Feudatory States of India
After 1862, many rulers of the semi-autonomous native princely states began to establish modern public postal systems, utilizing their own stamps. These systems existed alongside that of British India, with the stamps normally valid only within the state where they were issued.
Stamps issued: 1877-1901
A former feudatory state in Northern India, southwest of Delhi. Separate issues were used until 1902, after which they were replaced by Indian stamps.
Stamps issued: 1888-1893
A feudatory state in eastern India. Bamra issued separate stamps until 1894, when its issues were replaced by those of India.
Stamps issued: 1921-1941
A former feudatory state in western India. Barwani stamps were replaced by those of India on July 1, 1948.
Stamps issued: 1876-1908
A former feudatory state in central India. Bhopal issued separate stamps for ordinary use until 1908, when they were replaced by Indian stamps. Bhopal continued to issue its own official stamps until 1950, when these, too, were replaced by Indian issues.
Stamps issued: 1879-1901
A former feudatory state in western India, Bhor issues were replaced by those of India in 1902.
Stamps issued: 1935-1939
A former feudatory state in central India. Bijawar issued stamps from 1935-39, after which they were replaced by Indian stamps.
Stamps issued: 1894-1937
After 1947 see Rajasthan
A former feudatory state in northwestern India, Bundi issued stamps from 1894 to 1902 and from 1915 to 1948. During 1902-15 and after 1950, stamps of India were used. From 1948-50, stamps of Rajasthan were in use.
Stamps issued: 1895-1900
Bussahir was a former feudatory state in northern India. Bussahir stamps were replaced by those of India. With the closing of the state post office, large numbers of remainders and reprints were released to the philatelic market. These exist both unused and canceled "19 MA 1900."
Stamps issued: 1894-1943
A former feudatory state in north-central India, Charkari's stamps were replaced by those of India on May 1, 1950.
Early a center of foreign traders, the Portuguese established a trading station at Cochin, a port city in southern India, in 1502. The British followed in 1635 but, along with the Portuguese, were expelled by the Dutch in 1663. In 1795, the area passed to the British. Cochin issued its own stamps until 1949, when it joined with Travancore and the coastal towns of Tangasseri and Anjengo to form the United State of Travancore-Cochin, whose issues then came into use. Indian stamps replaced these issues on April 1, 1951.
Stamps issued: 1897-1900
A former feudatory state in west-central India, Dhar issues were replaced by those of India on April 1, 1901.
Stamps issued: 1893-1920
A former feudatory state in north-central India, Duttia's stamps were replaced by Indian issues in 1921.