Thursday, 7 May 2015

Sabah/North Borneo With Singapore Parcel Post and Airport cancellations

From the period when Sabah joined the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, stamps from each of the states were eligible for use throughout the federation. For these reasons, stamps from Sabah were sometimes found commercially used with Singapore cancellations. They were also used in the other states but were usually as part of a philatelic cover.
The following high values should not have been that commonly used in Singapore. I have yet to find Singapore stamps used in Sabah during this period. There could be some but they would be quite uncommon. Was Singapore running out of high value adhesives (their highest value was $5) or was it that Sabah had a surplus of these stamps that they rather see used elsewhere including Singapore?

A montage of these two $10 stamps gives a clear impression of the parcel cancellation for Killiney Road Singapore 9. The Killiney Rd post office replaced Orchard Road in 1963. Proud only gives a solitary date of 16.9.63 but it was probably more common than that.

This is another parcel cancel quite likely to be from Singapore as well. There are not enough visual clues to be certain of its origin.

Here we have the parcel cancellation for Serangoon Rd Singapore 12. I bought this stamp recently in Singapore. Note that there is a large dot after S in Sabah which may constitute a new variety if it is found to be constant.

I have added these two for extra interest. They both have the Singapore Airport cancellation. The bottom one is quite special as it is the only 1961 NB stamp that I have that was used in Singapore. The 1961 stamps with Sabah, Malaysia cancellations are also pretty hard to find even though I now have a small collection of acceptable examples.

I have posted this Retour cover before. It was sent from Singapore Airport using Sabah adhesives. Even though I did not realise at the time of purchase, this type of covers are probably quite uncommon. Singapore left the federation in August 1965. I am pretty sure they are glad that they did. The gulf in performance between these two countries is vast for many good reasons.

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