Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Malaysia Postmarks 006

Kuala Lumpur M46. Date: 13 December 2003.

Pusat Mel Bandar Baru Bangi M3, Selangor. Date: 23 July 2003.

Kuala Lumpur M4. Date: 11 September 2004.

Kuala Lumpur M2. Date: 29 May 2001.

Kuala Lumpur P45. Date: 29 November 2007.

Pusat Mel Bukit Raja M21, Selangor. Date: 16 November 2007.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Zoodic ATMs from Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the many countries producing beautiful ATMs. In 1987, Hong Kong postal authority released ATMs with zoodic motif. Year 1987 is the Year of Rabbit. Subsequently, zoodic ATMs were released every year until 1998 - altogether 12 years marking the complete of one cycle of lunar zoodic calender. It was learnt that two ATM machines were used to print these ATMs. Therefore, the ATM labels were marked with 01 and 02.

Year of Rabbit (Date of issue: 18 August 1987); Year of Dragon (Date of issue: 23 March 1988)

Year of Snake (Date of issue: 24 February 1989); Year of Horse (Date of issue: 21 February 1990)

Year of Goat (Date of issue: 21 February 1991); Year of Monkey (Date of issue: 12 March 1992)

Year of Rooster (Date of issue: 10 February 1993); Year of Dog (Date of issue: 1 March 1994)

Year of Pig (Date of issue: 15 February 1995); Year of Rat (Date of issue: 28 February 1996)

Year of Ox (Date of issue: 12 March 1997); Year of Tiger (Date of issue: 11 February 1998 )

Friday, 23 November 2007

A Cover from France 01

A simple and yet beautiful cover from France. Date: 4 December 2002.

Malaysia Postmarks 005

Padungan Post Office K2, Kuching, Sarawak. Date: 2 November 2007.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport K2 (KLIA), Main Terminal. Date: 31 October 2007.

Kuching General Post Office P5, Kuching, Sarawak. Date: 2 November 2007.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia K5, Selangor. Date: 16 October 2007.

KLCC K3, Kuala Lumpur. Date: 9 November 2007.

Friday, 16 November 2007

ATM of Malaysia

Many countries have been issuing ATMs or frama labels for the convenience of the customers in buying postage stamps to post a mail. However, Pos Malaysia does not seem to follow the trend in issuing frama labels. Nevertheless, Malaysia first and only one frama label was issued on 25 May 1987. The label paper was inscribed with Malaysian Postal Authority logo at that time (currently Malaysian Postal Authority, known as Pos Malaysia, has different logo).

The above frama labels were printed with values 15 sen, 20 sen and 40 sen. There is a printed hibiscus flower at the left bottom corner of the labels. The mechine used in printing the labels was WP001.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Hornbills of Malaysia

Hornbills are large beautiful birds taxonomically placed in the family Bucerotidae. They normally nest in hollow of tree trunk. In Malaysia, ten hornbill species have been recorded, i.e. rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), great hornbill (Buceros bicornis), white-crowned hornbill (Aceros comatus), wrinkled hornbill (Aceros corrugatus), black hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus), plain-pouched hornbill (Aceros subruficollis), oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris), bushy-crested hornbill (Anorrhinus galeritis) and wreathed hornbill (Aceros undulates). Pos Malaysia issued stamps with hornbill images on a few occasions. Among the ten hornbill species, rhinoceros hornbill is the most popular hornbill species depicted in Malaysian stamps. The other hornbill species which have been depicted in Malaysian stamps are great hornbill, helmeted hornbill, wrinkled hornbill and white-crowned hornbill.

One of the eight bird definitive stamps issued on 9 September 1965. The hornbill species on the stamp is rhinoceros hornbill. The male hornbill is feeding the female hornbill nesting in hollow of tree trunk.

One of the four beautiful hornbill stamps issued on 26 October1983. This is again a rhinoceros hornbill.

One of the stamps in a miniature sheet issued on 2 December 1996. The miniature sheet was overprinted with Hong Kong '97, and released on 12 February 1997. A pair of rhinoceros hornbills are shown on the stamp.

One of the four stamps to commemorate Visit Malaysia Year 2007. The stamps were released on 19 March 2007. The beautiful rhinoceros hornbill is on the left side of the stamps.

A pictorial aerogramme was released on 12 August 1996. The aerogramme bares a value 50c with an image of rhinoceros hornbill.

This miniature sheet was issued on 14 June 2004 depicting wildlife in Malaysia forest. The two rhinoceros hornbills are on the border of the miniature sheet.

This is one of the ten stamps released on 31 December 1999 to commemorate the new millennium. The hornbill species on the stamp is great hornbill.

A helmeted hornbill. Date of release: 26 October 1983.

A wrinkled hornbill. Date of release: 26 October 1983.

A pair of white-crowned hornbills. Date of release: 26 October 1983.

Hornbill has been used as a symbol and identity. Sarawak state, famous of hornbill, uses rhinoceros hornbill as the state symbol, and the state emblem carries the hornbill image. The above stamp is one of the 14 stamps released on 25 September 2007.

Pos Malaysia released a miniature sheet with hornbill images on January 12, 2009, and later with the overprint China 2009 on April 10-16, 2009.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Two Covers from New Zealand

This cover was sent from Waikato carrying a message "Delivered to you by New Zealand Post". Date: 8 September 1998.

This cover was also sent from Waikato, but carrying a message "Check Christmas Mailing Deadlines". Date: 15 October 1997.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

ATM labels from Aland

Aland Postal Authority released these ATMs on 1 March 2007 with pony motif..... a very nice ATM set indeed.

A cover from Switzerland

A cover sent from Lausanne, Switzerland on 17 May 1997.

A cover from Italy

A cover sent from Rome, Italy on 12 March 1999.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

An Aerogramme from Thailand

An aerogramme sent from Na Kae, Thailand on 9 August 1995. The aerogramme was postmarked at Bangkok on 11 August 1995 before flying to Malaysia.

A cover from Taiwan

A beautiful cover from Taiwan framed with two beautiful ATMs. Date: 21 September 2007.

According to George Wu (ATM collector from Taiwan), the ATMs on the cover were overprinted with commemorative wordings "ROC National Stamp Show 2007", and the overprint ATMs were issued on 21 September 2007. The number 079 on the ATMs is referred to ATM machine (from Danshui PO, Taipei) to print the values on the ATMs.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Missent: Peru to Macau to Malaysia

This letter was sent from Peru to Malaysia. The letter was posted on 22 December 2002. However, it was missent to Macau. Macau postmarked the letter on 4 January 2003. It is really a beautiful cover.

Friday, 19 October 2007

Singapore - Turn it Off

A beautiful cover from Singapore to England. The slogan on the postmark reads "Turn It Off" to educate public on saving drinking water. Date: 11 November 1998.

A Registered Cover..... (Bukit Fraser, Pahang)

A registered cover sent from Bukit Fraser (Pahang), one of the hill resorts in Malaysia. The cover was posted at Bukit Fraser on 14 November 2000.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

A Cover from Portugal

A cover from Portugal.... The cover is stuck with two beautiful fish stamps and a postage label. Date: 25 August 2007.

A Registered Cover - Chemor, Perak, Malaysia

A registered cover was sent from Chemor (Perak, Malaysia) to Kajang (Selangor, Malaysia). The cover was sent on 28 October 2000, and the cover travelled to Ipoh (Perak) on the same day, then to Kajang on 31 October 2000.

A Registered Cover from Spain

A registered cover from Spain...... An ATM was used as postage on this cover. Date: 29 October 2004.

A Cover from the Netherlands

A beautiful cover from the Netherlands. I see a frog on one of the stamps on the cover! Date: 30 July 2007.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

An Interesting Error on Bird Defintive Stamp

Finding error stamps from post offices is a difficult task for odinary collectors. Most of the time the major error stamps fall on the hands of dealers. I do not know what do say as I had a luck to obtain a major error stamp block from one post office. The original stamp is one of the definitive bird stamps released in 2005, but the stamp involves is the reprint. The error shows misplace of the perforation due to folding of right top corner of the stamp sheet (one sheet contains 100 stamps). Only one stamp sheet had this problem and the other sheets from the same stack were fine.