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  Future Meetings
2020 May Cheltenham Weekender !!

PLEASE BE AWARE THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Due to the predicted escalation and peak of the Corna Virus occurring in May the circle has made the desion to cancel this event
The current plan is to postpone to May 2021

We have decided to also postpone the May Auction until after the Covid-19 crisis
  Publication News
MALTA POST OFFICES 1806 - 1857 and their handstruck POSTAL MARKINGS

Malta Study Paper
ISBN : 978-1-9163085-0-3


This new MSC book reviews the fascinating pre-stamp period of Malta's Post Offices. In a break from tradition it integrates information about postal rates, packet voyages, archival information and relevant study papers to provide the context in which Malta's Handstruck Postal Markings were employed between 1806 and 1857.

Section 1: illustrates all Malta postal markings used by the Packet Office (which reported to the Postmaster General in London) for mail using British Packet services. From June 1843, this also included mail using the French paquebot services. Postal rates that applied to Malta are summarised with more detail in Appendices.
Section 2: covers the tariffs and postal markings of Malta's Island Post Office from 1816 to 1849. It answered to local government generating revenue from inwards and outwards mail. The Island PO handled French paquebot mail from 1837 until 1843.
Section 3: covers the period from 1849 until 1857. In 1849, the two Malta Offices were co-located and managed by a single Postmaster, although finances were still separate.
Section 4: covers fakes and forgeries. Unfortunately, these scarce and popular pre-stamp postal markings have attracted forgers' attention. It gives details to assist identification of these items, which otherwise might pass casual inspection.

The book is illustrated throughout in colour, with full-size images wherever possible.
Advantage has been taken of digital technology to produce full-size illustrations of the various handstruck postal markings and these are more accurate than in previous publications.
For the experienced postal historian, the new enthusiast and anyone with an interest in this period of postal history, this publication is a worthwhile addition to their philatelic literature.

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  MSC Sales
The John Lander Collection

John's family have requested that Malta Study Circle members have the first chance to acquire the material from John's collection. The collection is being offered to members in two Sales, the first a Private Treaty Sale organised by Alan Bannister, the second a Postbid Sale being run by Nigel Jeffries.

The Sales are offered with separate Terms and Conditions and it is strongly recommended that any one wanting to bid read the Terms and Conditions at the begining of each sale pdf. Images of the associated lots have been loaded onto the website in the Image Library, lot descriptions and reserve values have been included for convieniance but the pdf is always the master record and should be used for the basis of any offers or bids made.

Offers and Bids must be recieved by January 20, 2020

These are members only sales and the below links are only accessable once you have logged into this site.

Sale pdfs

Private Treaty Offer Images | Postbid Sale Images

BIDS AND OFFERS HAVE CLOSED FOR THESE SALES
Postbid Results
Results for the Private Treaty Sale have now been updated in the image listing

John Lander Obituary

  Future Meetings
2019 Autumn Stampex Meeting !!

The next meeting of the Malta Study Circle will be held at 3pm on Saturday September 14th 2019 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London (about a quarter mile north of the Angel Underground Station). Please check room venue on arrival.. all are welcome.

This meeting will be on an informal basis and as such no formal Agenda will be followed. Please feel free to bring any items you may wish to the meeting for display, discussion and possibly exchange or sale. Light refreshments are available.


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  MSC Auction
MSC May 2018 Auction

The May 27 Auction catalogue is now available

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  MSC Auction
MSC March 2016 Auction

The March 31 is closed

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Images | Catalogue | Realisations

  Publication News
Postal History of World War I
Photographic Postcards of World War I

The Postal History :
The book covers (in over 470 pages, many in colour): Civil Postal Services, Postal Censorship, Civil Censorship Resealing Labels, Military Postal Services, Royal Navy Mail and Censorship, The Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force, British Army Mail and Censorship, Troopship Mail, Hospital Ships Mail, Mail from the Wounded, Allied Forces Mail, Maltese On Active Service Overseas, Prisoners of War at Malta, Prisoner of War Postal History, The SMS Emden prisoners in Malta, Prisoner of War Postal Stationery, Prisoner of War greeting cards and special events, Turkish Deportees in Malta 1919-1921. There are detailed appendices which give for the first time a comprehensive listing of all PoWs held in Malta. There is a huge amount of original, never before published, research. This book is set to become the definitive work on the postal history of this fascinating period.

The photographic postcards:
In its over 250 pages, this exceptionally visual book illustrates almost 500 photographic (not the common, printed) cards which so ably depict what life was like for the Allied forces and especially the Prisoners of War during the war. The range of illustrations on the PoW material, showing the camps, living conditions, the arts, personalities and people, special events, exhibitions of prisoners' work has never been equalled. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of Malta, and especially in PoWs. It is remarkable how many such images have survived, and indeed were permitted by the authorities, especially when compared to the paucity of such cards from the second World War.

Taken together these books represent, arguably, the most comprehensive historical review of Malta in World War I yet published. The role of Malta during this conflict has, perhaps, not yet been fully recognised. It was an invaluable Naval Base, acted as the 'Nurse of the Mediterranean', catering for large numbers of wounded troops, and provided accommodation for Prisoners of War of many nationalities. Malta also sent many of its own men overseas to serve the Allied cause. The books tell these stories through postal history, and photographic cards.

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  Publication News
Revenue stamps of the Workman's Compensation Ordinance and the National Insurance Scheme 1929-1974
Malta Study Paper 53
ISBN : 978-0-9562435-2-2


An in depth study into these seldom seen revenue issues.
A complimentary reference to the Study Paper 28 Revenue Stamps.

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  Publication News
Malta Village Postmarks on Covers and Cards
Malta Study Paper 24A
ISBN : 09534875-6-3


An alphabetical listing by Village of all known cancellations on cover or card.
A complimentary reference to the Study Paper 25 Village reference.

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  Publication News
King George VI Postage Stamps and Postal Services of Malta
Malta Study Paper 33
ISBN : 09534875-5-5


The latest revision to the Study Circles King George VI paper which now includes the postal history for this period.

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  Publication News
Postal History of World War II
ISBN 978-0-9562435-0-8

The book covering Malta Postal history 1939-1945 has now been published and already available through some philatelic retailers.

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  Future Meetings


Coffee Bar at 12:30 !

As many of our members travel to London for Stampex and Philatex etc, it is suggested that people should visit the coffee bar at 12:30 on the day they are there when there could be a chance of other members being there also.
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May 15, 2020
Spring Melta Issued
The Spring Melita Vol 22 No 01 is available to read online.. and discuss in the forum !

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December 24, 2019
Winter Melita Issued
The Winter Melita Vol 21 No 03 is available to read online.. and discuss in the forum !

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November 10, 2019
eBay - George V £1000 Essay
A supposed £1000 Essay stamp sold on eBay

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November 10, 2019
eBay - Suspect Melita Overprints
Dubious Overprint varities sold on eBay

November 10, 2019
Subscriptions for 2020
Subscription options and costs for 2020

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August 15, 2019
Maltex 2019 - Exhibitor Spaces Still Available
Exhibitor spaces are still available for the forthcoming Maltex event this October in Malta

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May 21, 2019
New forum uploader
A new forum image/file uploader has been installed that allows files larger than 200KB

May 14, 2019
More study papers are now available online
Some early study papers are now available to members to read online or download
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May 27, 2020
Civil Censorship 1939 to 1945
Dispaly of civil censorship covers between Sept 1939 and 1942
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May 20, 2020
Concession Letters
A nine page display of concession letters ranging from 1806 to 1897
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May 8, 2020
Disinfection slits applied by burning?
Keith Byfield has a question related to Disinfected Mail, can anyone help?


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April 29, 2020
WW2 Air Mail Letter Card
Short article on World War II Air MAil Letter Cards by Alan Green
Members Only Member Only

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January 5, 2020
Bogus 5s Revenue Overprint
Recently listed on eBay as a Straight Tailed R variety on the 5s Overprint - clearly a bogus/forged example


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March 15, 2019
Malta Pre-Stamp Markings
Pre-Stamp Markings 1806-1857 Part 2
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March 15, 2019
Melita Index Vol 17 - 20
A full contents listing of the Melita Newsletters volumes 17-20
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May 28, 2020
Display of Concession Letters
Forum Study Papers - Postal History :: General Postal History Discussions

May 28, 2020
Civil Censorship
Forum Study Papers - Postal History :: General Postal History Discussions

May 22, 2020
Disinfection slits applied by burning?
Forum Study Papers - Postal History :: 30 Disinfected Mail After 1870

April 30, 2020
WW II Air Mail Letter Cards
Forum Study Papers - Postal History :: 19 War Time Airmails

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May 7, 2020 : by Neil Grover
Forgeries
March 31, 1929
Different Date attributed to Madame Joseph, possibly inter changeable slugs and a master canceller plate?

Madame Joseph

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March 5, 2020 : by Neil Grover
QE - Meter Mail
No 33
Value 5d

by Pitney Bowes Code PB

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March 5, 2020 : by Neil Grover
QE - Meter Mail
No 26
Value 60c

by Pitney Bowes Code PB

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March 5, 2020 : by Neil Grover
1860-1885 Halfpenny
To Gozo
Halfpenny Yellow used on Cover

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January 16, 2020 : by Neil Grover
QE - Meter Mail
No 12
Value 20c

by Pitney Bowes Code PB

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February 19, 2020 : by Neil Grover
MSC Auctions
MSC Auction 7-April-2012
Lot 222 Back
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December 5, 2019 : by Neil Grover
MSC Auctions
John Lander Postbid Sale
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December 5, 2019 : by Neil Grover
MSC Auctions
John Lander Postbid Sale
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