Wednesday, November 12, 2008

1991 Phila Nippon

1991 Tokyo, Japan World Stamp Exhibition

"Phila Nippon'91 souvenior cover"

This was a cover issued to commemorate 1991 Japan WORLD stamp exhibition in Tokyo from 16 to 24 November 1991. Nothing too fancy about this cover as Pos Malaysia (refer to as Postal Services Department of Malaysia at that time) decided to keep it simple. It had a hibiscus flower, the national flower of Malaysia, on the cover.

In the early day, Pos Malaysia seem to be obsess with this flower and we can see it quite often in most of the stamp design. However, its appearance have drop in the recent years.

Does anyone know that Hibiscus is also the national flower of South Korea?

However, their Hibiscus is of a different species from Malaysia.

"Hibiscus Syriacus - South Korea National Flower"

South Korea national flower is "Hibiscus Syriacus" while Malaysia national flower is "Hibiscus rosa-sinensis". The obvious different is the colour, one in bright red while another in purple (a bit pinkish). Hibiscus is also known as Rosemallow.

"Phila Nippon'91 Exhibition cancellation"

No special stamp (overprint etc) introduced for this event. Pos Malaysia used the boring national fruit series. However, Rambutan + Hibicus = truly Malaysia!!! What more can you ask for?

In a world exhibition, the participating country would normally bring their own cancellation. to commemorate the event The above was Postal Services Department of Malaysia cancellation for Nippon'91. Visitor to the event would normally have lot of fun collecting all the different cancellations from different country regarding the event.

I will show you some cover in the futher bearing various cancellation from different postal services participating in the stamp exhibition.

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