The material shown in this section reflects a substantial amount of original research on my part. This section is a work in progress that should eventially extend to 150 pages or more. Many of the findings are tentative and subject to change. Any new information, suggestions or corrections to what I have written would be most appreciated. Much of the backround information has been drawn from Dr. Shrestha's wonderful book, Nepalese Postal History from earliest times until 1959. This is an almost unbelievably well researched book that every person interested in Nepalese postal history should own. I have also heavily relied on information from Nepal Under the Ranas by Adrian Sever which is especially useful in understanding the very complicated history of the Rana period. Thanks to my good friend, Stephan Bildheim, I have obtained a mass of material that was originally owned by the late Hans Wittmann. Most of the material shown in this section is from this accumulation. Both Stephan and Mr. Wittmann were instrumental in the primary organization and translation this material. I have simply built upon their considerable work.