Thursday, 27 March 2014
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Being a member of the Sarawak Specialist Society does have its benefits. Got these 2 items together for a reasonable price at our recent auction. These are not things one come across that often.
It reminds me of the similarly attractive large circular postage paid and parcel post cancellations of Jesselton which are fairly uncommon.
Notice how the star on the right is rotated compared to the left. Were these adjustable slugs? And "Sabah" is off centered. It is far from being perfect but temporary cancellers were usually made in haste. I wonder what the reason was in using this?
The MPO6 postmark was changed to this PPB type after a couple of years. PPB stands for Pejabat Pos Bergerak in Berhasa Malaysia which translates to Mobile Post Office. Surprisingly, they still retained the English version for the registration cachets and labels of which there were about 4 or 5 different versions.
Update I am inserting this Labuan MPO 5 over here even it is not that great an item but it shows the registration label very well. The cds is a P.P.B.1 but it is very faint. This is in place of the earlier MPO5 postmark.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
The post office in Jesselton probably started in September 1900 when the District Office was moved from Gantian. Almost certainly, the company flag was raised on the subsequent New Year 's Day. Gantian was founded in June 1898 after the sacking of Gaya by Mat Salleh in 1897.
Unfortunately, it was a very bad choice with an unsettled harbour. It was also isolated from the mainland by mangrove swamps. But we had a post office and a rare postmark for a large part of 1900 before Gantian was abandoned in favour of Jesselton nearby to the south.
The Gayah post office continued until the end of 1899. Was it possible that Gantian made use of the Gaya canceller in this transitional period? I think this Gantian of old was located fairly near to the the present day Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus but do correct me if I am wrong.
This is a fairly early Jesselton D2 cds of 6 MAR 01. Where is D1? Did Proud expect it to be discovered sometime?
Thursday, 6 March 2014
When I look at this stamp, I quickly realised why I collect North Borneo. The printing and pictorial content is really the best there was. And then this one has this really beautifully balanced postmark of Kudat D5 with the two Maltese crosses.
It is probably the third most sought after of early Kudat postmarks after the earliest cancel with the undated double ring D1 and the very rare double ring BNBC fiscal cancellation which you can see by clicking here.The date of the cancellation is 13 SEP 97 and D5 was used between late 1895 and mid 1901.
This has an earlier date of NOV 96.
Another yet earlier date of JAN 96 on a postage due stamp.
I have seen one in blue and I consider that very desirable.