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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

         
Japanese Kerr 184.

Modern

Other Names
Sōjō Shwang Cheng Shuangcheng Shuāng chéng  
 

  雙城

Literal meaning "twins". Shwangcheng (Map)  
 

(Pinkiang)

  Shwang Chen  
  Map of 1945      
         
         
     
         
         
  Set of 21 stamps with a 4 character black overprint, these also occur on the 2f and 4f 1936 booklet panes. The 4f only occurs on booklet stamps and so is a rarity. The four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic.  
         
   
         
  Cover dated 27th January 1946, from Shwang Cheng to Harbin. A cover that matches this date and destination appears in Kerr.  
         
         
30f
         
       
         
  Set of 6 stamps with a 4 character purple overprint similar to the above. The four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic. Kerr was only aware of the first five stamps in this set, the 1Y is listed by Chan but not Kerr. The 30f is missing from all sets I have seen so far.  
         
         
         
              
         
  Set of 7 stamps with a 4 character red overprint, these also occur on the 2f and 4f 1936 booklet panes. Like the above set, the 4f only occurs on booklet stamps and so is a rarity. The four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic.  
         
         
     
         
     
         
  10-10 Commemorative overprint in red applied over the above 4 character overprint. Part of a set of 4 values.

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.

 
         
         
         
     
         
     
         
 

A Black Victory Commemorative chop. The set consists of seventeen values. The top four characters read 中華民國 Chinese Republic, left Temporary Use, right 北東 North East.

Fakes of this set have been seen with a red overprint.

 
         

         
     
  50f on 5Y   1Y on 10Y  
     
  2Y on 20Y   4Y on 50Y  
  Victory Commemorative Surcharges in Red and Green. This is the full set.  
         
         
           
         
  Victory Commemorative overprint, set of 5  
         
Examples of all known overprints for Shwang Cheng 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.

      D41, D102, D126, D145, D253