The Borneo Elephant and Mahout

Elephants are one of the most popular animals to be portrayed on stamps and have been featured twice on A Stamp A Day in articles about Laos and Thailand, both of the Asian variety. Today’s entry describes a subspecies of the Asian elephant as well as the traditional handler, called a mahout, both pictured on a 1909 stamp issued for the British protectorate state of … Continue reading The Borneo Elephant and Mahout

North Borneo #108 (1901)

The State of North Borneo (Borneo Utara) was a British protectorate located in the northern part of the island of Borneo. The territory of North Borneo was originally established by concessions of the Sultanates of Brunei and Sulu in 1877 and 1878 to an Austrian-German businessman and diplomat, von Overbeck. Overbeck had recently purchased a small tract of land in the western coast of Borneo … Continue reading North Borneo #108 (1901)

Sabah #45 (1986)

Sabah [Malaysian State] #45 (1986)

Sabah is one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo (Sarawak being the other). It is situated in northern Borneo, bordering the state of Sarawak to the southwest, Kalimantan of Indonesia to the south, while separated by sea from the Federal Territory of Labuan. Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam in the west and the Philippines to the north and east. Kota … Continue reading Sabah [Malaysian State] #45 (1986)