MSG Milton Keynes June 8th 2013
Pictures by Susan McEwen & report by Dominic Morris
Meeting organised by Mac McClaren
Keynes, 8 June 2013
A new venue for a regional meeting, discovered
by Mac and Brenda McClaren. 12 of us plus two welcome guests (Anne Stanway
and Brenda McClaren) gathered. Not a bad venue- the former Chicago Night
Club above the old Bus Station- Milton Keynes rocks, I tell you! Actually,
the location was excellent, easy to get to within sight of Milton Keynes
Station which has fast trains to London, and plenty of (free) parking.
The room was large, light and bright.
As so often, with regional Members Display meetings, there was more outstanding material than there was time.
The day opened with a Round (105 sheets- thanks
to Martin Roper and Mike Padmore for bringing the Aylesbury PS frames)
from Andrew Norris which consisted mostly of ex-Nigel Tyre 2nd class mail
and pre- JapOcc triangular printed matter postmarks, by State (including
the scarce Negri Sembilan mark). Some scarce and lovely State marks. Andrew's
printed matter is written up in the Edinburgh report.
Round 2 was from Mac McClaren who showed some lovely WWI Censor mark covers, including a very rare Malta cover from 11 August 1914, probably the earliest censor cover known in the Far East; and a very expert display of Butterflies, including misplaced heads etc., proofs and other good and scarce material.
Round 3 was from Len Stanway who showed postal history for 1874 onwards. This included the rash of different Singapore registration marks on 12.05.1937 to commemorate the Coronation of KGVI. These included the Singapore E (said by Bill Lyons to be a fake but later proved genuine) and the Singapore Z; plus later registered right through to 2012.
Round 4 was a combination round from Dominic
Morris and Gordon Peters. Dominic showed an eclectic mixture (but won
the ‘most recent acquisition award’ for having picked up his
latest item- fully written up- from the local Office of Royal Mail 30
minutes before the displays started). Dominic showed a range of postcards
including pre-War Malayan Royalty, WWII censored mail, and- one (to his
surprise)- much admired item, a 1957 Malayan Federation Revenue Meter
Mark Proof- plus some Pictorials used on Revenue documents (including
one which caused some mirth- a very dodgy re-use of the 1957 Penang $2
with a ‘missed firm Revenue overprint’- the Clerk was at risk
of being rumbled!)
Peter Cockburn showed Round 5. This was his
exhibit of Nineteenth Century Revenues at the Melbourne Expo this year.
He won a Large Vermueil. The general view in the room was: ‘He wuz
robbed!’. This was Gold. These were Reveunes as they should be and
was totally mind-blowing. There was a mixture of extremely rare items,
beautiful revenue documents, out-standing social, economic, and legal
history of the day and all of it wonderfully and clearly presented. (I
can only say, as a novice, that my eyes were opened to the sheer quality
needed for Exhibition- capable displays. This was fantastic and deserves
many repeat viewings. The 50 minutes we had was nowhere near enough).
Round 6 was an unwittingly shortened Round (owing to incompetence of Hon Sec who had mis-scheduled it such that we were deprived of Mike Ludlow’s 3 ½ frames- which Mike, kindly, said could be re-shown at Leicester next March). Susan McEwen and Martin Roper made up for Hon Sec’s lacuna: Susan showed the Frith correspondence (Lt Col in 10th Baluch, Indian Army, Regiment) in their retreat from Kelantan to Singapore and its fall and PoW status and all that they had to put up with). Susan also showed some rare postcards, taken in Tokyo of Singapore, pre-War, with Japanese stamps with occupation overprints and ‘Fall of Singapore’ (local Tokyo) cancellations; an extremely rare combination and one for JapOcc connoisseurs (Question: were there also Tokyo-only ‘Fall of HK’ commemorative cancellations?) Martin finished the day with Federation of Malaya 1957 Map, Flag and Tiger covers, including the ‘mis-placed yellow’ on the Malayan Flag.
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