World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.
I was looking to add something related to Gandhi and Aids in my collection and I came across India Gandhi Postcard with special cancellation issued on 20th Anniversary of World Aids Day in 1-12-2008.
I have no doubt about Gandhi Postcard but when it comes to special cancellation I start shivering.!! because I have seen lot of FAKE, Forgery and questionable Special Cancellation in Gandhi Philately, so I question this special cancellation issued for 20th Anniversary of World Aids Day (1998 - 2008).
I searched for more information about this special cancellation from India, but I did not find any useful information. So I am not sure whether this is Official Special Cancellation on Gandhi Postcard or just regular rubber stamp on Gandhi Postcard?
Also there is no special cancellation available on (ebay.in) eBay India.!! which is also strange as you will see lot of postcards for sale but not with this special cancellation.!!
Currently wide variety (different theme) of this Gandhi Postcard with AIDS special cancellation is available on ebay.com from seller "staucy62" for $6. Of course there is someone who bought this special cancellation.!!! ( I hope buyer did research before buying it.!!)
As usual I’d be very grateful if blog readers could assist me in nailing this one. (Same way like reader "koolcals" helped me to find FAKE Mauritius Cancellation.!!)
Please let me know if you have more information about this cancellation so I can add this in my collection if it is indeed Genuine cancellation.
I emphasis on research before I buy any item in Gandhi Philately otherwise I have to regret like some of my past purchase.!!
Very nice cancel with usage of Logo/Emblem of United Nations. Permission from United Nations is required in order to use their Emblem. This is similar to using Emblem of India.
By using UN logo it does not make it Genuine.!! One need to have permission to use. Check this link to see who can use it. http://www.un.org/MoreInfo/guide (item #10)
Someone should have information about this special cancellation as they have to get cancellation from India Post or if it at there place then they have to pay 1500/3000 Rupees in 2008 and also needs to take permission to use UN Emblem.
So if it is Genuine then some local philatelist or club or government official will have something which can proof it is Genuine.
I request all fellow collectors and well wisher if you have any info about this special cancellation please send it to me or comment in this blog so all Gandhi collectors as well as some other topical thematic collectors will also benefit by adding in their collection with peace of mind and they don't have to worry about any Fake item.!!