1894 Rare Experimental PO Cancellation Kottayam Travancore

1894 Rare Experimental PO Cancellation Kottayam Travancore. This is an “experimental Post Office” Postcard from the British India era. The stamped cancellation seal reads “Experimental P.O. M-276 II JA 94” which dates to 1894. The second stamped cancellation seal reads- “Kottayam 13 JA 94”.

Mails with the Experimental Post Office cancelation seal are rare to find. An experimental post office is that they run the post office for six months at a particular town. In the next six months, if there are good sales at the post office, it will become permanent.

However, if the sales are poor, they will grant a grace period of two years for the sales to pick up. And if it still does not pick up sales in this two year period, then the post office will shut down for good. This Post Card is printed “East India” with its seal.

East India indicates “The British East India Company”. Read about British India Bazar Cards. See my post- c1885 Madras General Post Office Building., and 1936 Postcard Bombay General Post Office GPO

Did you know- for centuries it was rare for any means other than a relay of runners on foot to carry messages. The relay of postal runners worked throughout day and night. 

From the collection- Vintage Map Phases of Fort St George Madras.,  c1914 Photo Train At Railway Platform.,  c1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Nude (#3)

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