(Japanese Occupation) 1928 (30.10.) part thick parcel front to England franked 1914-25 3s., 5s. and two 30s tied by fine Keijo Chosen cds, handstamped registration label top left, Changchun I.J.P.O. cds of following day; vertical crease clear of stamps, scarce usage of higher values.
(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.
(Japanese Post Offices) 1904 U.P.U. Jubilee illustrated card used to Copenhagen, Denmark, franked 1900 overprinted 1½s. (2) and 2s. tied violet Chemulpo cds of 25 Jan that shows ‘25’ inverted and the whole slug on its side, endorsed “Via Siberia”, Russian transits including Chinese Eastern Railway Line 262, serial umber 8 cds. Fine and rare.
(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.
1901 (17 Aout) Imperial Korean Post U.P.U. 4c. stationery card uprated 10c. and registered to Paris, tied Seoul Coree cds and with framed red registration handstamp tp left, Shanghai Chine transit cds of French Post Offices, reverse with arrival cancels. Only two registered used examples are recorded, stained bottom right corner, a rarity.
1904 (2 Oct) registered picture postcard of Russo-Japanese War to Boston, USA, franked 1900-03 4c. carmine and 1903 Falcon 5c. vertical pair tied Chemulpo Coree cds, registration handstamp at top with manuscript number, violet San Francisco transit (Oct 26) and arrival date stamp (Oct 31); good condition.
1904 unclearly dated registered cover to Boston, USA, franked 1896-98 Later Printing 10p. blue in horizontal strip of five plus 10ch. Falcon tied Chemulpo cds, registration handstamp at base, reverse with 2rin Falcon used as seal and cancelled, three-line Registered Seattle transit cancel of Jan 17 1904. Fine and rare.