Postal History – India 30 -1-1949 Inauguration of Inland Night Airmail

With the growing demands of the Indian commercial sector for better mail service,the then Civil Aviation Minister Mr. Rafi Ahmed Kidwai inaugurated the 1st Indian Inland Night Air Mail Service on the occasion of the 1st Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January 1949 – the world’s first overnight air mail service – keeping in mind,  that air mail would move at night and this had the added advantage of making overnight delivery possible in what may very well be also the world’s first example if not one of the earliest examples of a hub-and-spoke operation. Under this system, the four main cities of India also happened to form each of the four corners of a diamond- New Delhi to the north, Bombay to the west, Calcutta to the east, and Madras to the south. Connecting these cities was a central location at the city of Nagpur in central India. The Night Air Mail scheme was an experiment towards night flying in India and for the introduction of the “All Up Scheme”. Initially only mail was transported on N. A. S. Before this period, night flying was not safe in the absence of security measures and equipment at Airports.

Under the N.A.S., the 4 principal cities of Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and New Delhi, which are in 4 different corners of India, were linked with Nagpur. 4 night planes will leave, one each from these cities, for Nagpur, with a mail load from their region and will return to their home base in the early morning, after exchanging the mail at Nagpur.

A superb cover tied on the front with all three special postmarks cancellations provided on that day….

1.Double wavy line Cachet in Black….Bapu’s M.K. Gandhi’s favourite slogan…SABKO SANMATE DE BHAGWAN…

2.Duplex Cancellation reading.NIGHT MAIL .FIRST FLIGHT. and NAGPUR / 30.1.49 / AIR in round circle was used on the inaugural day of the N.A.S., from Nagpur only..

3.A special Supplementary Cachet was also used which reads INLAND NIGHT AIR MAIL / INAUGURATION / JANUARY 30, 1949.

Scanned Cover which speak by itself that they must have travelled  by N.A.S., or otherwise they would not have reached the destination, the next day. Delivery Postmark on the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Cards on Roses -South Africa

A Set of Post Cards issued by South Africa on Roses.

Issue Date 04 Oct 1979

Varieties – Soaring Wings, Southern Sun, Gary Player & ‘ Prof Chris Barnard’.

Prof Chris Barnard -Rose Variety

Prof Chris Barnard -Rose Variety

Post Cards on Roses -South Africa

A Set of Post Cards issued by South Africa on Roses.

Issue Date 04 Oct 1979

Varieties – Soaring Wings, Southern Sun, Gary Player & ‘ Prof Chris Barnard’.

Post cards on Roses- ISG

Gary Player

Post Cards on Roses -South Africa

A Set of Post Cards issued by south Africa on Roses.

Issue Date 04 Oct 1979

Varieties – Soaring Wings, Southern Sun, Gary Player & ‘ Prof Chris Barnard’.

Post Cards on Roses-ISG

Soaring Wings & Southern Sun

British India Postal Stationery- Service (Official) Post Cards  KG VI

A  Used Post card of KG VI with Half Anna overprint on 9p official  post card. The Half Anna  overprints are in  Black Ink The  Half Anna overprints position marked by arrows. Service is also overprinted

 

The Half Anna overprint has shifted to Top.

Cat ref Jain OP19.

KG VI Official Post Cards -India-ISG

British India Postal Stationery- Post Cards  KG VI

A Set of Used Post cards of KG VI with Half Anna overprint on 9p post card. The Half Anna  overprints are in Blue & Black Ink and used during the Period (Mar-May 1947) . The Ink colors and Half Overprints position marked by arrows. Cat ref Jain P65.

KG VI Postcards with overprints -INDIA-ISG

 

India Pre Indep Tete-Beche Gutter Pair- KG VI

A Used KG VI Tete-Beche Gutter Pair issued 1936-40 period.

Tete-Beche gutter Pair- India-ISG

Postal Stationary – Special Air Mail cover With Gandhi Ji Picture – By India Post

Formula Postal Stationaries issued during “Dak Bharati – 2004″ Gujarat Circle

Date of Issue:-01.10.2004.

Special Airmail Cover

Back Scan

Formula Post Card bearing impression of 3 1/2 As stamp of 1947 and Rs 5 Gandhi Centenary Stamp of 1969

Formula Postal Stationaries issued during “Dak Bharati – 2004″ Gujarat Circle

Date of Issue:-01.10.2004.

Post Card

Back Scan

Special Cover – World Homeopathy Day – By India Post

Date of Issue:- 10.04.2014.

Contributed By:- Mr Susheel Bansal, Gujarat

Special Covers, Carried Covers, Special Cancellation Covers of 2014.View at a Glance, Click on below link:-

http://www.indianstampghar.com/spl-2014/

2014 Special Cover

Braille Stamp on National Library of Argentina-2000

Argentina issued a Miniature sheet in 2000 with Four Stamps to mark centenary of National Library.The 75c stamp is with Braille Script.

Braille Stamp-Argentina 2000-ISG

Stamps on Roses -Malaysia 2003

A Miniature sheet issued by Malaysia on Roses in 2003. The MS has two stamps on Roses.A Nice item for Rose collectors.

Stamps on Roses -Malaysia 2003-ISG

Special Cover – Golden Jubilee Year of Gandhiji last foot step on the soil of Orissa

Cancellation :- Pictorial Gandhiji Three Monkeys and Gandhiji’s Worldly belongings

Date of Issue:- 29.10.1996..

Contributed By:- Mr Gauresh Mehra, Karnataka

Special Covers, Carried Covers, Special Cancellation Covers of 1996.View at a Glance, Click on below link:-

Gandhi Ji 1996 Cover Cuttack

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