this page
it's private
powered by

Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

Japanese Kerr 197


Other Names
Sokaton Su Kia Tun Sujiatun Sū jiā tún  


Hsu Kia Tun  


  Map of 1945 Shu jia tun  
  Set of 4 Mukden Type overprints FT48 see Mukden Types. Kerr Lists two variations of the Mukden Type overprint, this is the second example he illustrates, he was unaware that there were three versions used (the third is very distinctive and could not be confused with anything else).

According to "The Post-war Provisional Issues of North East China, MLO Volume 1". written by Dr George T. Luzitano, there are three Mukden type sets associated with this own. FT48, FT49 and FT50 each set contains four stamps of the same values as those shown.

  Set of 4 Mukden Type overprints FT48 see Mukden Types. Dr George  Luzitano 's earliest example dates to 3rd September 1945 but as you can see this dealer cover did not appear until 28th April 1947.

Whoever this dealer was he produced a number of similar examples for sale to collectors. I have no doubt the addressees are fictitious, they were simply produced for Western collectors but they are helpful in showing full sets in context.

  Set of 4 Mukden Type overprints FT49 see Mukden Types. Kerr also refers to this town as Hsu Kia Tun the correct postmark characters are  屯.

Above is a complete set of four Mukden Type overprints on a cover dated 10th January 1947, sent from Su Kia Tun to Harbin. A cover of this date is listed in Kerr.

Close examination will show that the first (last) character used in the overprint is a different form to that recorded by Kerr.


  1Y on ˝f 1Y on 2f  
  1Y on 3f 1Y on 10f 1Y on 12f  
  Kerr lists this set as shown with six stamps surcharged in soft black. The overprint reads China, Temporary Use and a 1 Yuan surcharge.

Chan lists a set of nine stamps including a 1Y on 6f,1Y on 8f and 1Y on 9f. These values seem to have taken a long time to appear so they may or may not be genuine.

  1Y on 2f 1Y on 5f 1Y on 20f  
  Kerr lists all three of these values as Vermillion but as you can see the central stamp is red. The question is, is this normal or is the 5f stamp shown part of a completely new set? Please let me know.  
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.
        D214, D225