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Virtual Meeting

Watch this space for the date of our next zoom meeting !

The third successful zoom meeting took place on 27 January with a presentation by Lara Bugeja Curator of the Malta Postal Museum
The recording of this and previous zoom events can be viewed by members below :

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The third zoom meeting with a presentation by Lara Bugeja Curator of the Malta Postal Museum
The second zoom meeting with a display on George V issues
The first zoom meeting with a display on WW2 Censorship

  Publication News
STAMPS OF GREAT BRITAIN USED IN MALTA 1857-1884

Malta Study Paper 60
ISBN : 978-1-9163085-2-7


This new MSC book is the definitive work on GB stamps used in Malta.

At 116 pages it is by far the most detailed and comprehensive study of these stamps. As well as studying the stamps themselves this book considers how these stamps were used, and cancelled.


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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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COUSIS CIGARETTE CARDS – H.M. SHIPS at MALTA

Malta Study Paper 59
ISBN : 978-1-9163085-1-0


This new MSC book (of 62 pages) describes and illustrates Royal Navy ships photographed by Richard Ellis, perhaps Malta’s best early photographer.

An alphabetical list analyses cards by the type of inscription and the type of frame. 457 different ships are referenced.
The photographs appear to have been taken between about 1890 and 1910.
The book is thought to be the most comprehensive illustrated catalogue of these cards ever produced.
The illustrations provide a fascinating insight into the history of the Royal Navy in Malta. They show the changing designs and the transition between wooden hull sailing ships to ironclad vessels.

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Paypal Payments

Although the PayPal facility has not been integrated into this site one of our committee members has offered to process PayPal payments through his personal account for items purchased through this website, this includes such things as publications and back issues.
If you would like to purchase items through this method of payment please make it known when submitting your requests on the order enquiry forms. There is a preferred method of payment dropdown which includes PayPal, providing the item(s) are available you will then be provided with the account details and amount that you need to make payment too.

URGENT NOTICE
If you are planning to make a Paypal payment can you please contact Colin Searle who can advise the correct address to use

  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 beginning 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.

BIDS AND OFFERS HAVE CLOSED FOR THESE SALES

These are members only sales and the below links are only accessable to members

Sale pdfs | John Lander Obituary

Private Treaty Images and Results | Postbid Sale Images | Postbid Results

  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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April 3, 2024
Spring 2024 Newsletter Available Online
The Spring 2024 Newsletter is available for members to read online.

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January 26, 2024
More eBay buyers beware!
These reproductions and being sold on eBay and its likely buyers aren't reading the small print

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January 25, 2024
More eBay Fabrications?
Proof block of 6 Halfpenny Yellows

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June 25, 2023
The second (of only 2) Malta Rarities?
Apparently there are only two recorded references of the Penny Black used 'with' Maltese mail

February 12, 2023
Melita and back issues of the Malta NewsletterMember Only
pdfs of all editions Melita etc are available here.

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The circle has introduced email circulation of members displays. The frequency depends on availability of material but we are currently aiming to circulate a display once every 2 weeks. The displays are made available on the website for members access
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February 7, 2024
#124 Early Postmarks of Malta
A display of the early postal cancels from 1770's to 1840's
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February 7, 2024
#123 Specimen Postal Stationery Cards
A comprehensive sturdy of postal stationery cards with specimen overprints
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February 7, 2024
#122 Stamp curios
A selection of stamp curiosities from the halfpenny yellow, village cancels and cinderella items
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#121 Special Mails
Special Mails
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February 7, 2024
#120 A postcard social history
A postcard social history


February 7, 2024
#119 Forces Postal Rates 1972-1979 Pt 3
Forces Postal Rates 1972-1979 Pt 3
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#118 Joseph and Louis Casha
Joseph and Louis Casha


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#117 Oddities
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#116 Forces PO's in Malta 1972-1979 Pt 2
Forces PO's in Malta 1972-1979 Pt 2
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February 7, 2024
#115 HM Ships' Censor marks in WW I
HM Ships' Censor marks in WW I


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MaltaPost letter box on MV Jean de la Valette
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December 10, 2023
valletta cds 32 mm
Forum Study Papers - Postal History :: 24a Village Postmarks on Covers and Cards

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Variaties
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