Sunday, February 8, 2009

'UOB' Cancellation on 1962 25cents definitive

Among the different stamps, I found this 1962 25 cents fish definitive with a cancellation of 'UOB Singapore' on it. Curiously I wonder what is this cancellation for. I understand some stamps have perforations within the bodies of the stamps, i.e. perfins with small holes in the stamps, because in the older days, stamps were a high value commodity and companies add perforations to prevent theft.



However, this 'UOB Singapore' cancellation on a 1962 definitive surely cannot be a perfins? UOB as a bank existed since the 1930s, while Singapore as a soverign country existed from August 1965. Moreover, the bank adopted the 'UOB' as its name only in 1965 (See article). So the 'UOB Singapore' cancellation on a 1962 may not make much sense, perhaps it is a 'cancellation' for other purposes? Anyone with any clue let me know ok?

3 comments:

KH said...

Hi, nice to know fellow collectors in Singapore. The UOB stamp is probably used when the 25c stamp was used for revenue purposes e.g. on a receipt or something like that.

KH said...

Hi the UOB stamp applied is probably due to the 25c stamp being used for revenue purpose.

Stamps & such said...

Thanks for the info! Yes I think that is a likely possibility. Guess postage stamps were also often used as revenue stamps back then.

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