Stamps of India:
Article of the Month - March 2012
First Day of Issue Postmarks of Stamp
by Madhukar and Savita Jhingan
India Post celebrated the centenary of the India postage stamps on a
grand scale all over the country. A set of 4 stamps in the denomiation
of 1 , 2 , 4 and 14 annas commemorating the event were issued on October
1, 1954. Also issued on this day was a set of 7 commeorative postal
stationery items – 9 pies Postcard, 1½ annas Inland Letter Card, 2 annas
Embossed envelope in commercial size, 2 annas square Stamped envelope, 8
annas Aerogramme, 9½ annas Registration envelope, and 14 annas Airmail
envelope. The Airmail envelope sold for 14½ annas contained a sheet of
blue letter paper with inscription 'India Postage Stamp Centenary 1854 –
1954' in English printed on top. Special Letter Pads containg 16 sheets
of white paper with inscription 'India Postage Stamp Centenary 1854 –
1954' in Hindi printed on top were also issued at 4 annas per pad.
A multicolor First Day Cover priced at 1 anna was released for this
However no brochure was issued on this occasion.
A special First Day of Issue pictorial postmark was provided at 34 post
offices across India for this issue. Usually at that time the First Day
of Issue postmark was provided at the philatelic bureaus that were 10 in
all. Thus for this issue the First Day of Issue postmark was provided at
additional 24 locations. The postmark was inscribed 'India Postage Stamp
Centenary' and depicted a postal runner and an aircraft.
The First Day of Issue postmark with inscription 'International
Philatelic & Postal Exhibition' and with same design as that with the
inscription 'India Postage Stamp Centenary', was provided at New Delhi
as well as at Calcutta.
In addition the INDIPEX P O at the India International Philatelic
Exhibition at New Delhi also serviced the First Day Covers with its date
postmark. The design of this date postmark, used
for duration of the International Philatelic Exhibition, was also
same as the First Day of Issue postmark.
All these postmarks were provided in both the languages English and in
Hindi. Thus there were 2 postmarks for each location, one in each
language. A complete collection of the First Day of Issue postmark of
this issue will have 74 different postmarks.
India International Philatelic Exhibition was held at New Delhi. It was
the first large scale exhibition in this part of the world with
participation from 70 countries. This exhibition was originally
scheduled from October 1 to 15 but was extended to October 31, 1954.
International Postal Exhibition was also held at New Delhi from October
1 to 31, 1954.
Following is the complete list of places where the First Day of Issue
postmark was provided:
There are several varieties in the design of the postmark but that is
matter for another article.
Various Postal Documents
Version 1.0, First published in Issue # 516 of March 29, 2012 of the Stamps of India Collectors Comapnion
|Version 1.1 April 8, 2012, 25 images
plus additonal text added, published on