Pakistan Collection Page Scans

The Pakistan stamps were initially printed in 1947 when India was divided into two countries. The initial stamps were Indian King George VI stamps overprinted "PAKISTAN". Most were overprinted at Nasik, but a number of local overprints exist. I have a few on the attached pages.

Actual Pakistan stamps were printed in Karachi beginning in 1948 on unwatermarked paper. Many of the designs were in use until they were replaced in 1961. However, the 25R stamp was actually in use in 1968 when it was reprinted on paper watermarked Multiple Star and Crescents. This is a very interesting set to collect because there are a number of perforation varieties, and even some design changes. The design change involved stamps showing the star and crescent. Initially they were printed showing the alignment incorrectly on the 1a, 1-1/2a, 2a, 3a, 6a, 8a, 10a, and 12a issues. This was corrected in 1949 when they were redrawn. See the images below for reference.

1948 Issue - Moon facing to the right. 1949 Redrawn Issue - Moon facing to the left.
Beyond the definitive issues, there are also Official overprints which can be quite interesting. The 1948 set and the 1949 redrawn issues were overprinted, including the perforation varieties with the word "SERVICE". The Stanley Gibbons catalogue described the type as O2. Some of the same issues were overprinted again in 1953 with a slightly different type which is called O3. You will need to compare the letters to see the difference. I typically look at the C to make my judgment. See the examples below:
1948 Official Overprint - Type O2
1953 Official Overprint - Type O3

The pages are from my collection, and are identified by the Commonwealth, Gibbons, and Scott numbers in that order. The page images were scanned in a larger size and at a higher resolution so you can more easily see the details used in viewing them. Feel free to select the page and let it download to your screen and save it to your hard drive for viewing. If you are using a PC, selecting the page will typically open it in Microsoft Photo Viewer (or whatever you are using as your default). From there you can enlarge the size for more close-up viewing. If you are using a phone - go find a PC or a Mac. The images are 1200 pixels wide and you will go mad trying to view them on your phone.

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Pakistan Collection Page Scans
Commonwealth # Stanley Gibbons # Scott # Description and Page Link
1-20 1-19 1-19 Pakistan 1947 Set - Page 1
      Pakistan 1947 Set - Page 2
21-40 24-43 24-43 Pakistan 1948 Set - Page 1
      Pakistan 1948 Set - Page 2
      Pakistan 1948 Set - Page 3
      Pakistan 1948 Set - Page 4
O1-O13 O1-O13 O1-O13 Pakistan 1947 Official Set
O14-O26 O14-O26 O14-O26 Pakistan 1948 Official Set - Page 1
      Pakistan 1948 Official Set - Page 2
Not Listed O35-O44 O35-O44 Pakistan 1953 Official Set

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Pakistan King George VI era Stamps for sale
Index to KGVI Stamps Web Sites
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