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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

         
Japanese Kerr 9.

Modern

Other Names
Antō from 1937 An Tung Andong An-tung-hsien

Andoong

1932 - 37 Antōken 安 東

丹 東

Antung (Map)  
  (Antung City/Antung)

Previously Andong Xian re-named 1st July 1937

An-tung  
  Map of 1945 Tan-tung

 

         
   
  10f on 5f 10f on 5f 40f on 13f  
  Issued from 5th November 1945 - Set of three stamp with North East Currency surcharges in soft black using a rubber hand- stamp. The left hand characters show the surcharge and on the right Temporary Use. Character size 4.5mm.

The small characters indicate that this was the First Communist Overprint. Chiu's Supplement (Vol. 8, Chapter 7, p. 349, 1960) states that 20,000 of the 10c overprints were issued and 10,000 of the 40c.

 
         

         
   
  10f on 5f 10f on 5f 40f on 13f  
  Issued 25th December 1945 - This set is almost identical to that above except that the characters are larger. It may be that one overprinting tool was insufficient for the demand in this large town, leading to another set being made, this time with a character size of 5.5mm.

The Large characters indicate that this was the Second Communist Overprint (issued because of wear to the original rubber hand-stamps). (Chiu's Supplement (Vol 8, Chapter 9, p357 1960) states that 20,000 of the 10c overprints were issued and 5,000 of the 40c.

 
         
         
       
  5Y on 5f   5Y on 5f  
     
  10Y on 5f   10Y on 5f  
  This surcharge set is easily recognised because the red communist star is used to obliterate the orchid emblem of Manchukuo. Below the star the surcharge is shown on the left with the characters 作 meaning temporary use on the right.  
         
         
     
         
    10f  
         
   
         
  Issued from late September to early October 1945, These are Nationalist Issues, at this time Antung came under the control of the Fengtian Postal District.

This is a set of four stamps and one card with Mukden Type overprints identified as belonging to Antung by Dr George T. Luzitano. Kerr failed to make this connection and no overprints of this type are listed in his books.

 
         
         
1f 7f
         
         
       
         
  This is a set of four stamps with Mukden Type overprints identified as belonging to Antung by Dr George T. Luzitano. Mr Shui-Hon Chan also links the set to this town.  
         
         
         
   
         
   
         
       
         
  Issued from late September to early October 1945, These are Nationalist Issues, at this time Antung came under the control of the Fengtian Postal District.

This is a set of 12 stamps with Mukden Type overprints identified as belonging to Antung by Dr George T. Luzitano. Mr Shui-Hon Chan also links the set to this town.

 
         
These stamps have been identified by using Volume II of the Stamp Catalogue of China by Shui-Hon Chan and the four booklet guide The Local Overprinted Stamps of Manchuria 1945-7 by Allen D Kerr (published 1978 and now out of print). Both works are essential for anyone delving seriously into this subject.
        D259, D327