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Stamps that tell a story

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Around the world: Stamps on display.
Around the world: Stamps on display.

CARL FELIX MÜLLER

National Postal Week was celebrated recently with an essay competition, exhibition and finally a quiz to top it all.

Students of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir Higher Secondary School celebrated National Postal Week recently. An exhibition, organised by the Chennai City North Division of the Department of Post, showcasing national and international postage stamps was open for visitors. They also conducted events related to Philately as part of their celebrations. These included an essay writing competition on educational hobbies, a drawing contest on Freedom Fighters, and a quiz on Philately.

Questions and answers

The stamp collection, compiled by the students, displayed a vast collection of stamps in different categories. These included: the Environment, depicting animals, marine life, and plants and forests; transportation, showing trains, airplanes, and zeppelins; but also great poets and saints, the military, and sports (even the Australian cricket team was displayed), all depicted on the stamps.

The quiz, included questions about the history of stamps and personalities and events depicted on them. The students divided into groups to tackle the questions. For the teachers, it was a tough task to keep an order for answering questions, because of the eagerness of every student to be the first to answer. The students were given points based on questions answered right. If one group was unable to answer a question, then it was passed on to the next group. If they answered correctly, they would not receive the full marks though. Additionally, the groups would receive bonus points for bonus questions, which were only focused on Indian philately and considered more challenging. The general questions were focused on Indian as well as foreign philately.


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