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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

         
Japanese Kerr 91.

Modern

Other Names
Kabokushi Kia Mu Sze Jiamusi Jiāmůsī

Chiamussu

   佳 木 斯 This was one of the main Japanese settlements outside the main cities and also an important army base. Kiamusze (Map)  
  (Sankiang) Chia-mu-szu  
  Map of 1945 Chiamutze  
         
   
  50f on 2f 50f on 5f 50f on 13f  
   
  50f on 20f 50f on 30f 50f on 1Y  
         
  This is a set of six surcharges all of 50f using a dark blue to blue black overprint. The top four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic, below is the surcharge followed by 作妀 Revalued.  
         
         
  Cover sent from Kiamusze to 牡丹江 Mutankiang 29th May 1946  
         

         
 

 

 
  50f on 10f Blue   50f on 10f blue/black  
 

This is a surcharge of 50f on the 10f rose red Chang-Chun issue. The top four overprinted characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic, below is the surcharge followed by 作妀 Revalued. These are the only 2 stamps in this set.

The Chang Chun overprint has eight characters and 10f stamps of this local issue frequently carried further surcharges made by post offices in other towns. The top four characters read 中國郵政 Chinese Post, left Temporary Use, right 北東 North East.

 
         
     
1Y on 2f 1Y on 4f 2Y on 7f 2Y on 20f 2Y on 30f
  This is a set of surcharges with Arabic numbering in addition to the normal Chinese. The top four characters read 中國郵政 Chinese Post. The set contains 5 different stamps.  
         
         
1Y on 2f 1Y on 3f 1Y on 4f 1Y on 6f 1Y on 10f
1Y on 12f 1Y on 1Y 1Y on 1Y 2Y on 1f
2Y on 2f 2Y on 4f 1Y on 10f 2Y on 20f 2Y on 20f
   
  2Y on 30f 2Y on 50f 2Y on 1Y  
  Full set of 18 surcharged stamps. The four top characters read 中國郵政 Chinese Post, left is the surcharge and to the right Temporary Use. Also found in 2f and 4f booklet panes - see below.  
         
    1Y on 2f    
         
         
1Y on 1f 1Y on 2.5f 1Y on 4f 1Y on 6f
5Y on 12f 5Y on 20f 5Y on 40f 5Y on 20f 5Y on 1Y
  Full set of 10 surcharged stamps. The four top characters read 中國郵政 Chinese Post, left is the surcharge and to the right Temporary Use. The bottom character  (jia) is the first character of the place name 佳 木 斯 Jia mu si.

Chan lists an additional three values for this set, if genuine these were not normally be issued.

 
         
   
         
  Booklet panes exist for the 2f and 4f values. Chan and Kerr only recognise the 4f pane.  
         
         
     
  1Y on 2f   1Y on 3f  
     
  5Y on 12f   5Y on 30f  
  Full set of 4 Victory Commemoratives "Remember 18th September Incident" plus surcharge in black.  
         
         
     
  1Y on 2f   1Y on 3f  
     
  5Y on 12f   5Y on 30f  
  Full set of 4 Victory Commemoratives "Remember 18th September Incident" plus surcharge in red.

All of the different overprints known 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.
      D107, D142, D166, D175, D178, D253,