On January 19th, 1968 Sir Alfred Chester Beatty died at the age of 92 in Monaco. This American-born, British knight of the realm became the first private citizen in Ireland to be given a state funeral.
The honour was bestowed on Beatty as a result of the collection he bequeathed to the nation.
It includes the first surviving copies of all four Gospels and the earliest Koran by one of Islam’s greatest calligraphers. It is among the most significant collections of its kind in the world.
His collections of early papyrus for the bibles has been invaluable in determining how the New Testament, as we understand today, came together.
As a result, Chester Beatty set up his library initially in Shrewsbury road before it was relocated to the grounds of Dublin Castle in 2000.
The occasion of the 50th anniversary of Beatty’s death was marked with the unveiling of four new stamps featuring highlights from different aspects of the collection.
The first representing the East Asian collection was a privately commissioned Japanese woodblock print from the 19th century. The second was a portrait of Shah Jahan, ruler of India from 1627 to 1658, who is best known for having built the The Taj Mahal It is heading to the Getty Museum in New York on loan.
The third from their Western collection was a masterpiece of miniaturization. Simon Bening’s The Birth of the Virgin from 1530 was inserted into a prayer book commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The fourth stamp is a picture of Chester Beatty aged in his mid-thirties taken in 1911.
The collection of stamps was launched by Josepha Madigan Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. .
The minister said the “beautifully designed” commemorative stamps were a fitting tribute to Chester Beatty and also to the fact that his passion for collecting began when he started collecting stamps as a child.
Stamps on Indian Cavalry – Battle of Haifa – Israel 2018
The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments Mysore Lancers and Jodhpur Lancers that helped liberate the city following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. In the autumn of 1918, the Indian Brigade was a part of the Allied Forces sweeping northwards through Palestine in what is seen as the last great cavalry campaign in history.
Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh were awarded the Indian Order of Merit and Captain Anop Singh and 2nd Lt. Sagat Singh were awarded the Military Cross in recognition of their bravery in this battle. Major Dalpat Singh of Jodhpur Lancers was awarded a Military Cross for his bravery.
The Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers now represent the 61st Cavalry Regiment of Indian Army.
Israel issued a stamp on 06 Feb 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of Battle of Haifa with Indian Cavalry at Haifa.The Tab shows the Jodhpur Lancers insignia.
Indian Victoria Cross recipients on Foreign Stamps – 150th Anniversary of The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award United Kingdom Honors System. It is awarded for Gallantry “in the presence of Enemy” to members of British Armed Forces. It may be awarded posthumously. It was previously awarded to Commonwealth countries most of whom have now their own awards.
The VC was introduced on 29 Jan 1856 by Queen Victoria to honour acts of Valour during the Crimean War.Since then 1358 times to 1355 Individuals.
St Vincent & Grenadines issued a miniature sheet on 24 Oct 2007 to mark 150 years of Victoria Cross.It shows six recipients and one of them is Naik Yeshwant Ghadge.
Naik Yeshwant Ghadge (16 Nov 1921 -10 Jul 1944). He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his act of Valour in Italy during World War II while serving with 5th Battalion of Maratha Light Infantry of British Indian Army on 10 Jul 1944.
Indian Theme on Foreign Stamps – 20th Anniversary Madrid Protocol stamps of Spain.
Spain issued a stamp on 10 Jan 2018 to mark the 20th Anniversary of Madrid Protocol which provides for environmental protection of Antarctica. The stamp depicts flags of some countries and Indian Tricolor is one of them. The First Day Cover shows the stamp with Tricolor . A Penguin is also shown on FDC.
Stamps of Foreign Countries with Indian Themes – 150th anniversary of First Singapore Postage stamps.
On 1 Sep 1867 stamps of India (East India Postage) overprinted with crown and various postage rates were released becoming the first Postage stamps of straits Settlements .a set of Five stamps was issued by Singapore on 01 Sep 2017 to mark 150th Anniversary of First Postage stamp of Singapore. The stamps were issued in denominations of Ist Local, 2nd Local,60c,70c,$ 1.30
China issued a post card on 50th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence (Panch Sheel) signed on 29 April 1954 at Beijing.
The Post Card shows a Chinese Leader with Indian Leaders namely Jawahar Lal Nehru,Dr S Rdhakrishnan, Dr Rajendra Prasad. The Stamp Design shows Doves over the globe and a Rainbow. Interesting in view of Indian Prime Minister’s Visit to China today.