By: S.M. Masud
In Pakistan Philately is still regarded as junvenile past time and it could not attain its due status on account of absence of proper patronage and attention. Conversely in the Western World Philately is no more regarded as a mere hobby but is considered as a science. Technical aspects of studies embrance lot of intensive study and it is thriving on the love for knowledge and wisdom. It is true that wealthy people and tycoons have an edge over the common collectors belonging to the lower and middle classes due to their wealth, but I still feet that philatelists from the lower income groups can with little articulation defeat the hegemony of those cheque book collectors.
One way is that you can concentrate on a single issue or even one little stamp. There are number of great collectors who devoted a life time to one stamp only. Numerous superstars of philately were “single stamp” devotees. The great collector, namely Edward L. Willard was only collecting a two cent re-brown of
There are number of sidelines of Pakistan Philately. The gutter pair of multiple gutter blocks of first over print stamps is extremely popular and quiet expensive. Imprint and year of printing blocks especially of UN issued stamps like Faisal Mosque are rare items to be added to one’s collection. I have not seen any collection of traffic lights. In
i) Position of plate mentioning “Top” is printed on different sides of the margin of the sheet
ii) Different dates on the side margins.
iii) Print lines in different colours.
iv) Inscription like “Positive for” four plater” in regular issues.
v) Inscription “New layout for Rs.4” with date
vi) Different kind of gutter pairs with different designs on them.
These are just few suggestion otherwise there are innumerable opportunities in the side lines Number of postal stationery items have also been issued by Pakistan Postal Department which can make a nice study. One can even build a collection of greeting cards issued by postal Department.
Many opportunities are available to a collector of a national history which can be examined just in one case, like our first commemorative issue.
The postal marking provide a life long challenge from start of
I have noticed that many new stamps are coming up which are not catalogued and still offer a lot of opportunities to collectors of our country. I sent in 1957 number of thick and thin paper stamps from Thomas De La Tue printings to Stanley Gibbons who took note of them but never included in their catalogue. The artistic stamp issued in 1976 on the birth centenary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (S.G. 436) is like a fantasy. It is also available in thick and thin paper varieties. There are numerous stamps which have not been catalogued and search continues for them. Postal markings also provide a challenge to anyone. Slogan cancels, First flight covers, Postal Stationery, Premium charge catchet all provide collectable items. Special Post Offices have always been opened at the time of Royal visits and official Guest’s tour to
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