Postage & Stamps

Even before independence, the question of introducing Pakistan postage stamps on the day of the birth of Pakistan (14th August, 1947) was examined. Due to complications accompanying the designing and printing of new postage stamps and the limited period then available, it was decided that the postage stamps and postal stationary to be used by the Government of Pakistan should, in the first instance, be distinguished by printing the word “Pakistan” over Indian postage stamps and stationary. The printers considered even this to be a rather huge task; hence it was decided to introduce Indian postage stamps and stationary with  “Pakistan” over them with effect from 1st October, 1947. These were printed by the Government of India Security Press, Nasik Road (India) and later  by the Government presses in Pakistan. The over-printed Indian Postage Stamps became very popular with the philatelists all over the world. Rubber stamping or hand stamping was never allowed; postage stamps bearing rubber over-prints are, therefore, unauthorized. Described below are the salient features of various Pakistan postage stamps from the collection of Lahore museum:


  • The first series of postage stamps, issued by Pakistan, were devoted to the commemoration of independence. They were released on 9th July 1948 and comprised four values- 1 ½ As  (Anna), 2 ½ anna, 3 anna, and 1 rupee.
  • The first regular series of Pakistan postage stamps were issued on the first anniversary of independence (14th August, 1948). These stamps, in twenty denominations, were printed by Messrs Thomas De La Rue &Co. Ltd. , London by the “TailleDouce” printing process. These stamps were divided into seven categories, each represented by a separate design such as scale of justice, crescent and star, Lloyd’s Barrage, Karachi Port Trust building, administrative building of Karachi airport, Muslim Hotel Dacca, and Khyber pass. Stamps of the denominations of 3-pie, 6-pie, 9- pie, 1 anna 1 ½ anna, 2½ anna, 3 anna, 4 anna,8 anna, Rs. 1,Rs. 2,Rs. 5 and  Rs.10 of the series were over-printed with the word “service” for official use.