- "Bs" used after the post office closed?
have speculated that any remaining “Bs” when the British Post Office
closed on 30 June 1885 were returned to the Treasury in Singapore and
reissued for use there. Others have suggested that firms with offices
in Singapore sent their remaining stock of “Bs” there and used them on
My thinking is that this never happened:
was to join the UPU a month earlier, but this was delayed due to an
outbreak of cholera in Europe adding one more month to use up stock.
- The last
shipment of stamps was 27 May 1885.
Postmaster at Bangkok acquired the stamps at 90% face. The reason for
overprinting the stamps with a “B” was to prevent them being used
outside of Bangkok.
collectors and stamp dealers had discovered the British Post Office.
Early ads in philatelic journal confirmation that dealers were offering
Bangkok issues during the life of the post office. Since he bought the
stamps from the British Post Office in Singapore the retiring
Postmaster likely kept what was left and sold them at a profit. Note
the large blocks of mint Bangkok stamps that appear in exhibits and in