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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947

Japanese Kerr 240.


Other Names
Tomon Tu Men Tu men T men


    Tu men tze




  Tumentze (Map)  
  Map of 1945   Tu mun  
50f on 2f 1Y on 1f 1Y on 2f 1Y on 3f 1Y on 4f (Yang only)

2Y on 2f

3Y on 2f

5Y on 1Y

  These are communist issues in a set of 7. This hard to find set consists of soft red, cross shaped, 12 character surcharges. Kerr states that other values may exist.

Chan recognises this set as belonging to Yenki and lists it under that town. Tu men is about 50 miles from Yenki. It is possible that this was a regional issue used in more than one town.

See also Yang's Postage Stamp Catalogue of The Peoples republic of China (Liberated Areas), he lists a somewhat larger set entitled the "Yanbian Posts"

(My thanks to Roman Scheibert for providing some of the above images)

    Unlisted by Kerr  
  Kerr describes this as a soft purple overprint. The 2f shown above is unlisted by Kerr or Chan and so it is either an undiscovered value or a fake. The overprint reads; left 北東 North East, right China.

Examples of both overprints known for this town 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.