May 2017, Glasgow Members Displays
and pictures by Susan McEwen
After a sociable light
lunch, the 8 attendees settled to the Philatelic event. We were pleased
to welcome Tom Podger, son of Francis. Hopefully he’ll convert to
collecting Malaya in time.
David Mekie displayed first, a comprehensive range of Postal Stationery
of the Federated Malay States and then of Malaysia. 1928 to 1994, including
the metric version of type K registration envelope, relatively modern
but very difficult to find! David commented “I have nothing to say
– it’s all written up” a refreshing attitude.
Michael Hart: BMA postmarks from the stampless free post period through
the newly created postmarks. Sepang with 4 different types, then a 3c
printed matter rate from Singapore to Honolulu, a most unusual destination.
A manuscript registration label was a puzzle and was deemed to be Penang
A, abbreviated as PgA. A Kuching Paquebot and another unusual destination
a 50c letter from Muar to the Shetlands.
Francis Podger.Showed Dutch Postal Agent in Singapore, mainly on postal
stationery. Noted items included – 1898 Incoming from Japan with
postage due cancelled and 1905 Penang to Borneo. Revenue –
A few sheets showing some of the early printings of Judicial Revenue Stamps;
the only 3 recorded copies of the provisional Judicial Stamps “twenty
five cents” on the 1870 $1 50c Judicial stamps used in March 1882;
and Receipt Stamps highlighting the wrongly ordered 3c Revenue Stamp.
Then a newspaper wrapper addressed to H. H. Sultan Abdulla in exile in
Mahé in 1881. He was the Sultan of Perak exiled for his part in
the murder of Birch, he returned to Perak in 1894. (Francis has
agreed to send a scan and full write of this item for TMP, the full story
should be recorded). The next item was a printed postcard dated
17th Feb 1915 sent to Ceylon with a message about distribution of
Newspapers outside the City Limits being forbidden, as a result of the
Mutiny. Francis finished with some family material with a red band cover
addressed to the naval base treasury department and photographs of his
Grandfather and the house he lived in when he was in Singapore 1931 to
1940 – firstly as i/c the Treasury department and finally as the
Senior Civil servant in the Admiralty in Singapore.
Jack Brown showed a study of FMS stamps, originally assembled by John
Rosevear, and written up so clearly and comprehensively that Jack wisely
decided to keep the collection intact and has just added a few additional
stamps. Continuing the FMS theme he showed Specimen overprints on Tigers
and Elephants. These original were from Ashley Skinner’s collection,
a fine range in super condition.
Andrew Norris showed the postmarks of Negri Sembilan, starting with Seremban
then ‘A to Z’ or rather Bahau to Tanjong Ipoh. Much of this
collection was assembled 30 years ago and it has not been easy to add
much to it since, but he had managed to improve a few areas since he showed
some of this material at Leicester.
Susan McEwen. An
overview of the Malayan Emergency. Forces mail, some UK regiments shown
but concentrating on the less easly found Commonwealth forces, with some
inward mail. Then mail going into Detention camps, and into a rehabilitation
camp. Singapore FPOs including the 1953 Delayed Mail at FPO 965. Several
items from the New Villages and a representation of the air drop leaflets,
include some cartoon types, and Safe Conduct Passes for CTs wishing to
Iain Dyce. 19th C
mail to the far east. Including 1825 London to Singapore, 1841 Mauritius
to Singapore forwarded to Calcutta with a Kedgeree Post Office Ship Letter
mark. Edinburgh to Japan 1878, addressed to Isabella Bird, redoubtable
traveler and Author of the ‘Golden Chersonese’.
Then a display of Straits Stamps including the 1867 issue, including manuscript
overprinted 2 on 1½c on ½ a blue. Also 3 covers with 1867
issues (!) and De La Rue archival blocks overprinted ‘CANCELLED’.
The Tunisia sheet of local Specimen overprints on Straits and panes of
the Sperati forgeries.
David Mekie’s 2nd display was a range of covers apparently unconnected,
we were challenged to spot the theme. It was that all were mixed frankings,
stamps of different states used together, mostly post-war but some in
the early 1930s. Arguably most were philatelic in that the rate had been
carefully achieved with a good mix of stamps, but all had served their
purpose and been through the post.
Our thanks to Iain
Dyce for hosting the meeting in his home, and to the Caledonian P.S for
the use of their travelling frames .
Report by Susan McEwen
Report by Susan McEwen