SPINK 9 DEC 2017
Present: Peter Cockburn, Nick Hackney, Andrew Norris, Mac McClaren. Susan McEwen, Dominic Morris, Mike Padmore, Martin Roper, Len Stanway, Carl Stottt.
Guest: Ann Stanway
The theme of the MSG’s Christmas meeting was Cinderellas. The event, which was made even more sociable by an adequate supply of wine and seasonal fare, was opened by six frames from Mac McClaren. This featured mainly SATATB labels from the period 1949-87, including many blocks. Mac said that the seller had assured him the collection was complete, but in the absence of any suitable catalogue, he could only assume that this was so. Besides the Singapore labels, there were some odds and ends from Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
He also displayed covers with TB slogan cancels and the odd TB label franking, including a 1953 Perak label on cover. Mac wondered if other states’ labels existed. As a finale, he displayed a 1941 South Africa to N.E.I. transit cover, franked with a 1/2d stamp and several Christmas labels, all of which were cancelled, and yet taxed at 12c. The audience had fun doing the sums.
Round one continued with material from Andrew Norris, described as “stuff he bought yesterday”. This included a 1931 Sudan registered cover from Aroma; some Seremban telegraph receipts; a 1947 Ipoh registered cover bearing a 20 c Malayan Welfare Fund label and several blocks and strips of Malayan Patriotic Fund labels.
Len Stanway displayed four frames of contemporary Cinderellas to start round two, beginning with Princess series Disney sheets from Singapore, including different perfs, etc. He noted that Singapore purchased the commercialisation licences for internal use in Singapore only. The set included four Mystamps, only one of which was subsequently issued in the Mystamp series. Frame two displayed sheets with decorative borders while the third frame showed “Festivals” Mystamps from Singapore in sheetlets of 10, self-adhesive, stamps, plus one on cover. His final frame showed a Festivals set based on the 50c Festivals design, with two attached labels, one of which could be personalised.
Nick Hackney showed a single frame, with examples of the 50c BMS forgery (which he noted could easily be identified by its white back - to the wonderment of the assembled throng, which had never considered this point before). He also showed facsimiles of letters from JRR Tolkien to his children, with self designed and hand drawn Christmas stamps, to be sent by “Chimney Post”.
Susan McEwen concluded the round with a single stamp and a question - “What exactly is this?” The item appeared to be a block of four George VI 2c orange overprinted with a full Jap Occ Malaccan Government seal, cancelled at “Alor Star Bahru” on an indeterminate date. The answer was most fully provided by Peter Cockburn, who observed that the chop appeared to be too small. Susan confirmed that it was in fact 70% of its correct size; coincidentally exactly the same dimensions as the illustration in Stanley Gibbon’ catalogue, from whence it was presumably scanned. Caveat emptor, as Susan observed, though she had paid only a modest price for it on eBay, as a curiosity.
Peter Cockburn opened the third round with four frames, opening with Carreras cigarette cards; larger format ones of “Malayan Scenes” and regular sized ones of “Malayan
Industry” Frame two featured a selection of dance cards from 1927-30, plus a “Crecent” black pepper Cinderella, a 1927 Christmas card from the Ipoh Inner Wheel Club and a Labuan radio ham card. The third frame featured a real photograph postcard of the Christmas Island football team (Who did they play? Ed.) and a Malayan Patriotic Fund label on cover. His display concluded with two post-Jap Occ items with interesting franking. The first was a cover containing a money order sent in September 1945, before the Japanese capitulation, but returned undelivered after the reoccupation and cancelled at Lummut on 5 Oct 45. The other, similar, item was sent on 5 NO 45 using a Jap Occ 8c stamp.
The Grand Draw was won by Dominic Morris, to catcalls of “Fix” from the crowd, which then went on its merry way, homeward bound.
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