When Were the First Postage Stamps of India Issued?

The very first postage stamps of India were issued long before the country was colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and the England. Many people are under the misconception that the first Indian stamps were only issued after independence. But the matter of the fact is that the first postage stamps were issued much earlier. The British took control over the Marathas who had already defeated the Mughals. Postal systems existed since those early days but after the East India Company took administrative control over India, they also started taking control of this postage system.

The Indian post office was established in 1837 and the first postage stamp of India the Scinde Dawk was introduced in 1852. This postal system was extremely effective and was spread across the entire subcontinent of India. In medieval times, postage services were controlled by intelligence services, the military and police. In October 1854, the first postage stamps were officially up for sale in denominations half annas, 1 anna, 2 annas, 4 annas featuring young queen Victoria. After these stamps, several other stamps were issued before independence. One of the new series released in 1902 featured King Edward VII. They were issued with denominations as high as 25 rupees and were used for parcel fees or payment of telegraph. The first Indian stamps featuring King George were issued in 1911. The postage stamps featuring pictures were issued in 1931 to mark the government’s move from Calcutta to Delhi.

The first Indian stamps were issued after independence on 21st November 1947 features the Indian flag with the slogan “Jai Hind”. After the first postage stamp of India was issued officially, many other stamps with different themes and depictions were released regularly by India Post. Today, some of the beautiful stamps of India have become popular all over the world for their unique designs and themes!


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