A peep at later years

There is a lot of material still to be found from the last decades of Jaipur’s post. All the printing was done locally, and there is plenty of unintended variation. 

After Independence the postal service lingered on, supplying a cheap local service to the subjects of the former Rajah. Ed Deschl lists the quarter anna surcharge, [pav anna], which actually reduces the charge of the card, and mentions displacements of the surcharge, away from the imprint. Ratan Chand Batia has kindly supplied an example of the displacement, which Ratan tells me that this card is from a reply card pair. During printing the die impression was shifted considerably upwards. Thus when it was overprinted ‘PAV ANNA’ the overprint did not touch the imprint, but remained far below.

Gangapur line

Gangapur - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur

The route this card took is interesting. It was posted at Gangapur on 11th September 1947. From there it reached Sawai Madhopur where it entered the Railway Mail Service, which stamped the imprint with its J-2 IN R.M.S. datestamp, dated that day. The card reached Jaipur by this rail line [see above] and was sent to the Sawai Jaipur G.P.O. for delivery to Malpura by the land route. There are two different datestamps on the 12th there. But the card appears not to move again until the 15th, when it is again stamped at Sawai Jaipur at 8:30am, and then at Malpura the same day. 

Please note, ‘Sawai’ is an honorific, as was awarded by the Emperor Aurangzeb to the founder of the city of Jaipur. It just means ‘one and a quarter’. So the Post Office is at the capital, central to the system, and much mail transits through it.

Malpura line

Jaipur - Malpura - Pavalia [Panwar]

Once the card reached Malpura, there was another long wait before it was delivered to a certain Nathulal  Sundarlal. There is a faint delivery datestamp, clearly dated the 22nd. Nathulal Sunderlal then delivered the mail  to the addressee, Manmohanlalji  Parvin Chanji  Patni, Pavalia, Post Mor. There was delay at Malpura as Mor (not marked) was outside the main mail route. Mails to the smaller villages that did not fall on the main mail route were delivered by village postmen or contractors informally appointed by the Post Office.

Maps are to be found in Ratan Chand Batia and A V Kemmenoe's article 'Number Allocations to Early Jaipur State POs, India Post 157, pp 103-129