28 July 2016

1991 Provincial Postage Meters

In 1991 Cambodia introduced postage meter (EMA) for the first time after the civil war (read my July 2009 blog entry on this).  Meter machines were installed in Phnom Penh Central Post Office and Daun Penh branch, according to Dr. Gale J. Raymond 's article in ICP #128.  It is found that later the same type of meter machines were available at other selected post office branches and provinces as well.

Above shows a specimen of the 1991 postage meter, the leftmost rectangular slogan box was dropped when the meter was put to use.

An official full list of post offices which actually used the 1991 type meter is unavailable, and information is scarce, so as a foundation for studies here is a list of geographic names appeared on meters reported by collectors so far:
        • Phnom Penh R.P.
        • Chbar Ampeou (Phnom Penh)
        • Daun Penh (Phnom Penh)
        • Olympic (Phnom Penh)
        • Banteay Meanchey
        • Battambang
        • Kandal
        • Kompong Cham
        • Siemreap Angkor

26 July 2016

Essen '84 Philatelic Cachet of Cambodia

After the re-establishment of postal system, in 1983 Cambodia started to have handstamp cachets marking international philatelic events.   Here is a cachet from May 1984, it celebrates the oldest international stamp fair of Germany - Briefmarken-Messe Essen.

Held from 26th - 31st May, Essen '84 is the 5th of the annual international stamp fair of Essen.  Cambodia was represented by COPREFIL, along with some of the client nations of the company.   A handstamp cachet was available at the spot for visitors to make their own souvenirs.

The cachet is inscribed "5eme Foire Internationale due timbre-poste POSTES KAMPUCHEA 26-31 Mai 84 messe", noted that almost all words are French except "messe" which is German for "fair". 

The cachet greatly resembles to the cachet of Cuba, after all they are both represented by the same agent.  A sample of the Cuban cachet is shown below, the only difference is the inscription.

Without surprise, the design of both cachets is based on the stamp fair logo: