A commemorative postage stamp on the 150th Anniversary of The Times of India (1838–1988) :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 3, 1988
Issued for : There are not many newspapers in the world that have survived for 150 years, and when one does, there is cause to celebrate. On the sesquicentenary of The Times of India, the only national newspaper to have reached that landmark in India, the Department of Posts issues a golden commemorative stamp.
Description of Designs : The Rs. 1.50 stamp by India Security Press, Nashik Road has been designed by Shri Aman Nath. The first day cover design has been prepared by Shri Vivek Dutta Gupta. The cancellation is by Smt. Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Three colour
Denomination : 150 Paise
Overall size : 4.80 x 3.60 cms.
Printing size : 4.35 x 3.15 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked adhesive gravure coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 15,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 20
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- The reason for the longevity of The Times of India, perhaps, is that long ago it became a veritable institution through which news and reports, opinion and analysis, concepts and comments passed and, in the most recent and historically conscious era of India’s long existence, sedimented, separated, formalised and acquired ‘body’ as they made their hurried journey through the institutional filters. Events shaped The Times of India, but The Times of India played an important part in shaping the memories of these events.
- As a leading “newspaper of record“, the material The Times of India has carried has always been seen as being of significance not only for the day but even for posterity: news, pictures, cartoons, commentary, editorial view-point, readers’ opinions, even advertisements, have been perceived to have had a longer validity than would be indicated by their appearance in a daily broadsheet. Indeed, The Times of India has had a presence which has been more than that of a simple daily; it has been perceived as an institution in national life.
- The Times of India has changed over 150 years of its existence. But none of these changes have taken away from its image as a sober, reliable “newspaper of record”. The Times of India has been in the vanguard of Indian journalism and as such it has sought to perform in a considered and responsible manner the important role that the press has in a democratic society.
- After 150 years of positive and constructive engagement with the processes that shape India, The Times of India continues to remain a leading newspaper and is a champion of the cause of the free press. The issue of a befitting stamp is a tribute to the historic role of The Times of India.
- Text, courtesy: The Times of India.