Members Displays of Kedah & Perlis at Spink, London, January 18th 2014
Photographs by Nick Hackney & Report by Dominic Morris
15 Members gathered at Spink for the display, producing three rounds of displays.
Susan McEwen showed JapOcc of Kedah postal history, including the 4 Duitt pre-printed card (which Kedah used earlier than any other State- before even the fall of Singapore), the ‘Kearney Watercolour’ cover and the $2 and $5 black overprint on cover (Philatelic, but wonderful. Your Correspondent yearns for this cover!), some Ingold covers and a Printed Matter rate cover addressed to Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister; in 1942 he was the DO at Kulim).
Round Two was shared between Rob Holley and Dominic Morris. Rob Holley took us through the oddity of the Kedah ‘ploughman’ stamp, where the plough was pulled by an ox rather than a bullock and over parched ground- the design being due to the British Adviser, Maxwell’s, high-handedness. The bulk of Rob’s display was the Perlis 1951 small heads issue, much acquired from Dr FE Wood and re-mounted in the approved Wood style (plate block mint, cover, and used examples, all used in Perlis); Kedah used in Perlis in the 1949-1951 shortage period and Perlis postal stationery.
Dominic Morris showed Japanese Occupation of Kedah, mint and used including all the black overprints; a study on Sultan Abdul Halim Shah II, the current Yang di-Pertuan Agong (and the only Ruler to have had that honour twice); the Perlis small heads series mint and used in Perlis; and a similar study on Raja Syed Putra of Perlis, including plate blocks of the 1957 series and City of London Corporation souvenir brochures of the Guildhall dinners given in honour of the respective State Visits by the Raja and Sultan Abdul Halim Shah II.
Gordon Peters displayed his usual classy mix of stamps and covers (and an interesting postcard showing the aerial view of Kangar, probably taken in the 1960s); including Siam, FMS and Straits used in Perlis; then Kedah used in Perlis, both the 1912 and 1919 series; a cover from the then British Adviser in Perlis; a JapOcc cancel used on a BMA cover; a selection from the 1951 set including the 3c ‘flap’ variety; and a UPU first day cover with a manually drawn Registration cachet; 1957 series Perlis MPO covers; and a range of pre-printed cards.
Andrew Norris concluded
the day with a, possibly unparalleled, collection of ‘used in Perlis’,
including a wide range of Siam, FMS, Straits and BMA; the Kedah 1912 set
used in Perlis, including the $3 and $5 values- the only known copies
used in Perlis; Kedah 1919; an AR mark, one of only two known; a wide
range of covers; the 2c pre-printed Kedah postcard used in Perlis; aerogrammes
and (on the spillover table) a lovely selection of postmarks for the various
Perlis sub-offices, including Kwala Perlis, Arau, Padang Besar etc.; and
some returned to the Dead Letter Office in Alor Star.
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