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Aden was captured and annexed to British India on 16 January 1839 by a combined miltary and naval force. A post oofice was opened under an Indian administartor in 1839 and mail is known used from 15 June 1839. In 1839 the population was less than 1,000 and by 1901 it had grown to some 44,000

From 1 October 1854 till 31 March 1937 stamps of India were used in Aden
Most Indian stamps from the 1854 issue up to the 1935 issue can be found with Aden postmarks. These can be recognized by the word ADEN appearing in the postmark or from the numerals 124, 125 or B-22 which were used on their own or in a duplex with an ADEN datestamp.

On 1 April 1937 Aden was made a Crown Colony and issued its own stamps till 31 March 1965.

In 1965 Aden was incorporated in the South Arabian Federation.

In 1967 the South Arabian Federation became fully independant and became the  Yemen People's Democratic Republic.

Aden-Somaliland-Yemen Study Group
Gary Brown,   PO Box 106, Briar Hill, Victoria 3088, Australia
Malcolm Lacey, PO Box 9, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5RF England. Tel 020 8570 4856 (UK Representative)

Arab Gulf and Yemen Stamp Group
online group on

Emirates Philatelic Association 


Aden 10 rupee stamp
Aden: Porte Mythique au Yemen: The Mythical Port of Yemen
a book review by Murry Graham

Aden Stamps and Postal Stationery: 1937 to 1952
Andrew Gondocz

Aden Stamps and Postal Stationery: 1953 to 1965
Andrew Gondocz

British Commonwealth Postmarks - ADEN
by Robert S Cragg

The First Stamps used in Aden
by Peter Pickering
In April 1854 the Government of Bombay received from Calcutta a letter stating that 3,000 sheets of ½ Anna stamps had been printed.... Bombay did its sums and then informed the Political Agent at Aden, that Aden’s allocation for one month was 2,567 stamps.

Indian Newspaper Wrapper used in Aden
by Jerone Hart

Illustrations of the Cancellations on Stamps of India used in Aden 1855-1937
by Robert J B Wilson
The first Aden post office opened in the Crater in 1839. In 1858 main Aden office was moved to Steamer Point while the Crater office became the Aden Cantonment or Aden Camp sub-office.

King George VI British Commonwealth Collecting - Aden
from Murray Payne Limited

Mail Packets 1857-1906
by Peter Pickering
In 1857 it must have been frustrating for ‘expats’ living in Aden to realise that they could have been getting many of their letters from the UK much more quickly than was the case. Post Office regulations stated that mail for Aden had to go via the India Mail packets ; some senders were putting ‘via Australian Mail’ on the envelope and these letters were being held back to go with the next India Mail – in spite of the fact that the Australian mail packets called at Aden.

Specimen Stamps of Aden
by Robert Buxton
Website devoted to the UPU Specimen stamps of the Commonwealth

Postal Communications with the Boundary Commission 1902-1903
by Peter Pickering
The Commission needed a reasonably frequent and comparatively quick means of postal communication with Aden. This short article deals only the system of postal runners that was used whilst the Commission was near Dthala.

Victorian Postal Stationery of India Used in Aden

by Jerone Hart
Shown are the various types of Victorian postal stationery that are known used from Aden from the late 19th to the early 20th century - postcards, envelopes, newspaper wrappers. Included are some rare and unusual usage.

Articles, Books and Other Reference Materials


Aden: The Mythical Port of Yemen
by Jose-Marie Bel, Amyris Maisonneuve & Larose, 1998, 127pp, ISBN 2706813601

Aden Postal Markings 1839-1939
by A L Hine-Haycock, Hadden Best & Co, 1939, 19pp

Aden Postal History and Postage Stamps, 1839-1937
by Murray A. M Graham, Robson Lowe, 1975

The Postal History of Aden and Somaliland Protectorate
by Edward B Proud, Proud-Bailey Co Ltd, 2005, 360pp, ISBN 1872465412

Postal History of British Aden, 1839-1967

by Major R W Pratt, edited by E B Proud, Proud-Bailey Co Ltd, 1985, 274 pp, ISBN 1872465005

The Postmarks of Aden, Postal Markings 1839-1939
by M W Robertshaw, H Garratt-Adams & Co, 1946, 23pp

Perim: Outpost of Aden
by Charles Hornal, The Philatelist and Postal Historian, 1955,  8pp
With illustrated covers and markings. Useful monograph on the general history and postal history of the island of Perim which lies 100 miles west of Aden near the southern entrance of the Red Sea.

Jan Kosniowski - jan @

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