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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.

There is a fuller report, with many more pictures in the Members Only Area

The Milton Keynes Members Displays of Postal Stationery, June 13th 2015


Photographs by Susan McEwen & Report by Dominic Morris

Mac McClaren, who, with his wife Brenda, organised the meeting. Picture by Nick Hackney


Report of the Milton Keynes display 13 June 2015

Members and welcome guests from the MK and Leighton Buzzard Philatelic Societies assembled to give and enjoy displays of postal stationery. There was a wide and varied range of displays, with surprisingly (and pleasingly) limited overlap of material and a total of 425 items shown. And, given the insipissated gloom of a drizzly day, it was time well spent in agreeable surroundings and company.
Martin Roper opened the batting with a short display on the question ‘What is postal stationery?’ He showed some central and borderline examples.

Susan McEwen showed Johore, the Officially issued cards of 1904, followed by the 1934 cards, reply cards, envelopes and registration envelopes. The cards and envelopes were well represented with proof material and Specimens. The registration envelopes were mint and used. The 1906 -07 cards were then shown to contribute to the debate on the definition of Postal Stationery. (these were shown in Glasgow and are reported in that meeting’s report). A few Japanese pictorial cards completed the display. These, it was concluded were probably military, intended for soldiers to use, but these examples are mint. They have an imprint and could be postal stationery.

Mike Ludlow had a splendid thematic display of postal stationery postcards with printed messages on the reverse. These were a mix of business cards and Masonic and sporting and cultural cards. This was a great piece of social history, enhanced by Mike’s efforts to link the cards to pictorial information about the people or subjects covered. Superb!

Mac McClaren showed the first half of his display: Straits Settlements postal stationery from Queen Victoria to the BMA period, mostly postcards.

Charles Keel put on a Round of Singapore’s political development through postal stationery, illustrated particularly through official service envelopes, from Queen Victoria to modern Malaysia.

Andrew Norris showed a half-Round medley of material he had kept back from the sale of some of his postal stationery collection last year. The reasons for doing so were very diverse, from interesting messages on the backs of cards to cancellations, Censorship to Forces Air Mail rates, Maritime, Hotels to items being sent from the Ned. Indies. Two Selangor 1936 size K envelopes which appear to have flaps made from different knives in production of the basic envelope detailed in TMP recently were also present.

Len Stanway displayed a Round of Queen Victoria to George V postal stationery and a series of aerogrammes of the 1957 Federation of Malaya ‘Flag’ stamp, including the fascinating light blue, interwoven blue and white paper.

Dominic Morris who had carelessly displayed some of his best postal stationery only three months earlier at Leicester, showed a medley Round of ‘mostly George VI period’. Highlights included a Penang H2 registered cover to the Channel Islands in April 1940; a scarce BMA registered cover from Penang to Sterling with the registration label printed on a recycled government form (typical of the make-do and mend approach during the BMA); Kelantan Sultan Ismail ‘chef’s hat’ postcard, envelope and registered envelope for 1937; a scarce combination of the 2c Pictorial issue stamp on the 10c E3 envelope from Ipoh to London in 1958; a home-made registration envelope from ‘The Healthy Institution’ in Singapore to Parit Buntar; pre-War Selangor registered envelopes postally used; a Selangor UPU specimen registration envelope sent by UPU to Australia, with faint but clear Adelaide mark- one of only three that can exist; Size K envelopes from pre-War Perak and post-War Singapore; and Japanese Occupation material, including a Penang Dai Nippon H2 registered envelope commercially used and a philatelic 1945 registered Perak envelope with the Sultan’s portrait not overprinted (scarce that late in the War).

Mac McClaren showed a Round of the second half of his display, covering post-War ‘small heads’ including a Negri Sembilan postcard that had escaped the Whitehall blooper of sending cards to all States with the HMG coat of arms (applicable of course on to Straits Settlements not to the States where it was subsequently obliterated on all items); and some nice 1970s – modern

Our displays concluded with one item from one of our guests, John Hossack. He is a West Africa nut, so had only one item of Malaya in his entire collection. And that a happy accident: he had bought the post-card because it showed the 1920s Orient express. But my! A nice item: a 1d 1924 postcard from Putney to KL with a UK Taxe mark, a boxed ‘8c to pay’ cachet and a ‘Sorting Carriage’ cds. In the technical parlance: a ‘Smuggie’.

Our thanks to Mac and Brenda McClaren for organising this meeting. The Buzy at Milton Keynes is very easy to find, within easy walking distance of MK station, and with ample free parking.

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