My next stop was the Philatelic Museum located in the same building. I was the first visitor for the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a fairly large museum. In addition to the stamps they have some interesting artefacts of things used by postmen in different times. Indian stamps were organized by the year and by themes too. Not too many items were for sale there but it was worthwhile spending some time there. I do wish they would turn on more lights in the museum. No photography was allowed in the museum but I found a pic on the Internet that I am sharing with you here.
“What is the value of these stamps?” I have asked this question on many forums and I see many people asking this question. When I was a kid, I didn’t bother about the “value” of the stamps, I just collected the ones I liked. Of course, as I grew older and (ahem!) wiser (worldy wiser perhaps) and restarted the hobby, I started to look for value, as though I would earn a fortune out of it. As I bought some stamps recently on eBay, from a dealer and then from the post office, it suddenly hit me: the “Value” of these stamps is really dependent on how badly I want them or how much I can afford to spend on them. Irrespective of what the catalogues might say about the value, I might still pay whatever if I want some specific stamps in my collection. And some stamps and albums have their own sentimental value. A completely torn and worn out stamp album that I still retain is of immense value to me because that is one of the first albums I bought from a philatelic exhibition way back in 1981. It is scrap paper for all practical purposes but I hold it dear to my heart. So unless I am going to become a stamp dealer, let me not worry about the value and collect stamps for the hobby that I hold close to my heart….. (till the next catalogue comes along and I try to find how much it is worth… LOL!!!)
After many years I visited the Philatelic section of the Head Post Office in New Delhi on Sansad Marg. The Philatelic Bureau has been relegated to a corner room towards the back of the large post office. Thankfully they do have a large room. And thankfully philatelic stamps are still sold in a room in the main area, which was heartening to see. I ended up buying one copy of all the miniature sheets they had at the time, which unfortunately weren’t too many. But the good part was I managed to open a Philatelic Deposit Account. This means I will get all new issues now at home. I am very kicked about this and am waiting eagerly for the next issue of new commemorative stamp.