Old China Town KL The Malaya Study Group Selangor SG 87

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 Spink Members Displays of Small Heads, July 11th 2015


Photographs by Susan McEwen & Reports by Susan McEwen & Members



Viewing of Spink’s August sales, was arranged for the morning

to enable members to have the opportunity see these auctions which featured some simply stoncking material. Even if the philatelic piggy bank didn’t run to aspiring to ownership, viewing was a free treat.

Members displays of the ‘Small Heads Issue’



This has long been a popular area for collecting, and although all the states run more or less parallel with this issue there was an amazing amount of variety and minimal duplication.

Mac McClaren , a wonderful introduction to the subject, with a run through covering all the states.
Len Stanway started with a short display of the die/design development from 1935 to 1951. He then showed some of his study material for the colours recorded in Malaysia Volume 1. Finally, he gave an extensive display of the postcards, envelopes and registered envelopes.

Gordon Peters, Trengganu starting with a Proof, then proceeding through the issue with stamps in plate blocks and used on cover.

Susan McEwen. Johore the stamps showing printing s and uses and then a study of the postal rates, inland, overseas surface and Airmail.

Andrew Norris, Showed some material with Crown Agents release dates on them, primarily Kedah with smaller selections of Kelantan and Trengganu. A lot of this material was handled by the Commonwealth stamp Company of Liverpool, and attempts are being made to complete and list all the different printings.

Joe Robertson. Took the opportunity to show 9 sheets of covers showing use of the KGV and KGVI pre-war Straits Smalls. Of course all with Postage dues as usual. He said he has only written up his covers to mid 1938.

Peter Cockburn. Small heads used in combination with BMA stamps. Not easy to find judging by the few he displayed. The best was a Negri Sembilan airmail cover to UK with 3 X 15c blue and a single 6c BMA stamp making 51c, 1cent overpaid. Part of a parcel post wrapper from Kalumpang [No 716} to The Director of the Geological Survey at Batu Gajah franked with 3 x Selangor 25c small heads and a 3c and 2c BMA was particularly noteworthy.

Martin Roper a Negri 8c block of 4, with a white line wandering across three stamps was explained as probably the result of something (a fiber?) getting onto the plate and taking the ink before printing.

Only 11 members attended this meeting, but we had 4 rounds of material and a lot of interesting discussion, thanks to all attendees.

Members Q + A session:

A new experiment, with a slow start.
Q: what is the ANCELLE mark on a selection of FMS stamps, with and without serifs?

A. part of CANCELLED, from revenue use.
The word is often stamped on revenue documents with no control on the actual handstamp used. In one of the displays was a revenue document with Cancelled in a smaller font than the one you show. There was no interest in the size or style of the lettering.

Q: ‘Three Cents Revenue only’ overprint on Perak $5 (SG 79) why?

A The demand for the ‘3 cents’ overprint by stamp collectors/dealers meant that they disappeared from post offices very quickly, and there were none left for revenue use, hence this overprint. Post offices, having run out of 3 cent overprints may have allowed the revenue only stamp to be used for postage.

Q about a damaged crown, on Straits will go to TMP Question box, as it needs illustrating.

Q about certain Johore 1906 /07 cards, are they known mint, will go to TMP Question box

Q why were the Small heads perf 17½ x 18 will go to TMP Question box

Susan McEwen with Contributions from the participants.

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