Maldives to Ceylon
: 1959 personal correspondence covers.
I have just acquired this group of four covers from Malé to Colombo.
In three cases the address is in care of M.G.R. in Melbourne Avenue, Bambalapitiya district, Colombo 4.
I conjecture that M.G.R. is the Maldivian Government Residency/Representative(?). Evidently the building or grounds housing M.G.R. was named "Evergreen".
Earlier in this thread I showed a cover with this address. I thought it was addressed to an employee at M.G.R.
However, I now conjecture that these covers were intended for Maldivians living in various locations in Colombo, not necessarily officials working for the Maldivian Government, but people for whom the M.G.R. was willing to provide the service of receiving and holding mail from the Maldives, for the addressees to pick up at their convenience.
.Cover (1, 1)
: 10L Harbour definitive (SG 36, Sc 35) on front, cds Maldive Islands, 12.I.59 [12 Jan 1959]
Typed address without street or district; manuscript address to M.G.R., Melbourne Ave, Co[lombo] 4.
Cover (1, 2)
: 10L Harbour definitive (SG 36, Sc 35) on back, cds Maldive Islands, 23.V.59 [23 May 1959]
Full manuscript address c/o M.G.R.
Cover (2, 1)
: 10L Harbour definitive (SG 36, Sc 35) on back, cds Maldive Islands, 14.I.59 [14 Jan 1959]
Manuscript address to specific location in Colombo 6 — no explicit connection with M.G.R.
Cover (2, 2)
: 10c green Minaret definitive (SG 16, Sc 15) on front, cds illegible
Manuscript address c/o M.G.R., with addressee's name in English transliteration/Arabic, and Dhivehi side-note.
I wonder if PetCin88
's Maldivian connections might help him shed light for us on my conjectures about M.G.R. and the handling of these covers; also the significance of the Dhivehi side-note on (2, 2).