Old China Town KL The Malaya Study Group Selangor SG 87

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.


Members’ display led by Mac McClaren - London
The Agri-Horticultural, Flowers and Animals Series 12 May 2012

Report & pictures by Nick Hackney

There will be a fuller report in the Newsletter


Mac McClaren opened his two round display which began with Animals & Flowers and the Horticultural series. Mac focused on the earlier issues, and described the many marginal markings, & watermarks.There are many flaws to look for in the marginal markings.He showed rates, Express Covers, and many other items.











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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