Showing items in category Sarawak, newest first
1936 registered air mail envelope to Singapore endorsed 'By R.A.F. Flying Boat No. K4581' and franked with a pair of 10c tied by a KUCHING 1 OCT 1936 datestamp. A Singapore 2 OC 1936 arrival c.d.s. is on the back.
1921 envelope to the U.S.A. franked with a 10c cancelled SIBU 2 AUG 1921. A Kuching 13 AUG 1921 transit cancel is also on the front of the cover.
1937 'native' envelope franked with a 4c and 1c tied by a SIMANGGANG 21 JA 1937 cancellation.
1938 envelope to Bintulu franked with a 1c and 4c cancelled TRUSAN 7 JUL 1938. A Kuching 17 JUL transit and Bintulu 22 JUL 1938 arrival c.d.s. are on the back. An uncommon internal usage between two small villages.
1938 15c 'Size G' registered envelope to Kuching with a 5c added to pay the postage, cancelled SARIKEI 24 OCT 1938. A violet boxed registration cachet with the number 1374 in manuscript is at the upper left of the cover. On the back is a Kuching 28 OCT arrival c.d.s. The envelope has been a little unevenly opened at the left.
1937 airmail cover to the U.S.A. franked with a 10c and 25c, cancelled SIMANGGANG 27 JA 1937. The cover has been endorsed 'By Air to London, and on arrival there the air mail label was obliterated by two red bars, indicating onward transmission to the U.S.A. was to be by ship. Cover faults including part of the name excised.
1937 registered cover to Simanggang franked with five 4c, one damaged at top right, paying the 20c postage (15c registration, 5c postage) tied by SARATOK 8 NO 1937 datestamps. (Proud D2, which was only used for 4 years). A boxed Saratok registration handstamp is at the upper left with the number 357 inserted by hand. On the back are Kuching 12 NOV and Simanggang 17 NO 1937 transit and arrival cancels. An inter-mission letter., as this letter to St Luke's Mission in Simanggang was most probably written from the St Peter's Mission in Saratok.
1937 envelope to England franked with a 6c and a pair of 1c cancelled SARIKEI 13 MAY 1937. This 8c rate must have only been introduced sround the time of this letter being sent. A Kuching 14 MAY 1937 transit cancel is on the back. Mail from Sarikei is uncommon prior to WWII.
1904 envelope to London bearing a 4c cancelled SIBU 8 NOV 1904. A violet Kuching 28 NOV 1904 transit cancel is on the front of the cover. Mail from Sibu to Kuching went by steamer and judging by the 20 days it took to get between the two towns, serious delays must have been encountered, possibly by adverse weather.
1926 envelope to England franked with a 3c on the front and a 3c on the back to pay the 6c rate that had come into effect on January 1 that year, cancelled SADONG 1 NOV 1926. A Kuching 2 NOV 1926 transit cancel is on the back of the cover. Sadong was renamed Simunjan in 1936.
1930 15c registered envelope to Kuching with a 4c stamp added to pay the postage, cancelled SARATOK 21 MAR 1930. A boxed Saratok registration handstamp is at the upper left of the envelope with the number 18/30 written in pencil, presumably indicating that this was the 18th registered letter so far that year. A Kuching 24 MAR 1930 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. Early commercial mail from Saratok is scarce.
1914 envelope to England bearing a 4c cancelled SADONG 31 MAY 1914. A Kuching 2 JUN cancel is on the back of the cover, and Kuching 9 JUN 1914 c.d.s. is on the front, showing the letter had to wait a week before getting a ship to Singapore. A fine and early cover from Sadong that in 1914 only sold stamps to the value of $40.93 at its post office.
1937 registered envelope to Brazil franked with a 15c, two 1c, two 2c and a 6c, paying the 12c letter rate to a non Commonwealth country and 15c registration, cancelled MIRI 2 JAN 1937. A boxed Miri registration handstamp is at the upper left of the cover. On the back are Singapore 1FE, Buenos Aires 24 MAR and Sao Paulo 3 ABR 1937 transit and arrival cancels. A fine commercial cover to a very scarce destination.
1909 envelope to Kuching bearing a 2c stamp cancelled SADONG 27 MAR 09. (Proud D3) A partial Kuching arrival c.d.s. is on the back of the cover. There are cover faults including slight truncation at the left, but a very scarce early cover from this village thirty miles east of Kuching.
1931 O.H.H.S. stampless envelope to Kuching cancelled SONG 21 MAR 1931. The cover has been initialled at the lower left corner by the sender. On the back are Sibu 23 MAR transit and Kuching 27 MAR 1931 arrival cancels. A scarce item from this small village on the Rejang River, fifty miles east of Sibu.
1931 On Postal Service stampless envelope to Kuching cancelled BARAM 13 OCT 1931. At the lower left corner 'Baram' has been written in manuscript for the post office sending the letter and the initials of the sender are above. On the back are Miri 14 OCT transit and Kuching 17 OCT 1931 arrival cancels.
1918 envelope to Seremban, Malaysia, franked with a lower marginal Plate 1 pair of 2c, tied by the scarce TRUSAN 17 DEC 18 datestamps. A Kuching 29 DEC transit cancel is on the front of the cover, on the back are Kuching 23 DEC, Singapore 31 DEC 18 and Seremban 1 JA 19 transit and arrival cancels. Up near the Brunei border, 10 miles from Lawas, Trusan is one of the smaller remote villages in Sarawak. In 1918 total stamp sales only amounted to $23.26. A very scarce cover from Trusan.
1925 envelope to the Roman Catholic Mission School, Jesselton, North Borneo, bearing a 4c and 1c tied by a MIRI 28 JUL 25 datestamp. On the back are Labuan 30 JY and Jesselton 31 JUL 1925 transit and arrival datestamps.
1923 taxed envelope to Shanghai, China, and then readdressed and sent to Yokohama, Japan. Franked with a 12c cancelled KUCHING 28 MAR 1923. The letter must have exceeded a ½ oz as it has a 'T' tax handstamp (Proud UP3) applied in Kuching. The rate to China was 10c for the first ½ oz and 6c for each additional ½ oz. On the back are Hong Kong 6 APL, Shanghai 9 APR and Yokohama APR 16 23 transit and arrival cancels. A little roughly opened at the top, but a scarce taxed and redirected cover to an uncommon destination.
1936 stampless O.H.H.S. envelope to Kuching with a BAU 22 FEB 1936 datestamp. A large violet triple ring 'DISTRICT OFFICE, BAU' cachet is at the left of the cover, this has been initialled in the centre by the sender. A Kuching arrival c.d.s. is on the back.