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George V Prestamped Envelope of India
Postmarked "Rangoon"

George V Prestamped Envelope of India
Prestamped George V Envelope of India postmarked "Rangoon"

Backstamp on envelope

Burma was the largest province in the Indian Empire from January 1, 1886 until April 1, 1937 when it was transferred to direct British administration when King George V definitives of India, overprinted "BURMA" were issued to replace Indian stamps which had been in use since October of 1854. (In a series of wars beginning with one in 1826, Britain annexed of Burma to India.)

First Day Cover for First Burma stamps
On April 1, 1937 the first Burmese stamps (overprinted Indian definitives) were issued. Note that
the cover commemorates the separation of Burma from India rather than the first day of issue.

Map of British India with Burma


"Burma." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

Rossiter, Stuart and John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald and Co., 1986.



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