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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.


Members Cinderella Displays, Spink,London, December 13th 2014



The Presenters

15 members and one guest had an enjoyable couple of hours chatting over refreshments, before getting down to the business of displays of Cinderellas.



The term is deliberately ambiguous, allowing members free range to bring a wide range of materials.
One member defined a Cinderella as anything that does not appear in Gibbons (or equivalent), Barefoot or Tan.

Round One was opened by Andrew Norris who showed cigarette and tea cards, which covered inter alia the flags of the teams who took part in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, the Lambert and Butler series on 1930s aircraft and of the route to Australia; a fascinating series on aspects of the Post Office; a scarce African Tobacco Company card of an FMS locomotive and a series from the Mexican Cigarette and Cigar Company.

Susan McEwen showed the stamps of the short-lived ‘Independent Republic of South Molukka’. These were printed in the USA. There is no evidence that they were used postally. Where they appear on cover, they have the status of labels with the cover containing a proper postal usage.

Charles Keel showed a sheet of Singapore’s Vanishing Trades series and the Royal Mail sheets of the tourist attractions of Malaysia for this month’s KL Stampex (topical or what?).

Graham Coles displayed a range of stamps and covers, the first letter of which collectively spelled out ‘Cinderella’. Full marks for imagination.

David Tett had a bijou display of very high quality POW material: a cover from the US Submarine Grenadier which was sunk in shallow waters by Japanese bombers, whose crew ended up in a POW camp in Japan; a hand-drawn cartoon on an Imperial Japanese Army postcard ‘Show me the way to go home’ by an Australian awaiting release after the Japanese surrender; and a POW letter from a Japanese infantryman in Changi in 1946.


Round Two was opened by Len Stanway who showed sheets of the Singapore Anti Tuberculosis Association labels, which had a range of issues from 1948-1963; Singapore bus services season ticket stamps (hard to find little critters, these); and a range of Disney MyStamps sheets not found in the Mystamps catalogue (including, of course, one of Cinderella herself).

Gordon Peters chose to interpret ‘Cinderellas’ as ephemera and showed his usual thoughtful and imaginative range of materials, including cigarette cards; PPCs of Raffles, Keppel and Clark together, a cover signed by the then Governor, Sir Andrew Clark; letters and covers sent by various Singaporean associations; a terrific postcard/ photo from 1933 of a radio ham’s studio; hotel covers from the 1890s (including the Hotel Alexandra, Prince of Wales Island) and stamp dealers’ covers from various States.

Round Three was mostly the ‘Mac McClaren show’. Mac displayed SATA sheets in un-mounted mint condition which was (minus the elusive 1948 issue) the complete works, together with used on cover (one or two properly tied); an incoming 1936 cover from Saigon with a very scarce and attractive anti-TB label; and a WWII incoming from South Africa.

The round concluded with some pre-War selfies of Brian Reeder, including one of him as the youngest member of Changi choir. It has been to the benefit of all members of the Study Group that Brian was one of the last successful evacuees from Singapore in 1941.

In all, a very enjoyable afternoon with much different and high quality material. The Group’s thanks go to Liz Cones from Spink who stepped in at very short notice in place of the injured Tom. A big up to Liz for making the afternoon possible and all our best wishes to Tom for a speedy recovery.

Dominic Morris CBE
Hon. Sec.


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