Malaya

The Federation of Malaya was formed in 1948 by the union of the Federated Malay States and Straits Settlements. Malaya is located on the Malay Peninsula of South East Asia. Only one official seal design is known. See also "Malaysia" and "Straits Settlements."



Catalog: Drummond OS1, Nierinck #540313a

Date issued: Unknown. EKU March 13, 1954

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "POSTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MALAYA. / POST OFFICE / FOUND OPEN / (OR TORN) / AND / OFFICIALLY / SECURED"

Control Number: "Ptg. 312/35" at upper left and "(Posts--Mail 21)" at upper right

Description: Malayan official seal used to repair 1954 cover from Perth, Western Australia to Manchester, England damaged enroute in the March 13th crash of a B.O.A.C. (British Overseas Airways Corporation) aircraft at Singapore. The red "SALVAGED MAIL / AIRCRAFT CRASH / SINGAPORE 13.3.1954" auxiliary marking is the most commonly seen handstamp on mails recovered from this wreck.

A similar seal, without the period after "MALAYA" and no control number at left, is also known.

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