Saturday, 8 October 2011

Bintang postmarks

These little star town postmarks of the late 50s and early 60s are not easy in the sense that it is difficult to find stamps with clear well proportion cancellations. They are best appreciated on piece or on cover. These postmarks are dainty delicate looking little things that graced most of the towns during that period. Even Tanjong Aru had its own as well as Tamparuli. The star is located in a prominent position above the postdate except in the case of Kudat where it is located below as shown on last stamp above.
There are even Bintang paquebot postmarks from Labuan, Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Tawau. Jesselton has 3 different Bintang cancellations and among the prettiest in this series is the Jesselton D37 as shown as on the 6c stamp. Bintang is the malay word for star.

As usual Linda1983my has been kind enough to add material to this topic. I specifically asked for Tamparuli and Tanjong Aru as they must be the rarer ones and is pleasantly surprised. The Beaufort and Labuan stamps and cover are very nice as well. Many thanks!

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