First Day of Issue Postmarks of Stamp Centenary

Stamps of India: Article of the Month - March 2012

First Day of Issue Postmarks of Stamp Centenary

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 issue.
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:
  Inscribed India Postage Stamp Centenary  
Agra

Hindi
Agra

English
Ahmedabad

Hindi
Ahmedabad

English
Ajmer

Hindi
Ajmer

English
Allahabad

Hindi
Allahabad

English
Ambala

Hindi
Ambala

English
Amritsar

Hindi
Amritsar

English
Banaras

Hindi
Banaras

English
Bangalore

Hindi
Bangalore

English
Bombay

Hindi
Bombay

English
Calcutta

Hindi
Calcutta

English
Chandigarh

Hindi
Chandigarh

English
Cuttack

Hindi
Cuttack

English
Dehradun

Hindi
Dehradun

English
Delhi

Hindi
Delhi

English
Hyderabad

Hindi
Hyderabad

English
Indore

Hindi
Indore

English
Jaipur

Hindi
Jaipur

English
Jullundur

Hindi
Jullundur

English
Kanpur

Hindi
Kanpur

English
Kurnool

Hindi
Kurnool

English
Lucknow

Hindi
Lucknow

English
Madras

Hindi
Madras

English
Madurai

Hindi
Madurai

English
Meerut

Hindi
Meerut

English
Nagpur

Hindi
Nagpur

English
New Delhi

Hindi
New Delhi

English
Ootacamund

Hindi
Ootacamund

English
Patna

Hindi
Patna

English
Poona

Hindi
Poona

English
Rajkot

Hindi
Rajkot

English
Shillong

Hindi
Shillong

Simla

Hindi
Simla

English
Srinagar

Hindi
Srinagar

English
Tiruchirapalli

Hindi
Tiruchirapalli

English
     
 

International Philatelic & Postal Exhibition

 
New Delhi

Hindi
New Delhi

English
Calcutta

Hindi
Calcutta

English
  INDIPEX Post Offfice  
INDIPEX

Hindi
INDIPEX

English
 

There are several varieties in the design of the postmark but that is matter for another article.

Acknowledgments:
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 www.stampsofindia.com
 

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