A commemorative postage stamp on the India International Philatelic Exhibition – 1973 :
Issued on Jan 8, 1973
Issued for : The P&T Department feels it a great privilege to bring out a series of four special postage stamps to mark this historic philatelic event. One of the stamps in this series with the symbol of the exhibition was brought out on the 8th January, 1973 as an advance publicity of the exhibition. The other three stamps was issued on the day of the inauguration of the exhibition. The Department felt that this stamp would generate interest amongst the philatelists and collectors throughout the world to make the exhibition a success with their co-operation.
Description of Design : The design of the stamp is vertical and depicts the symbol of INDIPEX–73.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Colour : Lilac, Black and Gold
Denomination : Rs. 1.45
Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : unwatermarked H 2/56 Recipe Super Tropical Synthetic Gummed Photogravure Coated Stamp Paper
Stamps Printed : 30,00,000 in sheets of 50
Printing Process : Multi–Colour Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
- An Exhibition is an organised display of works of art, science and industry for the purpose of stimulating public interest and illustrating the progress and accomplishments of one or a wide variety of productive activities. People are attracted to this type of display primarily because of the exhibition’s educational and entertainment value. The exhibitions of all type including philatelic exercise an influence that is immediate, continuous and far-reaching.
- With the issue of the first postage stamp in 1840 the hobby of collecting stamps started. Although for the first two years the hobby was confined mostly to school bays but by 1863 it made inroads to the hearts of serious minded people. With the expansion of the hobby it took no time far clubs and societies to be organised. The need far exploring individual collections by stamp collectors was also strongly felt. Thus started Philatelic Exhibitions.
- The first International Exhibition was, however, held an the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first postage stamp in London in 1890. Other international exhibitions were held in Paris, Hague, Amsterdam and Vienna in subsequent years followed by exhibitions practically every year. More than two to three international exhibitions are now being held every year in one part of the globe or the other.
- India organised its first international exhibition in 1954 on the occasion of the celebration of the Centenary of India‘s first postage stamp. Since then a number of exhibitions were held by various organisations in the country. A National Philatelic Exhibition was, however held in 1970 on a large scale under the auspices of the Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department. The success of the National Philatelic Exhibition prompted the P&T Department to undertake the task of sponsoring the India international Philatelic Exhibition (INDIPEX-73), was held in New Delhi during the period from 14th to 23rd November, 1973.
- The exhibition had been planned in the “Hall of Nations” a unique building of space frame structure free from intervening columns and provided an ideal site affording an area of 7000 sq. mtrs. The competitive section displayed about 2000 specially designed frames and great care has been taken for their arrangements and grouping.