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Issued on February 17, 1944
NATIONAL HEROES ISSUE
(5c Rizal, Blue; 17c Mabini, Orange; 12c Burgos, Carmine)
Unwatermarked, Perf. 12
This issue, which honors our National Heroes in Philatelic issues, as did the Americans in their FAMOUS AMERICAN SERIES of 1940, is the first of its kind in the Philippine Philately. Indeed, the appearance of these Great Filipinos on postage stamps in 1944 was more welcome and soul inspiring. The time was fitting because 1944 was considered the darkiest hour in Philippine history any other times during its existence.
Regular Issue of 1936 surcharged in black.
Japanese characters and K.P.
Overprinted by the Bureau of Printing-Manila.
Issued June 26, 1944.
To eradicate the "Anglo-Saxon influence" even in the stamps, Japanese authorities had stamp intended for Government official use over-printed with Japanese "kanzi" characters reading Ko Yo, and below it in parenthesis the letters K.P. Ko Yo means "Official Business", and K.P. stands for its tagalog counterpart "Kagamitang Pampamahalaan". These stamps are used solely for government official correspondence.
Above stamp were amongst the 5c on 6c overprinted with Japanese characters and K.P. there was found an error in that sheet or two of the Large Type Commonwealth stamps. To eliminate speculation and the attendant high value already obtaining for this error, the Ministry of Communications had 20,000 Large Type Commonwaelth stamps overprinted, thus duplicating the error, and sold to the public.
One of the most desirable stamps of the Japanese Occupations era after the 1-on-4p Montalban Gorge.
Very fascinating views, A country Road near Manila.
A one of kind Philippine real photo postcard sent from Manila to Paris France in 1903.
The views reminds me of my early years during my barrio days in our beloved province in Antique. It speaks of simplicity and tranquility.
On verso, Postmarked: Manila P.I./March 23/4pm/1903
A privately printed postal card depicting on verso the notice of meeting by the Order of the Amaranth dated February 14, 1933. This is a sample of a circulating 2C Green Rizal Issue of 1915.
"Calle Real-Principal Street of Walled City, Manila, P.I."
Published by The Keystone View ompany
Contemporary notes on the card:
"Manila is the chief seaport, the largest city, and the capital of the Philippines. It is the city of about 250,000 people. It is situated on Manila Bay, which afford only a fairly good harborage for vessels. Hurricanes sometimes sweep across the broad bay and scatter the shipping. The bay is noted in American history for the Battle of Manila, fought May 1, 1898. Here the american fleet under Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet and hammered the spanish ports to pieces.
The Pasig river divides the City of Manila in two parts-an old and new section. The old section is on the south side of the river. It was founded by the Spanish in 1570-71, by Legaspi. It was once made the capital of the islands, and this it has ever since. The old city is walled in. The wall dates from 1590. It is built of stone throughout, and is 2 1/2 miles long. Six gates through it connect with the chief streetw. Along this wall are old forts, and in front of it is a moat, once cross by drawbridges where the gates are. This is the way in which most cities were fortified in the Middle Ages.
You are looking down the principal street of the old city from the top of one of the gates in the wall. This street is the calle real which is the Spanish for King's Street. There are 16 other streets in the old section. This part formerly contained the government, school, and churc quarters. The business section lay behind the Pasig.
The Pasig is crossed by 4 bridges. The new city is partly on the island of Binondo. Here are fine, new streets and many new modern buildings. many of the stores are owned by the Spanish merchants. In many of small shops Chinese do a thriving trade."
Very fascinating views.
Imperial Star type card sent from HITO (Philippine) dispatch to Kyoto, Japan.
Handstamped purple censor marking and personal circular censormarking in orange.
Basically this card is a sample of miltary mail used by Japanese Imperial Army during the Ocupation in the Philippines. What is interesting about this cover is the purple handstamped which shows that these military mail (gunji yubin in japanese) have gone through the censorship prior sending to the recipient. Another is the orange circular censor marking depicting the personal seal of the censor.
This is one of the few military cards during Japanese Occupation in the Philippines. do let me know if you have find any. I will appreciate if there's somebody who could give me the interpretation of the content of the mail. Your comments are higly welcomed.