display led by Mac McClaren - London
Report & pictures by Nick Hackney
There will be a fuller report in the Newsletter
The series were printed by several printers, and there were several interim printings many of which are elusive. The interim printings do not have watermarks.
All the designs were redrawn for the later issues and there are big differences, for example in the Sultans' portraits and in the Coats of Arms.
Mac showed us the developments of the designs, starting with bromides for Johore, full colour proofs etc. Blocks of 10 are needed for the full marginal markings.
Mac's second round covered Sabah, a couple of perforation errors, and Postal history, postal stationery & booklets, and sample of complete sheets.
Mac finished with his 'conundrum'. What is the value of his block of Star Fruit with the colour black missing?
Nick Hackney showed 4 frames of the Agri Hortiucultural low value stamps, in blocks or pairs for each state, with covers and singles showing their use in Selangor. These illustrated the wide use of different state stamps all over Malaysia.
Len Stanway displayed the High Value Agri Horticultural stamps. We saw perforation varieties, inverted watermarks and paper changes. Included were a substantially sized parcel postage block of 20 $10 stamps and several other $100 used stamps, and two revenue $20 stamps.
Peter Cockburn concentrated on Sabah. The marginal markings were curious. The 'A's in all cases meant nothing. The printers put them there perhaps because the previous printers had similar markings. The numeric markings seemed to change every year and did not signify plate numbers as we know and love them from earlier issues. We saw missing colours, proofs,
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