Pictured is an example of a Mahasul Chukt (Postage Fee Paid) cover sent from Palpa to Kathmandu in August 1879. This is a rather interesting item. Go to the "First Exhibit" Section and then click on Frame 1 and scroll down to Page 12 for the full story.
An Overview of Nepalese Stamps, Postal History, Stationery, and All Other Aspects of Nepalese Philately.
If you have questions, corrections or comments about this site or questions about Nepalese stamps and postal history, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to help you.
1/28/15 I have just discovered that several of the links to other web sites listed below do not work. They seemed to work fine when I originally added them. I will try to correct this problem in the next couple of days. I am currently using Yahoo! Small Business as my web site host. I am not very happy with their system. It is rather glitchy and poorly designed. However, it would be difficult to start a new site from scratch. Therefore, I will probably just soldier on with Yahoo.
1/28/15 I have just added a new section entitled "Classic Era Covers with 'No Rupee' Markings." This section shows a series of markings which as far as I know have not been previously written about. They are connected to the one rupee fee that was supposed to accompany any petition to the Prime Minister.
1/26/15 I have just added the first nine pages of a new section entitled "Nepal and the Indian Sepoy Rebellion 1857-1859." It details Nepal's roll as an ally of the British during that conflict . A number of the letters included in this section are of particular historic interest since they cast a new light on the Nepalese participation in that war or give a different or more detailed explanation of other well known events such as Babu Kunwar Singh's entry into the conflict than is found in the general histories of the era. This section will eventually total about 22 pages.
11/17/14 For anyone who needs a concise general overview of Nepalese Philately, there is a wonderful series of articles in Postal Himal written in the 1980's by F. A. Westbrook, Jr. These begin with the Classic Issues and progress through the Pashupati Issues into modern times. There are also articles devoted to the postal stationary and revenue issues. These all were intended for beginning and intermediate level collectors; and despite their age, I would highly recommend them as a good introduction to the field. The initial article may be found using the link below. The others follow in successive issues of Postal Himal, the NTPSC journal, which may be found on the same website.
11/03/14 If you have an interest in Nepalese postage meters, you should check out the link below to an extensive online worldwide catalogue of postage meters. It has a short chapter devoted to Nepal which pictures several meter designs which were new to me.
11/02/14 If you wish to see an extremely fine exhibit of Nepalese postal stationary, go to the following link: http://www.exponate-online.de/e_exponat.asp?a=1&e=8
11/01/14 A new section has been added: The Regime of Jang Bahadur 1846-1857. This section shows material from his regime prior to the Nepalese intervention in the Sepoy Rebellion. Please note the cover on the first page bearing what may be a unique early black seal of Jang Bahadur. I am endebted to Dr. Herbert Mailander for this wonderful cover. I am currently working with a rather extensive collection of covers directly relating to the rebellion which will constitute the next section. This section will probably not be ready for at least two weeks.
10/29/14 I have just added a new section, A Period of Chaos 1837-1846. Please note the Anglo-Sikh War related cover and the Red Seal Document signed on the back by Jang Bahadur three months before the Kot Massacre.
10/27/14 I have just added a new section, Rule and Governance in Nepal 1785-1837. This is the first of five new sections which will eventually replace the existing Pre-Postal Correspondence 1795-1878 section. These new sections will include the pages found in the old section plus many new ones.
10/18/14 There is an interesting thread on the Stampboard relating to British Royal Tours and Visits. It includes several covers relating to Nepal which are worth a look. The link is:
10/18/14 I have recently learned that Geoffrey Flack passed away on Tuesday October 14. He was a moving force in the world of Nepal and Tibet area collectors having been very active in and having held several offices in the Nepal Tibet Philatelic Study Circle including president. For many years he was one of the primary dealers in Tibetan and Nepalese philatelic material. One of my favorite pastimes was checking his website to see what new items he was offering for sale. And I bought more than a few of them. He was a very nice man and always a pleasure to deal with. He will be missed.
For Online Discussions and News About Nepal and Tibet Stamps and Postal History go to the NTPSC Forum at http://fuchs-online.com/forum/
The back issues of Postal Himal, the journal of the Nepal Tibet Philatelic Study Circle, are now online. The earlier issues are typewritten and are rather primitive. However, they rapidly improve in quality and contain a treasure trove of information.
Welcome to NepalStamps.Com. I have been interested in the stamps and postal history of Nepal since I was a high school student in the early 1960's. Nepal is an extremely interesting but difficult country to collect. The early Classic stamps issued between 1881 and 1930 are particularly challenging. It took me about 40 years to really begin to understand them. This website is intended to pass on some of what I have learned. Hopefully it will give the reader at least a general overview of Nepalese philately. This site will be permanently under construction with new features to be added on a regular basis. I do not pretend to know everything there is to know about this material. If you see any errors, please let me know so that I can correct them. I also welcome any comments or suggestions as to how this site may be improved. If you have any questions about the material presnted on this site or any questions about Nepalese philatelic material in general, feel free to email me; and I will do my best to help you. My email address is email@example.com.
Best regards, Ed Gosnell
THE QUICK GUIDES
For collectors and dealer wishing to make a quick identification of an item, I will be adding quick guides. The first which is already in place deals with the crescent telegraph cancellations often found on stamps of the early classic design. The Scott Catalog unfortunately perpetuates misinformation about these stamps which at leads to complete confusion about these issues among most general collectors and dealers.