Here is a Chinese postcard I put away over 40 years ago. It is a China $3.00 on 4c postal stationery card, with the overprint reading 'Temporarily Used for $3.00' 暂叁 售圓 $3.00. Back then I had it attributed as H&G #52. It was unpriced. I think it is from the 1946-1947 period, though it may be slightly earlier. I cannot find it anywhere on-line. Can someone provide current information?
I have not been able to find either a mint or used copy of this item on-line. If anyone has access to a picture, would you kindly post it?
Also, if anyone has a copy of any version of Higgins & Gage or another catalogue that lists this item, a posting here would help in the identification. It seems that the $3.00 postcard rate was not in use for a long time, if used at all. Any information about the $3.00 postcard rate would also be appreciated.
I know I am asking for a lot of information. I hope TSF has someone who can provide it (or at least give suggestions where it might be available).
I have searched extensively on the internet to find an example of this postcard. I finally located two used copies and these were from Interasia Auctions sales in 2012 (cards shown below). Those have special international usage and are pricey items. Since this issue type of temporarily overprinted postal stationery cards had limited usage, with the dates on the used ones I found, at least we know they were used at the end of April through the beginning of May 1945. That does not support my guess-imate above in a previous post of possible usage dates of 1946-47 (again, that was only an estimate). I have been searching a long time and found only these two Interasia Auction listings and nowhere found any reference to any unused copies.
If anyone has a Higgins & Gage Catalog covering China or the Han Catalog of Chinese Postal Stationery, would you kindly provide the catalog information for these $3 Temporarily Surcharged 4¢ Sun Yat-sen Postal Stationery Cards? If possible a picture of a catalog page would be most useful. Thank you very much.
International bilingual cancel of Shanghai 5 May 1945.
Bilingual cancel of Shanghai 28.4.34 (34th Year of the Republic of China, which equals 1945), thus dated 28 April 1945.
I located an old Higgins & Gage catalog. This item is H&G #52 but that's all the info I got. It's even unpriced. If anyone has access to the Han catalog of Chinese Postal Stationery, kindly let me know. Thanks, Mike