The First Number Slips

Gwalior registration labels 11-2
Gwalior nameslips 2

Goona, [now Guna], 20 May 1911, on a half anna postal stationery envelope sent to Bombay. The envelope still contains a letter, (but no money!) The number looks like 708, which raises a query as to whether the number ranges Ernie Oehme advised for these slips were kept to by the Gwalior State Posts.

Gwalior registration labels 12de11

Bhind, 12 December 1911, to Kalbadevi, Bombay

Lashkar, the capital, 5 November 1914

Documents 2

Mandsaur, 30 April 1917, with very worn bilingual namestamp

Ron Nuttall, in his India Study Circle Handbook section on registration, suggested that these were brought in in about 1909. Until then, registration was marked on the item by a box-style handstamp, which was issued to each Office that was entitled to offer Registration. Gwalior State had been entitled to run a postal service and send mail in to the rest of India, and it closely modelled its practice on the procedures of the Indian Post Office. However, the cobra snake adorns all of the markings from the early period.