Malay Pavilion Post Cards

By

Bill Tonkin

 

            I expect most of our members who collect exhibition post cards will be familiar with the long set of Malay Pavilion post cards. The lowest number recorded in the book Mike Perkins and yours truly wrote back in 1994 is number 112 and the highest number recorded is 10120. Fortunately the publishers of the post cards did not use a consecutive system of numbering, and we are not looking at a set of about ten thousand cards. Mike and I have been doing a lot of research into this series of cards, and the 90th anniversary of the opening of the exhibition seems to me a good time to involve the members of the Exhibition Study Group in an in depth study of these cards.

            Even now we cannot say for sure how many cards there are in the complete basic set, it could be around 720, this does not include the typographical errors. We do know there are at least 142 titles we are missing in our records. Another line of research we have carried out is to list all the constant typographical errors that occur in the printing of the backs of the cards. I agree this is a labour of love, and I imagine there are not many collectors who are interested in varieties on post cards, but that’s my thing and it keeps me off the streets as my mother used to say.

            What I am asking members to help me with is for them to go through their Malay Pavilion cards and see if they have any of the numbers listed below, which are cards we have no details of. Most of the 19 series are of 50 cards but we believe eight of the series are much shorter. In each case I have listed up to the last known number in each shorter series.

                                    Section 1, series 3 may have been of only 23 cards

                                    Section 2, series 4 may have been of only 30 cards

                                    Section 4, series 2 may have been of only 9 cards

                                    Section 5, series 2 may have been of only 16 cards

                                    Section 6, series 1 may have been of only 9 cards

                                    Section 7, series 2 may have been of only 32 cards

                                    Section 9, series 4 may have been of only 28 cards

                                    Section 10, series 1 may have been of only 20 cards

            We have reached the end of what our joint collections of about 960 Malay Pavilion cards can tell us and have listed just over 580 titles. We now need an imput from any members who have any of these cards. They are not scarce by any means and I am sure there are lots of them in various collections. Basically there are two things we are hoping you can help us with, firstly to find out what the missing  titles are, and secondly I should like if possible to see the cards to list the varieties on the backs.

 

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Section 1, series 1.

111,     113,     114,     1119,   1122,   1124,   1135,   1137,   1145.

Section 1, series 2.

125,     128,     1215,   1216,   1217,   1219,   1220,   1223,   1227,   1233,   1235.

Section 1, series 3.

135,     137,     138,     1315, (And any after 1323 to 1350, these may not have been published)

Section 2, series 3.

236,     237,     238,     239,     2310,   2311,   2318,   2321,   2328,   2335,   2342.

Section 2, series 4.

244,     2411,   2429, (And any after 2431 to 2450, these may not have been published)

Section 3, series 1.

311,     313,     314,     317,     3112,   3132,   3134,   3143,   3144.

Section 4, series 1.

4121.

Section 4, series 2.

422, (And any after 430 to 4250, these may not have been published)

Section 5, series 1.

515,     5118,   5121,   5122,   5123,   5125,   5127,   5128,   5129,   5132,   5133,   5135,

5136,   5138,   5139,   5140,   5141    5143,   5144,   5145,   5146,   5147,   5148.

Section 5, series 2.

522,     524,     527,     528,     529,     5210,   5211,   5212,   5213,   5214, (And any after 5217 to 5250, these may not have been published)

Section 6, series 1.

611,     612,     613,     615,     617,     618 (And any after, 620 to 650, these may not have been published)

Section 7, series 1.

7129,   7130,   7131,   7132,   7133,   7134,   7135,   7137,   7142,   7147,   7150.

Section 7, series 2.

723,     7224, , (And any after 7232 to 7250, these may not have been published)

Section 8, series 1.

815,     818,     819,     811,     812,     815,     816,     818,     8120,   8121,   8132,   8142,

8147,   8148,   8149,   8150.

Section 9, series 1.

9117,   9118,   9126,   9130,   9134,   9138,   9141,   9144,   9146,   9147.

Section 9, series 2.

927,     9210,   9220,   9231,   9232,   9233.

Section 9, series 3.

9321,   9326,   9327,   9329,   9332,   9333,   9344.

Section 9, series 4.

9416, (And any after 9428 to 9450, these may not have been published)

Section 10, series 1.

10115, (And any after 10120 to 10150, these may not have been published)

 

            There are nine main varieties and they are listed as A to I. both D and I have two varieties on each card

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            A.        Small a & o to address only in place of capital letters.

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            B.         Missing stop at end after Ltd.

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            C.        Missing comma after H.B.E.

 

With variety                                                      Standard back

            D.        This type of back has two varieties, two stops after H.B.E.. & the first i of Br tish is

                                    missing

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            E.         Missing quotes after House.

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            F.         Two stops after H.B.E..

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            G.        Dropped C of Copyright

 

            

With variety                                                      Standard back

            H.        Missing stop at end after Ltd replaced by >.

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            I.          This type of back has two varieties, one a very small speck after (Eastern) Ltd in place of a stop, and a missing comma after H.B.E.

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            I.          The second variety on this back is a missing comma after H.B.E.

 

           

With variety                                                      Standard back

            I.          This variety can also have a partially missing ‘i’ to Singapore, but this does not seem

                                    to be constant and is not listed.

 

 

            J.          Two stops after H.B.E.. as variety F and an upside down image of what appears to

                                    be ‘8 REG SB&Co 8 SB&Co 8’ after Ltd.

 

           

                        With variety missing H.B.E.                                         Standard back

            K.        H.B.E. Ltd. partially or almost completely reduced to a row of dots.

 

 

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