Illustrated above are gutter pairs of the Harrison SERVICE overprinted stamps. Note that some of the pairs have plate numbers or part of the inscription of the company name Depending from where in the sheet the pair comes from, there can be a plate number, a CCM, part of the inscription of the printer, or nothing.
CCMs: Yes Plate#: Sheet: 200 (2 panes of 100 separated by a gutter) Quantity of stamps printed: Unknown Designer: A.F. Karim Printer: Harrison and Sons FDC’s: Yes (Unofficial) Cancellation: large generic First Day Cover, Dacca, Bangladesh Cities: Dacca Additional: Any of the definitive and SERVICE overprinted stamps are very scarce on FDCs. Numerous misperforation varieties can be found in most of the definitive sets of Bangladesh.
Plate #’s used: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D
Sheet: 200- 2 panes of 100 (10 x 10) separated by a gutter
Quantity printed: Unknown
Designer: A.F. Karim
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd. London
FDC: Yes. (Unofficial)
Pmks.: Chittagong, Dhaka
Numerous misperforation varieties can be found in most of the definitive sets of Bangladesh.
20 February 1980 - 5p Lalbag Fort and 10p Fertilizer Factory SERVICE Overprints
5p Lalbag Fort – brown a. gutter pair
10p Fenchuganj Fertilizer Factory – blue
a. SERVICE in center of stamp (original printing)
b. gutter pair of above
c. SERVICE near down of stamp error (later printing)
d. SERVICE at bottom of stamp (later printing – new position)
e. gutter pair
The above cover was sent on 14 April 1980 from the Bangladesh Industrial Technical Assistance Centre in Dhaka to New York, USA. There is no indication as to when it arrived. The cover also bears four Tk.1 stamps.
The original position of the SERVICE overprint on this, and only this stamp, was in the center. For later printings it was lowered to the position it is found on all the other stamps of this issue. The stamp on the right has an error overprint with the printing shifted upward. It had to be from the original printing where the overprint already was in the middle of the stamp.
This cover was sent from Dhaka on 25 February 1980 to the U.N.E.S.C.O. Headquarters in Paris, France. There are no receiving marks. The cover bears 34 copies of the Fenchuganj Fertelizer Factory stamp with the SERVICE overprint in the center of the stamp. This was the first printing where the overprint was in the middle of the stamp.
Another cover with the with the position of the overprint to the center of the stamp. The date is unreadable.
A later cover with the changed position of the SERVICE overprint of the 10p stamps. as well as the tiger stamp from the Ashur printing and the Tk.1 stamp from the Harrison printing. This cover was mailed from the Defense Services Command & Staff College on February 23, 1983 to Wiltshire, England.
1 August 1980 – 15p Pineapple, 20p Natural Gas, 40p Baitul Mukarram Mosque, 80p Mohastan Garh SERVICE Overprints
15p Pineapple – orange a. gutter pair
20p Natural gas – dark carmen a. gutter pair
Gutter pane of eight stamps with Plate number 1C and CCM.
40p Baitul Mukarram – rose magenta a. gutter pair
80p Mohastan Garh – brown a. gutter pair 4 stamps
The above cover has 15 copies of the Mohastan Ghar stamp, 8 of the Pineapplse stamp, and 8 of the Lalbag Forst stamps.
15 June 1981 - 25p Jute Boat and Tk.1 Musical Instrument SERVICE Overprints
25p. Jute Boat – blue a. gutter pair
Tk.1 Musical instrument (Dotara) – red-lilac a. gutter pair 2 stamps
The cover above was sent from the Bangladesh Power Development Board, Dhaka on 21 December 1983 to Schenectady, N.Y., U.S.A.. There are no markings to indicate the date it was received. The cover also bears two 25p Tiger stamps from the Asher printing.
7 September 1981 - 30p Banana Tree SERVICE Overprint
30p Banana tree – light olive green a. gutter pair 1 stamp
Various positions of the SERVICE overprint. These are most likely different printings.
15 March 1982 – 50p Baitul Mukarram Mosque SERVICE Overprint
50p Baitul Mukarram Mosque – Black a. gutter pair 1 stamp
A rare item, a First Day Cover for a SERVICE stamp. Since SERVICE stamps were not to be sold to, or used by, the public, there was no need to announce the release date.
2 August 1982 - Tk.2 Karnaphuli Dam SERVICE Overprint
Tk.2 Dam – blue a. gutter pair 1 Stamp