The first postal staionery card The first postal
stationery card was introduced in 1909. It had an imprinted 1 Shahi
stamp and was printed in red brown on cream paper. In 1913, the colour
was changed to brownish red on cream. 1 Shahi red brown on cream, used
from Peshawar, 1331 Hamal 17 (= 27th December 1912).
The reverse of an unused card, which featured a spray of roses.
Pictorial cards were introduced in 1913 There are thought to be four designs. All are scarce.
Royal Military Band.
Issued 1913. Used
from Peshawar in March 1917. These were sold at a price of 1 Sanar,
double the price of a normal postal stationery card. In addition, they
were not valid for postage unless a 2 paisa stamp was added.
Rosa Mosque, Mazar-i-Sharif
Issued 1913. This
example is used from Kabul on 11 Shawal 1335, to Peshawar 23 Shawal
1335 (= 17th August 1917). The inscription at the top left of the card
reads “Postcard is to be sent without an envelope–price of the postcard
stamp shall be 2 Paisa”. The inscription at top right reads “Pictorial
postcard, in price one Sanar, is not acceptable by the Post Office
without a stamp”. In the centre it reads: Postal Card of the Supreme
Divinely-appointed Government of Afghanistan.
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