North Borneo – Six foot wingspan fruit bat on postcard & 1929 Brunei oil well!

A diverse title I think? Recently I purchased a small group of postcards and ephemera from the daughter of a mining engineer who spent some time working in North Borneo and Brunei in the 1920/30s (at the time of oil exploration, particularly in Brunei). They all tell part of the story of a British ex-pat writing home to his young sister, who must have been enthralled by all the exotic images and her brother’s descriptions of local life in Sandakan, Silimpopon and Tawau.

None of the cards are stranger than the one shown below which is a real photo card with the message on the back confirming it is a 6 foot wingspan fruit bat or “flying fox”! Imagine that flapping around your eaves on a British summer evening!

Also in the collection were some lovely hand made postcards (printed postcard backs) with a water colour background and the picture of an oriental man or woman created from small pieces of Chinese stamps. Again, I would assume quite a thrill to receive for a young girl in suburban London in the 1920s.

There are more North Borneo scenes (plus one of an early Brunei oil well around 1929) in the collection and they are available for purchase in the Reynard Collectables delcampe shop here.

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About reynardcollectables

Married to Barbara, two boys, work from home office. Trying to build my collectables hobby into a profitable business.
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