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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

Japanese Kerr 80.


Other Names
Ian I An Yi'an Wǒ ān  
  我 安


  (Heilungkiang)   Ian (Map)  

Map of 1945

  Yi an  
  1y on f 1Y on 3f 1Y on 10f  
  1Y on 10f 5Y on 40f 5Y on 40f  

This is a hard blue/purple surcharge The top four characters read 中國郵政 Chinese Post, right Temporary Use, left the surcharge.

Kerr lists this under I An but states that it has been moved to Tai An. Chan still list these stamps as I An and from covers I have seen I An looks to be the most likely source. Unused copies are unknown and all copies are scarce.



This is a four soft black character overprint reading 中華民國 Chinese Republic. This is a complete set.


  This is a four character, soft violet overprint reading 郵政 Chinese Post. Kerr reports no un-postmarked stamps known for this overprint -, above is a complete set. Chan also shows a photograph of an unused stamp.  
  50f on f 1Y on 1f 2Y on 2f  
  The top four very soft violet characters read China, Temporary Use, below these is the surcharge. This is a complete set.  



      1Y on 10f  
  This is a four character, hard violet overprint reading 郵政 Chinese Post. The surcharge reads 1Y 作妀 Revalued. These 10f stamps represent the complete sets.

These are rare and only known to Kerr on covers. He only lists the soft 1Y surcharges. Chan lists a chop based on Kerr's sketch, the actual stamps are quite different as shown above.

 Examples of all stamps know for this town are shown above.


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.

        D67, D359