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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.

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.

Andrew Norris showed a standing display of Air Mail Bag labels, chiefly from Africa, Europe and the East.

There was a reasonable group of items connected with flights to and from Malaya

but the display was more general in nature.

Many labels had a connection with Cairo but others have been gleaned over decades from various collections,

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.

As ever with Ted, the quality and range of his material was such that it is impossible to describe succinctly:

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.

Wonderful stuff!


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!


That's All Folks





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