The MSG Spink London Meeting on February 11th 2012
Queen Elizabeth II The Diamond Jubilee Members displays
Pictures & Report by Nick Hackney
Eight members gave a wide variety of displays, with , as expected, individual views and interpretations of the theme.
Viewing and discussing plate block numbers on the Coronation issue
Andrew Norris opened with several Government Gazettes from different authorities proclaiming the Queen's ascension to the throne.
Susan McEwen's display majored on airmails.
MacMcClaren displayed the Coronation issue in plate blocks with some very attractive postcards.
Peter Cockburn, surprisingly, presented Revenues. He pointed out that, unlike Postage Stamps which were withdrawn shortly after the death of a monarch, Revenues continue to be used for many many years until the stocks were used up. Examples included George VI used in Singapore in 1960, and a George VI $500 revenue stamp used in 1970.
Dominic Morris showed plate blocks, and 3 sheets of the Singapore 1c black, and the smoking flaw when HRH seemingly puffed on a cigarette.
Gordon Peters showed cards and pictures of previous changes of monarch, for Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and George VI. This was followed by plate blocks of the present Queen's Coronation issue. He also had a booklet from Raub which took the celebrations to a high level. He brought several special commemorative airletters issued for the new Queen. Some were privately printed, arranged by Harold Cocker, and Liang & Co. of Singapore.
Bill Pain showed many items from the reign of Her Majesty. His interest in Plate Flaws was amply illustrated, and we were treated also to a striking number of butterflies, and locally made FDC's.
Len Stanway showed 1952-1963 from Singapore. Items included a cover of the Queen's Royal Visit to the Cocos Islands, numerous types of aerogrammes, Post cards of the 1955 issue, and many other gems. These included an uncommon Singapore Revenue Meter mark.
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