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Complete Set of 2 nos of postage stamp on theINPEX82, National Stamp Exhibition, New Delhi, 1982 :

RMS Van in Vintage Composite Rail Coach & Silhouette of Steam Locomotive First Stamps of Pre and Post Independent IndiaIssued by India

Issued on Dec 30, 1982

Issued for : To mark this occasion, Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a set of two stamps.

Description of Designs : The 50 P. denomination stamp, designed by C. R. Pakrashi, shows a vintage composite rail coach comprising Railway Mail Service Van in the middle with passenger sections on either side. An early steam engine of Indian Railway is shown in silhouette. The 200 P. denomination stamp, designed by C. R. Pakrashi and India Security Press, depicts the first India Postage stamp, the blue Half Anna 1854, Lithograph bearing Queen Victoria’s effigy, and the 3½ Anna stamp carrying India’s national flag, one of the set of three stamps issued in 1947 to commemorate India’s Independence.

The first day cover, designed by Badar Makhmoor, depicts a royal procession in Mughal Delhi. The first day special cancellation designed by Charanjit Lal shows a sketch of Indraprastha Stadium, the venue of the Exhibition.

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 50 & 200 Paise

Perforation : 13 x 13 and 14 x 14

Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

About : 

  • The essence of philately is the study of philatelic material and presentation of the results of the research in a meaningful fashion. Thus an important aspect of philately is periodic exhibitions to provide opportunity to the serious collectors to present their collections with the result of their research to the experts as well as the laity. The exhibition also enables the novice to learn from the display of the experts.
  • Since Independence, Indian P & T Department has made pioneering efforts in promoting philately through exhibitions. To celebrate the centenary of Indian postage stamp, the first International Stamp Exhibition was held in New Delhi in 1954. The first national exhibition was held in 1970 in New Delhi, the second in Calcutta (1975) and the third one at Bangalore (1977). An international exhibition, INDIPEX 73 was held in New Delhi in 1973. The first international exhibition under the aegis of the Federation Internationale de Philatelic was INDIA 80, held in New Delhi in 1980. The first and perhaps the only all Asia exhibition, ASIANA 77 was held in 1977 in Bangalore. Besides these national and international exhibitions, the Postmasters General have been organising exhibitions from time to time at the state, region and district levels all over the country. All these activities have generated a strong philatelic movement in the country and the Indian collectors are gaining increasing recognition in the International arena.
  • The Fourth India National Exhibition, INPEX-82 to be held in New Delhi from 30th December 1982 to 5th January 1983 by the P & T Department, in co-operation with the Philatelic Congress of India, is an ambitious venture. It is being held in the prestigious landmark of New Delhi, the Indraprastha Stadium, which ranks among the world’s first three covered stadia. The response has been overwhelming. A total of 409 collectors will display their exhibits spread over 1500 frames, the largest ever put up in any national exhibition.
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