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The Malaya Study Group exists for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia which until 1963 formed the Federation of Malaya, including the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, the Federated Malay States, Negri Sembilan and Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor and the Unfederated States, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu. Many MSG members also collect & study all of modern Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Borneo, comprising additionally  Sabah, Sarawak, Borneo, Labuan, and the states of Brunei & the peninsular state of Singapore. Study of the whole area so often adds to understanding and appreciation of the philately of Malaya. The Society has a JOURNAL, "The Malayan Philatelist" and a NEWSLETTER supplied free to members, EXCHANGE PACKETS, AUCTIONS and has produced a number of significant PUBLICATIONS on the stamps and postal history of the area.

Selangor Displays & Bourse November 21st 2010


Report & Pictures by Dominic Morris Susan McEwen and Nick Hackney

Report 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.


part of the Bourse


part of the audience


First up out of four rounds were Malcolm Clark , Gordon Peters and Roger Barry.

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.


Malcolm Clarke

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 plate deterioration.


Gordon Peters

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).


Roger Barry



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.


Dominic Morris

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.

Susan McEwen

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.

Bill Pain


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!).

Nigel Tyre


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 that day.


Len's birthday presentation

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.


Mike Waugh


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’.

Peter Cockburn





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