: The single foreign postal card rate to England was 1A from January 1,1891 to August 31,1921, which was paid by affixing Br. India 1907 1A SG 150.Cancelation
: It is Smith type A24A combined date stamp and obliterator (outer circle diameter: 27.5mm-31mm; inner circle diameter: 19mm-22.5mm; central date band height: 10.5mm-12.5mm) of Pune GPO (est. 1805).
Though this very type is found used from early 1896 to late 1926, it is officially first recorded in the PO General Order No. 15 dt. September 17,1897.
This type with movable hour slugs was introduced in 1896 to selected Head POs/Sub POs which were not allotted combined date stamp and obliterator (the term officially first coined in Indian Postal Manual 1883) without hour slugs in 1893 and from 1910, this type was allotted to the HPOs/SPOs which were not issued combined ds and obliterators with both hour slugs and inset arcs.
The steel date stamp devices were manufactured at the Postal Workshop, Aligarh and supplied to to Pune Stock Depots.Transit Sea Post Office Postmark
: It is Kirk type 10/Dovey and Bottrill type 9/Renouf type 74c with Sorter Set A.
This type is recorded by Kirk to be used from November 16,1907 to April 5,1914 and it is found with Sets A, B and C.Transit Skedule
: The date in the Sea PO postmark suggests that this card was carried by Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company steamship SS Caledonia from Mumbai on February 27,1909. It reached 'Adan (it is the actual name) on March 3 and Brindisi on March 10.
SS Caledonia was built by Caird and Company Limited, Greenock, Scotland and was in service from 1894 to 1925.
It completed 102 homeward trips from Mumbai from 1894 to 1914 with Sea Post Office in it. SS Caledonia