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Straits Settlements Post Card with Reply - Postal Stationery Prepaid 1 cent (1884)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Straits Settlements
Type
Postcard
Class
Postal Stationery
Front Inscription
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS | POST CARD
Face Value
1 cent
Issued Date
1884
Printer
De La Rue & Co, Limited (UK)
Gum
No Gum
Dimension
120 × 148 mm
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Never Hinged - Extra Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
PC6.P7
Standard Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Straits Settlements Post Card with Reply - Postal Stationery Prepaid 1 cent (1884)
Straits Settlements Postal Stationery and Reply Card with 1 cent Postal Prepaid

Postal Stationery

A piece of postal stationery is a stationery item, such as a stamped envelope, letter sheet, postal card, lettercard, aerogram or wrapper, with an imprinted stamp or inscription indicating that a specific rate of postage or related service has been prepaid. It does not, however, include any postcard without a pre-printed stamp.

Postal cards are postal stationery and have a printed or embossed indicium and are sold by governmental postal authorities. Some of the forms taken by postal cards include the regular single card, the attached message-reply cards, airmail postal cards, and official postal cards used for official government business with a "penalty for private use". Postcards, on the other hand, is a term used to designate cards prepared by private companies that do not have prepaid franking and readily available at commercial outlets. They are frequently illustrated with pictures or printed advertisements. They are generally not considered postal stationery.

Front Side

The image of the stamp appears to be Portrait of Queen Victoria.

The text and indicium1 are in green.

The indicium1 shows the value of 1 cent, each for Post Card and Reply Card.

Text that appears on the card:

POST CARD
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS
THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE


Print at the bottom-left:

THE ANNEXED CARD
IS INTENDED FOR
THE ANSWER.


On the reply card

POST CARD
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS
THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE
REPLY.


Whilst on the image of the stamp:

STRAITS SETTLEMENTS
ONE CENT

The size of the postcard is: 120 x 74 mm
The size of the postcard, attached: 120 x 148 mm
The size of the indicium is: 19 x 22 mm

Back Side

The backside of each card appears to be blank.

Currency & State

During this time, Straits Settlements are based on Spanish American Dollar, where $1 = 100 cents.

Interchangably in contemporary Malay Language, Dollar was known as Ringgit whilst cent was known as sen.

During this time, Straits Settlements was British Crown Colony and consisted of Penang Island (and Province Wellesley), Malacca and Singapore.

Information / Discussion

The card's sign of age is quite evident. Probably from tropical climate.

More information needed about the printer, method of printing.

Catalog

PC6
1c 1c, with reply card (b)
Standard Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei - Revenue Stamps & Postal Stationery.



1. indicium - An indication, sign, or token - specifically, the stamp on mail indicating paid postage.
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