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Postal history, philately exhibition begins

A stamp exhibited at the Philately Exhibition in Mysore on Monday.

A stamp exhibited at the Philately Exhibition in Mysore on Monday.  

MYSORE, OCT. 11. A Postal History and Philately Exhibition which takes one through the evolution of postal services in the country was inaugurated here on Monday as a part of Postal Week celebrations.

The former Member of Postal Services Board, Aparna Mohile, who inaugurated the exhibition, said the Postal Department over several decades had become part of the Indian society. The department had emerged as a people-friendly organisation by maintaining good public relations, she added.

She, however, said today the emergence of information technology had reduced the importance of the Postal Department in several big cities.

Exhibition

The philately exhibition organised as part of the 150-year celebration of the Postal Department offers a unique opportunity for philately buffs to have a glimpse of some rare collections of philatelists. Besides the colourful stamps released by Indian Postal Department, rare and unique stamps of different shapes and sizes from across the world are on display.

Collections from philatelists, D. Radhakrishna, K.M. Hanumantha Naik, P.V. Ramachandra, P.A. Sowmya, Jayadev Erasi and Aishwarya Bedagu are on display.

Throwing light on the history of the Indian Postal Department, the exhibition provides an educative platform for those interested in understanding one of the greatest institutions of modern India. Also exhibited are some articles of the past used by postmen such as weighing scales, badges, leather bags, belts, lanterns and postal covers issued during 1894 and 1896 and known as Mysooru Anche are on display.

Postcards

Two picture postcards were released by Director of Postal Training Centre, Mysore, V.K. Gupta. The pictorial postcards depict the statue of Basappa, a postman who worked during the regime of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, which has been erected in front of the Mounted Police Battalion in Mysore, and a letter sheet from Madras Imperial Postal system addressed to Melkote-Mysore Anche that is dated March 7, 1854.

The Postal History exhibition and with the Philately Exhibition will be open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. till October 15 at the Yadavagiri Post Office.

The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, D. Veena Kumari, and the President of Mysore Philatelists, Dwarkanath, were present.

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