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Manchurian Local Overprints 1945 - 1947


Unidentified Overprints and Surcharges






Listed as unidentified by Kerr. This only occurs on the 4f stamp shown above. This is a four character overprint reading 中華民國 Chinese Republic.


  This is listed in Kerr as T487 an unidentified overprint.  



This is listed in Kerr as T489 an unidentified overprint. In this case the block of 4 are fakes as seen on an online auction site. Probably a fake of a fake. Kerr only lists a 1Y surcharge on the 6f crimson and describes it as extremely doubtful.




The above are part of a set of 12 stamps with unidentified chops listed in Kerr (but not mentioned in Chan). Kerr does not list the 4f so this would make the set 13 values in all. The overprint appears to have been made with a rubber chop using a very oily ink which has been absorbed into the paper of the stamp. This is a four character overprint reading 中華民國 Chinese Republic.

Kerr warns that these unidentified stamps might have been manufactured by stamp dealers but if so, they were probably produced between 1945-1947 and are unlikely to be modern fakes.




  This is a curved four character soft black chop, slightly similar to Chang Wu but there are clearly some differences. Not listed by Kerr or Chan.  
  This is listed in Kerr as T493 an unidentified overprint. Set 291 contained this value only.  
  This is listed in Kerr as T494 an unidentified overprint. Set 292 contained two values both of the 10f rose.  
  This is the only value known with this overprint. It is recorded by Kerr as unidentified.  
    Assumed to exist    
      Assumed to exist  
  The 10f rose stamp with this four character overprint is shown in Kerr as T492 listed as unidentified. All of the other stamp shown are unlisted.  
  Double Ovpt.      
  Harbin Type overprints in red and black with a slightly different typeface to the Kerr and Chan listed stamps. Probably bogus but it is interesting that one might have been used. These stamps have been around since at least 2000.  
  This overprint has been identified in one collection as belonging the Tsing Kang. Not shown by Kerr or Chan. Other values may exist.  
  This inverted overprint is similar to those found in a set from Sui Hwa but this contains no 10f blue and there are other small differences so this remains a mystery and is possibly not genuine.  
  This is a strange surcharge. It is not listed by Kerr and from the "通化" Tonghua postmark it also appears not to be an MLO as the date reads 6.11.7 (6 Nov 1940). It is possible that it dates from 1947 and is missing the "3" on the datestamp.

The overprint read 3f Temporary Use in blue/violet.

  These stamps with and without holes are bogus "Specimen" stamps not MLO's but I include them here as many people will not know the difference.  
  5Y on 10f


  This stamp is unlisted by Kerr or Chan and may be a modern fake.  
  This is a fake inverted MLO from an online auction site.  
  Here are a selection of fake MLO's that appeared in around 2007. The format of the top example is slightly different from those below but all have enough similarities to convince me they were made by the same person.

All feature the 4f First China Mail stamp which is one of the stamps that is not known to have been overprinted after the war. The cancel in all cases is 蓋平 Kai-p’ing (Gaiping) dated 1936 with the year number defaced. A poor choice for a faker to use.

(My thanks to Milan for allowing me to use the top image).


These stamps have been identified by using Volume II of the Stamp Catalogue of China by Shui-Hon Chan and the four booklet guide The Local Overprinted Stamps of Manchuria 1945-7 by Allen D Kerr (published 1978 and now out of print). Both works are essential for anyone delving seriously into this subject.