British rule in Burma lasted from 1824 to 1948. It started from the successive three Anglo-Burmese wars through the creation of Burma as a province of British India to the establishment of an independently administered colony. The rule finally ended with independence. The first stamps of Burma were stamps of British India overprinted BURMA from 1 April 1937. In 1938 the first stamps from Burma with the portrait of King George VI were issued. Todays stamp is from the first issue in 1938 with the face value of 1 Rupee.