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INDIAN SETTLEMENTS OF FRANCE, miscellaneous

╔tablissement de l'Inde (Inde Franšaise)

Return To Catalogue - 1892-1913 issues - French India 1914 onwards - France

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The Indian Settlements of France consisted of five territories in India; Pondichery, Chandarnagar, Karikal, Mahe, and Yanaon (Yanam). Chandarnagar was joined to West Bengal in 1949. In 1954, Indian stamps were introduced, when the last territory returned to India. The French Indian Settlements issued stamps from 1892 to 1954.

 

Postage due stamps

The forger Francois Fournier made forgeries of the French colonies postage due stamps, with cancel "PONDICHERY 1 FEVR 92 INDE".


Suspicious postage due stamps with "PONDICHERY 1 FEVR 92 INDE", most likely Fournier forgeries?


Fournier forged cancels with the 'PONDICHERY 1 FEVR 92 INDE" forged cancel.

 

1924 Postage due stamps of France, surcharged with "CACHES"

  '6 CACHES' (blue) on 10 c brown
  '12 CACHES' on 25 c red
  '15 CACHES' (red) on 20 c olive
  '1 FANON 6 CACHES' (blue) on 30 c red
  '1 FANON 12 CACHES' (blue) on 50 c violet
  '1 FANON 15 CACHES' on 5 c blue
  '3 FANONS 3 CACHES' (blue) on 1 F lilac on yellow

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
6 ca on 10 c c *  
12 ca on 25 c * *  
15 ca on 20 c * *  
1 Fa 6 ca on 30 c * *  
1 Fa 12 ca on 50 c ** **  
1 Fa 15 ca on 5 c ** **  
3 Fa 3 ca on 1 F *** ***  
Surcharged with bars aswell (1928)

  '4 CACHES' on 20 c violet
  '1 FANON on 30 c orange
  '1 FANON 15 CACHES' (red) on 5 c black
  '3 FANONS' on 1 F green

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
4 ca on 20 c c c  
1 Fa on 30 c * *  
1 Fa 15 ca on 5 c ** **  
3 Fa on 1 F ** **  

 

1929 Inscription "INDE FRANCAISE A PERCEVOIR", value in "CACHES" or "FANONS"

  4 ca red
  6 ca blue
  12 ca green
  1 Fa brown
  1 Fa 12 ca violet
  1 Fa 16 ca yellow
  3 Fa lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
4 ca c c  
6 ca c c  
12 ca c *  
1 Fa * *  
1 Fa 12 ca * *  
1 Fa 16 ca * *  
3 Fa ** **  

 

1948 Inscription "POSTES ETABISS FR DANS L'INDE FR TIMBRE TAXE"

  1 ca violet
  2 ca brown
  6 ca green
  12 ca orange
  1 Fa red
  1 Fa 12 c brown
  2 Fa grey
  2 Fa 12 c red
  5 Fa red
  1 R violet (black?)

Air Mail

1942 "POUR LA PROTECTION DE L'ENFANCE INDIGENE" and "QUINZAINE IMPERIALE"

  2 Fa + 3 Fa blue and red (Quinzaine)
  2 Fa 12 ca + 5 Fa 20 ca green ('protection de l'enfance')
  3 Fa 8 ca + 1 R 2 Fa brown ('protection de l'enfance')

 

1942 Plane above waves, inscription "FRANCE LIBRE RF", design identical to many other French colonies, inscription "Ets FRANCAIS DANS L'INDE"

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  4 Fa orange
  1 R red
  2 R brown
  4 R black
  8 R blue
  10 R green

 

1946 Angel over Arc de Triomphe with tanks, design identical to many other French Colonies

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  4 Fa(?) green

 

1946 Battle fields, "DU TCHAD AU RHIN", various designs, identical to many other French Colonies, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE"

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  2 Fa 12 ca yellow
  5 Fa blue
  7 Fa 12 ca violet
  1 R 2 Fa green
  1 R 4 Fa 12 ca red
  2 R 1 Fa brown

 

1949 75 anniversary of UPU, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE", design identical to many other French Colonies

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  6 Fa red

 

1949 Various designs, inscription "POSTE AERIENNE"

  1 R red and yellow (aeroplane and goddess)
  2 R green and black (wing above temple)
  5 R blue and lilac (bird flying above jungle)

 

1954 Battle scene on beach "8 NOV 1942 6 JUIN & 13 AOUT 44"

  1 Fa brown and grey

Fiscal stamps

Examples:


With inscription "ETABs FRANC DE L'INDE", 1 FANON.


(As French fiscal stamps, but with inscription in "CACHES")


"30" on 40 c 1877 stamp of the French Colonies, fiscally used stamp from French India in 1882. A "30" on 35 c also exists.


This "30" on 40 c stamp is a fiscal stamp used in French India. The values 30 on 1 c, 30 on 5 c and 30 on 35 c also exist. They were issued in 1882.


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