By April 1970 two parallel postal
administrations existed side by side. Therefore, Cypriot Philatelists were not
surprised when on 8 April, 1970 the Turkish Cypriot Postal Administration issued
two stamps for internal use.
The currency, although in mils, was shown in petals
and each petal equalling one mil. These stamps were cancelled by a line
canceller generally in black ink, sometimes in blue, with the date stamp of the
post office applied clear of the stamps.
On 29 October, 1973 the administration
released seven values to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.
Along with the new stamps, new postmarks were introduced in Turkish.
cancellations are the type normally used in Turkey, a single ring date stamp with
date / time group in a straight line across the centre. The office name at the
top and the code letter at the base.
To enjoy a very limited postal
communication with the outside world, the Turkish-Cypriots had to follow the
Greek Cypriot regulations and handle mail in the usual way, but within their
sealed off communities, the local post operated, covering the whole island
except for Turkish Cypriot villages which were isolated within the areas of
Greek Cypriot control