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

HANKOW

Hankow is nearly 600 miles from the coast up the River Yangtzee and 500 miles north of Hong Kong. Althouth the post office of Hankow closed on 22 November 1922 a couple of covers exist dated 27 November 1922. While Webb suggested that these may have been cancelled to order as a farewell present, neither the adressee nor the appearance of the registered cover seem to suggest this. The other cover, for which there is only a partial black and white image, is stated as philatelic in nature from the auction catalog description and has not been examined. Hankow's main business during the Treaty Port period was the black tea export trade. This may explain the larger number of 30c useages from Hankow versus the other ports as it may have been associated with the sending of samples of tea by Parcel Post.

Image
Cancel
EKU on Adhesive
LKU on Adhesive
EKU on Cover
LKU on Cover
Cover Census

M 26/16mm Double Circle No Index

Jan 6 1917
HKSC Jean Paul Beck
Jan ?? 1917
HKSC Jn370 Mr. Lee Scamp

Cover

Feb 7 1917

Nov 27 1922

Feb 7 1917    
Feb 26 1917    
Dec 5 1917    
Mar 25 1918    
June 8 1918 $0.20 USA
Oct 24 1918    
Dec 12 1918    
??? 16 1919    
Feb 11 1919    
Mar 24 1919    

Apr 11 1919
Apr 15 1919
Apr 16 1919
May 5 1919
Jun 17 1919
Oct 2 1919
Oct 9 1919
Nov 10 1919
Jan 6 1920
Jan 30 1920
Mar 18 1920
Mar 29 1920
Apr 1 1920
(Spink 3018/3019 Lot 1321)
Jun 18 1920
Jul 6 1920
Jul 23 1920
Sep 8 1920
Oct 20 1920
Oct 25 1920
May 2 1921
Oct 11 1921
Nov 14 1921
Nov 25 1921
Nov 29 1921
Dec 18 1921
Jun 10 1922
Jun 25 1922
Jul 25 1922
Nov 27 1922
Nov 27 1922
(Philatelic)

Box Riv No Violet Handstamp

 

 

Feb 7 1917

Dec 12 1918

Feb 7 1917
Mar 25 1918
June 8 1918
Oct 24 1918
Dec 12 1918
 

Box Riv No Violet Label

 

 

11 Feb 1919

14 Nov 1921
Schoenfeld
(Questionable)

Feb 11 1919
Apr 11 1919
Apr 16 1919
Jun 17 1919
Nov 10 1919
Mar 18 1920
Apr 1 1920
(Spink 3018/3019 Lot 1321)
Jul 6 1920
Jul 23 1920
 

Box Riv No Black Label

 

 

14 Nov 1921

27 Nov 1922

Oct 2 1919
Nov 14 1921
Nov 25 1921
Nov 29 1921
Jun 10 1922
Jul 25 1922
Nov 27 1922
AR Handstamp     1 Mar 1919
Proud
26 May 1922
Proud
Jun 10 1922

Notes:

Mr. Frank Drake and Mr. David Drake published a study of cancels and frequency in Journal #18 of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society Journal. A total of 175 items were examined and the data summarized below. They believe that it is possible that the MSCA issues were not sent to the Hankow Post Office and that the few examples that exist may have been brought in and used at the port.

Issue/Value
Quantity
Frequency %
Notes
1c MCA
9
5.1%
 
2c MCA
20
11%
Newspaper and Printed Matter Rate
4c MCA
35
20%
Postcard Rate
6c MCA
26
15%
First step above single letter rate
8c MCA
7
4%
 
10c MCA
31
18%
Letter Rate
12c MCA
1
0.5%
 
20c MCA
9
5.1%
 
25c MCA
1
0.5%
 
30c MCA
16
9.1%
Possibly due to the parcel rate
50c MCA
1
0.5%
 
$1c MCA
6
3.4%
 
$2c MCA
2
1.1%
 
$3c MCA
1
0.5%
 
$5c MCA
1
0.5%
 
$10c MCA
1
0.5%
 
1c MSCA
0
 
2c MSCA
3
1.7%
 
4c MSCA
0
 
6c MSCA
5
2.8%
 
8c MSCA
0
 
10c MSCA
0
 
20c MSCA
0
 
25c MSCA
0
 
50c MSCA
0
Not issued until after closure of the port
$1c MSCA
0
 
$2c MSCA
0
 

 

 

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