Keep the stamp collectors happy

By Lionel de Silva, Katugastota

Philately is a very popular hobby, enjoyed by young and old, rich and poor, kings and commoners, around the world. The first Ceylon postage stamp was issued on April 1, 1857. It bore an image of the bust of Queen Victoria and was valued at six pence. It did not take our people long to get into the stamp-collecting habit.

Thanks to the Department of Posts, collectors have a variety of philatelic items, besides stamps, that they can add to their collections. These include postcards, picture postcards, stamped envelopes, aerogrammes, registered covers and insured covers, air mail stickers, and so on.

Today, it is very hard for collectors to obtain new stamps on the first or even second day of issue.
The stock answer you get at post offices is that the new stamps have not arrived, or that there were limited stocks, and that the stocks are finished.

As an ardent philatelist, speaking on behalf of other stamp collectors, I appeal to the postal authorities to restore the old practices relating to the issue of new stamps.

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