(French Post Offices) 1880 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain”, “Division navale des mers de Chine et du Japon”, endorsed “Voie Anglaise par Brindisi”, franked at 35c. rate, reverse with Paris A Modane transit; fine condition with thick letter contents.
(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) 1878 (Sep 11) cover to Conn., USA franked 1876-86 Koban 5 sen brown top marginal cancelled by crossroads cork, I.J. Postal Agency Shanghai cds alongside, good strike of rare double-ring violet Yokohama Japan of Sep 21, redirected upon arrival with Greenwich cds top left, reverse with San Francisco transit (Oct 11). A fine cover.
(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.
(Japanese Post Offices) Late 1930s printed matter rate cover to Denmark, endorsed ‘Via Siberia’ franked 1926-31 Small Die 1s. and 1937-40 ½s Ship pair and 2s. Gen. Nogi cancelled with violet Dairen I.N.P.O.; some slight faults at top of envelope.
(Maritime Mail) 1899 cover to Kurau, Germany franked strip of three 10k. tied two Japanese Nagasaki cds, framed PAQUEBOT handstamp in association, reverse with octagonal French maritime Ligne N Paq. Fr, No.4 date stamp; some slight ageing, scarce cover
(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.
(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.
(Sino – Japanese War) 1897 (7th April) cover franked with eight 2s. cancelled by Wei-Hai-Wei No. 1 P.O. from 2nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Batalion, 7th Company, to Japan. The cover is likely to be a heavy printed matter rate, only a few items are recorded at this rate.
(Sino – Japanese War) 1897 entire from Shosaku Yoshiggoe, Field Artillery Unit, Wei-Hai-Wei to Banemon Yoshigoe, Toyogo-Mura, Shimo-Takai Gun, Nagano-Ken, Japan, bearing postmark of Ikaiei field post office No.1 30-2-25 cds (Wei Hai Wei 25 February 1897). The first organised overseas mail service from Wei-Hai-Wei was the field post office.
(Spanish Civil War) 1937 (14.1.) ‘Legacion Del Japon/ Madrid’ envelope to Consulate of Japan, Cape Town, carried outside of the mails to St Jean de Luz because of disruptions caused by the War, there franked with French adhesives tied St Jean de Lux Basses Pyrennie. Reverse with fine wax seal Legation Du Japon Madrid. Without arrival, some toning.