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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : German postal card with (1905?) CHINA overprint from Tsingtau, Kiautschou

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keesindy
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09 Feb 2019
12:37:40pm
(If admin thinks this post would be better in either the Germany or China topics, please feel free to relocate it.)

This postal card was in my possession briefly back in 2002. I have never tried to decipher the information on the card or research the history of the German concession at Kiautschou.

The cancel over the indicium includes TSINGTAU TSINANFU. The other cancel is TSINGTAU, KIAUTSCHOU.

I am sure others can add considerably more to the story behind this card.

Tom

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PhilaStore
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09 Feb 2019
01:29:09pm
re: German postal card with (1905?) CHINA overprint from Tsingtau, Kiautschou

the oval cancellation is a railroad cancel the other one a regular post office cancel you need to check the date on the 2 cancels the round one probably a receiving cancellation. Card was mailed from TSINANFU to TSINGTAU both towns are on the island Kiautschou

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dollhaus
09 Feb 2019
03:44:20pm
re: German postal card with (1905?) CHINA overprint from Tsingtau, Kiautschou

The German leased territory of Kiautschau around a bay in China included the city Tsingtao (now Qingdao). The Germans built a railroad to Tsinanfu (now Jinan) and opened concessions in Tsinanfu, which was still Chinese territory. The RR was finished in 1904.

Could the cancel with both names be railway related? Kiautschau had its own stamps, but maybe not postal stationery since the generic Offices in China type was used.

Spent a day in Qingdao several years ago. Fascinating city - it's Chinese of course, but there are many German-built buildins still there. On a couple of steets, you think you're in Bavaria, not China. One of the largest of the German buildings is the original Tsingtao Brewery - trust the Germans to get the important buildings done first. Don't know if any active brewing still goes on there. Tsingtao Beer is exported to the US, and you can probably find it in a well-stocked beer section. It's reall pretty good.

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