“Kochipex 2014” – a great exhibition of rare stamps

December 2nd, 2014

Rare collections of stamps ranging from "Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp, to stamps depicting Jesus Christ's life (birth to resurrection) and stamp on Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitrovian Man" are on display at the two-day exhibition 'Kochipex 2014', beginning on Thursday.

The exhibition, which is a treat to philately fans, is being organized by the Ernakulam and Aluva postal divisions on Sahrudaya Campus, Ponnurnni. Prof K V Thomas, MP, will inaugurate the event. Tony Chammany and M Venkateswarlu, Post Master-General, central region of India Post, would also be present.

The exhibition is promised to have two segments; one for special invitees and another competition-based. Invitees segment would see eminent philatelists displaying their collection while competitive segment will feature participation from three leading schools, said Lissy Girl Antony, assistant superintendent, Ernakulam postal division.

George John Nidhiry, former principal of Deva Matha College, Kuravilangad, and a well-known philatelist, said he would participate in the 'Kochipex 2014' as an invitee. "My collection of 'Penny Black' stamps, including stamps brought out on the occasion of 50th and 100th anniversary 'Penny Black', would be on display", Nidhiry said. Also, his collection of stamps based on the theme Jesus’ life from birth to resurrection would be on display.

The two-day event would also feature philatelic quiz, painting and letter writing competition for schoolchildren, Antony said. Organizers said a panel of jury appointed by the Department of Posts would evaluate the entries under competition segment and awards would be presented to the winning exhibits.