August 19, 2020 27 Comments

Markhor Post Stamp 1st Official Release (1988)

History:

The earliest postal system developed in the 13th century, along the banks of the Indus River in Sindh. Runners or "daak" carried letters from one point to another, handing them to the next runner who would do the same. Letters could be exchanged by over two dozen runners before they reached their destination. Runners were paid according to distance traveled and weight of the letters.

In 1850, Sir Bartle Frere became the Chief Commissioner of Sindh and introduced a standard rate for postage, independent of distance traveled. Runners were replaced with horses and camels to improve efficiency of mail transportation. They were further replaced by the use of the railway, which then transported most mail up and down the country.

Pakistan Post:

The Pakistan Post was established following independence and became operational on August 14, 1947. It played, and continues to play, a vital role in the economic and social development of Pakistan.

With mail and parcels being transported between stations on an air network, many new developments in the postal service were seen from the 1950’s to 2000’s. Urgent mail and local parcel services were introduced, along with 5-digit postal codes nationwide. International mail headquarters were shifted from Karachi to Islamabad, and the airports of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar were used to manage international mail and parcel transportation. 

Postage Stamps:

First Independence Day series:  

The first postage stamp of Pakistan was designed by the well known Pakistani artist A.R. Chughtai and approved by Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The stamp carried the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” (long live Pakistan) along with a motif of the crescent and star.

Over the last 70 years, 17 definitive or regular series have been issued. The first series was issued on 14 August 1948 and consisted of 20 stamps. These stamps featured scales of justice, crescent and star, Sukkur barrage, Karachi’s port trust building, Salimullah Hostel, Dacca University and the Khyber Pass.

   

The 1950’s Independence Anniversary series featured the Badshahi Mosque, Jahangir’s Tomb, Kaghan Valley, cotton fields and textile mills. 

 

Republic Day Series: 

The Republic Day series featured the Minar-e-Pakistan, tractors, tombs from Makli and different portraits of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

             

 

More Series: 

Many other series have been issued over the years, which featured plants, fruits of Pakistan, handicrafts, Mohenjo Daro, famous poets of Pakistan and endangered wildlife. 

           

        

 

Wildlife Series: 

The Wildlife series was initiated on October 29, 1988. The first animal that was printed on these stamps was the Markhor, the national animal of Pakistan. 

One of our dear friend from the Markhor community, Jahangir Khan, recently gifted us the official release document of the Markhor goat stamp from ‘88, which we’d love to share with you in this blog. 

    

     

     

 

Times have evolved over the years but we continue to cherish details like these stamps that used to be an important part of our economy. Stamp collecting is still considered a great hobby, with each stamp having its own journey and history. 

We love hearing such tales from around the world that the Markhor community shares with us.


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