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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

         
Japanese Kerr 20.

Modern

Other Names
Chōyōchin Chao Yang Chen Chaoyang Zhāoyáng chén

Chiao Yang

  朝陽陳 Previously Ch'ao-yang-chen

Chao yang tsuen

  (Szuping) Chaoyangzhen Chaoyangchen (Map)  
  Map of 1945   Chiao Yang Tsun  
     

 

 
Note - It is my view that the stamps listed for Chao Yang Chen, Hai lung and Pan Shih are identical. Hai Lung and Pan Shih are villages on either side of the town of Chao Yang Chen (now Chaoyang 朝阳- see map). I believe that Kerr and others have overcomplicated these issues as it seems likely to me that the stamps were purchased in the town, but posted in the nearby villages. This would account for the existence of the postmarked covers with similar overprints.
         
 

 
  50f on 2f 50f on 5f 50f on 6f  
 

 
  50f on 10f  
   
  50f on 10f 50f on 20f 50f on 40f  
   

 
  50f on 30f   2Y on 1Y  
 

Part of a set of 11 surcharged stamps issued in this town or village. The four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic and below these the surcharge.

 
         
     
  50f on 2f   50f on 3f  
     
  50f on 5f   50f on 20f  
     
  50f on 40f unlisted   50f on 40f unlisted  
  Kerr lists the first four stamps shown above but not the 40f. This appears to be a hard red machine overprint, unlike the black shown above. The top four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic and below these the surcharge.

Above are the only overprints known for 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.
        D124