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Posted 06/22/2022   02:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Before I illustrate the last of the Victorian India issues, I wanted to showcase this snip from a postcard. I don't collect postcards, but I couldn't pass up this portion of one. I don't know in which year the card itself was issued...

...and this, its most "redeeming" feature...
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Posted 06/22/2022   05:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As we get closer to Victoria's passing, the stamps issued after 1895 become very difficult to find, used, and dated on or prior to January 22, 1901. If I can't find one dated to my preference, I will, once in a while, purchase one dated in 1901, in general, but never beyond. The 1882-88 12a value that I illustrated previously, dated in 1902, had been thrown into a small lot I had purchased. I would have never purchased that one separately.

There was a surcharged half-anna in blue-green released in 1898, but I don't have one of those, and am not likely to, either.

1899, 3p aniline carmine; I have two, the one on the right postmarked in Park Town on February 20, 1900. The other was postmarked, somewhere, on March 17. 1902, and I don't know from where it came...

Now to enter especially dangerous territory, per the aforementioned...

1900, 3p grey, and postmarked, just under the wire, on January 2, 12, or 22, 1901, in Calcutta; this one is lovely, haunting perhaps, in grey...

1900, 1/2a yellow-green, or that pale, take your pick, and postmarked in December of 1900, somewhere "...bad". In India, there are fifteen towns or cities that end in "...bad"; again, take your pick...

1900, 1a carmine, and postmarked in Bombay, on January 19, 1901, just three days before Victoria's passing...

There was a 2a pale violet that was issued in 1900, but I never could find one postmarked in either 1900 or 1901, and I didn't want a non-descript one, with just black ink smeared upon it. Perhaps I'll find one to my liking in future, someday.

1900, 2a6p ultramarine, and postmarked in Bombay in July of 1901, roughly six months after Victoria's passing. I, therefore, look upon this one as an "In Memoriam" usage...

What do you think, Groucho Marx, or Victoria's grandson, the Kaiser?

That concludes the issues of Victorian India.
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Posted 06/22/2022   08:22 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"In the altogether"? I'll pass on a naked Vicky and her fifty-inch waist, thanks.
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Edited by GeoffHa - 06/22/2022 08:50 am
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Posted 06/22/2022   4:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ha! Quite right Geoff. It reads correctly now.

Incidentally, perish the thought!
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Edited by StampGuy64 - 06/22/2022 4:24 pm
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Posted 06/22/2022   8:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Edward VII enjoyed a comparatively short reign, from 1901, to his passing on May 6, 1910. When Prince of Wales, he had actually visited India...

Then, later, Edward became emperor of India...

1902, 3p grey, and postmarked in what appears to be Port Blair, a penal colony, in January or March of 1906...

As an aside, 1903, a 3p grey overprinted "Gwalior"(Gwalior State), in both English and Hindi, and postmarked in February of 1909...

1902, 1/2a green, and postmarked in Calcutta on June 16, 1906...

1902, 1a carmine, and postmarked in Calcutta on March 12, 1905 or '06...
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Posted 06/22/2022   9:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1902, 2a violet(or mauve, the other shade) yet postmarked on June 30, 1910; a late usage, after Edward's passing...

1902, 2a6p ultramarine, and postmarked on September 16, 1904; the stamps get prettier as we move along...

This one, however, not so much...

1902, 3a orange-brown, and seemingly postmarked in June of(foiled again) 1911...

That value is very difficult to find, that's pleasant.

1902 4a, in olive and pale olive, I think...

The one on the left was postmarked in Madras on August 18, 1904. However, the other seems to have been postmarked in August of 1914, four years afterwards.

The obvious lack of good material online is caused by at least one factor, and that Edward reigned for only nine years.
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Edited by StampGuy64 - 06/22/2022 10:31 pm
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A 6a value vanished upon the release of the 1882-88 issues, then reappeared in 1902. I finally got the "cookie" of these two shades. Can you guess which one it is? Scott, as usual, has only one colour listed, bister...

1902, 6a; the one on the right was postmarked in January of 1905...

1902, 8a violet(or mauve, the other shade, but which?)...

1902,12a purple, red paper, and postmarked in what I believe to have been Anantapuram, rather than Thiruvananthapuram, on November 6, 16 or 26, 1907...
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Edited by StampGuy64 - 06/22/2022 10:17 pm
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Posted 06/22/2022   11:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The high values of Edwardian India...

1902, 1r green & carmine, and postmarked in Madras on March 22, 1906...

There is also a green & scarlet, but it wasn't released until 1911, and is therefore unacceptable.

This one was very hard to find, sound, and dated correctly, as this one is...

1902, 2r carmine(or rose-red, but which? I can see rose, from a distance), and postmarked on October 2?, 1907...

There are more 3r red-brown & green of 1911 specimens online than you can lick, and postmarked in 1911, '12, '13, and '14. But this is the "real McCoy", and the one to have and to hold dear...

1904, 3r brown & green, and postmarked on January 11, 1905, or '07...

...and very, very difficult to find.

1904, 5r ultramarine & violet, and postmarked in Sehore on October 10, 1910, 1911, or beyond...

I've had that one for several years.

All of the high values altogether...

There were even higher values issued during Edward's reign. The 10r and 15r were released in 1909 and 1911, respectively. I could not find a properly dated example of the 10r of 1909, and I would not be interested in the 15r of 1911 at all. My 1982 SG BC catalogue lists the 25r, the highest value, as having been released in 1902. Indeed, I currently see one postmarked in 1909, online, but as Rick said to Ugati, "For a price Ugati, for a price".

That concludes the issues of Edwardian India.

Edward on his day of coronation, in England, but he was too old to re-visit India...

His younger brother, Arthur, visited in Edward's stead, and for the Delhi Durbar of 1903.
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Edited by StampGuy64 - 06/23/2022 12:19 am
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Posted 06/24/2022   03:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Delhi Durbar of 1911 was not quite the show, as it was in 1903, but it was spectacular in its own right...

It would be the only time that a sitting British monarch would visit India, George V, along with his wife, Queen Mary...

1911, 3p pale grey...

In monetary terms, a 3p of 1911 was worth about as much as one's collection of "dust bunnies" from under their bed, but from a historical point of view, that 3p in pale grey is priceless.

The 3p was also issued in grey, slate-grey, and blue-slate. This 3p is either a grey or slate-grey of 1911, or a blue-slate of 1922...

I won't be able to correctly identify that one until I get a few more.

1911, 1/2a yellow-green(there is also another shade, pale blue-green), a matching, albeit separated, pair, and postmarked in what appears to be Rawal City, with a space between the two, possibly "Palm", on February 15, 1924...

1911, 1a rose-carmine(there is also carmine, along with two other shades of carmine), and postmarked June 25, 1919...
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Posted 06/25/2022   05:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stop the stamp-printing presses...

I had to go out yesterday, for victuals, "vittles", for the pantry, and the refrigerator. But my first stop was to be at my local Post Office, and to sign for a registered-letter, all the way from India...

I only paid for standard shipping, but the seller opted otherwise, which was very nice of them; well, almost...

My local carrier attempted delivery the day before, but we did not hear their canned-air horn. All I got that day was a notification slip, "Sorry we missed you...". Unfortunately, I could not re-schedule delivery for the following day, online, as the USPS does not provide tracking for items coming from India, with India Post tracking numbers. Then, my local Post Office was closed before I could call to re-schedule. In the end, I had to hoof it.

Well, what did the letter contain? These, a partly-separated pair, and of the first 1r value of India. I went ahead and separated them fully...

Although, I would not have done so had the union been intact, and as I have virtually re-joined them here...

That's how they originally appeared, when fresh, new, and young.

"Nos. 9-35 are normally found with very heavy cancelations, and values are for stamps so canceled. Lightly canceled copies are seldom seen." - Scott

That is certainly true, given my experience, and those Scott #35 specimens sport very light cancellations...

1874 1r slate...

It's one of the great icons of Indian philately, beyond compare...

We now resume our regular programming...
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Posted 06/25/2022   4:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add crispinhj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm really enjoying this thread. Thanks for posting - and your commentary!
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Posted 06/25/2022   6:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Crispin!
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Regarding the aforementioned 1/2a green pair, I finally spotted the "P", for "Palm", and perhaps a portion of the "A" to its right. To the left of the "P" you can see "A" and "L" of "Rawal" clearly...

So it must be "Rawal Palm City", and as the place of franking. I found only scant information as to the location online.

1911, 2a; the shades for this issue are dull purple, mauve, violet, and the bright purple of 1919...

I got this 1911 2a, also illustrated above,from a seller in Australia...

1911, 2a mauve, and postmarked during the "British Empire Exhibition" of 1924-25...

1911; the 3a came in two shades, dull orange and orange-brown. I think I have both here...
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Posted 06/26/2022   05:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StampGuy64 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Before I go further, I had neglected these halves...

1919-21, 11/2a...

Two years passed and the written value was changed. Perhaps they had had trouble at the post offices, or it was an error?

1922-27, 11/2a rose-carmine; this one was very difficult to find, and postmarked in Simla in the 1930s. In 1864, Simla was declared as the summer capital of British India; for cooler comfort I'd say, temperate rather...

1911, 2a6p ultramarine, one of the most elusive stamps I've ever encountered, and postmarked on November 13, 1913...

That one above is the very first 2a6p ultramarine. Then, a second one was issued, two years later, but of a differing design almost entirely...

1913, 2a6p ultramarine, and postmarked on February 24, 1914...
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1911, 4a; this value came in two shades of green: deep olive, and olive-green. I believe this one to be the former...

I see security features there. Four annas, in 1911, was considerable in its own right.

1911, 6a; the value came in three shades...

Within my catalogue, the yellow-bistre is listed first, and was possibly the first to be released...

1911, 8a; this value came in four shades: purple, mauve, deep lilac, and bright aniline mauve. I have only one example, and this may be the purple shade, as I think of "grape" when I see it. The design is fantastic, snake-like...

This one is wild as well...

1911, 12a; this value came in two shades, as shown...

The claret, at right, appears to have been postmarked on February 27, 1912(?). If so, that would place that example among the first usages of the value.
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