This is a great FDC from Malaysia, featuring some special stamps.
At first glance, the Museums and Artifacts issue features images of regional museums and galleries, albeit with a curious black edge on each stamp.
This is what the cover looked like when I took it out of our post box at the front of our house.
Date: 2nd September 2013
Issue Date: 31st August 2013
As I admired the cover in the midday Thai sun (= hot… only for mad dogs and Englishmen collecting their post), the artifacts promised in the title of the issue were revealed.
The panel on the right side of each stamp contains an image of an artifact, and that portion of the stamp has been treated with a thermosensitive ink. The ink is opaque when cold (or room temperature) and transparent when warm. Click the image above to zoom in.
I really like this innovative stamp design, reflecting the importance of museums and archives, which reveal the past to us and preserve our history.
From left to right:
- Museum – Galeria Perdana, Langkawi, Kedah, Artifact – Ancient Ark
- Museum – Muzium Kota Kayang, Perlis, Artifact – Currency Mould
- Museum – Muzium Labuan, Labuan, Artifact – Brass Tea Pot
There are 9 stamps in the issue, see below for details of the others.
The Story Behind the History
The FDC comes with a very detailed insert. Click the images below for easier reading.
Thanks to Vera for this cover.