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Malaya Japanese Occupation - 4¢ Postal Stationery 1943 MINT
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GENERAL INFORMATION
State
Japanese Military 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
Gum
No Gum
Dimension
139 × 92 mm
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Never Hinged - Superb
CATALOG INFORMATION
GP4
Standard Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Malaya Japanese Occupation - 4¢ Postal Stationery 1943 MINT
Japanese Occupation of Malaya



The Japanese invasion on Malaya after midnight of 8 December 1941 under the order of Lt Gen Tomoyuki Yamashita was considered the first day of Japanese Occupation.

Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers at noon on 15 August 1945. Malaya and Singapore returned to British colonial rule on 12 September 1945 with the formal surrender by the commander of Japanese forces in South East Asia, when Gen Seishiro Itagaki surrender to Lt. Louis Mountbatten at Singapore City Hall.

4¢ Postal Stationery

A 4 cents postcard was issued on 29 April 1943. The indicia was the same design as the 4 cents stamp, the wording is also in red. Most of the cards 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 us where the card came from, and probably where the postcards were printed. A vast number of these cards were printed and used postally. They were cheap, available and postal censorship by the Japanese was tough and continued throughout the occupation.

This particular specimen is in a very good pristine condition. Well preserved and no foxing visible except for sign of aging which does not affect the overall look at all.


Indicia

Size: 18.5 x 23 mm

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

Postcard

The heading on the card reads
郵便はがき
English: Postcard
Malay: Poskad

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

1. Special thanks to tonymacg for the Japanese characters and translations.
2. Original owner was from California, USA.
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