25 December 2014

Cambodia Celebrates World Post Day



World Post Day which falls on 9th October each year celebrates the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874.  As one of the oldest international organizations in the world, the Union has been coordinating international postal policies in the last 140 years.

Cambodia joined the UPU in 1951.  A set of 3 stamps was issued by Cambodia Post in 1997 to mark the death centenary of Heinrich von Stephan, founder of UPU.  Here is the advertizing pamphlet of the issue:



Although no stamps have ever been issued by Cambodia for World Post Day, special cachets in red ink are sometimes prepared and handstamped on mail to commemorate the Day.  At least 5 years have had the World Post Day cachets, here I illustrate cachets of 2005 and 2006:

2005

2006





16 December 2014

"FD" Handstamp on Cambodian Mail



This is a mail from Phnom Penh to Corseul in northwestern France:



Cambodia has a large portion of her mail addressed to France.  It is not hard for collectors to find covers with "FD" handstamp on the front. "FD" stands for "Fausse Direction", it is stamped by La Poste to indicate that the mail is incorrectly delivered (locally) which could be introduced by sorting mistake or unclear address.  "FD" mail is usually returned to the mail stream and be delivered again.