used for striking the first postage stamps in 1854 under the guidance of Cat. (later on General Sir) Henry L. Thuillier (inset). The design is based on photographs by courtesy of the Surveyor-General of India. The design of the First Day Cancellation depicts a line drawing of the Hall of Nations, the main venue of the exhibition along with the logo of INDIA-80.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 2.90 X 3.91 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 2.54 X 3.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Watermarked paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 20,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Raw Sienna
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