Japan



Catalog:

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Orange brown on white paper

Perforation: 12

Inscription: Bilingual Japanese/English "OFFICIALLY SEALED. / DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS OF JAPAN"

Control Number: None

Description: Long 1933 registered bank cover from London, England to Osaka, Japan repaired along both ends with ten Japanese seals, all tied by violet Osaka datestamps. Uncommon to see so many official seals applied, especially with all of them tied.





Catalog: Shimomura PM6

Date issued: Unknown, EKU May 2, 1949

Printing: Green

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: Need translation

Control Number: None

Description: 1949 cover from Brescia, Italy to Kanagawaken, Japan, repaired using Japanese "yubinbukurofuinshi" ("postal bag sealing papers") strips, normally used to seal the strings which closed a postal bag. In this case, they were provisionally used as repair seals, either due to a shortage of normal official seals in the Kawasaki Post Office, or simply because they were more suitable for a large envelope. Addressee not found and the letter was returned to sender. Highly unusual usage.



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