'The jewel in Britain’s crown’. High value issues of the British Raj celebrate Indian pomp and splendour.

The India Study Circle was formed in 1950 to promote study and research into the philatelic and postal history of India. This includes material from Burma, Pakistan, Bangladesh and all the Princely States. We include British Indian Post Offices located outside India and the posts of other European powers that held ground within it. Many of us include stamps and stamped paper issued within India to raise revenue by whatever fiscal means. 


Inside and outside the historic Post Offices of Calcutta, [now Kolkata]

As well as the issue and use of stamps and postal stationery we study postal markings, postal rates and routes. These evidence the organisation and methods of operation of the postal administrations.

and Bombay [now Mumbai] then

and now

We also cover Military Postal History from wherever the Indian Army has operated and set up postal communications; and from the British Army in India. A similar widespread scope defines Maritime Postal History and Aero-philately.


British maps of India showed the three Presidencies of Madras, Bombay and Bengal and remind us that British rule extended through Pakistan, Bangladesh and (as a separate colony) Sri Lanka, and found its borderlands in Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Malaysia. 

We try not to overlap the interests that our philatelic friends take in Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, and Burma. They have their own specialist groups. Our German-speaking friends also have their German-language group.

The ISC provides an organisation that can help all interested to further research and knowledge, once they join and take part in its activities. Its aim is to promote research and to keep permanent records of as many different aspects of Indian philately and postal history as possible. We also make some great friendships. 

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