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Anil Kumar's eBay Auctions
http://www.ebay.com (search for seller ID "anil2000")
Anil regularly posts a variety of Indian States material on eBay. He is located in India and has consistent access to hard-to-find material. He is a very friendly, trustworthy seller.

eBay Auctions, Stamps Page
eBay's new homepage for stamps, finally liberated from the "coins and stamps" category. If you're not yet an eBay user, you MUST have a look. You'll be surprised at the quantity of Indian States material that is available.

Forrest Shoemaker's eBay Auctions
http://www.ebay.com (search for seller ID "fshoema285@aol.com")
Forrest is an American collector who has taken a strong interest in Indian States revenue stamped papers. He has written for the American Revenuer and other journals, and he regularly posts stamped papers on eBay.

George Alevizos
George has been in the public auction business for many years, and he has now fully embraced the internet. An advanced search engine makes it easy to find material that matches your interests. George is an Asia specialist, and he often lists mid- to high-end India and Indian States material.

Philatelic Centre
Mr. Premchand Jaiswal is an excellent Indian auctioneer. I have never been able to link to this website, but I'm listing it just in case the site gets fixed. If you can't get through, email Philatelic Centre and ask them to mail you a catalog for their next mail auction.

Sukhani Europhil
One of the oldest philatelic auctioneers in India. Auction lots are now listed online.

Vance Auctions
This Canadian auctioneer always has a handful of good Indian States lots in each auction, including fiscals.

Philatelic Book Dealers and Publishers

James Bendon Ltd.
One of the world’s leading philatelic publishers and distributors of philatelic literature, based in Cyprus. Sole worldwide distributor for Robson Lowe titles. At the time of this writing, about 10 Indian and Indian States titles in stock.

Publisher of a few handbooks and catalogs on Indian and Indian States philately.

Philatelic Bibliopole
A really good source for all kinds of philatelic literature. Owner/operator Leonard Hartmann has been in the business for many years and maintains a good stock of Indian and Indian States material. At the time of this writing, about 30 Indian and Indian States titles in stock.

Phil Bansner
A dealer of worldwide philatelic literature. At the time of this writing, about 20 Indian and Indian States titles in stock (many of which are auction catalogs).

Vera Trinder Ltd.
A great source for philatelic literature, based in London. At the time of this writing, they have nearly 40 titles in stock on Indian and Indian States.

Philatelic Collectors

Benegal (Benny) Pereira
I am most interested in Portuguese India definitive stamps. I will do my very best to provide and collect information that might be useful for the collector who starts specializing in these historic and beautiful rare stamps from Goa.

Jiri Cerny
Jiri is a 22-year-old collector in the Czech republic. He has put together a wonderful Indian States website with a huge stamp image gallery, maps, links, language resources, and his own stamp studies.

Prashant Pandya
A collector of Postal Stationery of Pre- and Post-Independence India. His collection includes Post Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Registered Envelopes, Aerogrammes, Airmail Envelopes, Newspaper Wrappers and Air graphs.

R. Howard Courtney
A collector of Indian postal stationery errors, among other things.

Suraj Jaitly
Suraj is Indian Representative of the American Topical Association, General Secretary of the Indian Thematic Society, Ludhiana, Secretary-general of the Northern India Philatelists' Association, Vice President of the Amritsar Philatelic Club, Advisor to the Ludhiana Philatelic Club, a Member of Punjab Postal Circle Philatelic Advisory Committee, and Editor of ITS Stamps News. He's a very busy and dedicated philatelist!

Philatelic Dealers

Anil's Collections
This site is still in development, but check back often. Anil (who is also listed in the "Auctions" section, has launched this website to sell Indian and Indian States postal and fiscal stamps, and also art, handicrafts, jewelry, etc.

Ashok Mehta
Stocks a variety of Indian States stamps, among other things.

British Commonwealth Stamp Co.
Good stock of Indian convention states overprinted on British India.

Friedrich Zettl
Dealer in Austria, has one page full of covers from India and States, Nepal, and Tibet. He sells a lot of non-Indian material as well.

Geoffrey Flack's Fine Stamps and Postal History
This is a really attractive site. In addition to Princely States stamps and postal history, Geoffrey sells high quality material from Tibet, Nepal and the Himalayas, India Used Abroad, Thailand and South East Asia (Tibet is his primary focus). He includes informative commentary and identification guides.

M. M. Singh
Extensive India stock, including postal history.

Mittal Stamps Company
Serving philatelists in India and abroad for 51 years. Run by A. S. Mittal of Jaipur. Look for his excellent auctions. This site is currently under construction.

Stamps World India
They carry a variety of Indian States packets that make great starter material. The only downside is that a minimum purchase of $50 is required.

Stanley Gibbons
A reliable source for all the India and Indian States postal issues.

Philatelic Shows and Exhibitions

Court Fee & Revenue Stamps of the Princely States of India
A few examples of stamped papers in the collection of the South/Southeast Asia Library at UC Berkeley.

Hundis of the Indian Princely States
A few examples of Hundis of Alwar and Bikaner.

Indepex Asiana - 2000
Website of the 14th annual Asian International Philatelic Exhibition, Calcutta, December 7-12, 2000.

Stamps of the Indian Princely States
A few examples of stamps of Alwar, Kishengarh and Rajpipla.

Philatelic General Information

India Post
Official website of the Department of Posts under the Ministry of Communications, Government of India.

Indian Philately Webring
Links to several sites related to Indian philately.

Indian Postage Stamps
Mehul Shah's website is a valuable introduction to Indian philately.

Stamps of India
The site contains a wide variety of useful information on Indian philately. They also publish a weekly email newsletter on Indian philately that you can subscribe to by sending an email to weeklynews@stampsofindia.com with "subscribe" on the subject line.

Philatelic Journals and Newsletters

India Post
The journal of the India Study Circle for Philately has been in production for over 50 years. In 1973 India Post earned medals at "STAMPEX" and "INDIPEX" - in both cases at a level which made it top of its field in philatelic literature. The journal was awarded a Silver Bronze at HAFNIA-76 at Copenhagen and a Silver Bronze at the International Philatelic Literature Exhibition at Lugano in 1977. The journal won an award at Philitex, USA, in 1992. INDIPEX '97 took place in New Delhi, where the journal received a Large Silver. In 1999, the journal received a Vermeil at APS Cleveland; out of 35 entries only 2, both American, received higher awards.

Philatelic Organizations and Libraries

American Philatelic Research Library
The American Philatelic Research Library is the largest public philatelic library in the United States. Its holdings include many of philately's classic periodicals, and it receives more than 400 current periodicals from around the world. Catalogues, government documents, auction catalogues, and a variety of other materials are available for your use.

Baroda Philatelic Society
The Baroda Philatelic Society is one of the oldest philatelic societies in the state of Gujarat, established in 1975.

British Library Philatelic Collections
If you happen to find yourself in London, do make an appointment to see the BL's extensive collection of India & States postal issues.

Central India Philatelic Society
Founded in 1974, this club has just recently posted this one-page introduction.

Dakshina Kannada Philatelic Association
The Mangalore Philatelic Club was founded in Mangalore, Karnataka, India in 1975. In 1976 the Club hosted the 1st District Level Exhibition in India - Mangalapex. In 1992, the Club was renamed Dakshina Kannada Philatelic Association with an aim of reaching every nook and corner of the District.

Federation of Inter-Asian Philately
Founded by nine countries in 1974, the Federation now has members from about 25 countries. They promote philately and sponsor events throughout Asia.

Federation Internationale de Philatelie
The FIP produces guidelines for exhibiting at the international level, provides guidance for many other national and international philatelic organizations, and conducts an annual philatelic website competition.

India Study Circle
The India Study Circle for Philately was established in 1950 to promote study and research into the philatelic and postal history of the Indian subcontinent. The Society has over 500 members worldwide and invites invites anyone with an interest in Indian philately to join and participate in activities. The Society publishes India Post—the highly acclaimed quarterly journal of Indian philately.

Philatelic Congress of India
PCI is the federation of philatelic societies in India, and has supported a variety of important events and publications over the years. Their quarterly journal, Signet, is an important source of information on Indian and Indian States philately.

South India Philatelists Association
Founded 1956, Affiliated to Philatelic Congress of India. "SIPA Bulletin" our bi-monthly magazine was started in July 1980 and it is still going strong.

Philatelic State-Specific Sites

Bhopal Official Stamps
Some notes and images of Bhopal's Official stamps, courtesy of Triangle Stamps in the Netherlands.


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