STAMP PHILATELY
Straits Settlements - Postage Due 4 cents
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Straits Settlements
Type
Stamp (Single)
Class
Postage Due
Front Inscription
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS 4c POSTAGE DUE
Face Value
4 cent
Issued Date
26/05/1926
Printer
De La Rue & Co, Limited (UK)
Printing Method
Typography
Gum
Gum
Dimension
21 × 24 mm
Perforation Gauge
14
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
D3
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
J3
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
D3
Standard Stamp Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Straits Settlements - Postage Due 4 cents
Postage Due stamps for Straits Settlements were issued between 1 January 1924 until 1926.
Watermark: Multiple Script CA
Color: Green

Hinged sign on the reverse.

POSTAGE DUE

Postage due is the term used for mail sent with insufficient postage. A postage due stamp is a stamp added to an underpaid piece of mail to indicate the extra postage due.

When the Universal Postal Union was founded in 1874 the problem with underpaid foreign mail was dealt with. The U.P.U. arrived at the decision that mail with insufficient postage should be marked with a "T" and from April 1, 1879 the amount missing would also be indicated in black. Later more countries started to use handstamps to indicate the amount due. Later the combination of handstamps with both the "T" and the amount missing came into use. From October 1, 1907 the rules were changed. The amount due would be charged instead of the amount missing would be indicated. The amount charged was usually double the amount that was missing.
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