These illustrations are all taken from "The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps
Vol.III", published by Robson Lowe, 1951. The information was also taken from here as well
as from "Numbers in Early Indian Cancellations 1855-1884" by D.R.Martin. The illustrations
are not to scale.
ADEN POST OFFICES
More information as well as a couple of useful maps may be found in the
Sandafayre Stamp Atlas.
Aden is a peninsular about three miles long joined to the mainland by an isthmus. At the western end Steamer Point is a good harbour; at the eastern end the Crater, a long-extinct volcano, is where the military barracks were first built when
Aden was annexed to British India in 1839.
The first Aden post office opened in the Crater in 1839. In 1858 main Aden office was moved to Steamer Point while the Crater office became the Aden Cantonment or Aden Camp sub-office.
Between 1871 and 1893 both Cantonment and Camp cds were used, but after 1893 only Camp cds are known.
Steamer Point cds were used between 1858 and 1876 concurrently with the normal Aden cds but are much rarer.
There were several other sub-offices all of the cancellations of which are rare:
|Type c1||Type 4||Type c3||Type c4
(Type 4 Duplex)
|Type 9 Duplex||Type 8a||Type 8b
||Type c8 Duplex|
|NOTES TO THE BOMBAY CIRCLE TYPES|
|Type||Dates used||Scarcity||Further Info|
|c1||1854-55||Rare||Not unique to Aden; used all over the Bombay Circle|
|Also known in red as a backstamp with Type 4.|
|8a||1871||Rare||Aden Cantonment ERROR ('125' had been
assigned to Sassour (Poona)).
Usually in blue and accompanied by a blue datestamp.
|8b||1871-72||Very Rare||Usually in black and accompanied by a black datestamp.|
|c8||1872-74(?)||Common||Duplex. Also "ADEN STEAMER POINT" which is scarce.|
|Type 17 Duplex||Type 17d Duplex||Type 18||Type 19
|NOTES TO THE EARLY ALL-INDIA TYPES|
|17||1875-85||Fairly Common||Used in duplex and also separately. Several varieties|
|17d||1876-79||Scarce||used in duplex and also separately|
|18||1880-96||Fairly common||Accompanied by date stamp
to identify place of use.
(ADEN, ADEN CAMP, ADEN CANT)
|19||1884-1908||Scarce||ditto ADEN. Two sizes known.
|Type c13||Type c14||Type c15||Type c16||Type c17||Type c18
|Type c19||Type c20||Type c21||Type c22||Type c23||Type c24
|NOTES TO THE LATER ALL-INDIA TYPES|
|c13||1884-98||common||Several varieties; one with four
bars at each corner
(1884-86) is scarce.
|c16||1892-||common||Sub-types for special purposes
with "REG', "PAR", "INS", "DEP"
above date. Also "ADEN CAMP". "SHEIKOTHMAN" is rare.
|common||Also "ADEN CAMP". "DTHALI" (1903-07) is scarce.|
|c18||1907-22||common||Showing hour of cancellation. Also "ADEN CAMP" (1907-24).|
|c19||1909||Scarce||Used also as transit mark.|
|c20||1904-15||Rare||Also without "ADEN".|
|Scarce||Minor differences between period types.|
|c22||1913-||Common||Also "ADEN CAMP" (1927- ).|
|c23||1915-||---||"ADEN", "ADEN CAMP" and subtypes for special purposes as in c16 are common. Other sub-offices are scarce.|
|c24||1923-||---||"ADEN" and "ADEN CAMP" are common.
"KAMARAN" and "MAALLA" are scarce.
|Type 4 on 4as. Octagonal||Type 4 on pair.||Type c4 (17-18) lines.||Type 8a, but no date stamp.||Type 8b, no date stamp.|
These items turned up in eBay auctions recently; I offered vast quantities of cash but,
nevertheless, they were both snatched away from me in the last few seconds of the auctions
and all I got were these lousy images!
Aden had several sub-post-offices: Kameran, Khormaksar, Maalla, Sheikh Othman, Mukalla, Seiyun, Perim and Dthali cancellations are all scarce or rare. Illustrated on left is a cds cancellation "Sheikh Othman" with part of an "Aden Camp" cds too.
The Aden "SUPPORT THE JUBILEE FUND" slogan cancel of 1935 (on the right) is very scarce on cover.
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