Monday, July 13, 2009

I found Sikkim Rocketmail Experiment 1935''s file at Archives Department

I had an wonderful experience two days back at Archives Department at Gangtok. I came across a personal file of Stephen Smith about how he proposed his Sikkim Rocketmail Experiment of 1935. The files contains letters and the process of his permission to the small kingdom of Sikkim. Right now i am going through it and those letters are really interesting to read.

Myself with the Stephen Smith's personal file found at Archives Department

In one instance, after the Sikkim Rocketmail Experiment 1935, Stephen Smith had send three photographs of the event to Chogyal Sir Tashi Namgyal, the King of Sikkim but with some unknown reason those three photographs was returned back to Stephen Smith. There is a letter in the file from an American stamp collector asking the Chogyal about the items of Sikkim Rocketmail to which the Chogyal had directed to talk straightly to Stephen Smith.

A Letter from the file

According to the letters of the file two separate events were held at Sikkim. Firstly, Sikkim Rocketmail envelopes was posted in the first half of 1935 while Sikkim Rocketgram experiment was held in the second half of the same year.

Stephen Smith's letter