Manchukuo Stamps 1932 to 1947
Welcome to my Manchukuo Stamp Collection
This website is being built and operated as a hobby, instead of mounting the stamps in an album and then writing them up, I thought that I would scan them and do the write-up online. This means I can leave the stamps in the bank but still see my collection whenever I want. It is not yet finished and I doubt that it ever will be....you know what it's like when you collect things!
I welcome any comments and corrections offered by anyone who wishes to contribute. This is in fact, one of the reasons for building the site - there must be a great amount of information out there that I have yet to stumble upon. I have to thank all those who have contacted me and offered help with Chinese and Japanese translation, and also those who have pointed out some of my errors.
My particular thanks goes to Travis Searls of the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library, his help and encouragement has been invaluable in many ways, and to Professor William Chen for kindly providing information about some of the more obscure revenue stamps and labels. I would also like to thank Neil Kaplan for his advice in areas such as bonds and currency and Richard Arent for his Japanese translation and general expertise.
This card was issued by the South Manchuria Railway Company and shows the Emperor Kāngdé, formerly Puyi and his Empress Wanrong. The card celebrates the Enthronement which took place on 1st March 1934. When the printers produced the card they printed 1933 by mistake. This meant that all the cards had to have a sticker with the correct date added before sale, you can see a slight change of colour in the above image. To see more cards in this set click here.
I have added some items of postal history that I think are interesting and which help to illustrate some of the history of Manchukuo that fails to get a mention in the stamps, also some ephemera for a similar reason.
ALL of the stamps photographed or scanned for use on this website are part of the same collection and come from no other source unless stated, not all are perfect and on some occasions used stamps appear where mint stamps are missing. Most pictures used have been "sharpened" and the contrast has been slightly increased to improve appearance on your screen. You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them, and to get the best resolution try clicking twice.
With regards to varieties, some are shown but many are not. I will be adding these as I find them (or, and let me be honest, when I can afford them).
This is not a commercial website although I hope eventually to set up a simple shopping cart to offer collectors the chance to acquire any unwanted duplicates, the proceeds from these sales will be used to enhance the collection.
Please let me know if you have something to sell, especially if it is something that I am missing.
Enjoy - Simon