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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

         
Japanese Kerr 84.

Modern

Other Names
Ichimenha I Mien Po Yimianpo YīmiÓn pō

I Mien Pou

  一 面 坡

 

I-mien-po  
  (Pinkiang)   Yi Mien Bo  
  Map of 1945   Imienpo (Map)  
         
       
         
  This is a very small soft vermillion chop and almost unreadable. The four character overprint reads 中華民國 Chinese Republic. According to Kerr there are three versions in slightly differing forms. This is the full set in this type and colour.  
         
         
    4f  
         
  This is another small soft vermillion chop very similar to the above. The four character overprint reads 中華民國 Chinese Republic. This rare overprint also appears on 2f and 4f booklet panes.  
         
         
   
    Unlisted  
 

 
      Unlisted  
  Hard to soft carmine overprint. The four character overprint reads 中華民國 Chinese Republic.  
         
         
     
         
       
 

 

 
 

Hard Vermillion Overprint. The four character overprint reads 中華民國 Chinese Republic.

 
         
         
   
   
 
         
  This is a distinctly red chop, a colour not listed by Kerr of Chan, although it my simply be a colour variety of the more familiar vermillion chop shown below. There are 11 values in the set. The four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic.  
     
         
  Kerr notes some instances where colours were mixed producing odd shades, the above red/brown overprint is likely to be an example of this. Note the 50f stamp is  dated 19th March 1946.  
         
         
     
         
         
  This is a medium sized soft vermillion chop which Kerr reports has also been found in other shades as a result of the vermillion ink being either deliberately or accidentally mixed with black. There are 11 values in the set. The four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic.  
         
  Booklet pane images courtesy of Mr Roman Scheibert.  
         
         
1f

(This stamp is listed but may not exist).

         
     
   
         
  This is an identical chop to the one shown above, this time in soft black. There are 13 values in the set, not including a booklet pane version of the 2f see below.

Kerr also lists a 4f booklet pane. This may not exist.

 
         
  Booklet pane image courtesy of Mr Roman Scheibert.  
         
         

The following commemorative overprints appear on stamps printed by the Hsin Min press and surcharged with new values using a black typeface made up of Sung No 5 with additional characters reading Restricted for use in the North East. Due to wartime shortages the Hsin Min press were forced to use a variety of different papers to complete the contract and as a result more than one type of paper can be found for some of the stamps shown below.

Type 1 - Newsprint (off white with a slight screen texture)
Type 2 - Yellowish White Paper
Type 3 - White Paper (white and smooth)
Type 4 - Soft Native Paper

         
   
  50f on 5Y Paper type 1 1Y on 10Y Paper type 3 2Y on 20Y Paper type 1  
  1911 Revolution Commemorative Surcharges. Set of 3.  
         
         
   
  50f on 5Y Paper type 1 1Y on 10Y Paper type 3 2Y on 20Y Paper type 1  
  Victory (over Japan) Commemorative Surcharges. Set of 3.  
         
         
     
  1Y on 10Y Paper types 2 & 3   2Y on 20Y Paper type 1  
  Double 10 Commemorative Surcharges. Set of 2. Double 10 (雙十節) Commemoratives celebrate the anniversary of the Wuchang Uprising of 10th October 1911. This uprising led to the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and the formation of the Republic of China.

All of the different overprint types 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.
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