February 13th 2016 - Spink London, Joint Meeting with the British Airmails Society Members Displays
Pictures by several contributors, Report by Dominic Morris
[The report extract below only goes as far as the first Round.
The very much fuller report is on the Members Only Area. Any MSG Member can join the MSG Members area, just go to the MSG area on the Website]
Report of Meeting on 13 February 2016, with British Air-Mails Society (BAMS) as guests
The combined turnout of MSG and BAMS members was good, with 22 in the room. Most present also displayed.
We had four Rounds of very high quality philately with surprisingly little overlap between displays.
There was a reasonable group of items connected with flights to and from Malaya
but the display was more general in nature.
e.g. T.E. Field and others in dribs and drabs. They varied in size, shape, colour and manufacture with one a wooden toggle!
There were also a few 'facing slips' which would have been tied up with letter bundles plus a few baggage labels.
Ted Proud did Round One proper. He gave an interesting introduction on the cartel that Pan Am set up with two other airlines
(They did things differently in those days!) One went bust, so Pan Am concentrated for longer than they had expected
on the Atlantic routes, only entering the Pacific routes in the very late 1930’s early 1940’s
from Singapore/HK to Manila then to Honolulu, then the whole way as aircraft capabilities increased.
you had to be there to see it. To give an illustration of its range- routes and destinations included:
Thessalonika; Uruguay; Argentina; India-Trinidad; Trinidad Postage dues; NL-Philippines; Panama-India;
Ceylon-Switzerland; a $2.15 clipper from Selangor; $2 Johore; a $2 full-face Perak Sultan Iskandar with circular train letter cancel;
USA- South Rhodesia; Burma-USDA; DEI- Surinam; Mexico-Japan and Trinidad to New Zealand; and an ANZAC clipper.
Go to the Members Only Area for the full report, and circa 100 pictures,
many of Ted Proud's display, and Mac McClaren and Len Stanway
MSG members can join there!
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