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.