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United States/Covers & Postmarks : USA Stamp Cancelled in Shanghai, China

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Linus
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22 Sep 2019
12:26:40pm
Scanned below is an item I found in the five-cent box at my local stamp shop. I obviously bought it for the postmark, not the stamp, as it is badly off-center. The cancellation was applied at the United States Postal Station in Shanghai, China on January 10th. At first I was unsure of the year, as there was only a "7" where the year date would normally be. Was this cancelled in 1907, or 1917, or 1927?

I did some research later at home. I discovered that there could be a 7, 8, or 9 in that spot of the cancel and my 7 was 1907. (8 was 1908 and 9 was 1909) I guess they just abbreviated the year-date for a few years there. My second scan, snipped from eBay, shows the same cancel with a 1907 machine cancel applied as proof it was 1907.

I will add this to my China collection, as a back-of-the-book item. I wish I had the entire cover, known a "red-band" cover for the red stripe down the middle. The whole cover would be priced at maybe the $40-$60 range, instead of 5 cents for the clipping. There is a lesson to be learned here, for all of you new to the hobby.

Linus

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Tom in Exton, PA
22 Sep 2019
07:34:26pm

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re: USA Stamp Cancelled in Shanghai, China

The US Post Office Department opened the office in Shanghai to promote trade between the USA and China. They charged domestic US rates, as you can see from the examples you posted.

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ikeyPikey
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24 Sep 2019
05:23:10pm
re: USA Stamp Cancelled in Shanghai, China

Many countries had "Offices in China".

It is a collecting area all unto itself.

https://www.chinastampsociety.org/what-is-the-china-stamp-society

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"There are many areas of collecting interest among members, including:

STAMPS, COVERS, POSTAL STATIONERY AND REVENUES

CHINA - Imperial Period (1878 - 1911)
CHINA - Republic Period (1912 - 1949)
CHINA - Republic of China, Taiwan (1949 to date)
CHINA - People's Republic - Forerunners, Liberated Areas (1923 -1949)
CHINA - People's Republic - General Issues (1949 to date)
CHINA - Japanese Occupation Issues (1941- 1945)
FOREIGN OFFICES in China
SHANGHAI and other TREATY PORTS (1865 - 1898)
FORMOSA (1886 - 1895)
TIBET
MANCHOUKUO (1932 - 1945)
MANCHURIAN LOCAL OVERPRINTS (1945 - 1947)
HONG KONG
MACAO"



Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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