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Mystery stamp from Minxy Carmen :-)

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Carmen10/07/2017 13:11:07
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Was given this stamp yesterday... I assume it's from around WWII in the far East somewhere because of the Corregidor/Bataan/Manila references but no joy aside from that.

Anyone? Japan maybe (not that my database had any info).


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Alex10/07/2017 15:36:42
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It is a Japanese stamp from their occupation of the Philippines and it was issued on the first anniversary of the occupation (issued 7th May, Showa 18 (1943) as shown on the stamp).


Edited By Alex on 10/07/2017 15:42:53

Carmen10/07/2017 16:05:16
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Thanks Alex, but the mystery continues, since my Scott catalog shows no stamps being issued in 1943. I also looked in the military stamp section for Japan but nothing there either, nor does the stamp have the usual Chrysanthemum motif... should I be looking around the Philippines?

Alex10/07/2017 16:44:26
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No mystery.

This is a Japanese Government of the Philippines stamps, one of a pair issued in 1943

Check Philippines catalog.

Note the Japanese national flag (under the cancel).

Scott numbers N26 & N27 / SG J29 & J30.



Edited By Alex on 10/07/2017 16:50:02

Julian11/07/2017 09:45:39
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And the good old red colour to match the rising Sun, took me ages to spot the flag its blended in so well.

Well done Alex

Carmen11/07/2017 12:41:35
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Yes, thanks Alex! Sure enough, I hadn't searched far enough into the Philippines database.

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