A traditional container for formal letters that were to be delivered by a special herald or messenger; *another example*; and *one more example*

Source: ebay, Jan. 2008



*"A kinkhab bag, Kharita, used as an envelope by the princes of India, with the seal of H.H. Tukoji Rao Holkar... engraved by Shekh Nisar Mahomed of Delhi," from the Journal of Indian Arts, vol. 1, London 1886*

Source: ebay, July 2010





"Diorama of the route of the overland mail to India-- Leaving Suez," from the Illustrated London News, 1850

Source: ebay, July 2009


*"Launch of the West India mail steam-ship 'Solent', at Cowes," from the Illustrated London News, 1853*

Source: ebay, Oct. 2009

"Mail-gary in the northwest of India," from 'Ballou's Pictorial,' 1856

Source: ebay, June 2008


"Dawk Walas (Postmen) of Bengal," Illustrated London News, 1858

Source: ebay, June 2004





"Slinging letter-bags in the rainy season," from the Illustrated London News, 1858; also *"The catamaran postman"*

Source: ebay, Mar. 2009




"Her Majesty's Mail in India," from the Illustrated London News, 1867

Source: ebay, June 2009


Successive postmarks on a letter to the Nawab of Rampur, 1867

Source: Muraqqa'-e Ghalib, by Prithvi Chand (Delhi: Lakshmi Printing Works, 1966), pages not numbered; scan by FWP, Nov. 2006

The postmarks show that the letter travelled from Delhi to Meerut, then on to Calcutta, then on to Aligarh, then to Rampur, where it finally caught up with the Nawab.





"The postal services carriage," by A. de Neuville, from 'Le Tour du Monde', 1873

Source: ebay, Oct. 2008


A special postal office was set up on the Prince of Wales's ship (Illustrated London News, 1875); *another, similar view from The Graphic, 1875*; also *Loading mailbags into the Prince of Wales's ship, from The Graphic, 1875*

Source: ebay, Nov. 2007





"Gwalior: The Dak-Ghari," from 'India and its Native Princes' by Louis Rousselet, 1878

Source: ebay, Apr. 2009


*"General Post Office, Calcutta, Dalhousie Square," a photo c.1870's*

Source: ebay, Mar. 2010


*"Travelling in the Madras Presidency," from 'Peoples of the World' by Robert Brown, 1892*

Source: ebay, Dec. 2009


A letter sent from Diu to Karachi in 1881; the envelope has been secured with sealing-wax

Source: ebay, Mar. 2006





A glass lantern slide, c.1900, from India or Ceylon: across the man's chest is a leather strap, leading to his letter pouch; in one hand he carries a package, and on his shoulder is a large metal badge that reads "Post Office Delivery Peon No. 11"

Source: ebay, Oct. 2008




The staff of the Delhi Central Post Office, in a photo by Raja Deen Dayal, 1903 (to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII)

Source: ebay, June 2009


"Mail sorters," a photo by A. Keyes, 1925-30

Source: ebay, Dec. 2007


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