Manchuria/Manchukuo Local Overprints References and Album

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Manchuria/Manchukuo Local Overprints References and Album

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The Soviet Union invaded the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo in 1945. Soon afterwards, both the Chinese Nationalist and the Chinese Communist troops were fighting for the control of the region. Until the Communists gained full control in 1947, the local postmasters made chops out of various materials and overprinted Manchukuo stamps to provide postal services. These are also known as "MLOs".

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Online Reference
The most cited online reference for MLOs is the excellent website:
http://www.manchukuostamps.com/ManchurianLocalOverprints.htm

This author of this website is Simon Watt, a member of the China Stamp Society (CSS) and a frequent contributor to The China Clipper, CSS's official publication. On his website, Simon referenced the bible for Manchurian Local Overprints, a four volume booklet The Local Overprinted Stamps of Manchuria 1945-7 by Allen D Kerr.

Catalogues
Allen D Kerr's definitive work on MLOs is available from China Stamp Society.
https://www.chinastampsociety.org/books-on-chinese-stamps/lo ... item-27688

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Volume I is the Third Printing of 2000 with corrections to prior printings
Volume II is the Third Printing of 1981 with a corrections sheet.
Volume III is the Third Printing of 2000 with a correction sheet
Volume IV is Third Printing of 2000 with a correction sheet.

The other frequently referenced catalogue is Stamp Catalogue of China by Shui-Hon Chan
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Commonly referred to as Chan's catalogue, the 2 volume set is an indispensable tool for Chinese collectors. The listings include imperial Chinese issues, provincial issues, Japanese occupation issues, Shanghai and Treaty Ports, foreign post offices in China, Manchukuo, and Manchurian local overprints.

Specialized Album
The China Stamp Society offers a 349-page album of Manchurian Local Overprints in PDF format on a DVD. Also included are two pages in Microsoft Publisher that can be used to create additional matching album pages and an annotated correlation between the Chan and Kerr numbering systems with much explanatory text.
https://www.chinastampsociety.org/dvds-on-chinese-stamps/a-n ... -/item-11

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I cant find these overprints in Scott or Stanley Gibbons specialized catalogs,Please help with ID and prices please.
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rebel58 wrote: 01 Jul 2023 19:04 I cant find these overprints in Scott or Stanley Gibbons specialized catalogs,Please help with ID and prices please.
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Dont have my catalogs here.
But Stamps pos. #1-6 and similiar below are 1949 silver dollar issues for Singkiang province.
If surcharges are genuine, cat value for the set around USD-330.

The other ones (top right ... district ovpt.) look like other 1949 silver dollar surcharges for different provinces, similiar to those of Kwangsi.

It is suggested You get the catalogs of Chan or the CSS for establishing exact sgamp# and cat value

The 1/2s junk is probably a phantasy creation.
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Thank you for your help with the MLO information.

Now for some more assistance! Please advise, what does the overprint mean? Is this a fictional creation, as I was unable to see such in the online listing of MLOs?
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Again, assistance required to identify the handstamps on this pair of Japanese Friendship stamps issued in 1944.

Thank you.

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David Smitham wrote: 05 Jul 2023 12:40
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Thank you for your help with the MLO information.

Now for some more assistance! Please advise, what does the overprint mean? Is this a fictional creation, as I was unable to see such in the online listing of MLOs?
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Again, assistance required to identify the handstamps on this pair of Japanese Friendship stamps issued in 1944.

Thank you.

David.
Never seen the ovpt. on the 1 Ch. 漢語軍事, literal meaning "Chinese military". The writing style left-to-right is very unusual for 1945/47.
Perhaps somebody tried to create a military mail ovpt. But this is not the wording known from officially issued military mail stamps of China. Yes, this is probably a fabrication.

The pair shows a quite plentyfull MLO ovpt., top "Republic of China", bottom "North East / temporary usage".
Should be from one of the larger places p.o. and AFAIK is shown in the Chan catalog (dont have it here).
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