(Japanese Post Offices) 1896 (25 Dec) 4k Russian postal stationery card bearing good strike of the rare framed PAQUEBOT handstamp (Hosking type 3089), cancelled Gensan I.J.P.O.; some overall ageing to card, rare, especially with such clear cancels.
(Maritime) 1900 (4 July) printed envelope to Seattle, USA franked vertical laid paper 10k. pair tied Nagasaki Japan cds with further strike below, framed PAQUEBOT (31 x 9.5mm, Hosking 3243). A postage due charge handstamp has been applied and deleted with blue crayon. The sending company address amended from Shanghai to Vladivostok with handstamp, arrival backstamp, reduced at sides.
(Postage Due) 1934 stampless cover bearing fine Paquebot Zanzibar backstamp, ‘T’ in circle handstamp at top right, postage dues applied on front, 1926-30 18c. black/orange and 1930-33 2c. black/salmon x 2 and 3c. black/rose (small fault bottom left) tied by fine cds.
(Ship Mail to Korea) 1895 (1 MAY) cover to Berwick, Maine, USA endorsed “Via Nagasaki & Vancouver” franked pairs of 3k. and 7k.., posted on board ship and landed at Korean port of Gensan, cancelled with two red Gensan I.J.P.O. cds with framed PAQUEBOT in same ink. On reverse transits of Nagasaki (8 May), Yokohama (17 May) and San Francisco (Jun 1) plus arrival cds. The earliest usage at Gensan of Paquebot covers with Russian stamps; Ex Dr. Casey.
(Ship Mail to Korea) 1895 (28 Jul) cover to Berwick, Maine, USA endorsed “Via Nagasaki” franked by pair and single 20k., posted on board ship and landed at Korean port of Gensan, cancelled with two red Gensan I.J.P.O. cds with framed PAQUEBOT in same ink. On reverse transits of Nagasaki (1 Aug), Yokohama (7 Aug) and San Francisco (24 Aug) plus arrival cds. Ex Dr. Casey, on his album page where he notes “Two months earlier than earliest date recorded for Gensan/IJPO cancellation by J. Hyun (Japanese Philately vol. 30, no.2, 1975), who does not report it in red. Some slight faults to envelope.
1897 cover to St Petersburg, posted on ship, 2k. and pair 4k. cancelled at Korean port Gensan I.J.P.O. (3 Dec) and framed PAQUEBOT handstamp on reverse. The envelope is endorsed “Via San Francisco” and shows transit of Yokohama (6 Dec) and arrival cds of 27 XII (8.1.98 New Style) indicating a journey of 36 days. Before the construction of Trans-Siberian Railway it was quicker to send mail via Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, especially during winter.
1898 cover from Vladivostok addressed in English to Copenhagen, Denmark, placed in ship’s letter-box and the 10k. Russian stamp cancelled on landing at Niigata Japan, framed PAQUEBOT (Hosking type 3268) alongside, Tokio transit, reverse with San Francisco transit and arrival cds. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE NIIGATA PAQUEBOT MARK. Ex Hosking and Dr. Casey.
1924 folded bilingually printed bankruptcy notice from Alexandria to Constantinople franked 1922 ‘crown’ overprint 2m. vertical pair tied by framed bilingual PAQUEBOT handstamp, reverse with arrival cancels; a stain inside entire and some worm holes, unusual.