MSG Worthing Meeting September 10th 2011
by Dominic Morris and pictures by Susan Mc Ewen.
group gathered under threatening skies for a fascinating and eclectic
mix of displays. We were pleased to welcome Anthony attending his first
ever MSG meeting and John returning after many years . A full report will
be in the Newsletter, meanwhile the pictures show aspects of the meeting.
We don't have themes for the Regional meetings, but several chose to show
'something different' If I say that the displays included Straits, Airmails,
Johore, Negri and Singapore, many MSG members might guess who showed what.
And would almost certainly be wrong.
2011 A report by Dominic Morris
Another Worthing. Weather more mixed than in recent years- sun to the
early afternoon, an abiding image of Joe Robertson humping books from
one car boot to another in a deluge and yours truly being the only person
on Worthing beach as the wind howled and low clouds scudded over in the
early evening: still worth it for the images of gulls flying along the
tide-line and the decidedly bracing ozone Worthing specialises in.
A slightly smaller attendance than usual- a number of the regulars being
on holiday. But one welcome new member, one occasional attender and one
return to the fold after a decade plus absence. That sounds better than
not seen since last Century. Still, all those who were there for the day
displayed something. In itself, a first (?).
Mac McClaren opened the batting with a splendid round of the surcharges
of the late Nineteenth Century, what he calls the ‘Rainbow Period’.
He is doing a fuller write up in the Newsletter. But one worthy of note
for your correspondent was the 12c blue with the ‘E Flaw’.
As Mac noted in his recent TMP article, if the E Flaw was found here at
least 10 other issues were opened up.
John Newnham showed a deservedly local-award winning display of Malaysia
2003 issues, superbly presented and written up, together with some interesting
Mike Kingsland showed us his speciality: modern Malaysia used; this time
from 2008-2010. It is getting harder because of slackness in the Malaysia
PO: only the top rows of any letter are now properly franked, the rest
left blank or scrawled over in biro. Do Post Offices not recognise that
there are still collectors out here?
Joe Robertson astounded us by showing Postage Dues, this time on the theme
of the 2c PD stamp. He included an interesting British Honduras 2c design-
the only one globally to match the Straits 1924, both designed and issued
at around the same time. The Straits probably being the prior design,
but later issue. He showed many more interesting items which I hope he
will write up fully for the Newsletter.
We paused for luncheon. Oh, dear! The local hostelry has gone downhill.
Big time. The eager-to-please, home-cooking couple has been replaced by
a landlord who looked horrified at the thought of providing food for 10-12
people. A quick glance around his ‘normal’ (in the loosest
possible sense of the word) clientele, showed a distressing quantity of
shaven heads, tattoos, Staffordshire pit-bulls, Rotweillers and the Arsenal
home game; plus obvious reasons why ordering anything vaguely off-piste
from the limited menu would be fraught, means we may need to find an alternative
venue next year. I blame the Coalition Government, personally.
Susan McEwen’s first afternoon display was of the Singapore postage
rates from 1955-60. Also a frame of the MPOs of Singapore and Malaya with
Photos of MPOs, taken by Derek Clayton. Then a range of photos, from a
collection obviously formed in the early days of BMA, showing Singapore
and Johore and 1 with Japanese PoWs at work.
Dominic Morris (idle hound) showed a short miscellany of recently acquired
material whose only theme was that he had got round to mounting them up
the previous week. The display did however include the full set of the
UPU specimen triplets of the Sultan Iskandar side-face set; and one item
that caused mirth: a Magness cover which, unusually, was not philatelic-
sent commercially to Cleveland to find it was to an address that got the
‘Inconnu- gone away’ boxed cachet and a Rebuts and the ‘long-finger’
mark that the USA Mails specialised in at the time.
Martin Roper showed BMA in Negri , early postmarks, M/s cancels and ‘John
Bull’ printing set date stamps and FMS cancels. A comprehensive
range from a difficult state.
Len Stanway instructed all of us with a round of airmails, covering early
developments and routes and timetables. This showed very elegantly the
extension of airmail from the rail/ sea/ air mode of the early days to
penetration to Karachi, Calcutta, Straits and finally to Australia. A
must for airmail buffs. I do hope Len writes this up more fully for the
Newsletter: there was a wealth of information in his display.
Andrew Norris showed us a display of the HMS Waterwitch, postcards and
mail. The Waterwitch was sold to the Royal Navy in about 1893 and became
a weather vessel on the China Seas beat. It was rammed in Singapore harbour
and sunk in 1912, by the Governor’s steam yacht. The board of enquiry
exonerated the Waterwitch crew, they were moored at the time.
The final round was shared between Susan McEwen and Andrew Norris. Susan
showed the 1948-65 Malacca postmarks from the comprehensive Shirley Cannicott
collection; Andrew showed Negri postmarks from the violet and the black
bar 1880s to 1952. Again, these could benefit from a fuller write-up.
As ever, we repaired for dinner to the excellent Imperial China where
we joined by spouses (spice?- which is the right plural, both probably?)
to make for a very agreeable dinner where conversation moved from philately
to the human condition, weddings, children and grandchildren.
We are back on cycle: your correspondent returned home to Proms in the
Park and then the finals of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, Jerusalem,
Rule Britannia and Auld Land Syne. Another lovely Worthing.
1663 Len Stanway received his NAPEX medal for TMP from the Chairman.
1664a a study in concentration
1665a a caption competition?
1667a frames of Airmails
1668a more frames of Airmails
1669a HMS Waterwitch. The connection between Lily Langtry, the Governor
of Singapore and Malayan Philately is HMS Waterwitch.