Postal Stamp Image : EARLY R.M.S. CANCELLATION 1342 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 20/12/1988
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 6.50
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1342
Stamp Information : India-89 World Philatelic Exhibition As a prelude to India-89, World Philatelic Exhibition, the Department of Posts has been issuing a series of stamps. This, the fourth set, carries two cancellations, one of the RMS and the other of the DLO. The Indian Postal System is one of the largest in the world. In the nineteenth century, the georaphical area cevered by the system was very much larger. It included undivided India and Burma and also certain out-posts of the British Empire like Aden, Singapore and Shangai wher Indian Stamps were used. This, along with the multiferous activities undertaken by the system itself, made a study of the Indian postal history interesting as well as instructive for a philatelist specialising in postal history collections. Postal history is the study of routes, rates and markings. The markings are by far the most colourful aspect of such collections. It is, therefore, appropriate that postal cancellations are chosen as the subject for this set of stamps. The first stamp depicts one of the earliest hand stamps of the travelling post office in the 'Allahabad-Cawnpore' railway sector and this post mark was in use from December, 1864 to 1869. It was used by the travelling sorting offices between these two places. The first Travelling Post Office was established on 1st May, 1864 under a Suprintendent at Allahabad. The TPO operated on the 'Allahabad-Crownpore' and 'Calcutta-Delhi' railway sector. The circular post mark shown on the stamp has a diameter of 25 to 26 ms with "TRAVELLING" along the upper rim of the circumferrence and "POST OFFICE" along the lower rim, with No. 1 of the set, date and 'AC' in three horizontal lines in the space within the circle. This cancellation was used by the 1st set of the experimental TPO on 21st August, 1864. The second stamp depicts the type of cancellation used by the Dead Letter Offices in 1886. The origin of Dead Letter Offices can be traced to the Act of 1837 which prescribed the treatment of undeleivered letters lying at any post office for longer than three months. Initially these were sent to the GPO of the Presidency and lists of such undeleivered letters and parcels were published in the official Gazette. They remained at the GPO for 18 months and, after a further period of 12 months, they were destroyed. The Dead Letter Offices were established somewhere in 1860s but it was only towards the end of the decade that actual marings were used on envelops and other postal material. The marking depicted on the reverse of the envelops is a square of 18 mm and has the words D.L.O., the post office and the date in three horizontal lines in the space within the square. material for text, courtesy: Shri G.B. Pai, Col. L.G. Shenoi and the India-80 catalogue.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.55 X 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 12
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive Gravure coated stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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