Sunday, September 21, 2008

SOAS Mosque Opening 1958

A Miss Jennifer sent me this set of First Day Covers all commemorating the opening of Brunei's Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in September 1958. The 50th Anniversary of the opening is coming up this Friday and there is currently a lot of interest in these old philatelic items. I only had one of these 3 FDCs but I was not surprised when Jennifer sent me these three different designs. I found that for other stamp issues in the 1950s and the early 1960s, there will always be more than one FDC design. I am guessing that in those days, these FDCs were not always issued by the Postal authorities and that other people may be allowed to issue them as well.

The SOAS Mosque was opened on 25th September 1958. That day was a public holiday because it was also Prophet Muhammad's birthday. So that day was Maulid Rasul or Maulud Nabi. The stamps were officially issued on 24th September 1958, the day before the official opening.

Two of the three FDC had 24th as the postmarked on the FDC. But one of them was issued on 26th, the day after. It would be interesting to know why that is so.

1 comment:

semes1 said...

Actually the 3 FDCs of the mosque stamps were issued on 24th September 1958 (see the PO's postmark); only realized that 1st FDC printed 26th Sept 1958 & the other 2 FDCs (2nd & 3rd) printed 24th Sept 1958; which I’m guessing in those day collectors did not check & just issued what they like & having their own designed envelopes. Interesting…..!!!