Friday, March 28, 2008

Singapore Postmarks of 1970s

I owned a copy of the "National Stamp Exhibition 1970", a national event with messages from the then Minister for Communication, and found pages of Singapore Postmarks in the booklet. It is actually not easy to find these postmarks on the Internet so I decided to take snapshots and post them here.

It is only through these postmarks that I realised that there were postal operations on some of the Singapore islands, e.g. Pulau Brani, Ubin, Tekong, Semakau, & St Johns. Wow... But there is one mark which I don't understand, what exactly is "PAQUEBOT"?? which appears under the "Mail Branch" portion (1st picture).

Afternote: Found the answer, it's the cancellation used while letters were posted on board ships. Seems to be a UPU creation from the Vienna Conference in 1891.

GPO Postmarks
G.P.O Counter: Q, C14, C17, and C18
Philatelic Bureau: Philatelic Bureau, and Philatelic Bureau 1
Mails Branch: M4, M5, Parquebot 2, and Surcharge

Sub Post Office Postmarks- Alexandra A 3, Bukit Panjang 23, Bukit Timah 21, Changi C 17, Dempsey Road A 10, Farrer Road A 10, Geylang A 14, Jalan Kayu 28, Joo Chiat A 15, Kampong Glam A 7, Kandang Kerbau A 8, Katong C 15, Keppel Harbour, Killiney Road A 6, Lim Ah Pin Road A 19, and MacPherson Road A 13.

Sub Post Office Postmarks- Maxwell Road, Nee Soon, Newton B 11, North Canal Road, Owen Road A 8, Pasir Panjang, Paya Lebar B 19, Pulau Bukom, Queen Street D 7, Queenstown A 3, Seletar B 28, Sembawang, Sepoy Lines B 2, Serangoon Rd A 12, Siglap 16, and Serangoon Garden 19.

Sub Post Office Postmarks- Simpang Bedok A 16, Airport A, Still Road A 15, Taman Jurong A 22, Taman Warna A 10, Tanglin B 10, Thomson Road 20, Tiong Bharu A 3, and Towner Road.

Postal Agencies - Ama Keng 24, Bulim Village 24, Dockyard P.A., Huat Choi (?) Village 22, Kg. Sungei Tengah 19, Nanyang University PA 22, Pepys Road 5, P. Elizabeth Est. 23, Pulau Brani 2, Pulau Ubin 17, Pulau Tekong, and Pulau Semakau.

Postal Agencies - Queensway 3, Tengah P.A., Race Course Vill 10, Sembawang H Est(?) 20, St. Johns Island, Teck Hocl 19, Toa Payoh, Yuas 22, Ulu Bedok 14, Upper Paya Lebar Road 19, Woodlands 25, Yan Kit 17, and Yio Chu Kang.


lukman hqeem said...

Thanks for the infmation. perhaps is there any data that show from when that postmark start use and last dated

SwedishSearcher said...

Hello everyone, I am a stamp collector in Sweden, very interested in the history of Singaporean stamps and postal history.

I have a question I hope you can answer.

What does “M4” mean at the bottom of a postmark?

I assume this is the Mails Branch where the stamp was cancelled but can you tell me which one?

Stamps & Such said...

Hi SwedishSearcher,

I don't have a clear answer for you unfortunately. M4 means it was a cancellation at 1 of the 2 Mails Branch, and I believed this was still located at eh main General Post Office, except it wasn't at the counters.

The General Post Office then, was located at Fullerton Building, one of the landmarks of Singapore. SingPost shifted out from Fullerton Building from Dec 1971.

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