The first set of Kuwaiti definitive stamps were issued in the year 1958. The stamp set includes three stamps and was used on local mail in 1958.
The postal history of Kuwait begins around 1775 when the East India Company began an overland desert camel service as an alternative to slower sea travel around the Arabian Peninsula which operated until 1795.
The first dedicated post office opened on 21 January 1915 and used stamps of India till the independence of India. Kuwait was administered by Pakistan in 1947 and 1948, then by the British government directly from 1 April 1948.
In 1957, the currency was decimalized, 100 naye paise (np) to a rupee. The Kuwaitis took over postal administration on 31 January 1959. However, the first set of Kuwaiti stamps had already gone into production.
This set included three stamps with 5np and 10np values depicting Sheik 'Abd Allah III al-Salim al-Sabah and a 40np value showing a dhow, being used on local mail in 1958. The full set of 13 values went on sale 1 February 1959 and included additional scenes of oil-related activities.
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