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Philatelic Bureau in Tirupati is the second in Rayalaseema after Kurnool

Postage stamps printed through the ‘My Stamp’ facility at the Tirupati Head Post Office.– Photo: By arrangement
Postage stamps printed through the ‘My Stamp’ facility at the Tirupati Head Post Office.– Photo: By arrangement

Stamp collectors in the temple city have another reason to rejoice! With the recent inauguration of ‘Philatelic Bureau’, at the Tirupati Head Post Office, collectors can now direct some of their ‘philatelic needs’ to the unit. This happens to be the second bureau in the Rayalaseema region, the first one was established at Kurnool.

Philately deposit account

Speaking to The Hindu , T.A.V. Sarma, Superintendent of Post Offices (Tirupati Division) maintained that the office would surely address the needs of philatelists in the city. “There are a sizeable number of people pursuing the delightful hobby and through this bureau, they can add a lot more to their collection,” he maintained.

Mr. Sarma further urged the philatelists to make use of the facility by opening a ‘philately deposit account’, which requires customers to maintain a minimum balance of Rs.200. “Collectors can make requisitions for various philatelic items and the post office will take care of the rest,” he added. Some of the philatelic material include – mint/unused stamps, commemorative stamps, first day covers - FDCs (issued with commemorative stamps), history/information sheets, brochures etc.

Elucidating the future plans of the facility, Mr. Sarma said that they would organise a ‘Philately Forum’, wherein stamp collectors and enthusiasts could share their passion through a common platform. “Besides this, we will ensure that the facility is thoroughly developed for the people,” he said.

‘My Stamp’ facility launched

The Tirupati Head Post Office has also been identified for extending the ‘My Stamp’ facility.

Through this facility, customers can get personalised postage stamps with their photographs printed besides a predefined set of images (commemorative stamps) like heritage buildings, flora and fauna, national leaders, institutions and much more.

“Individuals should fill in a form indicating their choice of sheets, personal details and submit it at the counter. Then, with the help of a digital camera and printer, we will produce the sheets and send it through speed or registered post,” said Post Master P. Janardhan Naidu.

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