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Malaya Penang - Japanese Postal Cover 2¢ (1945)
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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 2 セント 2 CENT
Face Value
2 cent
Issued Date
01/06/1943
Postmark
04/1945
Postmark Town
Penang
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
J298
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
N30
Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
J314
Standard Stamp Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Malaya Penang - Japanese Postal Cover 2¢ (1945)
2 cents - Pale Emerald. Depicting the Malayan Fruits & Fronds.

The 2¢ were issued on 1 June 1943. It is used for value complement and it was extra-ordinary that the mail was delivered. This is because the letter rate during this time was 8 cents. There was no sign of postage due applied either.

Could it be because the distance between the two is not far.

In the modern day, driving from 'sender's' location to 'recipient' is only 850 meters whilst walking is only 350 meters away.



Walking direction shown on Google Maps Direction

STAMP

At top
大 日 本 帝 国 郵 便 
Imperial Japanese Posts

At bottom left
2 セ ン ト 

At bottom right
2 CENT

Dimension: 21 x 26 mm.

COVER

Brown cover. The obverse shows thinning sign as if it has been re-used. Also sign of a very faint censor.

Opened from left.

Blank reverse. X marked in red.

Sellotape, length 23mm, on bottom-right. It was removed and leaving black residue.

Dimension: 174 x 96 mm.

POSTMARK

Circle Date Stamp (CDS),
 
ペ ナ ン
大 日 本
-2605
4
★ マ ラ イ 

マライ (Ma-rai), is Japanese name for Malaya.

'Date' cannot be seen. From the information, it is clear it was postmarked in April 1945.

Kanji for Penang, ペナン, was determined using known example of postmark from Penang.

CENSOR
 
2
検 閲 済

ペ ナ ン 局

The censor (検閲済) location is not readable. It is was determined from other good sample from Penang.

ペ ナ ン 局 : Penang Bureau.

Dimension: 27 x 37 mm.

RECIPIENT
 
?ersi Raghavan
27 Union Street
Penang.

The address is still exist today as:


27 Lebuh Union, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

SENDER

Oval rubber stamped on obverse bottom-left.
 
G. H. GOH
Advocates & Solicitor
4 Church St.,
PENANG

 
The address is still exist today as:

4 Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.


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.


NOTES

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

Credits to Lee Eelin and Mimi Chang for helping with Chinese characters.
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