Portuguese India stamps

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Portuguese India was the aggregate of Portugal's colonial holdings in India. At the time of India's independence in 1947, Portuguese India included a number of enclaves on India's western coast, including Goa proper, as well as the coastal enclaves of Daman and Diu, and the enclaves of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, which lie inland from Daman. The territories of Portuguese India were sometimes referred to collectively as Goa. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_India


Scott: #520-1O

Issued: 25.10.1952

400th Death Anniversary of St. Francis Xavier


Inside #520-1: Portuguese India #464O/#476O (B)

Scott: #521aO

See: Saint Francis Xavier, SJ (1506-1552) - Patron Saint of Missions



Scott: #522-3O

Issued: 4.12.1952

Goa Stamp Exhibition

 Inside #522: Portuguese India #1O



Inside #523: Portuguese India #464O/#476O (B)

Scott: #523aO

The first postage stamps of Portuguese India were issued 1 October 1871. These were purely local, and stamps of British India were also needed for overseas mail. The design of these first stamps simply consisted of a denomination in the center, with an oval band containing the inscriptions "SERVICO POSTAL" and "INDIA POST". The dies were recut several times, and printed on several kinds of paper, resulting in an extremely complicated situation that has been intensively studied; about 55 types have been identified as appearing between 1871 and 1877, some of them quite rare. http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/p/po/portuguese_india.htm

Scott: #527O

Issued: 3.10.1953

Centenary of Portuguese Stamps

 Inside #527: Portugal #1O