Singapore through Straits Settlements / Marai / Crown Colony / Malaya / Malaysia / Cross Use

Singapore’s intertwined early philatelic history with Straits Settlements, Malaya and Malaysia makes for an interesting collection. The earliest of course is Straits Settlements. Singapore’s stamps were valid for postage (and vice-versa) in Malaya / Malaysia via the Malayan Postal Union agreement on 01 January 1934. The Pan Malaya Postal Agreement continued this arrangement from 09 August 1949 until 31 January 1967 (correct me if I got the date wrong). From 15 May 1964, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak stamps were also allowed to be used in Singapore and vice versa. Here are some of those FDCs.

12 May 1937: Coronation H. M. King George VI

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01 September 1943: Commemorating the 1,000,000 dollars in the Marai Postal Savings Fund

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01 September 1948: Singapore Definitive

19480901 Singapore Definitive

10 October 1949: 75th Anniversary of Universal Postal Union

19491010 Singapore 75th Anniversary of UPU

19491010 UN Conference Singapore 75th Anniversary of UPU

United Nations Conference Singapore September October 1949

02 June 1953: Coronation H. M. Queen Elizabeth II

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04 September 1955: Queen Elizabeth II Definitive Series

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21 November 1955: Diamond Jubilee of HH Sir Ibrahim Sultan of Johore

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05 March 1958: ECAFE Conference

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31 August 1958: First Anniversary of Independence

19580831 Singapore Independence 1

19580831 Singapore Independence 2

10 December 1958: 10th Anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights

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20 February 1959: Installation of HH the Sultan of Kedah

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01 July 1959: Kedah Definitive

19590701 Singapore Kedah Definitive

12 September 1959: Inauguration of Parliament

19590912 Singapore Parliament Amended

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10 February 1960: Coronation of HH the Sultan of Johore

19600210 Singapore Coronation Johor

19 September 1960: 15th Meeting of the International Rubber Study Group

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07 October 1960: Johore Definitive

19601007 Singapore Johore Definitve

04 January 1961: Coronation of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

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17 April 1961: Coronation of DYMM Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan

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28 June 1961: Coronation of DYMM the Sultan of Selangor

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17 July 1961: Coronation of HH the Sultan of Kelantan

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30 October 1961: 13th Meeting Colombo Plan Consultative Meeting

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01 March 1962: Definitive

Selangor

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Kelantan

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07 April 1962: World Malaria Eradication Campaign

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21 July 1962: National Language Month

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01 October 1962: Free Primary Education

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21 March 1963: Freedom from Hunger

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25 June 1963: Cameron Highlands Hydroelectic Scheme

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16 September 1963: Formation of Malaysia

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03 October 1963: World Orchid Conference

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26 October 1963: Installation of DYMM the Sultan of Perak

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04 November 1963: 9th Commonwealth Parlimentary Conference

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01 July 1964: Sabah Definitive

19640701 Singapore Sabah Definitive

10 October 1964: Eleanor Roosevelt

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17 May 1965: 100 Year ITU

19650517 Singapore ITU

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27 August 1965: National Mosque

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30 August 1965: Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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09 September 1965: National Definitive Series

19650909 Singapore National Definitive

15 November 1965: State Definitive Series

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14 December 1965: 3rd SEAP Games

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08 February 1966: National Monument

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11 April 1966: Installation of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

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21 October 1966: Penang Free School

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01 December 1966: First Malaysia Plan

This FDC is special as it is officially the last commemorative stamp issue to be allowed to be cancelled in Singapore. The cross usage of stamps ended on 31 January 1967 and this issue is the last issue before the date.

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Here are Singapore FDCs cancelled in Malaya / Malaysia. They are harder to find.

01 June 1959: New State of Singapore

19590601 KL New State of Singapore

03 June 1960: National Day

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Usually the brochures are missing in the early era. However for the above FDC, I was lucky to have the brochure. Clearly stated on the brochure is a rubber stamp that the stamps are obtainable from the Stamp Bureau in Federal House.

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03 June 1961: National Day

19610603 KL National Day 1

19610603 KL National Day 2

19610603 KL Slogan National Day

19610603 KL Slogan National Day Back

31 March 1962: Definitive

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03 June 1962: National Day

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10 March 1963: Definitive

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03 June 1963: National Day

19630603 KL Singapore National Day

19630603 Penang Singapore National Day

08 August 1963: Cultural Festival

19630808 KL Cultural Festival

19630808 Penang Cultural Festival

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09 August 1966: First Anniversary of the Republic of Singapore

19660809 Penang First Anniversary Republic of Singapore

09 November 1966: Definitive

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19661109 Penang Definitive

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2 thoughts on “Singapore through Straits Settlements / Marai / Crown Colony / Malaya / Malaysia / Cross Use

  1. Very good collection myfdc .\i also collect fdc’s but only generic one apertaining to the issue rather tha the special event.Managed to obtain the full Singapore set on Qantas cover to Qantas manager in Sydney and in good to fine condition.Plus several in late 60@s I sent to uk.
    Nice presentation Thankyou for making them viewable

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