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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

         
Japanese Kerr 87.

Modern

Other Names
Gaihei Kai Ping Gaiping Gi png  
  蓋 平

(Gai Xian)

K'ai-ping  
  (Fengtian)

SMRZ

Kaiping (Map)  
  Map of 1945      
         
 

Three different interpretations of this Kai Ping overprint.

 
         
   

Kerr's Listing

   
         
  5f  
  Kerr Kerr Kerr  
  Kerr lists three values with this overprint as shown above.  
         
    Chan's Listing    
         
  2f

smaller characters

  5f

smaller characters

 
  Chan   Chan  
         
     
  Chan   Chan  
         
  Chan lists two sets, one set of two stamps with smaller characters and the same two stamps overprinted with larger characters. The first two stamps listed under Kerr are the larger character set and he only supplies a sketch of the smaller character set.  
         
    Luzitano's Listing    
         
  4f

With a larger Yung character

 
  Luzitano Luzitano Luzitano  
     

 

10f

+

10f

 

 

   
    Luzitano    
         
  The acknowledged masterwork on the Mukden type of overprints is The Post-war Provisional Issues of North East China, MLO Volume 1. by Dr George T. Luzitano, publishers the Hill-Donnelly Corporation, (available from The China Stamp Society Inc).

In this Dr Luzitano lists the Kai Ping overprint as FT54 see Mukden Types. He discounts the 5f stamp but adds the overprint on the se-tenant friendship issue and also includes a version of the 4f showing a variety based upon the size of the .

There is clearly much debate concerning these stamps.

 
         

         
     
         
  If the above is not confusing enough for you try this.

The purple chop is not listed and the 4f China Mail stamp is not known to have been used for Manchurian Local Overprints. The Postmark is clearly Kai Ping  with an obliterated postmark on the year date "3" 1936, well before the time of the MLO's. A very odd combination for a forger to choose - unless there is another explanation?

These are the only stamps known for this village.

 
         
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.