Complete Set of 2 nos of postage stamps on the ‘India-89’, World Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi held between 20.1.89 to 29.1.89 :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 9, 1988
Issued for : The Department of Posts, Govt. of India is bringing out a series of postage stamps to herald INDIA–89 World Philatelic Exhibition to be held in New Delhi from 20-29 January, 1989.
Design : The first set consisting of two stamps in this series depicted the logo and venue of the exhibition. The second set consisting of four stamps showed four historic monuments of Delhi, the city where the exhibition is being held. The present third set consisting of two stamps are on Postal buildings depicting Bombay G.P.O. and Bangalore G.P.O. as samples of early & the latest architecture.
Type : Blocks of 4 Stamps, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 400 & 500 Paise
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Stamp Print Size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un W/M Adh. Gr. coated stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 15,00,000 each in sheetlets of 6
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press
- A Postmaster was appointed in Bombay in 1787 while Bombay G.P.O. was opened in 1794. It was first located in the Fort in a building near Apollo Pier. In 1869 it was shifted to the present C.T.O. building and it finally moved to its present building in 1913. However, there is an earlier reference to the establishment of a Post Office in Bombay in 1688 when the Court of Directors of the East India Company instructed the Council at Bombay vide a letter dated 27.8.1688 – “We likewise require you to erect a Post Office for all letters to be brought to and delivered at, setting such rate upon each single letter, and so proportionably upon double and treble letters, as may in a few years bring in insencibly a vast revenew to the Company : and a much greater conveniency to merchants and trade in generall than ever they yet had or understood..“
- However it is not fully certain whether at all a post office was actually set up or not. This is an area where active research can bear fruitful results.