257680 - Ernakulam

257ke

This handstamp, too long to go onto one stamp, is found from other offices in Northern Kerala such as Trichur, and in black and on other stamps. This item is very unusual in that a joined pair of tax stamps, was used, and cancelled by favour on the first day of issue, 15th November 1971. The whole handstamp can this way be seen, on a used item. 

Herr Ahlers reports this handstamp in black ink from Alwaye, Angamally, Cochin, Ernakulam, Kalady, Kalamassery and Trichur, between November 1971 and March 1972.