Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stamps Collecting Hobbies, Ceylon – Sri Lanka, Pen Friends.

 Ceylon Under British Rule / Dominion
Stamps bearing the pictures of;
King George V (Reign from 1910-1936) and
King George VI (Reign from 1936 – 1952)

Stamp collecting is not the same as philately, which is the study of stamps. A philatelist may, but does not have to, collect stamps.  There are specific terms which refer to some specialized areas of stamp-collecting; for example, the collection and study of airmail stamps is called 'aerophilately'.

Many casual stamp collectors accumulate stamps for sheer enjoyment and relaxation without worrying about the tiny details. Stamp collecting is a joyous pastime. With each stamp lies a story behind. The historical, geographical, political, economics, events, religion etc of a nation - recorded on the small piece of stamp! Those days none would ever imagine these hobbies one day can generate into some form of profit? 

Leaders and personalities,
Religion; Buddhist, Hindu and Islam,
Mile’s last letter with a Sri Lanka stamp

 Rice planting, tea and coconut
Different types of animals in Ceylon/Sri Lanka

When I was young I had pen friends from many countries and was fortunate as my pen pals collect stamps too.  Those days we don’t buy, we rely on exchanges; “you give me a 1950 dated stamp or one with a picture of the Queen, I will give you same from my country” - that childish kind of bargaining we had back then. LOL.

One of my pen pal was from Ratnapura, Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka) and lives in a Tea Plantation. He was from mixed families, British father married a local Sinhanese lady. His last letter to me with a Sri Lanka (new name) stamp came in 1972 when Ceylon became a Republic; changing its name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka.

A lot of things happened in Ceylon/Sri Lanka during those period, we lost contact since. To my dearest pen pal Miles, wherever you may be today, these stamps of Ceylon (over 100 pieces in my collection) came from you, “thank you”.


  1. beautiful stamps. rich history.
    of these ones above, i have only one - that old unkerr with white hair in the second list, top (10cents, green stamp).

    ceylon was also known as Serendip.
    aha! the old Sinbad story -
    (see his Sixth Voyage).

    = pity our politicians didnt learn from this old arab story - now they call themselves SinGOOD. hahaha.
    = anak kita tak baca sinbad atau hikayat hang tuan, tapi pokemon dan twilight.

  2. Those days exchanging stamps and having pen pals was one best way to connect. Today our kids also follow our ways except theirs using the latest technology.

    My daughter have her own circle of online friends from all over the world and their exchanges are much more sophisticated in nature. They learn faster!

    She started picking Japanese from Japanese virtual friends @10yrs and 3yrs on can understand Japanese well, write a little Katakana and sings Japanese songs all day long!

    Just imagine Post office vs Internet! huhu

  3. hi katrina, i used to collect stamps in my student days- one of my most favorite hobbies...then i dont remember what happened to them. must have given them away.
    wow the sri lankan stamps are so beautiful

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  5. CV,
    Suppose it was more of a personal treasure, so it is safely tucked and hidden away at all times. I still smile when I look at each of those stamps, brings back so many precious childhood memories.

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  6. That was such a great article, my grandpa collects stamps and he has a big collection. I was always fascinated with this hobby :D

  7. Andreea,
    Not even a stamp from Romania in my collection!.. one day please post some of his stamps in your blog for us to see? I am sure they must be beautiful - and the famous castles in Romania! Enchanting and so so Romantic!

  8. Collecting stamp is so profitable in terms of knowledge and income! My son used to collect them in his school days and I used to get them from our business partners from all over the world...

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  18. Very nice article. I also have a few of the Ceylon stamps you mentioned. I truly enjoy this hobby. Do you want to be pen pals and exchange?

  19. Hi I just stumbled on your article. I also have a few of Ceylon stamps you put up. I really enjoy this hobby. Do you want to exchange or be pen pals.


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