Books about Malaya - philatelic, postal history & social history
‘Postal Stationery of South East Asia under Japanese Occupation’ by Masayoshi Tsuchiya FRPSL
Masayoshi Tsuchiya is a well known specialist
on the Japanese Occupation of South East Asia (1942-1945) and this
book features 128 pages selected from his Gold Medal winning collection
of Postal Stationery of the Occupation. It covers Hong Kong, Burma,
Malaya, North Borneo, Thailand-Burma Railway, the Andaman Islands,
Java, Dutch East Indies and the Philippines. A wide range is covered
with great rarities from each area illustrated. In each Territory
the Japanese occupiers started by overprinting Stationery which
they found in Government or Post Office stores, then some stationery
from Japan was authorised for use and later Japanese stationery
was produced, printed in Batavia.
The album pages are well presented and written up in Japanese, but fortunately full translations into English are provided at the back of the book. The author and publisher have recognised that some of us are interested in this collecting area without being able to read Japanese. The Foreword is by the Revd David Hubbard, another well known and well respected specialist in this area. The maps inside the front and back covers identify the Army and Navy Administration areas of the Occupied territories, a useful addition.
Most of the items shown are used, and would happily live in fine Postal History collections of this era. Your reviewer was particularly pleased to see the preponderance of genuine commercially used items, and the lack of contrived usages. Beautifully produced, hard bound with a colour dust-jacket, this book raises Postal Stationery up to the level of other Gold Medal collections, and is recommended to all who are interested in the Japanese Occupation of any or all of these territories
Published by the Japan Philatelic Society Foundation. A4 Hard back with d/j 176 pages, full colour.
ISBN 978-4-88963-760-1 Yen 6,300 + postage.
Order to: Japan Philatelic Society Foundation
(Publisher), 1-4-23 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0031 JAPAN
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