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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

Japanese Kerr 188.


Other Names
Seian Si An Xi an Xi’an  


Note - During the war important prisoners including U.S. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright were held here. Tsian (Map)  


  Map of 1945 Hsian  



This is a set of 5 stamps and very scarce, they are only stamps known for this village and Kerr had not found any unused examples.

Interestingly, Chan's measurements for this chop are quite different to the image shown in Kerr. The above exactly matches Kerr's description.

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.