Worthing Meeting Sat 24th September 2016
Report by Mike Padmore
WORTHING 24 SEP 2016
Peter Cockburn, Rob Holley, Mike Kingsland, Dominic Morris, Andrew Norris,
Susan McEwen, John ?Newton?, Mike Padmore, Joe Robertson, Martin Roper,
The meeting opened with Andrew Norris displaying three frames, which
were, as he described “all at Robertson Stage 1”, being sifted
from recent, or not so recent, purchases. The first frame featured maritime
material with some paquebot material, including a very worn cover, undeliverable
at the time of the fall of Singapore, the ship being torpedoed on the
way back to the U.K. A KPM ship cachet on a postcard which was a forerunner
to all KPM ships being floating Post Offices.
Frame two featured WWII and hotel covers. The former included an item
posted in Singapore dated 2 SE 1939 (the day before declaration of war),
being a Pahang 2c postal stationery carrying a Straits 2c and a censor
mark; a cover with triple censorship (Dutch, British, Italian); a cover
with ‘Thailand implores the world for peace’ cachet and some
Behn Meyer reused envelopes. The hotel covers included one with and all-over
illustration on reverse.
Andrew’s third frame dealt with philatelic dealers’ communications.
Four Australian covers to KL carried No Service/Service Suspended cachets
applied in either Singapore or Australia, one with a dead letter office
marking. A 6.10.1945 Coronation cover from Penang, from the freepost era,
bore a Singapore ‘Delay Your Spending’ cancel on being returned
to sender cancel.
Susan McEwen followed with three frames of the Japanese Occupation of
Penang. The first frame featured three covers, one with the Itchiburi
seal and two with Okugawa seals, several Penang overprints and a very
travelled Penang to Lumut cover with ‘Retour/Gone Away’ cachets,
9 cancels in total.
Frame two featured four upgraded 2c postal stationery items. Three different
types of black square (Japanese) overprints, including one on an orange
2c card (shipped 1941, few known pre occ) and one with a red circle (British)
Susan’s final frame featured four examples of 2cs with Okugawa seals.
These stamps were supposedly intended for revenue use, but showed one
on cover put to postal use. Others had been used on a Summons and an Affadavit
of Service. The frame concluded with a page of photographs, including
a July 1954 parade and, a philatelic curiosity; a cancelled Stampex pc
she had experimentally sent to herself, which was subsequently delivered
without bearing and due marks!
Peter Cockburn opened Round 2 by displaying two frames, predominantly
of revenues, although the first did feature a pair of BMA covers; a free
from Kajang, with a CDS dated by hand (25 Sept?) and a Registered/Express
cover of 18 AP 1946. He noted that the 1920s Express label was rarely
used post Occupation. The frame continued with two receipts showing Sitiawan
& Teluk Anson boxed straight line chops on money orders, provoking
a discussion about whether these chops were ever used postally. These
were followed by five Malayan Postal Orders (from Perak, Johore and Selangor)
on Script CA paper, one used vertically. Two Malaysian POs followed, a
first day of use (19 OCT 1989) and another without any serial number.
His second frame continued with the Postal Order theme, featuring reimbursement
forms for lost POs including a Sarawak form incorporating the reimbursement
PO made out to original payer and two Z note (replacement) POs. These
were followed by nine recent Malaysian and three recent Singapore POs
and several MPU counterfoils.
Mike Kingsland then showed modern Malaysia. Frame one covered the twelve
months to the end of March 2016. Miles suggested less material had been
issued in that period than normal. There were certainly less premium products
(the Perak coronation being the only one).
His second frame featured watermark varieties. Miles commented on the
desire of Malaysian collectors for watermarked paper, which increased
the possibility of varieties being created. He ruminated on the “fiasco”
of sheetlets culminating in an imperforate sheet. A 3 MR Stamp booklets
followed (with an inverted wmk) which include a 5 MR voucher for the zoo
– exceptional value if a visit was planned! Finally, there was a
discussion about the application of PST to internal postal rates, which
might ultimately result in different (non-PST) stamps for overseas post.
Dominic Morris then showed a pot pourri of recent acquisitions, opening
with tribal postcards of the Orang Asli of Perak & Selangor. Subsequent
frames included a 26 OC 41 cover from HK carried on an experimental clipper
flight with a boxed Unreclaimed/Non reclame cachet not in Proud, a pair
of commercially used uprated Chef’s Hat 15c Reg letters to Germany
and GB and a Straits $25 postally used on piece, with a total franking
Having been regaled by lunch in the local hostelry, the meeting continued
with Dominic displaying some eight further frames. The first part covered
the Yang Di Pertuan Agongs/ Monarchy from 1957 to present. Highlights
included a Private Secretary Cover for YDPA III; the 'missing gold' error
and major perforation shifts from YDPA V; a perforation shift on the 30c
YDPA X (with the lowest in the block having no values displayed on the
stamps); the unissued 1959 Silver Jubilee of Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negri
Sembilan; and the black-printing shift of SG128 of Selangor (the 1961
Coronation of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah); the 1965 photo-essay
for the Orchids stamps for Sultan Abdul Halim Shah II of Kedah; and the
famous postcard of ‘the Sultan of Selangor’ holding court
at the 1910 Conference of Rulers.
Part two covered the 1957 Pictorial issues. Highlights included the postmarks
of all the offices from Trengganu of the period; several off-set stamps
(mainly of the 10c and 50c values) and a lovely Revenue Bill of Exchange
document (ex-Peter Cockburn) from Penang in 1960.
Len Stanway opened Round 4 with eight frames of material from late 1971
to mid 1975, all issues being represented. The first frame opened with
new acquisitions that had arrived that morning; Singapore MyStamps sheets
featuring the Olympics and Singapore’s first Gold Medal.
The frame included the 8th reprint of the 8 RP booklet and some SOCSO
(the social security organisation) interpanneau blocks from 1971-3.
Frame two continued with SOCSO, featuring different printings from Dublin
and London. Subsequent material included covers; a SE Asia Peninsular
Games FDC; a 21st Pacific Air Travel Assoc. Conference special postmark
on cover and two with the skeleton postmark used for ordinary mail at
the Conference, one also showing the KL Philatelic Bureau postmark; Silver
Jubilee Stampex covers and PC; a private special cover for the 75th Anniversary
of the Methodist Boys Secondary School; then some commemorative stamps
for the anniversary of formation of SOCSO, the designs of which were based
on the original NI stamps.
Len’s fourth frame featured invitations to PO openings (Pudu, Petaling
Jaya, Pulau Langkawi); a WHO cover with Ipoh and Timor CDSs; some 10th
Anniversary of Malayasia covers and an example of the bound book given
to delegates at the 17th UPU Conference, featuring as election of Malaysian
Frame five covered 1973-4 including; the Golden Jubilee of Interpol; the
1st Anniversary of Malaysian Airlines; FDCs of the establishment of KL
as a Federal Territory (one, ironically, still cancelled with a Selangor
CDS!). The next two frames displayed 1974; a Scout Jamboree proof; some
Kelantan to Kuching internal Post Office correspondence; UPU imperforate
proofs; the 1st Conference of the Inter-Asian ???? Federation; another
PO opening invitation (Jenjaram). The final frame of Len’s display
covered 1975 revenue issue usage for a passport renewal fee and on a Form
of Praecipe, his display concluding with the
installation of Sultan of Pahang.
Joe Roberton then showed two frames of early airmail postage dues beginning
with a 1930 GB cover via KLM addressed c/o the Singapore GPO. Joe pondered
whether this might actually be the first Malayan air postage due. Three
KLM covers followed where the air fee was 30c, but where senders had not
included the post fee in the franking or realised that Dutch cheap rate
only applied to the to N.E.I. and not Malaya. He also showed an early
French air mail cover, though he did not know when the service to Saigon
Frame two include a pair of Imperial Airways first service covers, posted
from Egypt and a Warne Bros internal service FDC with insufficient franking
for air postage, where the Post Office must have presumed the intention
was to send on this service, and so had applied postage dues.
Rob Holley closed the meeting with some old favourites, starting with
his 'Perak War Cover', posted Singapore 20 Jan 1876. It was sent by a
crew member of H.M.S. Thistle, the vessel which carried Resident Birch
on his fateful visit to Perak before he was murdered, and which took an
active part in the Larut War which followed. The 8 pages included an extract
from the Straits Times which proves that the ship docked in Singapore
the day before Rob's cover was posted there.
Then followed 11 sheets on Pangkor & The Dindings starting with a
p/s card sent from Pangkor in 1892, and followed by covers, pieces, and
stamps showing most of the postmarks used in the four offices (Pangkor,
Lumut, Pengkalen Bharu and Sitiawan) from 1892 up to WW2. He talked about
the curious history of Sitiawan P.O. which began using Perak stamps in
1890s although it was in The Dindings, then Straits stamps and finally
those of the FMS when the settlement moved from its old site by the sea
to a new one inland straddling the road from Ipoh to Lumut, which meant
it was no longer under Straits administration.
Two pages came next bearing the three ppcs showing the aftermath of the
collision between a charging bull elephant and the train from Tapah Road
to Teluk Anson on 17.9.1894, illustrating the derailed engine, the rear
of the train and the gajah mati (the dead elephant).
The next five sheets illustrated the Muslim troop mutiny of 15.2.15 in
Singapore when the Tanglin Barracks housing WWI German internees were
attacked. It included a cover from Berlin to an internee, a Straits p/s
card from an internee to Denmark dated four days before the mutiny, a
much redirected internal cover sent to the camp around the time of the
mutiny, and another cover to an internee from a firm of Singapore solicitors
on 30.3.15 which had had its stamp removed – possibly, Rob thought,
by the Singapore censors looking for a concealed message.
Finally, Rob concluded by displaying a photograph of the famous occasion
when members of the MSG visited Dr Wood in North Wales in October 1963
together with other material associated with 'the Major' (as the Doctor
liked to be known.). The final item was a photograph of Dr Wood's former
home, 'Coedfa', now a bed and breakfast where Rob stayed in 1992, and
whose landlady could remember the Major well - a fitting conclusion to
a very full and enjoyable day at the seaside.
Report by Mike Padmore
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