Cinderella Displays, Spink,London, December 13th 2014
FESTIVE REPAST &
MEMBERS’ DISPLAYS – CINDERELLAS
SPINK, LONDON 13 DECEMBER 2014
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
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
Dominic Morris CBE