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1932 First Presentation Booklet

This is the first in a series of small high quality albums of stamps distributed to foreign postmasters, diplomats and other dignitaries. The covers are bound in grey silk and the stamps inside are glued onto thick cream covered card. The booklets are tied with white ribbon and the all round presentation is excellent. It is possible that these albums were created in Japan.

This booklet includes all stamps and imprinted postcards available and in use at the time of issue on 26th July 1932, (the first day these stamps became generally available through the hastily established Japanese controlled post offices in Manchukuo). If the booklet is complete it will include a small piece of tissue which sits between the 1f and 2f postcards which are presented on consecutive pages, face to face.

 

         
         
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The large seal script characters are repeated from the label on the cover and read 滿洲國郵票  Manchukuo Postage Stamps.

The date shown is August, the arranged handover date for Chinese Post Offices. The Chinese withdrew their postal workers on 24th July forcing the Japanese to bring forward their plans. The producers of the booklet had clearly not anticipated this problem.

  This page contains one each of the following - 1932 First Regular Issue stamps  f, 1f, f, 2f and 3f.

The bi-lingual Shenyang 26th July 1932 cancel at the bottom of the page has the low "一" typical of a hastily altered year date, (the Mingou 廿 above having been removed).

  This page contains one each of the following - 1932 First Regular Issue stamps  4f, 5f, 6f, 7f, 8f and 10f.

All of the above stamps, and those on the previous page feature the White Pagoda at Liao Yang.

         
   
         
This page contains one each of the following - 1932 First Regular Issue stamps  13f, 15f, 16f, 20f, 30f, 50f and 1y.

These stamps complete the set of 18 values and feature the chief executive of Manchukuo Puyi, later to become Emperor Kang-teh.

  This page contains a 1f postcard on cream stock. The card shows the original 1f Local Rate Postcard (Printed in Tokyo). These cards were also printed in Mukden (Shenyang), so the fact that the Tokyo print was used adds weight to the belief that these folders were created in Japan.   This page contains a 2f Postcard (Printed in Tokyo) for domestic use and for mail to Japan and China.

Reply paid versions of all three cards were produced but are not included in this album. They may not have been ready in time.

         
       
         
    15f Postcard (Printed in Tokyo) for foreign destinations hence the "Carte Postale". The characters read (from right to left) Manchukuo Post Office Postal Card. It is interesting to note that the imprinted stamp on this card shows the White Pagoda and not Puyi, as appears the postage stamp of the same value.    
         
         
The letter in Japanese was sent to a Mr. Penrinton (or perhaps Penhrynton) from the Manchoukuo Department of Communications (Manchoukuo Chiaotungbu) - dated 1st August 1932
 
The sender, Mr. Fujiwara, Head Postmaster (Yumusi Chang)  (Note: no surname given for Fujiwara/different title from Postmaster General)
 
The letter reads...

 

Dear Mr. Penrinton,

 

I am happy that you are doing well. 

 

Recently your request was received.  I respect your deep passion for your hobby.

 

Please accept this present of an album of one part of the new stamps cancelled on the release date, the day they were put on sale

 

It is the beginning of the business and we are very busy so there may be a delay.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 
         
The identification of the postcards is based upon "The Catalogue of Postal Stationary of the Japanese Occupation of China, Part One, Manchuria" by Dr. Robert M. Spaulding Jr., with additional information from a number of other sources.