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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.

Richard Hale's Display, Spink London, April 20th 2013

Southern Peninsular Malaya 1935-42, Plus

A report & pictures by Nick Hackney, scans by Richard Hale


Richard Hale

Richard Hale


Part of the audience


Richard Hale's display was a superb tour de force of his wide ranging knowledge and collection of Penisular Malaya. Rob Holley gave a fulsome vote of thanks at the end of a fascinating afternoon. There were three rounds, with extended viewing as everyone pored over Richard's frames.

Richard remarked that as he assembled the display he noticed that many of the covers were the last letters from Malaya before the Occupation. Starting with Malacca he pointed out a nice cover to India, for once not a Chettiar letter! We saw a selection of shades for Pahang and Selangor, and a cover with a 2c Patriotic label, and a cover to Sweden with a 1c Patriotic label bearing a Nazi chop as it passed through Europe. There were covers from Australian Forces, new 1941 Negri values,& a 2$ Clipper cover.

From Johore we saw striated paper stamps, an AR Registered envelope to Scotland; Postal Stationery cards; a cover from Johore to Penang with a letter from the Postmaster to Mr.Goh sending 25 stamps. Excitement arose at the sight of the Johore 8c imperforate margin stamp and a mint block; a Johore striated paper 10c, 50c mint block of 16. An incoming cover from Costa Rica to Johore with a miniateure sheet which had been postmarked plus a 24c Postage Due charge as someone said the Miniature Sheet was not valid for postage! We saw a mint reply card, Richard remarked that you never see a used reply half, 26800 were printed but none a known used.

We saw Postal Stationery cards with early and late printings with the Address in different positions.A cover from Major Blaskett, head of the Salvation Army Malaya, to the Salvation Army in Australia.

The 1936 Coronation Labels appeared on Cover, and in a mint block. Richard asked of anyone knew of these labels were on sale in all the States.

There were many covers from Frasers Hill and other hill stations. Richard wondered why. The audience thought it was because the wives went there and spent their time writing letters!.

Richard delighted us with a selection of Airmail covers in cluding a letter to Denmark 72c which is the registered rate, for half an ounce by KLM bit without regisration; a 25c cover to South Afrca chopped "Air Fee Shortfall, and by Air to Delhi", and then on by sea to South Africa; a cover to Germany with large black crosses cancelling the Airmail Label.

On Sunday 3rd September 1939 all flights were suspended. New airmail rates home were 55c, postcards 39c; 8th Nov 1939 KLM airmail from the Straits stopped

There will be a full report in the Newsletter.



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That's All Folks



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