14 September 2011

1994 Cover Sisophon to Paris

This cover went from Sisophon of Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia to Sceaux of southern Paris, France.

Three stamps paying 1700r postage were canceled at two different places, Sisophon and Phnom Penh.

The 1993 "National Development" 450r and "Fauna" 900r were canceled by a red ink meter of Banteay Meanchey Province, dated 3rd July 1994. The meter only served as a date indicator and postage stamp killer, no postage did it carry. The leftmost stamp, 1993 Bangkok'93 (waterfowl) 350r was uncanceled when it left Sisophon.

Phnom Penh is the mail hub of Cambodia, mail all over the country has to go to Phnom Penh first before heading to its destination. Usually a transit postmark is applied at Phnom Penh CPO. In this case the Phnom Penh black ink cancellation tying the 350r waterfowl stamp is actually a transit postmark.

The Phnom Penh postmark was dated 4th July 1994, the next day of Sisophon departure. Such speedy travel in the rainy season of Cambodia (from May to October) suggests that the cover did not go all the way by road, but by air from Battambang or Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Road travel during rainy season took at least four days or sometimes as long as two weeks.

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