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Customs Official Mail
海關公函

      

Customs official mail (Parcel Note No. 245) from Statistical Department in Shanghai to Customs House in Chungking. Blue stamped "Inspectorate General Statistical Department Postage Paid" mark and partial Shanghai Bilingual Dater.

On the back dispatching Shanghai Lunar Dater of Mar. 7, 1908. Two transit Ichang Lunar Dater of Mar. 15 and 16, 1908. Arrival Chungking Lunar Dater Dater of Mar. 25, 1908.

Customs official mail (Memo No. 142) from Statistical Department in Shanghai to Customs House in Nanning. Printed "Inspectorate General Statistical Department Postage Paid" mark.

On the back Shanghai Bilingual Dater and Shanghai Lunar Dater of Feb. 4, 1911. Wuchow Bilingual Dater of Feb. 10, 1911.

According to Mr. Sun, Junyi's The Postal Cancellation of Qing Dynasty: Inspectorate General Statistical Department (in Shanghai) used a Paid marking, all in English, handstamped in dark green or red. This mark was also printed on official envelopes, used between 1907 and 1913. Although it said "Postage Paid", actuarially was a kind of No Charge marking.


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