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Straits Settlements : King George V - World War I, Overprinted for Red Cross Issue (1917)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Straits Settlements
Type
Stamp (Complete Set)
Class
Semi-Postal
Front Inscription
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS
Overprint
RED CROSS 2c.
Issued Date
01/05/1917
Printer
De La Rue & Co, Limited
Printing Method
Typography
Gum
Gum
Watermark
Multiple Crown CA
Perforation Gauge
14
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Hinged - Extra Fine
Straits Settlements : King George V - World War I, Overprinted for Red Cross Issue (1917)
Immediately after the First World War end, as part of the Red Cross effort to secure funds for war victims, stocks of the existing 3- and 4-cent values received an additional "RED CROSS-2c" overprint. This issue was sold and used only for over a brief period.

Newspaper excerpt,
 
Red Cross Stamps

On and after May 1, 1917, Straits Settlements stamps of the values of 3 cents and 4 cents surcharged "Red Cross 2 cents." costing 5 cents and 6 cents respectively, will be on sale at all Post Offices in Singapore. They will be valid for the prepayment of postage for an amount not including the surcharge of 2 cents, on correspondence addressed to any place within the Colony, the F.M.S., Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Trengganu, British North Borneo, Sarawak, Ceylon or the United Kingdom. The purchase of these stamps is optional, but the surcharge of 2 cents will be devoted to the Red Cross Fund.

The Straits Times
28 April 1917
Page 8
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