STAMP PHILATELY
Malaya Singapore - Japanese Postal Cover 8¢ (1943)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
State
Japanese Occupation
Country
Malaya
Type
Postal Cover
Class
Definitive / Regular Issues
Front Inscription
大日本帝国郵便 8 セント 8 CENT
Face Value
8 cent
Issued Date
29/04/1943
Postmark Town
Syonan
Printer
Kolff & Co (Batavia, Dutch East Indies)
Printing Method
Lithography
Gum
Gum
Perforation Gauge
12½
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Average
CATALOG INFORMATION
J301
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
N32
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
J17
Standard Stamp Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Malaya Singapore - Japanese Postal Cover 8¢ (1943)
8 cents - Dull Blue. Depicting the Japanese war memorial at Bukit Batok.

The 8¢ letter rate were issued on 29 April 1943. This was coincided with Emperor Hirohito’s birthday.

STAMP

At top
大日本帝国郵便 
Imperial Japanese Posts

At bottom left
8 セント 

At bottom right
8 CENT

Dimension: 21 x 26 mm.

COVER

Brown cover.

Opened from top and big tear on top-left.

On the reserse, a circle and a ship - resembling a modern day logo of OCBC Bank.

Dimension: 151 x 89 mm.

POSTMARK

Circle Date Stamp (CDS),
 
  昭南岛
  大日本
   8  13
   2603
SYONAN

CENSOR
 
28
検閲済

昭南岛

The censor (検閲済) location is not readable, therefore only assumed as Syonan-to (昭南岛, Zhaonan Dao; Shōnantō) as the letter was posted from Syonan.

Dimension: 28 x 38 mm.

RECIPIENT
 
Messrs Tan Hak Heng,
22 Jalan Segget,
JOHORE BAHRU.
------------------------

The address is still exist today as:



22 Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

SENDER

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
华侨银行有限
公司

司​公 - partly visible.
 
NKING CORPORATION, LTD.
SINGAPORE.
SYONAN.

 
The address SINGAPORE was cancelled using typewriter by having red character X all over it.

Printers

When the Netherlands fell to German occupation in May 1940 the many services which the country had supplied to its colonies stopped. One of the consequences was that Dutch East Indies stamps could no long be printed in the Netherlands. Kolff & Co in Batavia, DEI, had been quality printers for a long time, and were commissioned to print stamps for the Dutch East Indies. They showed that they could produce stamps of an adequate quality, despite not having been specialist stamp printers. So, in 1943, with the Japanese occupying the Dutch East Indies as well as Malaya, Kolff & Co were a logical choice to print the Japanese Malayan issues. They might even have been the only practical option.

All the stamps are printed by lithography, on unwatermarked paper of a poorer quality than pre-war stamp printings. All are singlecolour printings, perforated 12½, so they would have been quick and simple to print.


NOTE

Susan McEwen, Japanese Occupation of Malaya, the Pictorial Issues, G.S.M. April 2009
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