STAMP PHILATELY
Malaya Japanese Occupation - 4¢ Postal Stationery - Penang (1945)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
State
Japanese Occupation
Country
Malaya
Type
Postcard
Class
Postal Stationery
Front Inscription
大日本帝国郵便 ♦ マライ ♦ 4 セント ♦ 郵便はがき ♦ 差出人居所氏名 Nama dan Alamat Sipengirim ♦ 名宛 Alamat
Face Value
4 cent
Issued Date
29/04/1943
Postmark
03/09/1945
Postmark Town
Penang, Malaya
Gum
No Gum
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Extra Fine
Condition
Watermark  
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CATALOG INFORMATION
GP4
Standard Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Malaya Japanese Occupation - 4¢ Postal Stationery - Penang (1945)

If the postmark was made on the 3 September 1945, then it is a unique use during the last days of Japanese in Penang.

Japanese forces in Malaya surrendered to the Allies firstly at Penang on 4 September 1945 aboard HMS Nelson then, after the Singapore surrender, at Kuala Lumpur on 13 September 1945.

On 12 September 1945, the British Military Administration (BMA) was installed in Kuala Lumpur and the postal services were only resumed a month after.

If this postcard was indeed genuine, not a post war production, then the sender must have not sending it as a commemorative due to the fact that those stamps were issued as commemorative back then in 1943. The stamps, a block of four were sticked on the back of the card, tied with Penang postmark.

The postcard also lacked a censor cachet, but perhaps it was deemed unnecessary considering there was no message written.

Post offices in Penang WERE indeed closed on 3 September 1945, therefore it is concluded that this particular postal stationery is a Philatelic Souvenir in nature.

Postal Stationery

A 4 cents postcard was issues on 29 April 1943. In the same stamp design as the 4 cents stamps, the wording is also in red. Most of the card are on quite flimsy light-weight card, which is watermarked: ‘Government Printing Works Singapore’. The watermark extends across several cards, so a card may have part of it or a straight line or no visible watermark. The watermark tells where the card came from and probably where the postcards were printed. A vast number of these cards were printed and used postally. ​

Physical Observations

Postcard size: 139 x 86 mm
 

Sender
 
  Total Dots Length* Distance from upper line*
Line 1 32 49  
Line 2 32 49 9.5
Line 3 32 49 9
Line 4 32 49 9
* In milimeter (mm).
 
Recipient
 
  Total Dots Length* Distance from upper line*
Line 1 45 70  
Line 2 45 70 12
Line 3 45 70 12
Line 4 45 70 12
In milimeter (mm).

Visible Watermark
First line: MENT PRINTING
Second Line: SINGAPORE
 
Card Thickness: Medium

Stamps

OS4 Plowman
1 Sept 1943
15c Carmine red
 
大 日 本 帝 國 郵 便

馬 來 郵 便 貯 金
百 萬 弗 紀 念


15 セ ン ト
     CENT    

マ ラ イ

 
Publicity for Postal Savings which had reached a total of $10,000,000 in Malaya.

Dimension for one: 24 x 32 mm

Sender
 
S.M. G??man
Central Post Office,
Penang.

Recipient
 
Che Ahmab S????
62, Chow Thye Road
Penang,
Malaya.

The address is still exist in Penang and known as

62 Chow Thye Road, 10050 Penang, Malaysia

It is currently run as a sushi restaurant under the name Isaribi Tei Japanese Restaurant

Registration

R PENANG A
      540


Dimension: 43 x 19 mm

Postmark

Circular Date Stamp (CDS)

Date: 3 September 1945
Translated into Gregorian calendar: 3 September 1945
 
ペ ナ ン
大 日 本
-2605
 9.  3
★ マ ラ イ ★

Indicia

Depicting Tin Dredging as tin mining was the main industry of Malaya, being the world's biggest producer before the World War II.

At top: 大 日 本 帝 国 郵 便 - Imperial Japanese Posts
At bottom middle: マ ラ イ - Malaya
At bottom left: 4 セ ン ト - 4 Cents

Dimension: 18 x 23 mm

Postcard

The heading on the card reads
郵 便 は が き
Malay: Poskad
English: Postcard

The Japanese and Malay at upper right are
名 宛
Malay: Alamat
English: Address

The Japanese and Malay at upper left are
差 出 人 居 所 氏 名
Malay: Nama dan Alamat Sipengirim
English: Name and address of sender

Notes

A very big thank you to Thomas Slemons for the postcard which I really appreciate. Very interesting because this is the first postcard I have that was written in Chinese. Internal Reference: TOM-5

Gratitude to Mimi Chang for the Chinese texts read on the stamp.

Japanese Occupation of Malaya, the Pictorial Issues written by Susan McEwen. Published by Malaya Study Group G.S.M April 2009.
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