India on Red Cross Centenary 1963

A commemorative postage stamp on 100 years of Red Cross, an international humanitarian movement founded by Henry Dunant in 1863 :

First Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize in 1901International Red Cross and Red Crescent MovementInternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) CentenaryIssued by India

Issued on May 8, 1963 

Issued for : To mark the occasion the Posts & Telegraphs Department has decided to bring out a special postage stamp in commemoration of the Red Cross Centenary. Fifty-two other countries are also bringing out special postage stamps on the occasion.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used and Information Sheet (Brochure)

Colour : Grey and Red

Denomination : 15 nP

Size : 2.90 X 3.91 cms.

Perforation : 13

Watermark : All over multiple “Lion Capital of Asoka

Quantities printed : 4 million

Set : 35 stamps per issue sheet

Printing Process : Photogravure

Designed and printed at : India Security Press, Nasik Road

About : 

  • The idea of the Red Cross was conceived by Henri Dunant in 1859 when he saw forty thousand dying and wounded soldiers lying uncared for on the battlefield of Solferino (Italy). The organisation itself came into existence in 1863 as a result of his efforts to establish an international body for taking care of the sick and wounded in all wars. Tended with care and devotion, it has now become the great international institution whose primary function is the relief of human suffering on an impartial basis. Besides its traditional services in times of war and conflicts, the Red Cross all over the world has an extensive peace-time programme for the promotion of health, prevention of disease and mitigation of suffering.
  • The Centenary of the foundation of the Red Cross is being celebrated by national Red Cross Societies in 90 countries this year.
  • The day for the main celebrations in India is the 8th May which is the birthday of the founder of the Red Cross and is observed every year as World Red Cross Day.

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