265bi - Patna

There are perhaps four different handstamps in use of this format. Larger sizes are usually in black, and smaller in violet shades. 

Letters of ‘RELIEF’ widely spaced [kerned], 1972

Kerning is tighter and the letter shapes are rounded, 1972

Sujaganj Bazar, Bhagalpur (close to Patna), 27-11-71. ‘Parcel’ datestamp, on what was probably a registered envelope. 

265bi-2patna meter

‘Hotel Republic/Patna', on Family Planning 5p stamp, on meter mail cover addressed to Jaipur

Kerning is looser, space between the lines [leading] is greater and the letters are more square in shape. 

265bi patna map