The Hong Kong 'China' Overprints
British Offices In China 1917 - 1930


I see no need to rewrite something that has already been said so well and so throughout this site I have quoted both Webb and Perrin and tried to ensure that such quotes are noted. In addition, Mr. Frank Drake and Mr. David Drake have published a number of detailed research articles regarding the cancellations and frequency of usage of stamps from the Agencies, which have been published in various Journals of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society and are summarized and quoted extensively in the Agencies section of this website.

In addition to the bibliography and contributors, none of this would have been possible without the help, advice, research and assistance of the following:

Mr. David Beech, Head of Philatelic Collections, The British Library
Mr. Douglas Muir, Curator of Philately, British Postal Museum and Archive
Ms. Gini Horn, Librarian of the American Philatelic Society
Mr. Jean-Paul Beck for his research into the cancellations of Port Edward and generosity in sharing his collection of EKU/LKU cancels on adhesives
Mr. Charles Verge
Ms. Janet Klug


Mr. Jean-Paul Beck
Mr. Nick Halewood
Mr. Mick Goldsmith
Mr. K. K. Ho
Mr. Lee Scamp
Mr. Dai Thomas
Mr. Frank Drake and Mr. David Drake have done extensive research on EKU and LKU from the various ports as well as their rarity and frequency.
Dr. Andrew Cheung


Webb, James Bendon Ltd, 2000, The Philatelic and Postal History of HONG KONG and the Treaty Ports of China and Japan
K. L. Perrin, Colonial and Foreign Stamp Company Limited, Cheltenham, Glos, England, 1972 “The Hong Kong ‘China’ Overprints
Halewood and Antscherl, 1995, A Study Of Hong Kong Definitives: King Edward VII and King George V
Hans Schoenfeld, 1988 “Cancellations of the Treaty Ports of Hong Kong 1850-1930
C. E. Norton “Treaty Port Registration Handstamps (1861-1930)”
Bishop & Morton, 1934, Hong Kong – Treaty Port and Other Postmarks
Lee C. Scamp “20th Century Hong Kong U.P.U. Surface Letter Rates
Lee C. Scamp Hong Kong Study Circle Papers (scroll down to find)
Lobdell & Hopkins, 1949, Hong Kong and the Treay Ports, Postal History and Postal Markings
Harvey G. Tilles, Unknown Date, Perfins Of China
Rod Sell, HKSC Journal 306 and
Ming Tsang, 1995 Hong Kong Treaty Ports
J. J. Castiglione, 1995, Hong Kong Postal Stationary
N. C. Yang, 19th Edition, Yang’s Stamp & Coin Co, Hong Kong 2000 “Yang’s Postage Stamp & Postal History Catalogue of Hong Kong”
Higgins & Gage Postal Stationary Catalog
E. B. Proud, Proud-Bailey Ltd, 1991 "British Post Offices in the Far East"
Arthur White, Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum, 1981 “Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports”
Micheal Goldsmith and Charles W. Goodwyn FRPSL, The Royal Philatelic Society, London, 1985 “The Crown Colony of Wei Hai Wei 24 May 1898 to 1 Oct 1930”
The Hong Kong Study Circle and "The Hong Kong Study Circle Journal"