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Shanghai L.P.O. "PAID"
上海工部書信館已付戳

Question No. 3
Under what circumstances did this stampless cover come into being?

Shanghai local mail.   Shanghai Local Post Double Margin Dater (D4) of Dec. 24, 1900. Shanghai Horizontal Rectangle Paid marking (P3A).

Under what circumstances did this stampless cover come into being? Is this a "subscriber" mail? Did the "subscribers" system continue to exist after the Shanghai Local Post Office was absorbed by the I.P.O. on November 1, 1897?

Shanghai Local Post Office was the oldest Treaty Port Post Office and run by Shanghai Municipal Council since July 1863. When the Imperial Post Office established, all Treaty Port Post Offices were ordered to cease their operation. Only Shanghai Local Post Office was absorbed by the I.P.O. on November 1, 1897. The Shanghai L.P.O. continued to operated in Shanghai and some of its postal marks were used throughout the Imperial Chinese period. The PAID mark is one of the marks used by L.P.O.


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