London Spink Meeting, Members Displays FMS 14th January 2017
Report by Mike Padmore, Pictures by Susan McEwen
Members Displays report by Mike Padmore
MSG 14 JANUARY 2017 - SPINK
Present: Malcolm Clarke, Peter Cockburn, Mac McClaren, Susan McEwen, Dominic Morris, Andrew Norris, Mike Padmore, Gordon Peters, Martin Roper, Len Stanway, Carl Stott, David Tett
Frame 3 included an uprated 6 cent postal envelope and a pair of covers with TRAIN LETTER cachets. The material then moved on to Pahang, beginning with ex-Tunisia and ex-Bechuanaland specimens from 1935; the latter, from a 1970s Robson Lowe auction, were both perfinned and handstamped. Mac observed that he thought the striated paper issues carried features which were indicative of being printed by Williams Lea. His display concluded with covers of the 1935 issue, including some wartime ones, one bearing an 8c scarlet, without a clear date but definitely wartime.
His second frame included three Hugh & Sons philatelic covers and a large cover from Medan with possibly every stamps available at that PO at the time (23 stamps including 10 Malayan). Frame 3 showed Japanese issues including two Express covers, one franked to 53 cents, a reused cover and one from 3 Sep 45 - very close to the re-occupation, on a prewar registered envelope.
Susan McEwen single frame of Selangor airmails, old mixed with modern.
Mike Padmore showed three frames of material, most of which had been raising queries for him. He opened with mint 1900 provisional overprints to $25, noting that he found it difficult to find used examples with good cds strikes, followed by the 1904-11 MultiCrown CA issues used, which led to a discussion about variations in duty plate colour. These were followed by a number of FMS registration envelopes and registrated covers including a 1926 AR cover from Kuala Lumpur to Kottaiyur and retour, with 17 individual cancels, including both Madras and KL DLO cancels, plus numerous script messages, which included notes of the postman’s five attempts to deliver.
A 1908 Red Band cover posted in Teluk Anson and delivered in Kampar the
same day was followed by a 1926 India to Rawang unpaid cover carrying
a KL 12cts unpaid cachet and an FMS 12 cents postage due. A couple of
cover with dubious cancels - a very late use of a passed for transmission
cancel and a TRAIN LETTER cancle not in Proud were agreed to be likely
Frames two and three displayed 1903 Crown CC large Judicials, to $10, and letter cards and newspaper wrappers, with many specimens.
Peter Cockburn then displayed a single frame of post WW2 FMS postmarks drawn from his BMA collection, including Bidor, Kampar, Lahat, Parit Buntar, Port Dickson and Temerloh cancels (the latter on an AR card).
Gordon’s fourth frame displayed three booklets from 1909 and 1925, initially costing 97 cents, 73 cents and $1.20 plus FMS Railway Newspaper stamps in two designs in different colours cancelled Tank Road Singapore and, unusually, Kuala Lumpur on a Malay Mail piece. A curiosity was one stamp overprinted “CANCELLED” and with “PLATFORM TICKET” printed on the reverse (price 5 cents).
Frame five featured a 1916-18 set of FMS charity labels, including one on cover, plus a set of four Italian advertising labels, showing a tiger leaping from a 4 cents stamp, followed by a large 1930 cover over-franked with $2.32 (overpaid by 2 cents) and sent airmail to UK via Karachi. Then rubber restriction coupons printed “FMS” but, he noted, valid till 1942, and a cover franked with 15 FMS values and a charity label, posted in Tanjong Rambutan on “Peace & Victory Day”, 19 July1919. His final frame featured material referencing the Malay States Guides, including a PPC and envelope with crest and two Christmas greetings card with SS and FMS flags in colour.
Dominic Morris closed proceedings by observing that an instructive afternoon
had been enjoyed by all, with a very wide spread of material on show,
despite the relatively narrow focus of the theme.
Report by Mike Padmore
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