Selangor Displays & Bourse November 21st 2010
& Pictures by Dominic Morris Susan McEwen and Nick Hackney
of the Meeting of Members’ displays on Selangor, 20 November 2010,
Spink, Southampton Row, London WC2
The day started with a fairly lively bourse which ran over into the time
allotted for the members’ displays, which were only started after
firm intervention from the Chairman.
of the Bourse
of the audience
First up out of four rounds were Malcolm Clark , Gordon Peters and Roger
Malcolm showed a range from the 1891 half tigers to the Mosque series
including some very nice examples of mainstream 1933-35 survey department
essays. Of particular interest were the early uses of registered labels,
the first of which were used in Selangor at some point between 1913 and
1917; and provisional uses: the labels were supplied blank en masse by
Crown Agents, London and overprinted locally as needed.
Gordon’s display opened with some lovely old postcards of the mosque
at Klang, including an interior view; sheets of the mosque series displayed
in the ‘FE Wood- approved’ manner (not something that is at
all easy for today’s collector to achieve); a nice 2c Green coil
strip showing coil join using sheet margin; plate flaws including the
‘chainsaw’ flaw in the palm tree and striated paper of the
mosque series; 1941 15c used on cover to the USA (two!) and pre-War used
on post-War covers. The ‘chainsaw’ flaw is consistent in its
position on the sheet but of variable length, suggestive of progressive
The round finished with a frame from Roger on the 1881-91 overprints including
the defective ‘E’ and ‘L’ varieties, missing serif
and what he thought might be a 2c brown double overprint (a number of
members present said they’d take it into their collections quite
happily on that basis, so a good find Roger).
Round two consisted of a double act between Dominic Morris and Susan McEwen.
Dominic also showed survey department essays, a half sheet of the 30c
Mosque on striated with the ‘door ajar’ flaw (renamed, aptly,
by Peter Cockburn as the ‘catflap’ flaw). This is a consistently
located flaw but not on all Plate 2 sheets; thus either an early and corrected
flaw or a progressive late plate use flaw. Also showed were wartime censorship
mail, and some of the collection of Selangor BMA postal history acquired
in the Malcolm Wade Selangor auction from some years back.
Susan showed an altogether superior collection of survey department essays:
these were lovely, including several that only came to light in 2004;
a receipt use of the 2c Green; a half pane of plate 1 of same; various
uses and rates of the Mosque series; two examples of the 5c prepay envelope,
up-rated in one case by the 3c pre-pay cancel, in the other by the addition
of 3X 1c stamps; war-time censorships (including correspondence to the
same recipient in Cromadh, Ireland as in Dominic’s display); the
8c red unissued; and a range of die proofs of the Mosque and Sultan frames
from the De La Rue Archives.
Round three comprised displays from Bill Pain, Nigel Tyre and Len Stanway.
Bill’s display covered 1891 provisional marks and Straits with Selangor
postmarks for sending out of state; the 1899 50c Tiger’s Head specimen
with dented frame flaw (coo!); the 1900 shortage period; JapOcc overprinted
sheet of Plate Mosque series with the flaws shown in position and the
5c Mosque JapOcc overprinted showing the comma flaw.
Nigel showed a series of official mails some without stamps (used on official
business) some with- used philatelically or on private business; provisional
use of the Selangor Mosque prepaid postcard and a 2c+2c up-rate used in
Perak; 3c newspaper rate; postage paid mark in black and in the scarcer
red; ENSA cards and a copy of the 1955 ‘invalidation’ letter
which disappointed a number of ex-servicemen who had picked up kitbags
full of stamps on the cheap and had hoped to exchange them back for cash
(officialdom: it has no heart!).
Len’s display included postcards, the beginnings of a typically
meticulous and useful Len write up of postage and revenue uses of the
same early issue stamps; judicials; Krag slogans; a privately produced
commemorative cover for the 1939 coronation of Sultan Hisamuddin Alam
Shah; 1940 meter mail and a selection of JapOcc including the 3c Mosque
with sideways second character overprint.
There was a brief interval between rounds to allow members to make a short
presentation to Len to mark a significant birthday that he was celebrating
The final round consisted of Mike Waugh’s selection of modern registered
letters posted in different offices in KL between 1984 and the early 2000s
when the Malaysian Post Office began to use combined postage and registration
labels. A nice touch: Mike showed the marked-up Google map of KL with
each of the post offices displayed shown. This was cue for a lot of reminiscences
about journeys, visits, meetings and stays in the neighbourhood of each
by the members present.
The day was rounded off by a display by Peter Cockburn of Revenues used
on document. Peter’s opening item was a corker: the 5c Straits revenue
with the 3c Selangor overprint. No other copy is known to exist. Peter’s
next items prompted discussion as to why revenues were ordered in lots
of 1,000 which would last only a limited number of weeks, with all the
fandango and officialdom of re-ordering supplies. Speculative answers
ranged from indoor relief for the able bodied to the more likely explanation
of official parsimony if Selangor as a state had to pay upfront for the
revenues it ordered. Peter’s display finished with cancellations
with perforation; a loan note issued prior to the Occupation but discharged
in 1942 under the Occupation; an $8000 loan note to |Mr Yap Ah Loy (whose
family today owns large swathes of KL); and an Oriental Life receipt with
the 6c Mosque overprinted ‘ORIENTAL’.