The Fascinating Story of Philately—the King of Hobbies


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 Stamp Collecting: Philately-The King of Hobbies

Stamp collecting has today become one of the most popular hobbies in the world. This Knol has been published to give you a glimpse into its history and developments. It covers the philatelist's role, first day covers, the story of Rowland Hill the father of the postage stamp, rare stamps and even a section on the US President Franklin Roosevelt and his love for the hobby Philately-The King of Hobbies.




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Stamp collecting has today become one of the most popular hobbies in the world. It  is widely known as  “The king of Hobbies and the Hobby of Kings”, even though Kings and Maharajas have now become a historical object.  The last three kings of England were keen collectors as is the present Queen.  In the United States, former President Franklin Roosevelt was a stalwart in philately and ex-president Ford was a secret stamp collector.  Over the years, Kings, Queens, Politicians, poor, rich, business persons, accountants, film stars, scientists and many others in different field have pursued this hobby with keen interest.  In short, children, young, old and everyone is involved in this hobby irrespective of their age or positions. It truly is correctly called 'Philately-The King of Hobbies.
  
Stamp collection gives not only enjoyment but also it increases our knowledge.  One may get enjoyment by looking at the stamps but will not become knowledgeable by looking at it.  For this, one has to search for knowledge in the past and present literatures of philately.
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Philately is the name given to postage stamp collecting. Students of stamps are called philatelists.


The word ‘philatelist’   come from two Greek words, Philos’, meaning ‘lovingand atelos’, meaning ‘free of tax, or paid’.  Stamps are the signs that the postage or tax, has been paid.  
It is the study and collection of postage and revenue stamps, labels and first day covers.  M G Herpin the French man has given this name “Philately” for stamp collecting.  In fact, philately is very closely associated with postal services and Department.  The word “Postia” is derived from the Latin word “Postal” means “Place”.  It obtained the exact meaning connected with the carrying of Letters in the later part of the middle age.
Philately is an excellent hobby.  It disperses ones boredom, lifelessness and weakness.  It gives full time engagement and enjoyment.  Whether it rains or shines or whether it is day or night, causing no disturbance to anybody.  These tiny bits of papers (Stamps) are elegantly imaginative and the viewer feels as though he travels in distant lands as he seen beautiful landscapes, pyramids, pygmies, kangaroos, lotus, birds portraits of our patriots and a variety of other themes.  Stamps are messengers of International good will, peace and amity and it has become a medium of communication of ideas of culture, literature, religion, science, commerce, history and industry. Different kinds of ideas spread through stamps that go to all men and women all over the world and it is truly global.  Nobel Prize winner physicists ‘Hans Bethe’ said, 
“Stamp collecting is an orderly hobby and my album is the only place I know at the moment where the nations of the world stick together peaceably”.  
This unique hobby develops the ‘Five Hs’ namely Head, Hands, Heart, Habit and Health.
Knowledge through stamp collecting, is the slogan of the American Tropical Association, Thematic collecting (collection on the basis of a particular theme or a top) improves the educational values and gives a incentive to this hobby.
For a student in India, it is advisable to collect Indian Postage stamps of the Post-Independence period as these stamps are not only easily available and cheap but also inculcate a sustained interest in the hobby itself.



First Day Covers                                                                                                


First day covers are special envelopes bearing stamps used and post marked on the day of issue may also be collected.  The special folders brought out at the time of the issue must be collected and studied as it gives a wealth of information and increases general knowledge.

A FIRST DAY COVER ISSUED IN 1981 (From the collections of PV)
Philately is not only a subject of art but also a science in itself.  Questions like “What, When, Why and Where”, the five Ws are always asked and answered “A picture is a thousand words” is a proverb and this old saying can be aptly applied to each album page of any topical collection, artistically arranged with a good write-up.
Hobby of collecting stamps is become more and more popular in our country.  Few years ago there were not so many collectors or societies or clubs as they are today and on increase day by day. This shows the popularity and progress of philately.  Some of the premier societies and many philatelists and of course Post & Telegraph Department have contributed tremendously towards the growth of this hobby.  District level to state, National and International Exhibitions in the last ten years have enlightened thousands of interested persons on all aspects of this hobby.  Today there are society magazines and plenty of literature to guide one who wants to know more about our country’s as well as other nation’s philately.
A good philatelist collects stamps for the pure pleasure they derive rather than the value aspect which is incidental.
One of the first stamp collectors recorded in history was a lady from the Isle of Wight  (U .K.)  who started colleting stamps in 1841.  At that time, there were few stamps issued around the world.  She went for quantity with an idea to paper the walls of her room and she asked for help from her friends and relatives and received parcels of used stamps.  One of such parcels bursting in the Post Office resulted in a police enquiry.  Ultimately it was found that she was not a fraud but just a harmless enthusiast.  From this little ill-fated start, stamp collecting has today become one of the most popular hobbies in the world. 




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WORLD’S FIRST ADHESIVE POSTAGE STAMP ‘ONE PENNY BLACK’
The world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black was issued in Great Britain on May 6, 1840.   It is just a bit of paper, printed with a black motif of Queen’s head, yet it has its own beauty and charm and is a possession to show off. It heralded the arrival of a new era in the history of communication.  Not only did it ease the hazards of collecting postage but also revolutionized the communication system.  The story of its birth is an interesting one.

 

 

 

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beginning the charge for transmission of letters—postage—was calculated in a complicated way.  The dispatcher would take the letter to the post office.  There the person in charge would weigh it or sometimes the number of page will be counted and then the distance the letter had to travel will be calculated accordingly the postage charge is charged. If the postage is paid in advance ‘pre-paid’ the postal official would mark the charge on the letter in red and black.  Sometimes if the money was to be recovered from the addressee, most of the time it leads to losses as payment was refused or letter was rejected.  This lead people to find some new method of simplifying the tiresome mail system. 
 
Two publishers James Chalmers and Charles Knight suggested adoption of wrappers to prepay postage on newspapers.  Chalmers suggested a piece of paper cut in a circle resembling a seat, which would enable the sender to prepay the postage.  He made some samples at his press, but unfortunately, it never materialized.   Thus, James Chalmers fathered the evolution of stamp.


Father of the adhesive postage stamp                                                                                     



Once Rowland Hill (Father of adhesive Postage Stamp, a member of a society for popular education was holidaying in a small village in Scotland in 1836. While taking a morning walk he witnessed a pitiful scene, which was pave way to the foundation for the present postal system. The scene was very interesting a postman handed over a letter to a village girl and asked the payment of postal charges. The girls bluntly refuse the letter and the postal charges, under the excuse she could not afford to pay. Seeing the plight of the girl Rowland paid the charges to the postman and gave the letter to the girl. The girl irritated with Hill’s behavior, opened the letter, showed Hill, and said, see, there was nothing written inside and whatever her fiancé in London wanted, to convey was marked on the letter with codes. We communicate this way. Another version of the story is that, since the girl is poor and she could not pay the postage. However, Hill firmly decided to simplify the system and make the postal service within reach to the common people.


Rowland Hill’s Postal Reforms                                                                                                 

Rowland Hill prepared a paper called “Postal Reform” its importance and the suitable remedy of reforming postal system’ (The other title of his paper is said to be ‘Post Office, its importance and practicability’).  He stressed the burdensome accounting involved in sending out letters and proposed that the evaluation of postage according to the number of pages and the distance traveled should stop; instead, a flat rate should be fixed irrespective of distance. He felt that it is reasonable to charge extra for over weight letters.  The establishment of uniform tariffs thus eliminated the difficult system of charges and encouraged prepayment that he hoped would become the rule rather than the exception.  He also proposed the adoption of stamped letter sheets and wrappers, which the public could purchase in advance, and dispatches it at any time in post boxes placed at convenient places, even when the post office is closed.
Apart from these reforms, he also pointed out that when these prepaid letter sheets are not available, small adhesive labels can be made available.  He further stated that the difficulty might be prevented by using a bit of paper. It can be covered at back with sticky wash, which the bringer might be the application of a little moisture, attach to the back of the letter so as to avoid the necessity of redirecting (in case of refusal of postage)  this suggestion has given Rowland Hill the credit of being called the “Father of adhesive postal stamp". 
Though there was an intense disagreement, the parliament unwillingly accepted the proposal for a uniform postage system.  It was on January 10th 1840 the Penny Post system come into force.   Prior to that in 1839, the British Treasury decided to carry out a competition for the probable stamps.  There was about 2,600 entries submitted but only forty nine related to adhesive stamps and nineteen to adhesive stamps. Out of that only nineteen were short-listed and finally four prizes of one hundred pounds each were awarded to the entries.  Rowland Hill’s design too was also one among them.
Rowland Hill and his brother Edwin created some sketches of young Queen.  Later in the year 1839 their work was accepted and printed it in March 1840, (Penny Black and Two Penny Blue) by perking, Bacon and Perch on Crown Water Marked Security Paper and  imperf-orated and had to be cut from the sheet by Scissors.  In the following months it production started and were distributed to post offices and was available to the public in May first 1840 thus Rowland Hill become the Hero and Father of adhesive stamp.
Rowland Hill developed a uniform postage system in 1840.  This is how the Postage Stamp was originated and destined to have a great future in the field of communication all over the world.  In the year 1979 the world celebrated his death centenary and many countries issued commemorative stamps in his name.
The United States did not come into picture until 1847.  By that time many countries released their own stamps.  Among them were Brazil, Mauritius and the cantons (states) of Switzerland.  By 1860 almost every country adopted stamps as a method of paying postal charges.



Stamp collecting - an exciting hobby                                                                            


Sports Events Depicted on Stamps
Stamp the insignificant piece of paper brings some kind of energy and enthusiasm into the modern man’s mechanical life.

Stamp collecting is so exciting that there won’t be any dull or boring situation if you enter or involve in it.  Stamps come in different designs, colors, shapes, themes and sizes. It will definitely keep one absorbing fully in it.  Its educational and informative nature of this hobby will attract many to involve in it.  Through the study of stamps one can obtain the knowledge of different countries and its people, their history geography, arts, customs and its flora and fauna.  In short everything one wanted to know about a country can obtain through the collection and study of stamps.

A Page from Authors Collection.
Its unique feature of telling the story is not in the dull and it teaches us not in the dull and boring way of routine school text books but through the fascinating pictorial presentation.  It tells everything about the world we live in.  In the recent times the educational value of this interesting hobby has been widely accepted and many countries have adopted or prescribed this subject ‘philately’ as an academic curriculum.  It not only gives knowledge but also promote international understanding and brotherhood.

A Page from Author's Collection
One can select this hobby according to his choice or interest.  It has got different wings and themes like, children on stamps, birds and animals on stamps, flowers on stamps, fruits and vegetables on stamps, paints and arts on stamps, national and international patriots on stamps and the list of subjects do not end here, what to say even nudes are depicted on stamps. 

In a present stressful world stamps and it study or collection gives a soothing or relaxing experience.  In a routine and mechanical way of life stamps plays an important role to bring the tense situation into a relaxed and refreshed situation.  Philately like a miracle tonic refreshes the mind and heart of the individuals.                                         












 President Roosevelt in connection with this hobby.                                                          

He used to carry his collection of stamps wherever he went and during the world War II time whenever he gets some spare time he involve in checking these stamps and it tremendously reduced his mental tension and maintained a balanced life in those tedious days. 


There are a number of stories about the hidden treasures of stamp collection.
Expect a Miracle” The eminent Indian Philatelist Jal Cooper ones said.  Yes there is always a chance to pick up bargains if you have the necessary knowledge about stamps.  Its really surprising to note that the costliest philatelic cover the Post office Mauritius over which realized US $ 3,00,000/= in 1968 was addressed to the Bombay Auxiliary Bible Society was picked up from Mumbai’s famous Chor Bazar (A market place were goods sold on very lowest price--believed to be a place were stolen articles were transacted) for few rupees.  Due to a minor mistake occurred on the stamps its price value increased tremendously. 
More and more people involved in this hobby and non-availability of some rare stamps increased the collectors’ curiosity and that automatically increased the price value.  A One Penny1856 British Guiana stamp sold for $ 935,000 in 1980.  People discovered that the mistakes on the stamps increase the value.  In 1918 United States issued 100 24 cent stamps with airplane mistakenly printed upside down.


RARE STAMPS                                                                                                                               

                                                
BRITISH GUIANA STAMP


MOST PRECIOUS ONE PENNY STAMP


British Guiana Stamp the one cent stamp is the world’s costliest stamp of which only one copy is now available.  Its origin is very interesting that an impatient postmaster who could not wait for the new set of stamps to arrive became the unplanned creation of the most costly postal stamp in the world.  Today the same stamp score a price higher than the Kohinoor Diamond.
It all happened in 1856 when the postmaster E D Wright could not wait for the new set of stamps to arrive.  The stamps printed by Britain’s Guiana exhausted the stock of 4 cents stamps and the postmaster could not wait for a longer period and he decided to print the stamp in the country, thus born a stamp with a freak history.
It’s interesting to note that an unexpected error in the printing of this stamp created history.  Instead of printing the denomination as Four cents it printed as One cent.  Most interesting thing is that this mistake went unnoticed for long seventeen years even by the postmaster himself.
A young boy was the first owner of this rare stamp. He found this stamp from one of the letters of his grand parents.  That was in the year 1872 and he decided to sell the stamp for purchasing more stamps from other countries.  He approached a local philatelist Mr. N R Mechinon and sold it in exchange of few lesser priced stamps.
The latest Economic Times reports says that this best-known of all unique stamps, the 1856 ``British Guiana 1 cent Magenta,'' has been locked away in a vault since 1980 when it was bought for nearly $1 million by John du Pont. The heir to the du Pont chemical fortune.  The report further says he is currently serving a 13- to 30-year sentence for third degree murder case"

World's 'Rarest' Stamp Sold for a Record Price

The Swedish 'Treskilling Yellow' is considered-
among the world's most valuable objects pound for pound
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 “One of world's rarest stamps, (The Swedish "Treskilling Yellow")  is going up for auction this weekend and could fetch a record-breaking price, the head of a Geneva auction house said.
The Swedish "Treskilling Yellow" is believed to be the only surviving misprint of an 1855 three shilling stamp that was supposed to be green. It has fabled status among collectors and is considered among the world's most valuable objects for its size.
This rare stamp was sold to a group of buyers for at least the 2.875 million Swiss francs (then about $2.3 million) price it set a record for in 1996, said auctioneer David Feldman.
This is believed to be the only surviving misprint of an 1855 three shilling stamp that was supposed to be green. It has fabled status among collectors and is considered one of the world's most valuable objects for its size.
The auction house valued the stamp at euro1.5 million to euro2 million ($1.87 million to $2.5 million) before the sale, but actual sales prices can vary greatly depending on what the buyers feel such unique items are worth."
Feldman told The Associated Press that Saturday's auction "happened very quickly because the buyers clearly knew how much they were prepared to pay.'' Reports Telegraph



2 CENTS HAWAIIAN MISSIONARIES STAMP                                                   



Yet another variety of rare stamps are the “Hawaii Missionaries”.  Hawaii brought out these stamps in 2.5 and 13 cents in the year 1851.  They were printed locally at Honolulu and were very primitive.  Unfortunately after the printing were these stamps were stored got fire and destroyed.  However few stamps had already been sold to the missionaries to post their letters to U S A. Consequently this set of stamps became rare and costly.  

In the year 1935 on the occasion of King of England’s Silver Jubilee celebration a special stamp was being prepared.  A sample sheet of the printed stamps were shown to George V , but he could not like the striking blue color and preferred a light blue thus the sheets were not sold to the public, few of which were remained and become rare and costly. 




INDE DAWK HALF ANNA STAMP THE FIRST INDIAN AND FIRST ASIAN STAMP                                



On July 1952 under the authority of Sir Bartley Frere the Commissioner of Scind (Province of Scindh—now in Modern West Pakistan) issued the first Indian and the Asian stamp.  It was an imperforated un-gummed laid paper stamp named as Scinde Dawk Half Anna Stamp.

Scinde Dawk Half Anna Stamp The First Indian and Asian Stamp

Motivated by the ‘One Penny’ stamp introduced by Rowland Hill in Great Britain Sir Barite Frerre thought of making a single denomination stamp for the circulation in the Scind province.   In consultation with the then postmaster Desrd Kofee prepared a round design with a Motif bearing the bale mark of the East Indian Company V.E. I.C with a circular writing of “SCINDE DISTRICT DAWK” below the writing the denomination ½ (half) Anna was marked. Since it was not authorized by the East India Company the stamps were withdrawn in October 1954.  Today there is only one unused specimen and a few used stamps exist. 

QUEEN VICTORIA STAMP                                                                                  




QUEEN VICTORIA STAMP WITH INVERTED HEAD  

This is the second Indian rarest stamp, a 4 Anna stamp with a faulty printing (the Queen Victoria’s head printed inverted). This was printed on October 1 1854 and only three stamps are remaining in the world and incidentally this is the first bi-colored stamp in the world and become one of the rarest and costly stamps in the world.
  










UNCIRCULATED HALF ANNA STAMP                                                               






After the Scinde Dawks there was a general issue of stamps in India.  The Half Anna Stamp with the design of a palm tree and lion was printed in 1853.  This was printed in a limited quantity and never put into sale or for circulation due to shortage of machinery.  This stamp is not known to be possessed by any stamp collector or dealer. 











BAPU (GANDHI) STAMP                                                                                       



Another rare Indian stamp is the Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu series of Rs.10.00 Service Postage Stamp.  This was specially printed of the use of the late Governor General Shri Rajagopalachari.   Only hundred stamps were issued and today only a few specimens are available.  


















FIRST AIR POST                                                                                                       


India also has the rare distinction of being the first country in the world to carry an official Air post. It was on February 1911 from Allahabad to Naomi flight by the French Pilot Monsience H Piquet. About 65,000 letters and post cards were flown from Allahabad to Naini.

It is not only just the stamp that is important even a cancellation on an ordinary stamp can often increase its value ‘hundreds’ if not thousands of times.
The postal marking found in Indian mail is the Bishop Mark of 1775 and is considered as one of the outstanding rarities of India.  The costliest item in the world relation of its weights is a stamp—classic stamps are partially a “Gold Standard” they not only retain their value but if required judiciously  appreciate quite considerably in value.  Stamps are proved safe investment, easily transportable and a hedge against inflation.  Like any other area here also a specialist in stamp collecting with knowledge through vast reading and research can make considerable amount of money on stamps.  The amount spent on stamps is worth better than throwing it away on some of our so-called amusements and gambling.

Stamp collection is also the World’s biggest collecting hobby and on such is one of the safest fields of investments in the collecting world; more than a million people dabble in stamps in England.  In India, also it has become a very popular hobby in recent years due to the holding of regional and national exhibitions and the prestige brought to the country by the performances of Indian philatelists at International Exhibitions. 
Some may say that the prospect of this hobby is very bleak since the popularity of internet and other forms of electronic communications are in its full usage.  But this argument is not true that the usage of stamps on mail is still prevalent that there are a variety of stamps released quite often and its flow is increasing every year.  Now there a number of philatelists’ organizations which provides different services to stamp collectors around the world?  Philatelists can display their products for sale, and purchase variety of stamps and other related materials through web portals.  http://stampListing.com is one such philately web portal. Through their pages one can buy  the philately materials and can sell and display their stamps and philately related materials.  They provide other facilities like contact with other philatelists and philately clubs, stamp trade/stamp exchange etc.
http://Stamps2Go.com is yet another website were a philatelist can sell and buy stamps and other related material.  One can join here by registering with their ids. and can even exchange stamps.  Recently they launched an ad campaign on the facebook and other sites. Stamp collectors can become a fan in their fb pages and can have good interaction on these lines. Read more at their sites.

No doubt, with such latest facilities available now philately has a bright future. PV
  (A Study Paper prepared by the author in the year 1985. This Knol is a revised version with few additions and editing)


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Help Help Help!!!

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Kind Attention Gust,
Today while I was just adjusting something in this knol something went wrong and the setting/alignment went wrong. pl do check and do the needful.
Sorry for the inconvenience caused to you.
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Hi Gust
Hakuna Matata
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OK, I will have a look now. Before I can edit You must stop editing yourself, please. It is not possible that 2 persons edit at the same time. I am waiting now 5 minutes and then I will start to edit, Ok?

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Ok Gust thanks for your initiate, I did something looks somewhat ok pl check, Go Ahead

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OK, I did the necessary adjustments, should be alright again. I changed also the pic (image) for the Knol Landing Page, it shows now the "Penny Black" which is better to display as it shows a stamp...

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Thanks a lot for the effort you put in, it looks excellent now. Hauna Matata.
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Hakuna Matata...

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Pakistan Philately

This is no doubt a very good collection of Articles but it dosent cover Pakistan Philately. To know about Pakistan Philately please visit www.pakistanphilately.com and www.philatelicfederationofpakistan.com. Thanks & regards
Akhtar ul Islam Siddiqui


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Hi Akhtar,
Thanks a lot for your time.
I am extremely sorry I missed this comment, and i could not respond to it before.
Yes, I really missed my neighboring country and its Philately side, we will definitely add some info about its in this knol very shortly with due credit to your page.
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Keep inform
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Philip

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Happy New Year and proposition...

Hi ALL,

My best wishes for the New Year to ALL of you http://goo.gl/4Elzu.

@Phil: An idea??? What about to bring in this knol also YouTube videos about Stamp Collections, there are a lot anyway, such as: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXJqD5IRWRA&feature=related and many more...

If You agree, please make your choice and bring in the videos, I will later on create the tables and publish the videos on the known format as we did already a lot of times together ;-)

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Hi Gust, Thanks you so much for the First New Year Msg.
Its really an encouraging thing to receive such uplifting thoughtsin the beginning of the year,
Sure Gust, its a great idea, I will come back to you later today with more detail.
With love and regards for the New Year 2011
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Thanks Carlphi & Gust

Hi Carl & Gust,
@Carl thanks for the additional information.
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Hi,

I made few changes in text alignment and on high lightning in bold some very important text...

@Carl,

I displayded also your new stamp photo on the beginning of the text, it looks better ;-)

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Philately Now is Stamp of Class and Money

Hi Phil and other co-authors,
The Times of India's latest report says: "Philately Now is Stamp of Class and Money"
I just added the information, will post the rest later today.
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Hi Phil and other authors,

Excuse me, please. But there are some images without a link to the source (copyright must be credited), sorry.

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Hi Gust
Those pics are taken from the Word Book encyclopedia.
The Source credit is given at the bottom of the knol
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Do I mention this at the bottom of the pics too?
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Best way is every time to mention the copyright on the bottom of the pics.

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Hi Phil and other authors,

Excuse me, please. But there are some images without a link to the source (copyright must be credited), sorry.

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New workflow...

Hi Phil and other authors,

I brought in some new content as a new section: http://knol.google.com/k/the-fascinating-story-of-philately-the-king-of-hobbies#World_Federation_Of_Stamp_Collection_Members.

This is as we in Europe see things, sorry for mentioning this, don't take that wrong please ;-) We in Europe are a bit more precise, we are more perfectionists as others ;-) Especially in my country Luxembourg (remember that You told me to be "harsh", which is nothing else than having an other perfectionist way and experience and expertise of certain things), remember please some collaborative knols, such as:

- Knol For A Better World: http://knol.google.com/k/gust-mees/for-a-better-world/1ibdy1vf6wghd/332?collectionId=vdujwtjyx3uq.67&position=5&sort=1

- Tolerance: http://knol.google.com/k/moharram-khalifa/tolerance/1ibdy1vf6wghd/296

- Happiness: http://knol.google.com/k/moharram-khalifa/happiness/1ibdy1vf6wghd/294

and others... (maybe You will get the feeling [mentality] of other countries and continents later on by being part of a Team of different nationalities and mentalities ;-)

Try to take the Best out of it and it will be such easy later on to understand different mentalities and characters of different countries and continents.

BTW: what You said being "harsh" is nothing else as being "too much severe", sorry, as it is my job to give courses so Do I also on Knol and I should be less severe as well sometimes ;-)

Have a nice day and best regards,
Gust


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Useful Computer Software section included...

Hi Phil and co-authors,

I have included a new section "Useful Computer Software For Stamp Collections", hope you like it ;-)

Have a nice weekend and best regards,
Gust


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Hi Gust,
Thanks a lot for the additional information.
That is really good, and I am sure it will be
very useful to the new age stamp collectors.
Keep up the good work my dear friend.

I wish you the same: Have a wonderful Weekend.
Best
Phil

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Nov 20, 2010 8:24 AM
Hi Phil,

I have created a new knol together with fellow authors "For A Better World"- A Multicultural Knol:

http://knol.google.com/k/gust-mees/for-a-better-world/1ibdy1vf6wghd/332#.

Please have a look and let us know your opinion and maybe being part of it...

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Nov 20, 2010 8:37 AM

Congrats!!!

Really it's an informative knol.
Bird's stamp ?


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Thanks Raj for the encouraging comment.
Yes I really missed many such thematic subjects.
I have a good collection on thematic collections.
Thanks for reminding this
Best
Philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Oct 7, 2010 8:57 AM
Hi Raj,

thanks for your encouraging comment.

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Oct 7, 2010 9:19 AM

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I am so sad that I did not start on this hobby years ago. Sorry that I dropped it soon after having started once


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Workflow...

Hi Phil,

I found something which needed to get changed, so I did. Text aligned and a correction of a word in French...

Best regards,
Gust


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Amazing World of Philately

Dear PV and team,
The world of stamps are as you said is really fascinating, it is really good to visit this knol, happy to read more of your knols, You did a good research on this job.
Well designed and very useful for the stamp collectors,
I too used to collect stamps in my early days, i have a good collection too, spending time with it is really so soothing. The days are gone and now we are living in the speed age called the internet age and people are so mechanical that no time to spend on such hobbies, But good to know that there are people still love collecting stamps and writing about it.
Great work, as one of the reviewers wrote this is an outstanding knol.
My Five star to this knol
Good Wishes
Carl


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Thanks carl for the amazing comment, good to meet you, i posted a separate mail to you in joining me in this knol with your stamp collecting experience. Thanks in advance
best regards
p v

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Aug 19, 2010 12:52 PM

SCINDE DAWK HALF ANNA STAMP THE FIRST INDIAN AND FIRST ASIAN STAMP FOR SALE.

We Just received the following comment from Mr. Vikrant Agarwal, Since its a reply comment it may not get the attention of more readers so I am re-posting the same below for further reference and contact.
If anybody is interested please contact Mr. Vikrant at his contact Cell Number.
Thanks Vikarnt for visiting this knol
Best Wishes
Philip

Vikrant's Comment.

"I have SCINDE DAWK HALF ANNA STAMP THE FIRST INDIAN AND FIRST ASIAN STAMP .........if any one want to purchase this stamp contact me............"

Vikrant Agarwal
+91-7669663839


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Posted to Interesting KNOLS blog

Used the social media button to post to the blog.


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Thank you very much Rao garu.
Our S M Button is doing a wonderful job here :-)
I am really happy to note that many knol users are using this button and it working very well
Keep inform
Best
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Jun 18, 2010 7:51 AM

@PVA - I just saw your page views - more than 4000 weekly page views

Congratulations in Advance. You are going to cross 100,000 page views before 30th June.

Included your name as the third in line this month for this knol honors.

http://knol.google.com/k/narayana-rao-k-v-s-s/knol-author-news-june-2010/2utb2lsm2k7a/2577#


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Thanks a lot. hope that i can reach before 30th.
Thanks again for the the note in the knol
Best Regards
Philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Jun 18, 2010 7:49 AM

World's 'Rarest' Stamp Sold for a Record Price

Hi All,
I just incorporated a news item with a photograph,
courtesy Telegraph, UK, Economic Times India.
With Best Regards,
Philip Ariel


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Hi Phil,

Great information ;-) And this shows people also what a little bit of paper is worth, and what Philately is...

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited May 23, 2010 1:11 PM
Hi Gust,
Thanks you very much for the comment and the design revision.
Best
Philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited May 23, 2010 7:22 PM

Banner integrated...

Hi Philip,

As You invited me to be a co-author, I accepted with pleasure, thanks. You also wanted to have a Banner integrated from Patrick LAHAYE. I did this now as well, with a link to Pat's Graphics and Logo Design knol. I hope You like it?

Best regards and have a nice week-end.
Gust


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Dear Gust and Patrick,
So delighted to see the banner, Thank you so much for the time you shared for this, and thank you again for joining me in this knol as a co-author.
Yes it has come out very well.
I heartily reciprocate the wishes
Have a Happy Week-end
Good Wishes
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 3, 2010 9:27 AM
Hi Philip,

KPG's members like to help out Quality Knol authors ;-) Keep on going the good work...

Happy Easter.

Best Regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 3, 2010 9:39 AM
Thanks Gust.
Season's Greetings
Philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 3, 2010 10:35 AM
Hi Philip,

As I don't know realy (a little bit I do) the signification about different celebrated religious days, wouldn't it be good to start a knol about it? You and maybe other authors? An international knol, bringing together different international authors with different religious thinking? Think about it and have a look around on knol authors, which You could try to bring together in an collaborative knol about that subject... I will not write at that knol, but would be available for web design and more, as made on Your Philately Knol. Is this idea worth a try? Please, let me know...

Easter is celebrated by all (?) the religions (as far as I know?), trying to bring together authors won't make something bad?

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 3, 2010 11:32 AM
Hi Gust,
That is a good idea, but, Its a BIG BUT , LOL In some celebrations for example Easter or Christmas there are a lot of difference of opinion even among Christians, when most celebrates at the same time equally a good number of people do not give much importance to such celebrations. in such cases there is a good chance of differences of opinion and that may lead to a big debate or discussion, BUT at the same time instead of going into such aspect as you said we can bring together such ideas in one platform as a presentation of celebrated religious days. gust, if you don't mind pl send a mail to this id pvariel AT G Mail Dot Com, want to convey something more on this line
Best Wishes
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 3, 2010 11:50 AM
Hi Philip,

You are right. No personal ideas, but just a knol about different religious celebration days. That was what I meant anyway ;-) As I mentioned already, I will not go in for writing but will help for web design and graphics and more, but not for writing... It is only an idea to approach people in knol, not more. I'm not somebody who wants to change the world ;-)

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 3, 2010 12:31 PM
Hi Philip,

It was only an idea, don't take it too serious, please. Forget about it ;-)

Season's Greetings.

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 3, 2010 4:45 PM
Hi Gust,
Thanks for the quick response, yes, its a good idea, i will take up this project and will work on it will come back to you soon for further help. Thanks for your suggestions
Best
Philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 3, 2010 7:13 PM

Great article, PV

Terrific, informative article. Congratulations! Great pictures, too.


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Thank you Sheryl for the uplifting comments. Thanks for the wishes too, expecting more of your knol here at these pages.
Keep us inform.
Best Wishes
PV

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 30, 2010 7:23 AM
Those are some fantastic stamps. I haven't gotten too into stamp collecting myself, but I can totally see the appeal. My father loves them. Can you tell me of the <a href="http://www.reapingtherewards.com">best online shopping store</a> where I can find competitive pricing?

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Posted by Anonymous, last edited Oct 20, 2010 2:33 PM
Hi Anonymous,

First of all. Anonymous is not worth to trust, so change to a public name and photo ;-)

2.) Your link is not welcome, sorry. Don't use Knol to Spam comments, please, thanks do do so.

3.) The link where You want to hijack our authors and readers is not trusted, You may see this here:

http://www.mywot.com/fr/scorecard/shop.ytb.com

So, please look for an other place to bring in your Spam and links they are not worth to visit ;-)

Or more friendly in case if I misunderstood your message:

Please delete the link of that web site which You are showing. That web site is not trusted.

Bye, bye...

@Phil,

Please delete this message and when that Anonymous user is coming back again with more links, than use the "Block" button.

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Oct 20, 2010 4:03 PM
Dear Anonymous,
Hope you understood what Mr. Gust said, pl do that, t
yes,there are some online shopping for stamps, pl remove the backlink as Gust said.
with kind regards
Phil
@ Gust, as you said
Bye now
Phil

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Oct 20, 2010 7:40 PM

I love it!

This is so very informative. Great job PV!


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Changes

Changed the thumbnail. It makes the Knol stand out in search returns on Knol. The image is invisible at the top of the Knol. Added a link and a header. Still work to do with the links.


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Thanks a lot KPG for the timely revision.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 27, 2010 6:25 AM
Dear KPG, Will you please do the same to our knol translation (Coffee knol) i tried by removing my pic from the authors intro space but still not accepting, i prefer to add KPG avtaar or any pic from the text.
thanks
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 28, 2010 5:55 AM
Fixed!

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Posted by Peter Baskerville, last edited Mar 28, 2010 2:45 PM
Its now showing. Thanks Peter.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 28, 2010 7:16 PM

Untitled

Hello,

Congrats for the "Top Pick" award from KPG.

Appreciate your patience for unearthing rare information and threading them here at one place.

Regards,
Suhas


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Thanks Suhas, for the wishes.
The 'top pick' is done by the knol management not by KPG,
Keep reading and air your voice
Best Rgds.
Philip




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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 26, 2010 10:42 AM

Congratulation

Congratulation for the quality of your knol.
You want that I create you a banner?

Yours sincerely,
Patrick


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Thank you Pat, yes i would like to have your time.

Regards,
Phil

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 24, 2010 7:18 PM
Dear Pat,
I just created another knol in Malayalam, An invitation to my Malayalee brethren to knol pages to share their knowledge. Pat i want to place a knol banner for this purpose as usual your knol banners, pl place these letters ie മലയാളം let the word knol be in English and the given word ie malayalam
after the creation if you don't mind pl. place it at the appropriate place. knol is in moderate collo.
Thanks In advance
Best
Philip
http://knol.google.com/k/p-v-ariel/ന-ങ-ങള-ക-ക-ഒര-ന-ള-എഴ-ത-ത-ക-രന-ക/12c8mwhnhltu7/221

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 26, 2010 4:41 PM

Congratulations!

Making a contribution to knowledge is a great thing. Making is substantial is greater still.

You have worked hard, and have won what your work deserves. Congratulations!

-- Shastri


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Thank you Shastri for the kind words.
regards
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 25, 2010 11:29 AM
i have SCINDE DAWK HALF ANNA STAMP THE FIRST INDIAN AND FIRST ASIAN STAMP .........if any one want to purchase this stamp contact me............

Vikrant Agarwal
+91-7669663839

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Posted by Anonymous, last edited Aug 4, 2010 5:51 AM

Congratulations Philip - A 'Top Pick' Knol

Now this is a quality Knol ... and recognised as such by the Knol management with a 'Top Pick' award. Well done Philip, and to Knol Publishing Guild's team meember Gust Mees who contributed significantly to the 'look and feel'.

Philip you have a new benchmark to reach to each time you write a Knol. Well done.


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Thank you all team members here at KPG for this achievement, yes without your relentless co-operation my knol would not have reached this level, Yes, hearing my help request Gust literally jumped in to help me out and within a short period he did what all needed for a good look to my knol. and of course Peter, Jag, Murry and Garry and all others lift/push i remember with gratitude at this joyous time.
Thanks to one and all
Best Rgds,
Philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 24, 2010 5:32 AM

Congrats!

Wow, amazing write! Thoroughly researched, patient work. Gues you're into the hobby?


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Thanks, Sis, for the comment and wishes, yes, since my childhood...:-)

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 24, 2010 4:44 AM
Hi mesjay,

I was in my young years ;-)

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Mar 24, 2010 5:04 PM

Other ideas

Great Knol Philip. The KPG (Gust) have done a good job getting the 'look and feel' right but there needs to be more work. It needs external links. Aim at 40. Give the readers a chance to add to their knowledge on the topic. Where possible link to educational sites (*.edu) or government sites (*.gov) or organisation sites (*.org).

Also there must be a good Youtube on stamp collections or collecting. Find one you like and add it to the end.

I would also go into the 'settings' and turn off the checkbox 'Table of contents'. You want your readers engaged with your content in the opening screen of the Knol.

Great effort. 5*


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Added a few links to give you the idea of what is needed. According to Jag ... keep your SEO topic consistent and in the title, subtitle, first header, and first section. Yours is 'Philately-The King of Hobbies'. You should mention this through out the article.

Also removed the table of contents, getting the reader straight into the contents.

You have already published this content at Associatedcontent so you will need to work on the text to make it different. It is not good SEO to have exactly the same content on two or more sites.

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Posted by Knol Publishing Guild (KPG), last edited Mar 21, 2010 7:58 PM
Good point KPG.

You need to make some alter to the content, may be you can explain some points to make the content different from Associatedcontent.

Have the H tags for heading and interlink between content for users and search engine to make the anchor text strong.

Note: If you don't get the meaning for some tech stuff mentioned here, feel free to refer one of my Knol "How to improve Knol using SEO".

Best,
Jag
Bio: http://knol.google.com/k/jagadeesh-m/jagadeesh-m-nambiar-biography/1m1scw95niudm/28

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Posted by Jagadeesh Mohan Kumar Nambiar, last edited Mar 21, 2010 10:14 PM
I wish I had time to help, Philip. Stamp collecting was my leading hobby as a teenager. When I get less busy, I'll be happy to play editor to improve the text, syntax and flow. Best wishes,

Murry

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Posted by Murry Shohat, Mar 22, 2010 7:23 AM
Dear All, (Peter, Gust, Jag and Murry),

I am really overwhelmed by the help, suggestions and support rendered and offered by the busy knol authors here at KPG. Let me take this opportunity to express my thanks to you all.
Best Rgds.
Philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 22, 2010 7:45 AM
Gust@Peter: It was me who brought in the Table of Contents, I needed it for what I had to do for changes in the knol (bringing in sections...) and I wanted to leave it till I finished working on this knol.

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Knol Publishing Guild (KPG), last edited Mar 22, 2010 11:06 AM
Oh OK. Just put it back ... get some rest Gust!

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Posted by Peter Baskerville, last edited Mar 22, 2010 1:52 PM
Peter,
As you suggested I just added a video on stamp collecting.. Oh! my Go..who's this gentleman n the video? Hey, is this you? Oh my Go.. a look alike. LOL :-) :-) :-)
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 24, 2010 1:48 AM

Your request for Help

Hi PV Ariel,

You requested for getting some Help for your knol. If You won't mind, I will jump in for the general presentation (design) and trying to get your knol differently arranged (for better, I hope).

I You agree, so accept my modifications please. I only can go further on the job after You accepted my changes and also that I could see what I have done...

Best regards and a nice Sunday,
Gust


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Hi Gust,
Thanks a lot for the kind concern for my request. I accept and agree to all your presentation design, correction etc with great pleasure.
I appreciate your help in improving this knol, i invite you as an author to this knol.
I reciprocate the wishes.
Best Rgds.
Philip Ariel

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 21, 2010 11:23 AM
Hi Philip,

It is OK, I found the way now to edit your knol without being an author. There were little start problems, KPG is new and I should get used to it as well. I will make the changes in different steps, so don't worry... First I need to bring everything in a good presentation way with sections and also with the same fonts and also the "font-alignment" and than I will try to optimize your knol for SEO, respecting the Knol guidelines. I will continue tomorrow (in my country it is now nearly 2PM)...

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Knol Publishing Guild (KPG), last edited Mar 21, 2010 5:41 PM
Hi Gust,
Thanks again, for your effort to promote this knol, no worries, take your own time.
Best
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 21, 2010 6:05 PM
Hi Philip,

Thanks for Your invitation as co-author of this knol which I accepted with pleasure, but only after doing the work as a member of KPG ;-)

Please have also a look on the review from Peter BASKERVILLE, where I left You also a comment:
http://knol.google.com/k/peter-baskerville/review-of-the-fascinating-story-of/12c8mwhnhltu7/218#

I have also integrated the Banner from Patrick LAHAYE, who is also a member of KPG.

Best regards,
Gust

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 3, 2010 6:32 AM

Great!

Thank you very much for drawing my attention to this article. It turned to be superb! This is the kind of articles that we need on Knols.

Since it is in creative commons, I will be using it on Numis Indica, next issue.

सस्नेह -- शास्त्री
http://www.Sarathi.info


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Thanks Johnson for the comment and the kind offer, God bless.
Love
philip

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Feb 28, 2010 8:16 AM

Fascinating And Amazing

Hi, P V Ariel, This knol is wonderful. As the title says its a fascinating and soothing hobby, I am really happy to read this, Of course I am saving it for my future references, I too used to collect stamps in my younger days, But now now time for all this, your articles made me to go back to my good old young days. Thanks ariel for this informative knol


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Hi, Who is this? Anyway thanks for your encouraging comment. Happy to know that you enjoyed this. sorry for the delay. Keep reading. PV

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Philip Verghese Ariel Founder and CEO at Philipscom

A freelance writer, editor and a blogger from Kerala. Now based at Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Can reach at: pvariel(@)Gmail [.] Com
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