Saturday, 14 September 2013

Some really old and rare Japanese and Chinese Stamps: 1900-1958

This Stamp commemorates the Coronation of a Japanese Emperor
One of the challenges for any stamp collector is to decipher the language of stamps that don’t use an internationally spoken language. Some of the Japanese stamps in my collection are indecipherable because of the language. I have tried deciphering what was written on the stamps in my collection, but to no avail. All I could guess is the approximate dates of the issue of the stamps. In spite of the language problem, one can admire and appreciate the designs on these stamps!
I have tried to club my stamps thematically according to the pictures and symbols on them.

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A Pilot saluting the Flag?                                    The person above is Sun Yatsen.
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                    But then who can ignore the contribution of the worker?
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Great Thinkers and Policy Makers?

Japanese Traditional Clothing
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The dates of issue of the above stamps might range from the 1900 to 1958! Their age might add to their rarity!
I had problems in deciphering what was written on the stamps above. It was only after a blogger titled Thomilas World informed me that a stamp that I had captioned as a man with a regal pose is in fact a stamp depicting Sun Yatsen who according to Wikipedia :

Sun Yat-sen (12 November 1866 – 12 March 1925)[1][2] was a Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China. As the foremost pioneer of Republic of China, Sun is referred to as the "Father of the Nation" in the Republic of China (ROC), and the "forerunner of democratic revolution" in the People's Republic of China. Sun played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty during the years leading up to the Double Ten Revolution. He was appointed to serve as Provisional President of the Republic of China, when it was founded in 1912. He later co-founded the Kuomintang (KMT), serving as its first leader.[3] Sun was a uniting figure in post-Imperial China, and remains unique among 20th-century Chinese politicians for being widely revered amongst the people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.


  1. The one with the "Regal pose" is Chinese, from around 1931.. He is Sun Yatsen.

  2. Thank you so much, Thomilla! I have made the correction. I really can't read Mandarin or even Japanese, and there was no one to tell me. Yes the likeness to Sun Yatsen is evident!

  3. I have the third traditional Japanese clothing how rare is it really in today's market for collectors

  4. I have the third traditional Japanese clothing how rare is it really in today's market for collectors

    1. Hello Patrick, I am not sure about Japanese clothing, as my field of expertise is limited to stamps. Perhaps you could check on the Internet by typing the key words?