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.
As of 03/03/13, I am going to be inSan Francisco for Westpex from Thursday April 25 through Sunday April 28 and will be attending the Nepal Tibet Philatelic Study Circle meeting there on Sunday from 11:00 to 1:00. I will also be exhibiting my new and improved "The Kingdom of Nepal, Seals, Postmarks and Cancellations 1795 - 1911." If you have an interest in Nepal, Tibet, or Bhutan, come to the NTPSC meeting.
As of 04/ 24/12, I have added a few pages showing Barred Square Cancels in the "Classic Era Cancellations" Section.
As 04/22/12, I have added several pages showing Barred Circle Cancels in a new "Classic Era Cancellations" Section, as well as, a new section devoted to the 1879 - 1881 pre-stamp mail of the Nepalese Postal Service.
As of 04/20/12, a small section showing cancellations used on British Residency Mail has been added under the heading, "British Post Office at Kathmandu."
As of 04/07/12, a section devoted to Pre-Postal Correspondence and another devoted to Classical Postmarks have been added. Both sections are works in progress with more pages to be added. The postmark section in particular will be greatly expanded over the next few weeks.
As of 03/13/12, I have added a new section of official classic era covers mailed from locations without a post office. The various local government offices were required to submit reports to the central government in Kathmandu every two weeks or so. Many offices were located in smaller communities which had no post office of their own. Their reports had to be carried by a special messenger to the nearest post office. This section shows examples of such mail and may be accessed by clicking on the first section listed after the home page heading on the left.
Click on this link to see pictures of an outstanding exhibit of Nepalese Postal Stationery: http://www.bdph.de/index.php?id=1289
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. Go to: http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/postalhimal/pdf/
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.