Photographs by Susan McEwen & Reports by Susan McEwen & Members
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Susan McEwen with Contributions
from the participants.