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Post offices in China

1919 Stamps of the United States overprinted 'SHANGHAI CHINA' and value

2 c on 1 c green

2 c on 1 c green 16 c on 8 c green
(Reduced sizes)

  2 c on 1 c green
  2 Cts on 1 c green (1922)
  4 c on 2 c red
  4 Cts on 2 c red (1922)
  6 c on 3 c violet
  8 c on 4 c brown
  10 c on 5 c blue
  12 c on 6 c orange
  14 c (red) on 7 c black
  16 c on 8 c green
  18 c on 9 c red
  20 c on 10 c yellow
  24 c on 12 c red
  30 c on 15 c grey
  40 c on 20 c blue
  60 c on 30 c red
  1 $ on 50 c violet
  2 $ (red) on 1 D black

The post offices of the United States in China were closed in 1922. Before the above stamps were issued precancels with 'SHANGHAI' sometimes used.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c on 1 c** 
2 Cts on 1 c***R1922
4 c on 2 c*** 
4 Cts on 2 c***R1922
6 c on 3 c**** 
8 c on 4 c**** 
10 c on 5 c**** 
12 c on 6 c ***** 
14 c on 7 c****** 
16 c on 8 c****** 
18 c on 9 c****** 
20 c on 10 c****** 
24 c on 12 c****** 
30 c on 15 c****** 
40 c on 20 c****** 
60 c on 30 c****** 
1 $ on 50 cRRRR 
2 $ on 1 $RRRRSeems to exist with double
surcharge: RRR

Parcel stamps of the United States in the values 1 c to 25 c exist with overprinted 'SHANGHAI CHINA', (tied on small pieces with Shanghai cancels). These were unauthorized overprints made by John Darrah, an U.S. Postal Agent in Shanghai. Darrah himself declared later that his overprints were only precancels....


Special Delivery

1907 Special delivery, helmet of Hermes

  10 c green

Parcel Post

1912 Parcel Post, various designs

1 Dollar

  1 c red
  2 c red
  3 c red
  4 c red
  5 c red
  10 c red
  15 c red
  25 c red (manufacturing)
  50 c red (dairying)
  75 c red
  1 $ red (fruit growing)

These stamps were used for several months as parcel post stamps, but then used as ordinary postal stamps.

These parcel stamps in the values 1 c to 25 c exist with overprinted 'SHANGHAI CHINA', (tied on small pieces with Shanghai cancels). These were unauthorized overprints made by John Darrah, an U.S. Postal Agent in Shanghai. Darrah himself declared later that his overprints were only precancels....

1912 Parcel Due stamp, inscription 'U.S. PARCEL POST POSTAGE DUE'

  1 c green
  2 c green
  5 c green
  10 c green
  25 c green

Postage Due

1879 Inscription 'US POSTAGE DUE'

  1 c brown
  1 c red (1891)
  2 c brown
  2 c red (1891)
  3 c brown
  3 c red (1891)
  5 c brown
  5 c red (1891)
  10 c brown
  10 c red (1891)
  20 c brown
  30 c red (1891)
  50 c brown
  50 c red (1891)

1894 Smaller size

  1/2 c red (1925)
  1 c red
  2 c red
  3 c red
  5 c red
  10 c red
  30 c red
  50 c red

In 1930 this series was re-issued with inscription 'UNITED STATES' in the top.


Miscellaneous

Registry

Special postal delivery 'secures immediate delivery at any post office

  10 c blue (1885, inscription in 6 lines)
  10 c blue (1887, inscription in 5 lines)
  10 c orange (1892)
  10 c blue (1902, with man on bicycle)

Air mail

A misprint of the 24 c exist:

Misprint, genuine


Telegraph stamps

Note: I have only listed the stamps of which I have images. There are more telegraph stamps.

Rapid Telegraph


(These stamps have small holes as cancels)

Besides the above stamps with inscription 'TELEGRAPH' (1 c black, 3 c orange, 5 c brown, 10 c lilac, 15 c green, 20 c red, 25 c red and 50 c blue), also stamps with inscription 'COLLECT' exist (1 c brown, 5 c blue, 15 c brown and 20 c green).

 

Postal Telegraph

 

Western Union Telegraph Company

I've seen this stamp in green also

Many stamps were issued, most of them with the year of issue in the borders (except the first series of 1871).

Mutual Union Telegraph Company

Two stamps were issued in 1880, one in blue and one in red.

Northern Mutual

The stamps for the Northern Mutual were issued in 1883 in 4 values (5 c , 10 c, 20 c and 25 c all in brown).

Pacific Mutual Telegraph Company

Issued in 1883 (5 different values). Used stamps seem not to exist of this company.

Pacific Postal Telegraph Cable Co.


(1886)

B&O (Baltimore & Ohio)


(B&O: Baltimore & Ohio)

Many values were issued.

City & Suburban Telegraphs

The above stamp is a forgery, these stamps were only issued in the colour black (values 1 c, 2 c and 3 c). Forgeries in black are also known.

North American Telegraph Company


(Reduced size)

Several stamps were issued (8 different) each with a different year (1899 to 1907).

Great NOrth Western Telegraph Company

Northern New York Telegraph


(Reduced size)

Used stamps are not known, four values were issued.


(Postal Telegraph Cagble Company 1900, 1909 and 1910)

 


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