Postmarks:carmel wrote: Hi,
An area which I know nothing about, but the cover was attractive, and the censor mark was a bonus ...
1. Both the postmarks are the same Proud type D55 (ex-D39) datestamps, recorded used by Proud from Feb 3,1917 to May 31,1922.
2. This datestamp of Chennai GPO (est. June 1,1786) here was used as a receiving mark but it had multifarious use as transit mark, dispatch mark and cancelation.
This datestamp type with movable hour slugs was introduced in 1910 to selected Head POs/Sub POs which were not allotted datestamps with district name.
3. The Chennai delivery datestamp type with movable hour slugs was introduced in 1910
to selected Head POs/Sub POs having 3 or more deliveries in a day.
The circular PASSED BY CENSOR handstamp in violet is Baker type MH7 censor mark of Chennai Censor Station, which was used in 1916–17 on both incoming and outgoing as well as transit mail.
Postal Rate: From Oct 1,1907 to Jan 15,1922, the suraface rate from Straits Settlements to India was 4c per 28.35gm (1oz), which was paid by Straits Settlements 1913 4c SG 197.
It was common practice among Indians to affix the stamps over the sealed envelope flap to deter opening the envelope and stealing of the contents during transit.
Destination: Coral Merchant Street in Muttiyalpettai area of Chennai was a bustling center of the Nattukkottai Chettiyar community.
The street had (and still has) several ornate mansions built by the Chettiyars.