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Here are some random samples of stamps from my collection with little notes on each of them. I have intentionally not arranged them in any particular order.

Image of an India stamp depicting a Dak Runner
This India stamp is from the time when the British ruled India as is evident from the King's head. The cancellation date reads 1938. The stamp depicts a dak(mail) runner. In those days the transportation system in India was very poor and mail was often transported from village to village on foot by human beings called "runners" because they literally used to run carrying the mail bag.
Image of an India stamp depicting a Dak Bullockcart
This India stamp belongs to the same set as of the above stamp. This depicts a dak(mail) bullockcart. Bullockcarts probably were used to transport "Express Mail"... just kidding.
Images of two British India service stamps
Here are two British India "service" stamps.
King George VI's head is featured on them.
Images of two independent India service stamps
Here are two independent India "service" stamps.
They are featuring the top part of the famous Ashoke Pillar - India's national emblem.
Image of one of independent India's first stamps
One of independent India's first stamps issued on 15th August, 1947 (India's Independence Day). It is showing India's national flag.
Image of an India stamp with 'Pakistan' overprint
"Pakistan" overprint on India stamp. Pakistan used this kind of stamps for some time immediately after the partition of India before they started printing their own stamps.
Images of two different India stamps depicting Bodhisattva
Note the figure in one stamp is the mirror image of the other. The stamp on the right was issued in 1949 and soon the postal authorities in India discovered that the artist had drawn the Bodhisattva's figure incorrectly. In the actual sculpture, Bodhisattva is sitting the way he is sitting as shown on the stamp on the left! So the figure was re-drawn and the other stamp (shown on left) was issued within a few months to replace the first stamp. Luckily, I have a sample of each.
Image of an Aden stamp
Aden had its own stamps from 1937 to 1965. Before that period Aden used India stamps. Aden now uses Southern Yemen Republic stamps.
Image of an old Australia stamp
Even if you could not read the stamp inscription, you could tell it was an Australia stamp. Couldn't you? The stamp is obviously damaged, but I have saved it. A half-penny Australian stamp has to be fairly old. (In fact, this stamp was issued in 1913 and it is Scott #1). I shall not get a better copy of it unless I buy one from a stamp dealer. This one, like 99% of my collection, was obtained for free!
A better copy of the above Australia stamp
A very generous Australian collector by the name of Andrew Lowe sent me this undamaged copy of the above half-penny Australian stamp to replace the damaged copy in my collection. To the young and beginner collectors I say this is just one example of how other more experienced collectors might help you if you show a genuine and sincere interest in the hobby. Stamp collectors usually help each other by swapping stamps.
I do not know how to thank you Mr. Lowe. But I thought displaying on this page a scanned image of the stamp you sent me along with a written acknowledgment of your generosity would be more appropriate than just adding your name in my Acknowledgment Page. Thank you, Mr. Lowe.
This stamp image was added on this page on June 18, 2008.
Image of an old China stamp
A china stamp from the time when China did not print the country's name in English. (Modern China stamps do). It is depicting Wall of China, of course. I don't know what the overprint means. Looks like some kind of surcharge was added later. Can any reader help?
I have received many replies to my above question. But recently a senior collector from Canada, Mr. Blair Stannard, sent me a very detailed and comprehensive information about the stamp. For the benefit of all, I am quoting below what he wrote to me.
The original 30 cent airmail stamp was issued in 1932. It showed a Junkers F13 plane over the Great Wall of China. In 1941, it was reprinted with a secret mark.
In 1946, because of the war and massive currency inflation, both of these were overprinted at Shanghai. This is your stamp. The overprint shows it is in the new national currency. The new value was $23.00
By 1948, more inflation had occured. The same stamp was then overprinted $10,000.00

Thank you for enlightening us all, Mr. Stannard.
Image of a Switzerland stamp
As a beginner, even if you did not know what the stamp inscription Helvetia means, you could tell it was a Switzerland stamp simply by looking at the postmark. This assumes that you know Geneva is in Switzerland and Geneve means Geneva. The postmark shows the stamp was used in 1952 to mail a letter from Geneva - probably long before you were born!
Image of a British Guiana stamp
British Guiana is now known as Guyana, a country in the northern part of South America, sandwiched between Venezuela and Brazil on the west and Suriname on the east. The southern side of the country borders with Brazil and on its north is the Atlantic ocean. Georgetown, situated on the Atlantic coast, is its capital.
Image of a Palau stamp
Palau? Where on earth is Palau?
Well, it is a group of tiny islands in the western Pacific Ocean far away from the west coast of USA. It used to be an U.S. Trust Territory. Palau became a republic in 1981. Although Palau has its own stamps, its mail continues to be handled by the U.S. Postal Service!

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