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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

Japanese Kerr 127.


Other Names
Rinkō Lin Kow Linkou Línkǒu  

There are two other towns with this Japanese name.




  Linkow (Map)  
  Map of 1945   Ling Kow  
  A single stamp set with a purple chop, although described in Kerr as a hard overprint all examples seen so far are soft and difficult to read. The translation is Limited for Use in Jilin-Liaoning.  
  5Y on 2f   5Y on 10f  
  Set of three stamps with a red surcharge added in red to the centre of the overprint shown above. All these surcharges seem to be for 5Y and not 1Y as shown in Kerr.  
  This is a set of three stamps with a soft purple four character hand-stamp reading 中華民國 Chinese Republic.  
    1Y on 12f  
  1Y on 10f   1Y on 20f  
  This is a set of three stamps with a hard black 10 character surcharge reading top 中華民國 Chinese Republic, Middle 郵政 Post, bottom the  Temporarily for followed by the surcharge.

Fakes exist for this set based upon Kerr's sketches if you compare the "民" you will see a big difference.

  50f on 2f   50f on 3f  
  50f on 3f   50f on 4f  
  This is a set of four distinctive red surcharges. The Surcharge of 50fen (5 chiao) is on the left, with China on the right.  
  1Y on 6f   1Y on 13f  
  This is a clear purple surcharge reading  中華民國 Chinese Republic,Temporarily for followed by the surcharge.  
    1Y on 10f    
  This is the bottom part of the above surcharge used on a standard Chan Chun overprint.  



    5Y on 10f    
  This is a feint grey/black surcharge similar the that on the stamps shown above reading 5Y 暫 Temporary Use. It is unlisted by Kerr or Chan.

Kerr reported that another set had been seen for this town, a 1Y surcharge in purple. He had no details.

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.
        D46, D268, DC