Postal History of India: First Postage Stamp of Independent India

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When Was the First Postage Stamp Issued in India?

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The First Postage Stamp in India: India’s so called first stamp was released in 1852. They were embossed individually onto paper. The shape was circular, with ‘SCINDE DISTRICT DAWK’ around the rim and the British East India Company’s Merchant’s Mark as the central emblem.

The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was first issued in the United Kingdom (referred to in philatelic circles as Great Britain), on 1 May 1840, but was not valid for use until 6 May.

The stamp features a profile of Queen Victoria. In 1837, British postal rates were high, complex and anomalous. To simplify matters, Sir Rowland Hill proposed an adhesive stamp to indicate pre-payment of postage.

At the time it was normal for the recipient to pay postage on delivery, charged by the sheet and on distance travelled. By contrast, the Penny Black allowed letters of up to 1 ⁄2 ounce (14 grams) to be delivered at a flat rate of one penny, regardless of distance. The British penny Postage Stamp was first introduced in the Post Offices of India for sale on 1st February 1901.

What was the first postage stamp after Independence ?


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The First Stamp of Independent India was issued on 21 November 1947. It depicts the Indian Flag with the patriots’ slogan, Jai Hind (Long Live India), on the top right hand corner. It was valued at three and one-half annas.

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Postage Stamps 

Historically, a Postage Stamp began as a piece of paper, a receipt denoting a specific value, which was a token of prepayment for postal service equivalent to its face value.

Over a period of time, however, the postage stamp has evolved into an article with diverse functions ranging from its original role, to functioning as a tool for celebration and promotion of a nation’s heritage, and, as a collectible item, of both intrinsic and actual value, which may differ greatly from its postal value.

Postage stamps perform multifarious roles of being the paper ambassadors representing their country of origin, being brand images of their postal administrations, promoters of the image of a nation, and, as collectibles.

The universality and history associated with the postage stamps attach to them an aura, which is far beyond their physical form. For Stamps Catalogue from 1854 – 2022. Read More About Indian Postage Stamps

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