Pre – Independence India Share Transfer stamps – Gutter Pairs – Fiscals
An important part of Philately is revenue stamps of Fiscals which includes a large variety of stamps though may not have been postal used or may not have postal value but are sought after by Philatelists , Fiscal and Revenue collectors alike.
A set of Nine share transfer stamps of Rupees ten as three gutter pairs is an interesting item. It features George V. Also listed are George V -one rupee and 4 As (annas) share transfer stamps and 2 As (annas) Edward VII share stamps of Pre Independence India.They have been used on a document dated 06 Sep 1935.
The erstwhile German Democratic Republic (GDR) issued a miniature sheet with three stamps paying tribute to three great music composers.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)– German composer and musician of Baroque period.He is known for his instrumental compositions such as Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg variations as also for his vocal compositions such as St Mathew Passion and Mass in B Minor.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)-German -British Baroque period composer.He is well known for his operas,oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Coronation anthems performed at all coronations since George II.Other famous works include water Music, Messiah.
Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672)-German composer and organist,most important composer of 17th Century before Bach came on the scene. He wrote the first German Opera Dafne performed at Torgau in 1627.
Pre- Stamped Envelope – France 1999- Return by Rene Magritte
Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte ( 21 Nov 1898- 15 Aug 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist.He is well known for often depicting ordinary objects in unusual context. His imagery has influenced Pop,minimalist and conceptual art.
France issued a stamp and a Pre Stamped envelope on 18 April 1998 .The stamp design on envelope shows his painting “Retour” or “The Return” done in 1940. This envelope was issued by La Poste to mark his 100th Birth Anniversary.
Ludwig von Beethoven (17 Sep 1770- 26 Mar 1827) was a German composer and Pianist.He was born in Bonn and died in Vienna. He remains one of the most recognised and influential composers.His best known compositions include 9 Symphonies,5 Piano Concertos, 1 Violin Concerto, 32 Piano Sonatas, 16 string quartets, a mass the Missa solemnis and an Opera Fidelio.
He worked with Neefe as assistant Court organist in Bonn between 1783 to 1785 In 1786 he moved to Vienna .
Surinam issued a set of stamps to mark his 200th Birth Anniversary on 25 Oct 1970.
Maldives issued a stamp in 1977 to mark his 150th Death Anniversary. The stamp shows as Court Organist in Bonn in 1785.
A Coat of arm is a heraldic visual design on escutcheon (shield),surcoat or tabard. Coat of arms came into general use by feudal lords and knights in battle in 12th Century. A coat of arm is generally unique to individual person,.family,state,organisation or corporation.
San Marino issued a set of three stamps on 29 Feb 2012 as tribute to Coat of Arms.