Thursday, February 24, 2011

India Post is Largest Postal System in the World Issuing 70-80 Commemorative Stamps a Year

India Post is the largest postal system in the world and issues around 70-80 commemorative stamps a year as well as its regular postage stamps -- significantly more than the UK’s Royal Mail, which produces around 12-15, according to Devika Kumar of India Post.

On 18 February 1911, 23-year-old Frenchman Henri Pequet flew a 50 horsepower Sommer biplane from Allahabad to Naini carrying around 6,500 letters. The 13-minute journey was India’s first airmail flight and only the second in the world—a day earlier, American adventurer Fred Wiseman had taken off from Petaluma, California, and claimed first place.

One hundred years later, India Post will . . .

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