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Ceylon Postal Stationery: Another Look at King George V Postal Stationery Envelopes

Graham Winters FRPSL



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The King George V postal envelopes has been a little known area for Ceylon Postal Stationery collectors. The registered envelopes, printed by De La Rue, are recorded in the De La Rue Archives, but the postal envelopes, all printed in Ceylon, are recorded nowhere. In 2012, Kurt Kimmel and I carried out some philatelic research in Colombo, amongst other things, looking for any surviving records, therefore dates of issue, numbers issued, numbers of proofs and colour trials etc, are simply unknown.

Regarding varieties, I have gathered together as much information as possible, but as will be seen, this is very limited. A further reason for concentrating on the postal envelopes in more recent times, is that Chandra Rodrigo never completed his 'Postal Stationery Envelopes' catalogue... part three of his series.

Other King George V postal stationery from Ceylon is included in Chandras part two catalogue... "Postal Cards; Letter Cards; Letter Sheets and Wrappers", and further study of Ceylon Wrappers has been published by Jan Kosniowski in his world-wide compendium,

This monograph therefore perhaps fills something of a void. I will be interested to see if anyone can add to the story

Graham Winters FRPSL