Source: PIB, PTI, The Hindu, The Indian Express, DD News, Lok Sabha Channel, All India Radio
India Post, Mumbai will Launch Stamped Mask on Philately Day (13th October). These are the masks, with images of postage stamps imprinted on them.
  • Philately is the study of postage stamps and postal history. It also refers to the collection, appreciation and research activities on stamps and other philatelic products.
  • A postage stamp is a small adhesive piece of paper of specified value issued by a national post Office to be affixed to a letter or parcel to indicate the amount of postage paid.
  • Introduction in India: Sir Bartel Frere, the commissioner of the Sindh, introduced the stamps, then known as ‘Scinde Dawk’ in 1852 but the stamps were withdrawn in October 1854, after the introduction of regular Indian postage stamps.
  • The National Philatelic Museum of India was inaugurated in 1968, in New Delhi and has an extensive stamp collection including the first stamp issued in India by the Sindh Dak (1854) and stamps issued before Independence by the rulers of the Princely States.

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