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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 07:47:43 am 
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The Malta stamps and covers thread


Now that there are a number of other collectors of Malta stamps or covers on Stampboards, I thought that it would be a good idea to start a new thread dedicated to Malta stamps or covers.

Anybody can share pics of Malta stamps or covers (including GB used in Malta, revenues, cinderellas, postal stationery, etc.) and anything related to Malta stamps is welcome. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. :)

Note that a thread about Malta new issues from 2012 onwards already exists here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=35310

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Let me start with my earliest Malta item.

This is a folded entire sent from Alexandria to Giuseppe Sonnino (a Jewish merchant living in Valletta, to whom most 1840s-50s Malta covers are addressed to) on 22 September 1843.

It has a disinfection cachet reading PURIFFE AU LAZARET - MALTE. The cachet is catalogued in the JB Catalogue as no. 9, which was used from 1838 to 1865, and again in 1883. It is one of the cheaper ones, and is catalogued at €93 (the cheapest one is catalogued at €70). I got it for a little over €20 :) .

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Heres my oldest letter, its 1854 and addressed from Giuseppe Figli to some one called Padre Freres in Marseilles I think, can anyone shed more light on these people.
The scan is of the page its mounted on, you can see th postmark a bit better as it was split across the folds of the whole sheet
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I paid $60 NZ for it in 2010

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2 other letters, another merchant letter this time to Constainople (Istanbul) in 1865 has the 4d Overseas letter rate and a superb A25 Duplex. I paid a bit much for this one, but like it ($225 NZ)
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Also this less old but interesting letter to Belgium in 1906, they hade made the 2.5 pence rate so well here.
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Also this error from the 1938 series, I don't have the windows but this one is catalogued at 160 quid in the SG. I paid $70 for it. The stamp is on the left, its the Broken tablet, bottom right part of the 2/6 tablet.
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I know its overkill, but I have to show these two complete sets.
The Whole of the King Edward series (Except Revenues)
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The top 2 rows are all single watermark. I bought the 5/- off a JB's auction back in 2010 (Sliema Stamp shop). I think I paid about 45 quid for it, its LHM and a nice example. The rest I bought in NZ. Thats how big my collection is getting I have to buy Maltese stamps from Malta now! As the kiwi dealers can't fill the gaps in my collection anymore.

The other is my pride and joy, the 1928's overprints set, I have the high value 26's but are missing a few low values and the 1930's I am missing all the high values above 1/6 except the 2/6 I have.
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Again the 3/- and 10/- are from JB's but the 5/- I got in the set of 3 for 50 quid I sold as my 5/- was a nice corner example, again all are fault free LHM.

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Nice GB used in Malta cover. :)

Could you show a close-up of the broken tablet flaw on that 2s6d?

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Here you go, but its very blurred as If I used more than 100 resolution, my computer nearly crashes.
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You will see a small blob at about 4 o'clock on the value tablet. Its in the SG catalogue. Its ven more rare on the 1948 Self Government version.

Meanwhile lets see some more of your guys stuff. I may scan my 10/- St Paul and my 5/- Geo V arms type. I also have a 5/- Victoria Mint.

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Nice thread heres a few of mine.

While I have Malta complete for King George VI prior to that no complete sets.

However I do have a few nice high values.

Here are S.G. 86 used cat 38.00 pounds
S.G. 87 used cat 80.00 pounds
S.G 121 mint cat 140. 00 pounds

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A 5/- 1886 stamp with "parcel post" circular cancel.
That year it was a single stamp release, unlike today where most countries issue dozens, if not hundreds, of stamps in a single year.


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A 5/- 1886 stamp with "parcel post" circular cancel.
That year it was a single stamp release, unlike today where most countries issue dozens, if not hundreds, of stamps in a single year.



Nice stamp, I notice the cancel is 1910 or 1916, its still a relevant postmark, as the next 5/- did not come out until 1917. I love the design on this stamp.

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One of my favourites...

1902 1d on 2½d bright blue (SG 37). The middle stamp has the 'One Pnney' error (SG 37a). I bought it a couple of years ago - I think I paid about £30.

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...one century later...

2002 Cacti set, 28c (SG 1276)

I don't know how it is possible to have this perforation error. :?

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I bought it in the JB Auction of June 2005 for just £40.

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2002 Cacti set, 28c (SG 1276)

I don't know how it is possible to have this perforation error. :?

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I bought it in the JB Auction of June 2005 for just £40.


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Great topic HalfpennyYellow. I only have a few stamps from this country but seeing these makes me want to get more. :)

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Halfpenny Yellow well done, nice thread glad you started it. I don’t collect Malta but have some Malta connected items in my collection of Penny Farthing Postal Stationery cards.

In my experience these cards used to Malta are scarcer than “used from”

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Uploaded the cream of my stuff, first for half penny yellow, a better close up of the Broken tablet flaw, actually a blob of printers ink spilled on the design
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Next two of my Halfpenny yellow's (No pun intended)
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I suspect this is SG 11

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And this one is SG 12. I paid about $50 each for them in Christchurch back in 2007. I love these scans

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Some more gems now, Victorian ones

My 5/- Victoria, shame its a Mint No Gum
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And 10/- St Paul
This is an 1899 Original Printing, Condition LHM mint with some gum crazing. I paid $70 for it
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My two sets of One Pnney errors. The Vertical one has tone on selvedge, cost me $15, other one is good cost me $25
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Now moving into George V period, all of the are LHM unless otherwise stated
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A nice 2/- With Multi Crown wmk

The 5/- is less nice, got it cheap for $30, as it has a slight missing corner top left, other wise its superb
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Set of 3 from Self Government Overprints
The 2/- is the more common one Multicrown, and the 2/6 and 5/- are very nice
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Continuing along, I have a One Pound Melita, again LHM, I bought it off JB's in 2010. This one is the slightly more common upright watermark 1925. I have also added the 10/- Not as rare as the Pounds, but still a scarce stamp and a key value. Again it comes from JB's auction in Sliema, MALTA!!!
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Next to it is the 2/- Postage overprint on the 1926 Postage overprint on Melita series. This one is the only scarce one in the set, Perhaps someone can tell me why?. I also have the 10/- St Paul, high value from the 1926 set, this is the first one, the Postage version actually released in 1927
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Interestingly, Malta had 7 major definitive sets in the 1920s, after this date they eased back, as the 30s had only 2 and thats counting the 1930 version of the 1926 set.

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Concluding my posts, I also include a sample of my Victorian Postal stationery, first a blank set of the Halfpenny and Onepenny card sets. I do not know which printings they are, but notice that they have stamp designs different from the actual stamps
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I also have about 20 used examples dating from 1894 to 1905 (The 1905 is an Edward VII version), the rest are Victoria, mostly to Belgium, France and Italy. All have Sliema and Valletta cancels. All are Penny Reds.
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Finally I have a complete mint set of the 1925 Postage Dues on Envelope paper, you will notice the values above 3d have darker paper. I also have a tete beche pair of the 6d. The sheets were printed in plates of 42 (6 x 7) and one set was tete beche I think.
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Next to it is the 2/- Postage overprint on the 1926 Postage overprint on Melita series. This one is the only scarce one in the set, Perhaps someone can tell me why?. I also have the 10/- St Paul, high value from the 1926 set, this is the first one, the Postage version actually released in 1927
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I don't know why the 2/- is expensive, but probably few were overprinted. For those who do not know it's catalogue value, it is priced at €50 mint or €130 used. By contrast, the 10/- is priced at just €8.25 mint and €17 used.

PS. Princestamps, nice ½d postcard and postage due 6d tete-beche. I have the ½d to 2½d stamps tete-beche of that issue.

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1925 - JB 110a / SG 142 - 2½d on 3d bright ultramarine used on a registered cover from Valletta to England.

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G.P.O. VALLETTA / (Malta). registered label
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Note that there are two slightly different settings of the surcharge (more settings are known to exist, on both shades).

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I got this on eBay in April of this year for £8.

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1925 - JB 110a / SG 142 - 2½d on 3d bright ultramarine used on a registered cover from Valletta to England.

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G.P.O. VALLETTA / (Malta). registered label
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Note that there are two slightly different settings of the surcharge (more settings are known to exist, on both shades).

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I got this on eBay in April of this year for £8.



Good cover and price, because this variety was not used for very long. I notice too the cobalt variety has the overprint higher up the stamp.
Good to hear you have the tete beche pairs too. I got that from a dealer in Christchurch, who gave the pair with the set. I paid $40 for both. A new Zealand Dollar is worth 65 Euro cents (Used to be 44 cents 4 years ago). They are very hard to find properly used. Someone offered me one with a 1967 Postmark.
I have two of the blank Halfpenny cards, a pair and a single. I also have a newspaper wrapper which has only a Z7 A25 cancel on it.

Do you have any other gems

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The only other Melita cover I have. Covers with Melita stamps are quite hard to come by compared to the previous and later KGV definitives.

1926 - JB 98 / SG 129 - 2½d ultramarine and JB 100 / SG 131 3d black on yellow paper used on a registered cover from Valletta to Amsterdam.

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The sender was Rupert Frobes-Bentley (no return address, but RFB wax seal), an English airman and stamp collector living in Birchircara (Birkirkara) in the 1920s and 30s. A number of covers from that period are addressed to or sent by him.

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The cover is also a second day cover - the stamps were issued on 16 February, the cover was sent on 17 February 1926.

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This was a real bargain - I got it for just $1.50 from a Dutch seller on eBay. My bid had been over $10 if I remember correctly.
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I was going to post some more stuff, but my scanner has broken for some inexplicable reason. It cost $49.95 and lasted 3 whole months.

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Now for something much more modern, but still very little research has been made about these...

Karen Grech Crosses. 1978-2001

On 28 December 1977, 15-year-old Karen Grech was killed by a bomb in a letter addressed to her father, Dr. Edwin Grech. At that time the doctors at Saint Luke's Hospital had an issue with the Labour Government and there was a strike at the Hospital. However Dr. Grech still went to work despite the stike. Although there is no forensic evidence linking the bomb to the strike with doctors, Dr. Grech linked this attack with this strike and persons related with those events. On the same day that the Grech family received the bomb, another bomb was sent to the doctor and Labour MP of that time Paul Chetcuti Caruana, but it didn't go off.

See 33 sena mill-qtil ta' Karen Grech (in Maltese) and Police deny allegations on Karen Grech's case for more info.

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Some postal items sent between 1978 and 2001 were checked for bombs and this practise continued until the mid-1980s. The ones which were marked as safe were marked with a cahcet consisting of a cross and the name of the place where it was applied. These are now known as 'Karen Grech Crosses'. There are a lot of different types; these are the only two that I have:

Government Departments (GOVT. DEPTS.)
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used 22 November 1984
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Delivery Branch, GPO Valletta (DELIVERY BRANCH)
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used 18 January 1985
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These used to be common in the JB Auctions until a few years ago. I got the two that I have above from a Maltese eBay seller for 99p (Delivery Branch) and £6.50 (Govt. Depts.). They used to sell for anywhere between £5 and £10 each. They are quite rare now, but there is little demand for them.

This is a field that requires further research. They have never been listed in the JB Catalogue as far as I know.

The only reference on the web I found about these is this one (scroll down, below the 1956 essays): http://maltastudycircle.org.uk/news/new ... m=homepage

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Hi sorry for not posting earlier, but I have been quite busy with work recently and didn't have much time to stampboards.

I will upload some of my favourite stamps in the coming days that I have in my collection. However I do not have any interesting Malta covers as yet, since I have never bothered much collecting them until I started reading about them on stampboards. In fact now I realise, how many interesting covers I have ruined just to take the stamps :oops:

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...In fact now I realise, how many interesting covers I have ruined just to take the stamps :oops:

You're not alone, until a few years ago I used to soak off all stamps from all covers, including registered, return to sender, postage due, etc. :(

PS. kbdessai, I replied. :)

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I just soaked a large cover you sent Bruce recently, he sold it to me for $3, and it had a nice pair of the Europa 2012 set used, and I also soaked all the other stuff you sent me. Looks nice and I can add it to my Malta duplicate book.
Do you guys keep one, its just a second hand dealers stockbook, mint on left used on right, I have it ordered for definitives and then commems until 1968 where I just use one half page for each year.

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I use a stockbook too to store my duplicates. However, I sort them by face value, and if I have a complete set then these are stored grouped at the back.

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Egyptian postcard franked with a GB 1902 King Edward VII 1d red, postmarked Valletta, Malta.

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The straight line PAQUEBOT is catalogued at €23 in the JB Catalogue, however it is heavily over-catalogued. I got the card above for less than £2.

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Postcard franked with a GB 1912 King George V Mackennal head 1d red, postmarked at Valletta, Malta.

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These are the only Paquebot postcards I have. I have a couple of covers, which I will post soon. :)

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I suspect that this is simply a philatelic contrivance but would be grateful for any additional info any Malta specialists can provide.

I collect Penny Farthing 1¼d Postal Stationery Cards but included this card in my collection as it is a stationery card and the combined postage added up to the unusual amount of 1.¼d.

Although this example is used in 1913, I know that the Malta ½d P.S.Cards of Q.Victoria were not widely used so the original print run continued to be available during Edward 7ths reign. Although an Edward 7th ½d P.S.Card was produced I think only SPECIMEN overprints are recorded. This would legitimise the late use of the Victorian card and the additional ½d stamp would have been sufficient to uprate it to the correct international postcard postage rate of 1d to Austria.

Why the extra ¼d stamp.

The best outcome from my point of view would be for someone to confirm that there was an obscure Malta PO LATE FEE rate of a ¼d for postcards to Pre-WW1 Europe, but I suspect not unfortunatly.

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The best outcome from my point of view would be for someone to confirm that there was an obscure Malta PO LATE FEE rate of a ¼d for postcards to Pre-WW1 Europe, but I suspect not unfortunatly.

I don't know about any late fee. There are no known postmarks of it and I don't think it ever existed. Still it is a nice card and collectible.

I don't know a lot about postage rates, as I'm quite new to collecting postal history and I do not have any literature about them (although I think there is a Malta Study Circle paper about early postal rates).

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Thanks for the speedy reply ½d Yellow.

I have seen some late fee rates and at least one postmark which read
Late fee Paid

but I don’t think it was used widely or indeed on every cover that had a late fee included in the franking. I don’t have an example I can illustrate but there is an illustration in the 1st Supplement (1985) to the MALTA handbook published by Robson Lowe 1980 and complied by the Malta Study Group. If you don’t have a copy I would definitely recommend it.


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I don't have the Robson Lowe Malta handbook. I wrote that there were no late fees because there are no such markings listed in the JB catalogue.

However listings of postmarks and other cachets in the JB Catalogue are in serious need of updating and many older markings are also not listed. :roll:

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I know a number of sections in the Malta hand book have been updated by articles etc in the Malta Study Groups publications but I recon the Robson Lowe book is an essential for anyone who wants a general intro to Malta Philately as it covers Stamps, Stationery and Postal History as well as some historical context.

For a listing of postmarks its hard to beat the Ted Proud book for numbers of items illustrated. A further useful source is some of the recent (and not so recent) specialist auction catalogues. For example the “Victory” collection Auction by Grosvenor of London on 21 Oct 2010 is an excellent assortment. It illustrates three examples of the Late fee Paid marks referred to above.

Cavendish had a fine Malta sale 11 Sept 1998, and the Francisco Malta sale by Christie’s Robson Lowe London 22 March 1989. Some are still viewable on the net, they may even be downloadable?


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Sark, all of Grosvenor's Malta sales (not just the Victory collection sale 60) with prices realised are here:

http://grosvenorauctions.com.cluster.cw ... lta&page=1

I had a quick look but I didn't see the Late Fee postmark. Whenever I have chance I'll have a closer look and see if I can find it.

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Meanwhile, does anyone know when postage due adhesives stopped being used in Malta?

They were definitely in use until 1993 (when the last set was issued). Now they have been replaced by red cachets.

Does anyone know the year when they were withdrawn? Or does anyone have taxed covers from 1993-early 2000s?

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I was lucky enough for someone to give me two very invaluable catalogues. One was a Cavendish sale from March 17 2010, with a great section of Malta postal history, featuring a letter from 1597 to a Grand Master and numerous 18th century and Napoleonic era mails with 19th century entires, fumigated mail and its amazing.
The other is the one I considerthe very best on Half Penny yellows. Its the Spink sale of Dec 9 2009 of the Smith collection. It has proofs, every shade and type and even the earliest stamped cover on the 2010 sheet. It was only listed at 1500 to 2000 pounds. It explains things well and there are covers, sheets, cancels and its absolutely essential for me.

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½d Yellow check out lots 3234, 3372, and 3380 in the Victory sale for illustrations of the Paid late Fee.

Princestamps I agree with you the Spinks Smith sale was quite something.

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Thanks for pointing it out Sark. I had never seen that mark before.

Meanwhile, I recently purchased this cover on eBay for £4.75.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110934866124

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Self-Government stamps on cover are quite scarce since the stamps were used for just a few months (January - August 1922). It is a nice cover, with a SLIEMA B.O. / MALTA postmark (one of the commonest village postmarks) dated 24 February 1922. The stamps are the Multiple Crown CA* ½d deep green (JB 75) and the Multiple Script CA 1d scarlet (JB 85).

*the Multiple Script CA ½d was not issued until 29 April.

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The ½d stamp looks like it is overinked. In the following picture, I have placed a normal stamp and an overinked one next to the stamp on the cover. The difference is quite evident.

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Here is a 1944 (used 1945) Malta stationery postcard, which I got from Delcampe for just €6. It is my first Malta KGVI postal stationery item, which seem to be quite rare when compared to earlier stationery.

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These are 2 Self Government covers from 1922, I scanned these last month beofre my Chinese made scanner died on me. The top cover actually had a nice block of 6 1/2d Melitas on the back with GPO malta cancels and a ovoid receiving postmark for New York, Aug 19 1922.
The other letter has the SG ovpt on Geo V 2d grey, and in pencil they have written it took 7 days to reach Hexham in Northumbria (Cancel Jul 14 1922) received Jul 21 1922. A good cover too as its correct for the period. Melita stamps were only issued from August 1 1922

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Ahoj everyone!

I hope this fits in here:

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British Wilding cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 757 in 1961, could be from anywhere .

Fortunately the sender has written on the flap:

Flt Lt. R. Haynes,
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Ahoj everyone!

I hope this fits in here:

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British Wilding cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 757 in 1961, could be from anywhere .

Fortunately the sender has written on the flap:

Flt Lt. R. Haynes,
Officers' Mess,
R.A.F. LUQA,
B.F.P.O.51

Cheers,

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This is great, totally accurate, the British armed forces remained in Malta until 1979 and I myself have several covers with these markings.
RAF = Royal Air Force, BFPO = British Field Post Office
Luqa air field dates at least from World War 2 and was turned into Malta International airport in 1991/92 I think (Correct me if I am wrong Maltese stampboarders). Its up on the Limestone plateau in the centre of Malta Island and the runway is nearly 1/4 the length of the island!!!
They used British stamps there too, although Maltese ones before 1972 were fine as the Maltese used the Pound Sterling and this was at parity with the British Pound sterling (In fact until 1972 Malta used British currency in coins).

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