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Japanese Occupation of the Philippines

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Japanese Occupation

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Stamps & FDCs

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Japanese Money

 

Articles of Interest

 

 

1943 -  July-December

POSTAL STAMPS AND FIRST DAY COVERS

1943, July 14 - Regulars (Printed in Japan)

1943, August 16 - Regulars (Printed in Japan)

1943, September 16 - Regulars (Printed in Japan)

1943, October 14 - Independence Day

1943, December 8 - Greater East Asia War Second Anniversary;  Flood Relief Campaign

 


1943, July 14.  Definitives.  Watermarked (curved wavy lines).  Perf 13 x 13 1/2.  Cabinet Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Tokyo.  100/sheet, 10 x 10.

6c - Rice Planting, red  (520,000)

  • Dark Red
  • Light Red

10c - Mt. Mayon and Fuji, blue-green  (1,950,000

12c - Moro Vinta, steal-blue  (300,000)

16c - Moro Vinta, dark brown  (1,300,000)

FDC - Manila


1943, August 16.  Definitives.  Watermarked (curved wavy lines).  Perf 13 x 13 1/2.  Cabinet Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Tokyo.  100/sheet, 10 x 10.

20c - Nipa Hut, rose-violet  (300,000)

21c - Mt. Mayon and Fuji, violet  (400,000)

  • Light violet

25c - Rice Planting, pale brown  (1,890,000)

  • Broken characters
  • "Torn Skirt" (due to partial dry print)

FDC - Manila


1943, September 16.  Definitive.  Watermarked (curved wavy lines).  Perf 13 x 13 1/2.  Cabinet Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Tokyo.  100/sheet, 10 x 10.

2p - Moro Vinta, dull violet,

FIRST PRINTING - thicker paper and clear-cut perforations.  (400,000)

SECOND PRINTING - thinner paper  (55,000)  Issued on April 10, 1944.

FDC - Manila


1943, October 14.  Commemoratives. Independence (Kalayaan).  Unwatermarked.  Perf 12 and Imperforate.  Carmelo and Bauermann, Inc., Manila.  50/sheet, 5 x 5.

5c - Filipinas, light blue  (750,000)

  • Imperforate, right margin
  • Missing vertical perforations
  • Missing horizontal perforations

5c - Filipina, light blue, IMPERFORATE  (750,000)

12c - Filipina, orange  (650,000)

  • Imperforate, right margin
  • Missing vertical perforations
  • Missing horizontal perforations

12c - Filipina, orange, IMPERFORATE  (650,000)

17c - Filipina, rose-pink  (500,000)

  • Imperforate, right margin
  • Missing vertical perforations
  • Missing horizontal perforations
  • Offset on gummed-side

SOUVENIR SHEET - with 5c, 12c and 17c of the stamps issued.  (100,000)

FDCs - for both perforate, imperforate stamps,  and souvenir sheets:

Manila

Bacolod City

Baguio City

Cavite City

Cebu City

Davao City

Iloilo City

San Pablo City

  Bangued, Abra Tacloban, Leyte  
  Legaspi, Albay Masbate, Masbate  
  San Jose, Antique Calapan, Mindoro  
  San Jose, Antique Calapan, Mindoro  
  Orani, Bataan Cagayan, Misamis Oriental  
  Batangas, Batangas Bontoc, Mountain Province  
  Tagbilaran, Bohol Dumaguete, Negros Oriental  
  Malaybalay, Bukidnon Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija  
  Malolos, Bulacan Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya  
  Tuguegarao, Cagayan Puerto Princesa, Palawan  
  Daet, Camarines Norte San Fernando, Pampanga  
  Naga, Camarines Sur Dagupan, Pangasinan  
  Capiz, Capiz Pasig, Rizal  
  Imus, Cavite Catbalogan, Samar  
  Cotabato, Cotabato Sorsogon, Sorsogon  
  Laoag, Ilocos Norte Jolo, Sulu  
  Vigan, Ilocos Sur Surigao, Surigao  
  Ilagan, Isabela Tarlac, Tarlac  
  Santa Cruz, Laguna Lucena, Tayabas  
  Dansalan, Lanao Iba, Zambales  
  San Fernando, La Union

 

Zamboanga, Zamboanga

 

 

1943, December 8.  Semi-Postal.  Flood Relief Campaign (Baha).  Overprinted definitive issues.  Watermarked (curved wavy lines), Perf 13 x 13 1/2.  Bureau of Printing, Manila (overprint).  100/sheet, 10 x 10.

12c + 21c - Moro Vinta, steal blue  (350,000)

20c + 36c - Nipa Hut, rose violet  (350,000)

  • "1943" black overprint omitted
  • Black overprint offset on gummed-side

21c + 40c - Mt. Mayon and Fuji, violet  (350,000)

FDC - Manila (December 8) GEAWAR cachet

FDC - Manila (December 21)  Flood Relief cachet

In November 1943, a strong typhoon hit the Philippines which caused massive flooding in the streets.  A set of semi-postal stamps was issued to raise funds for the victims. 

Issued December 8, 1943 which coincided with the second anniversary of the Great East Asia War (GEAWAR).  The official First Day Cover cachet commemorates this event instead of the flood relief campaign.  Due to strong protests from the public, particularly the stamp collectors, an appropriate FDC cachet was issued on December 22.  This cover is referred to as the Second First Day Cover of this issue.

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