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All India Cancellations, 1873-1884 : Jal Cooper Types 32 - 35 : Part - I

The Large number of different types of cancellations used all over India as distinctive marks for the various postal circles had naturally created a nightmare to the Indian Postal Administration and so on in 1873 a solution was attemted by the introduction of type 32 as an all India cancellation was adopted on the system of providing an alphabetic letter and a number to distinguish a post office. Each postal circle was alloted an alpahabetic letter which was also the initial letter of the town and was the headquarters of a postal circle. Thus the letters stood for:

A - Allahabad (N.W.P. Circle)
B - Bombay (Bombay Circle)
C - Calcutta (Calcutta Circle)
D - Dinapore (Bihar Circle)
E - Dacca (E.Bengal Circle)
I - Indore (Central India Circle)
J - Ajmer (Rajputana Circle)
K - Karachi (Sind & Persian Gulf Circle)
L - Lahore (Punjab Circle)
M - Madras (Madras Circle)
N - Nagpur (C.P. Circle)
O - Lucknow (Oudh Circle)
R - Rangoon (Burma Circle)
S - Shillong (Assam Circle)


The numbers related to the sub-divisional post offices with a postal circle. The Postal Manual of 1873 explains this numbering business as "Disbursing post offices in each circle were numbered in a consecutive series commencing from the post office at the headquarters of the Postmaster -Genral."

Type 32

Type 32 Cancellations

B - Bombay (Bombay Circle)
Early All India Cancellations

C - Calcutta (Calcutta Circle)
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Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32

L - Lahore (Punjab Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32

M - Madras (Madras Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32   Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32   Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32


Type 32a

"Non-disbursing offices" but subordinate offices to the disbursing ones were also alloted numbers in a consecutive series.

Type 32a Cancellations

C - Calcutta (Calcutta Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32a


M - Madras (Madras Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32a

J - Ajmer (Rajputana Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32a

L - Lahore (Punjab Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32a


Type 32b

Type 32b is only a variation of Type 32a, in as much as the non-disbursing office number appears below instead of above. This type is found in both ways, as regards the position of the thick bars.

Type 32b Cancellations

A - Allahabad (N.W.P. Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32b   Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32b

C - Calcutta (Calcutta Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32b

L - Lahore (Punjab Circle)
Early All India Cancellations Jal Cooper Type 32b
Type 32c

Type 32c Cancellations

C - Calcutta (Calcutta Circle)
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Type 32d

In Type 32d letters as NC (North Calcutta) / WC (West Calcutta) appears in upper bars. No Example so far to show.

Type 33

During this period of 1873-1880, a special obliterator of very thick bars in the shape of a rhombus was specially prescribed for all "experimental" post ofice. until a numbered oblitrator in type 32 series was supplied to the "experimental post office" on its becoming a permanent post office. However, several of the Burmese post offices used this type of cancellation and therefore it is very difficult to identify it as Burmese post office mark except when on an original cover.
Early All India Cancellations
Early All India Cancellations


1. All India Cancellations, 1873-1884 : Jal Cooper Types 32 - 35 : Part - I

2. All India Cancellations, 1873-1884 : Jal Cooper Types 32 - 35 : Part - II

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