Thursday, 20 March 2014

New acquisitions

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.

The journal states that this is from a rubber temporary canceller. This is the only date that I have seen but I am sure there are others. I think it is one of the most attractive of the relatively recent cancellations of Sabah. It really has to be on large piece or cover to be fully appreciated.
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?

Quoting from the Sarawak Journal: "On 2nd April 1970 a Mobile Post Office started operation in the Kudat District of Sabah. It operates from Monday to Friday, starting at 8.10.a.m. and finishing at 3.20.p.m. and visiting schools, the Sabah Electricity Board Power Station at Mile 1, Laro Road, the Kudat Hospital and Airport. The classes of business transacted are the same as at ordinary Post Offices."
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.

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