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LUPEX 2014: Khaadi to chocolate stamps, philately lovers want more

The oldest in the category was a silk stamp by Bhutan introduced in 1969 while the latest was ‘Khaadi’ stamp.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana |
December 20, 2014 5:18:39 am

Stamps of chocolate that need a refrigerator in summers to a ‘talking’ stamp that you can play on CD player or the first Indian stamp on ‘khaadi’ — the philately lovers in Ludhiana were left craving for more as LUPEX-2014 (Ludhiana Philately Exhibition) was held on Friday at Head Post Office, Bharat Nagar Chowk, on Friday.

The collection that garnered the maximum attention was of ‘Extra-Ordinary Stamps’ which showcased stamps on different bases other than paper, from all over the world.  The oldest in the category was a silk stamp by Bhutan introduced in 1969 while the latest was ‘Khaadi’ stamp (India’s first stamp on cloth) inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and introduced in 2011.

An embroidered stamp by Austria in 2008, gold-plated stamp by Tonga (of its map), a stamp made from material of ‘football’ introduced by Austria during UEFA cup in 2008, swaroski and crystal-studded stamps by Austria, 3D and 6D stamps by Bhutan, velvet stamps by China, Thai Silk stamps with rare Buddhist paintings by Thailand, chocolate stamps by Belgium, silver-plated stamps by France were few of the extraordinary stamps collected at LUPEX-2014 which left the philately lovers craving for more.

Narinderpal Singh, 43, collecting stamps for 28 years, said, “Bhutan is a nation whose income highly depends on stamps. I am proud of my rare ‘talking stamp’ introduced by Bhutan in 1972 with its national anthem recorded in it. There is another CD stamp by Bhutan which is interactive.”

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