By Sudhir Jain
Recently I have found an old cover bearing all the seven stamps issued on May 6th, 1935 on the occasion of Silver Jubilee of accession of King George V. “FIRST DAY OF ISSUE” is typed on the top of this envelope and cancellation date is 06-05-35. I do not have any idea that whether any official F.D.C. was published for this set or not.
In the year 1935, 6 countries, 44 Crown Colonies, 7 dependencies or protectorates and two agencies had issued total 250 stamps to commemorate Silver Jubilee of King George V\’s accession to the British throne. 44 Crown Colonies shared a common design. The remaining Countries, Agencies, Dependencies or Protectorates had their own separate designs.Actual Silver Jubilee day was May 6th, 1935. However, different countries and colonies released their issues on various dates from May 1st, 1935 to July 12th, 1935.
George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert) was the second son of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria. He was born on June 3, 1865 and died January 20, 1936. He was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from May 6th, 1910 through the First World War (1914–1918) until his death in 1936. George was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. From 1877 until 1891 he served in the Royal Navy. On the death of Victoria in 1901, George\’s father became King Edward VII, and George was made Prince of Wales. On his father\’s death in 1910, he succeeded as King-Emperor of the British Empire. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar.