First Issues - 1852 to 1854

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Barbados SG2 Sc1 Barbados SG116 Sc81 Barbados SG153 Sc-B1 Barbados SG-D2 Sc-J2
15th April 1852
SG2 Sc1
SG116 Sc81
Diamond Jubilee
1907 SG153 Sc-B1
Kingston Relief Fund
Post Due
1934 SG-D2 Sc-J2

The Barbados stamps are pretty much standard issue for the time. Their first stamp on 15th April 1852 used the same design from Perkins Bacon as Trinidad and Mauritius, Britannia seated on bags of sugar. SG1a is yellow-green but the stamp shown is the less expensive SG1 deep green. The 1897 commemorative is a common Victoria Jubilee design. The 1d Post due shown was issued in 1934, the prettier ½d green SG-D1 SG-J1 in 1935. The 1907 Charity overprint issue is for earthquake relief.

Scinde and India

India SG861
[1st July 1852]
India Scinde commemorative
1977 SG861

The first Asian stamp was issued in the province of Scinde, now in West Pakistan, on 1st July 1852, organised by the first governor, Sir Bartle Frere. It was celebrated with a miniature image in a 1952 Pakistan commemorative and more colourfully by India in 1977, right.
A general India issue followed in 1854: the affordable ½anna SG2/Sc2 blue is significantly less expensive than the unissued ½anna red, SG1/Sc1. These stamps do not seem to have been commemorated, perhaps because they show Victoria and would symbolise imperialism. The remaining India firsts are unremarkable.

India SG2 Sc2 India SG226 Sc129 India SG220 Sc-C1 India SG646 Sc-RA3 India SG-O143 Sc-O105
East India Company
1st October 1854
SG2 Sc2
1931 SG226 Sc129
Inauguration of New Delhi
Fortress of Purana
1929 SG220 Sc-C1
De Havilland Hercules
1971 SG646 Sc-RA3
Refugee Relief
[August 1866]
First real Official
1939 SG-O143 Sc-O105

India‚Äôs first official, an 1866 definitive overprint, is unaffordable (£225). Overprints continued to be used until the first real official issue in 1939.

India 1860 SG52 Sc19 India 1882 SG84 Sc36    
Crown Colony Empire Dominion Republic
1860 SG52 Sc19 1882 SG84 Sc36 1947 SG301 Sc200 1950 SG329 Sc227

On changes of administration, in 1858, Gibbons notes [7, p.150], 'Queen Victoria assumed the government of the territories in Inda "heretofore administered in trust by the Honourable East India Company"'. They describe this as the Crown Colony period and from 1877, when Victoria assumed the title Empress of India as the Empire period. 1947 saw the Dominion period, leading to the Republic in 1950. The first stamp of each of these periods is shown.

India's state issue commemoratives are shown overleaf.


page written May 2013