India and States

India is a country in South Asia and the most populous democracy in the world.

The postal systems in India existed in various forms from before the Christian era. As the Portuguese, Dutch, French, Danish and British displaced the Mughals, their postal systems existed alongside those of independent states. The British East India Company gradually displaced other powers and brought into existence a British administrative system all over India.

Though the Indian Post Office was established in 1837, Asia's first stamp, the Scinde Dawk, was introduced by the local administration of the province of Sind in 1852. The Indian postal system developed into an extensive, dependable and robust network providing connectivity to almost all parts of India, Burma, the Straits Settlements and other areas controlled by the British East India Company.

Based on the model postal system introduced in England by the reformer, Rowland Hill, postal services were provided at a low cost and enabled the smooth functioning of the administrative machinery of the British Raj. The Imperial Posts co-existed with the several postal systems maintained by various Indian states, some of which produced stamps for use within their respective dominions, while British Indian postage stamps were required for sending mail beyond the boundaries of these states

Gwalior 1938 Set of 2 SG078-079 Fine MM
Gwalior 1938-48 Set of 13 SG105-117 Fine & Fresh LMM & MNH
Gwalior 1940-42 Set of 10 SG080-089 Fine MM
Gwalior 1941 1a on 1a3p Mauve SG090 Good MM
Gwalior 1942-45 Extended Set of 13 SG118-128 Fine & Fresh MM
Gwalior 1942-47 Set of 4 SG091-094 Fine MNH & MM
Gwalior 1949 Alizah Set of 9 SG129-137 Fine & Fresh LMM
India 1937 10R Purple & Claret SG262 V.F MNH Clear White Gum
India 1937 Set of 15 to 5R SG247-261 Fine & Fresh MM
India 1937-39 Set of 7 SG0132-0138 Fine LMM & MNH
India 1939 1a on 1 1/4a Mauve SG0139 Fine VLMM
India 1939-42 Set of 11 SG0140-0150 Fine MM
India 1948 Gandhi 3 1/2a Violet SG306 Fine LMM
India 1948 Gandhi 10R Purple-Brown & Lake SG308 Fine LMM
India 1949 Set of 16 SG309-324 Fine LMM
India 1949 UPU Set of 4 SG325-328 Fine LMM
India 1950 Republic Set of 4 SG329-332 Fine MM
India 1950-51 Set of 3 SG333-333c Fine LMM
India 1950-51 Set of 14 SG0151-0164 Fine LMM
India 1951 Asian Games Set of 2 SG335-336 Fine LMM
India 1940-43 Set of 13 to 12a SG265-276 Fine LMM
Jaipur 1931 6a Black & Deep Blue SG47 Fine MM
India 1948 Gandhi Set of 4 SG305-308 Good to Fine MM
India 1949 Set of 16 SG309-324 V.F & Fresh VLMM