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Wilde Cup


Wilde Cup

The Wilde Cup

P. A. Wilde

P. A. Wilde

From 'British Post Offices in the Far East'
© Edward Proud
with kind permission


WINNERS OF THE WILDE CUP

Presented annually since 1962 for new discoveries
by the
Hong Kong Study Circle

[Click on some of the images to enlarge them.]



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2016 - Philippe Orsetti
EARLIEST KNOWN DATE FOR A HONG KONG OFFICIAL SEAL
AND UNIQUE USE OF ONE FOR SECURITY PURPOSES

2016-1  2016-2

Official seals were introduced in Hong Kong on or about January 1894, and their use extends to the present day. Many different types have been recorded and catalogued, see "Hong Kong Fiscal Seals & Adhesives" by Philippe Orsetti

Their purpose is, as the name indicates, to officially seal mail matter. They have been used extensively to repair damaged mail and, occasionally, to reseal letters that had been opened either by mistake or by censors.

The registered cover to Hawaii ("Sandwich Islands", the previous name, being used) shown above was mailed on 25 January 1894 and carried by the Oceania to Honolulu, which was reached on 15 February 1894. It is the earliest known use of an official seal in Hong Kong.

Even more interestingly, being addressed to the Postmaster General, it must have contained a pretty confidential document since, not only was it wax-sealed, but also an official seal was added and cancelled.

This is the only known cover officially sealed for security purposes and not because it was either damaged or resealed.

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2015 - Richard Whittington
NOVEMBER 1945 REGISTERED COVER FROM HONG KONG TO IWO JIMA

2015

This registered cover cancelled VICTORIA / HONG KONG / 10 NO / 1945 was addressed to PFC (Private First Class) Jose H. de Figueiredo, 355th Station Complement Squadron, APO No. 86.  APO 86 was the US Army Post Office located on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, then occupied by US forces after some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, and the 355th Station Complement Squadron was associated with the operations of the airfield there.  The cover was redirected from Iwo Jima to Hamburg, Wisconsin with a manuscript note “Ret to U.S.” because, by the time that the cover arrived at Iwo Jima, PFC Jose de Figueiredo had been repatriated to the U.S.A.  This item was put forward as not only the earliest recorded registered post-war cover with a Proud type R50 cds, but also the earliest registered cover sent from the GPO at Hong Kong via the US military postal system in the immediate post-war days and the only one sent to Iwo Jima (see Jn.374/2 for full details).

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2014 - Richard Whittington (joint winner)
EARLIEST KNOWN KOWLOON BRANCH POST OFFICE TYPE B DATESTAMP: 16 JANUARY 1902

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The above one cent postal stationary card, with “REPLY” crossed out, was posted at the Kowloon Branch Post Office and has a strike of the Kowloon Branch Type B datestamp of 16 January 1902 away from the indicia, as was customary at that time.

The card was addressed to a Herren Dr R Gerstein, a member of the crew (perhaps the medical officer/ships surgeon) of the steamer C – Ferdinand Laeisz  (Captain H Fuchs) care of the Hamburg – America Line office that was prominently situated in Queens Building, Victoria. The C – Ferdinand Laeisz was in Hong Kong harbour on 16 January 1902, having arrived from Hamburg two days earlier, and sailed for Shanghai on that day. Dr Gerstein probably posted the card to himself at the Kowloon Branch Post Office in the early morning of 16 January or he may have posted the card in the night box the previous evening. Further details can be found in an article included in Jn. 368/27.

This example of the Kowloon Branch Type B datestamp is put forward as the earliest known, being two days earlier than the example cited as the earliest by Proud.
2014 - Robert Schneider (joint winner)
THE EARLIEST KNOWN (1863) INCOMING COVER TO HAINAN ISLAND AND THE ONLY KNOWN EARLY INCOMING MAIL FROM ITALY TO CHINA/HONG KONG VIA MALTA

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There are a number of early letters from the late 1840s and 1850s written by Catholic missionaries from then remote interior parts of China, including Yunnan and Hunan. These letters from some of the first Europeans to live in these places, sent out through Hong Kong, represent the earliest international mail from these locales and an important, if somewhat underappreciated in my opinion, part of China’s postal history. Interestingly, there is very little incoming mail to complement these early outgoing ecclesiastical letters, which is not so surprising given the living conditions of the Catholic missionaries, the climate and the very nature of the missionaries’ tenure in China.

In summary, this 1863 entire letter from Rome to Kiungchow represents:
1. The earliest known incoming cover to Hainan Island, predating by over 25 years the heretofore earliest known incoming usage, as well as rare incoming early mail to interior China.
2. The only known early incoming mail from Italy to China/Hong Kong via Malta.
3. The only known usage of the Hong Kong cds in blue-black during the period it is recorded in bright blue by Patrick Pearson.

Click here for more details.
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2013 - Nick Burrell (joint winner)
EARLIEST KNOWN SECURITY MARKING AND EARLIEST KNOWN “STAMPED” SECURITY MARKING

NB-a

Security markings were used on Hong Kong stamps from when stamps were first introduced, and this practice continued well into the 20th century.  The main reason for applying such markings was to reduce the possibility of pilferage of the stamps, including by employees of companies using the mail service.  Security markings come in a variety of different forms.  Most consist of either the full name or the printed initials of the company.  Some consist of perforations (perfins) forming the initials of the company.  There is also a miscellany of other markings that may be less obvious, some of which consist of handwritten marks or words, such as 'Stamped'.  Most of these security markings are found on loose stamps and many members will have examples in their collections.  A detailed summary of the Hong Kong Security Markings Study Group's findings can be accessed on Rod Sell's website/homepage: http://rodsell.com.

 NB-b

The earliest known security marking is found on the 13 May 1864 cover to Bombay depicted above.  Each of the two 8c stamps covering the postage bears two 5mm diagonal pen marks (“\\”; see the enlargement above at left).  This type of marking is recorded by Rod Sell as Group IV-5A.

 NB-c

The 12 August 1864 cover shown above bears the earliest known example of the word 'Stamped' used as a security marking.  The word is written in ink across both the 24c and 8c stamps used to cover the postage (see enlargement above cover at right).  This type of marking is recorded by Rod Sell in Group IV.

These two covers were mailed to India by the China Merchant SN Company, whose wax seal was applied on the reverse of both.

These two 1864 covers first appeared in Jn. 353/31 as examples of usage of the 12c late fee.  However, only recently has the significance of the security markings applied become apparent.
The entrant thanks Philippe Orsetti and Lee Scamp for their assistance and the confirmation that these covers represent the earliest known examples.
2013 - Harmon Fine (joint winner)
ONLY KNOWN COVER BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CARRIED BY ITALIAN NGI LINE FROM HK

Wilde 2013

“The stamps on this registered cover were cancelled at Shanghai on 31.12.96.  It bears a 5.1.97 HK cds, and John Wilson’s article in Jn. 342/17 records that the Italian NGI line Letimbro departed HK that day.  A mail was advertised for Singapore, Penang and Bombay per the NGI Letimbro that closed at 11:30am on 5.1.97.  A mail was also advertised for Europe per the French MM line Yarra that closed at 11am on 6.1.97.

An 1886 NGI advertisement gives the route as HK – Singapore – Galle – Bombay – Naples – etc. (Jn. 342/18, reproduced in Jn. 366/30).  Mail for Europe would have been disembarked at Naples.  “TheShipsList.com” shows essentially the same NGI route, effective until 1910, so it seems likely that another connecting NGI line operated between Bombay and Europe. 

Salles (Tome V, page 112, Note 5) indicates that the French MM Yarra was rerouted to Bordeaux, where it underwent quarantine due to an epidemic at Bombay.  It seems unlikely that the Italian authorities would have allowed the French mail to have been unloaded at Naples, as normal, due to this pending quarantine, so the Yarra may have gone directly to Bordeaux from Egypt.  It seems somewhat more likely that the Italian authorities would have performed quarantine at Naples for the Italian line, or would have routed such mail via Venice for disinfection.

Mail from Shanghai would normally have been bagged for Europe, so if this letter was carried from Shanghai by the French MM Yarra, or some other steamer traveling to Europe, it probably would not have gotten a HK transit cds.  The fact that this cover bears a HK cds indicates the likelihood that it was sent on a local steamer from Shanghai to HK in order to catch the Letimbro, else it would have been held at Shanghai for the Yarra. 

If the Yarra had traveled at the fastest rate recorded by Salles for 1897, it could possibly have reached Marseille, if it had gone there, by 2.2.97.  If this cover had been carried by and remained on the Yarra, it would have taken about another day to reach Bordeaux vs. Marseille, then a day or so for the quarantine, and another part day to get to Denmark by rail.  Thus, the 4.2 Copenhagen arrival shown by the backstamp on this cover probably would not have been possible, if it was carried by the French line.  It therefore seems somewhat more likely that this cover was carried by the Italian NGI Letimbro than by the French MM Yarra.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Lee Scamp et al. for the additional research concerning this cover that was presented in Jn. 367/29.”
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2012 - Chris Norton
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EARLIEST RECORDED COVER BEARING THE WESTERN BRANCH WEBB TYPE B cds

Two Webb Type B steels were sent out to Hong Kong on 19 May 1899, but it would appear from the latest recorded date for Type A, i.e., 28 December 1899, that they were not put into use until January 1900.

The cover illustrated below shows a Western Branch Webb Type B cds (Proud Type D2) dated JA 10/00.  This is two days earlier than the strike on a loose adhesive reported in Jn. 339/20, and 14 days earlier than that on the postal stationery card and cover offered in the Zurich Asia sale on 28 June 2007 (Lots 991 and 992).  As was often the case with early mail from Western Branch, and also Kowloon Branch, this cds is clear of the adhesive, whilst the adhesive itself (SG38; paying the ˝ oz letter rate to South Africa) was cancelled on the same day at the Hong Kong GPO in Victoria (Webb Type G).  Apart from this GPO cds, there are no transit or arrival datestamps on the cover.  However, it is thought that by the end of the 19th century, the mail route from Hong Kong to South Africa would have been by P. & O., or a French or German shipping line to Aden (via Colombo), and then by Deutsche Ost Afrikanische Hauptlinie to Durban; with a journey time of 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the waiting time at Aden. In addition, the cover may have been delayed between Durban and Johannesburg because of the Second Boer War (1899-1902).

Acknowledgement   Lee Scamp’s information on mail routes to South Africa, provided in a personal communication, is gratefully acknowledged.
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2011 - Nick Burrell
Wilde 2011
EARLIEST RECORDED FRENCH PAQUEBOT COVER FROM HONG KONG TO CALCUTTA, WHICH IS DATED 24 SEPTEMBER 1864.

The 84˘ (8˘ x 10 plus 4˘) applied to the cover shown to the left is six times the French paquebot rate of 14˘ per ˝oz.  Very few 14˘ rate covers are known, probably because the French rate was significantly higher than the British equivalent (8˘ per ˝oz).  This is the earliest recorded cover to Calcutta using the French paquebot (MI) service.  The cover is further evidence that the published French paquebot rate of 16˘ per ˝oz to India is not correct (per Proud, page 189, and Webb, page 233).
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2010 - Harmon Fine
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“SHOP CLOSED" – Only known example of this size, 22 years earlier than Proud's ERD
ONLY KNOW EXAMPLE OF THE 64mm x 11mm 'SHOP CLOSED' INSTRUCTIONAL MARKING

Webb did not report a “SHOP CLOSED” marking in his chapter on instructional markings.  Proud reported two different examples.  His type I160 used 26.7.26-1.8.26 is, according to the illustration in his book, 54mm x 8mm in size.  His type I162 was used 10.6.27-23.3.33 and was 47mm x 12mm in size.  The cover illustrated below bears an unrecorded 64mm x 11mm “SHOP CLOSED” marking, with a Hong Kong date of 4.7.04 on the back.
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2009 - Harmon Fine
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AN UNRECORDED TYPE OF SHA TAU KOK BRANCH POST OFFICE CANCEL AND THE EARLIEST USE OF ANY CANCEL FROM THAT OFFICE
Of the Sha Tau Kok branch post office, Webb (page 114-115) wrote that nothing was known about the opening of the sub-office and that it did not apparently have any canceller to start with.  Proud (page 859) indicated that the office opened at the Police Station and showed a date of 1912 as a possible opening date. Wellsted (page 19) wrote that a postal agency existed in the Police Post in the village on the Chinese border for some time in the 1920’s and continued for some years after 1931. These authors including Schoenfeld all indicated the first known Sha Tau Kok branch post office cancel to have been of the Intaglio Seal of which an example is known dated August 8, 1930.  There are examples at other offices with double line circular date stamps with the branch name at the top, short and thick killer bars on the side and “X” in the bottom center of the cancel between the double circular lines.  The use of these cancels precede the August 1930 use of the intaglio seal.  Examples of these cancels include Aberdeen Webb Type A (1912-1928), Au Tau Webb Type A (1918-1920) and Tai O Webb Type A (1909-1914).  These markings should not be confused with similar cancels using a narrower killer bar in the early 1930’s such as Sheung Shui Webb Type B (June 1932 to July 1934) or Ping Shan Webb Type B (May 1934 to September 1934).  The Sha Tau Kok example shown dated May 14, 1918, has the same short and thick killer bars as the earlier markings. It is an unrecorded type of Sha Tau Kok branch post office cancel and is also the earliest recorded marking from that office.

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2008 - Peter Richardson
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LATE USE OF THE 14-CENT RATE TO THE UK


A cover showing a relatively late example of the 7-cent rate to the UK with matching 7-cent registration, rate period ending August 1, 1894.

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2007 - Dr. Andrew Cheung FRPSL
2007 Wilde Cup Winner EARLIEST RECORDED SHANGHAE TYPE Bi ON POSTAL STATIONERY CARD

This 1c/4c postcard was (partly) written on 26 December 1881 from Peking and carried privately to Shanghai and re-mailed back to the Netherland Legation, Peking. 1c was the local postcard rate at the time and was accepted by the British Shanghai Post Office. The Shanghae cancel on the imprinted stamp also dated 'JA 12 82' is Webb type Bi, it is believed to be the earliest recorded usage of this datestamp as a cancel on a postcard.

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2006 - Brian Ackerman
2006 winner
KGV 50c DEFINITIVE INVERTED & REVERSED WATERMARK VARIETY

This item is supported by RPSL certificate No.192552 dated 18 Jan 2006 and stating that, in the OPINION of The EXPERT COMMITTEE the item described as "Hong Kong 1912-21, S.G.No.111dw (var), 50c Black/Blue-Green - Watermark Mult Crown CA - On Emerald back - but variety Watermark inverted and reversed - Used is Genuine".

Mr Ackerman believes that, from other enquiries made as well, this item may be unique.

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2005 - None of entries submitted were judged to be eligible for the award.
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2004 - Philippe Orsetti
JAPANESE OCCUPATION TAXED POSTCARD: A DOUBLE WHAMMY

This very inconspicuous 2 sen postcard was sent from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou Post Office on 19-5-27 during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong, i.e. 27th May 1944.

This postcard seems to be the first reported piece of Hong Kong Japanese Occupation mail bearing a British marking.

Click here for more details.

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2003 - Philippe Orsetti

Earliest "F1" (Foochow) Obliterators on cover - 13 June 1874

It is recognized that these two covers (both showing c.d.s. of 13 June 1874) are not new finds. The 'discovery' is that they now represent the earliest recorded "F1's" on cover.

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2002 - Philippe Orsetti (joint winner)

Red oval 2 sen Masashige Kusunoke statue stamp imprinted postcard, up-rated by 1 sen orange-brown rice-harvesting, used locally from Tai Po sub-office to Stanley Military Internment Camp during Japanese occupation period of Hong Kong, dated "19-4-8" (8 April 1944), first known non-philatelic mail ever reported from this remote village in the New Territories of Tai Po.

2002 - John L. M. Rogers (joint winner)
'ADMIRALTY' naval marking on KGVI adhesives on cover dated '28 SEP 1945'.

Webb illustrates this 31 mm single circle datestamp on pg. 203 of his book and records it as being struck in blue and known on a 15c KGVI adhesive also dated 28 SEP 1945. He writes (pg. 204) - "This was the first day on which adhesives had been put on sale again in Hong Kong. This is, according to Mr. Goldup, the datestamp used throughout the Navy for their postal orders, and the postal use may have been at that particular period."

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2001 - Philippe Orsetti (joint winner)
Unrecorded postal stationery during Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong, 180 x 115mm pre-printed "PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL" envelope with text almost identical to pre-printed postcards issued for Stanley Civilian Internment Camp, sent from Stanley Camp to England, probably in 1943.
2001 - Charles Chan (joint winner)
QV 96c brownish-grey off-cover stamp cancelled Nagasaki "N2" killer in blue, over-struck with the first recorded boxed "MISSENT TO NAGASAKI" in similar blue inking.
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2000 - Andrew Cheung
Russian 4k postal stationery card sent on 25 June 1898 from St. Peterburg to Kiautschow of North China but missent to Hoihow, struck with the first recorded boxed "MISSENT TO HOIHOW" in black; obverse transit markings included Hong Kong (17 August), Shanghai (27 August) and Tsintau (5 September); reverse side also with Hoihow Webb Type E cds dated "AU 17 / 98".
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1999 - Andrew Cheung
February 1876 cover-front from the "Smith Correspondence" to England, franked QV 30c mauve and cancelled Amoy "A1" killer in washed-blue, being the first known bluish inking on cover and the earliest recorded "A1" cover; the front also had a red London arrival dated "MR 25 / 76" and a partial offset of Amoy Webb Type Dii cds of "FE (?)2 / 76".
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1998 - Alfred Chu (joint winner)

1898 QV 10c on 30c with Chinese, block of 36 (6 rows x 6) from north-east pane with 3 sides margins and Plate No. 2, showing double overprint for all 6 stamps of the second row, being the largest multiples of double overprint of all stamp issues in Hong Kong.

1998 - J. L. M. Rogers (joint winner)
KVII postal stationery registered envelope, reverse with Insurance Type A, used to England, franked KVII 4c purple/red and cancelled Ningpo Webb Type Eii cds "MR 9 / 05" (earlier than Schonfeld's record), obverse with previously unrecorded "R in Circle" (Webb Type R(1), Norton standard type B) registration marking in black inking.
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1997 W. H. N. Scawin (joint winner)
Essay of 50c/48c yellow-brown specimen (with lower margin showing Current No.15) supplied by De La Rue to the Crown Agent for transmission to Hong Kong Government on 23 August 1890 with a note of no more was heard of the matter; the specimen copy was with 4 Chinese characters hand-drawn in the left column.
1997 - Nick Halewood (joint winner)
Airmail cover to UK rated $1.47 and cancelled Kowloon cds in red dated "9 DEC / 32", the latest record of red inking which confirmed the thought of possible red airmail inking for mails leaving Hong Kong during 7-10 December 1932 (HKSC Jn. 295/10).
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1996 - W. H. N. Scawin
Local cover of Japanese Occupation period of Hong Kong, franked 2 sen overprinted (issued on 16 April 1945) and late cancelled on 20 August 1945, an unrecorded use well after Japanese surrender on 14 August 1945.
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1995 - Michael Goldsmith
First recorded use on receipt dated "1/7/1926" of KGV fiscals overprinted "WEI HAI WEI" 1c on 10c/3d x 3 copies and 2c on 10c/3d, all with Chinese surcharge; kiss-double overprint to the word "Cents" of "Two Cents"; the "TEN CENTS" overprint be effected in London whereas "One Cent" and "Two Cents" be local Chinese overprintings.
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1994 - I. G. Nessel
8 December 1941 airmail cover manuscript "VIA CNAC" addressed to Australia (re-addressed to Canada) franked KGVI adhesives total $1.50 cancelled Webb Type J Kowloon Hong Kong cds dated "8 DE / 47" (7 days later than records of Proud and Schoenfeld); cover front struck with "DETAINED IN HONGKONG / BY JAPANESE / FROM DECEMBER 1941 TO SEPTEMBER 1945", "NO SERVICE" and "RETOUR" markings; cover back struck with Victoria Hong Kong cds dated "8 DE / 41" and Japanese Occupation period datestamp of Kowloon dated "17-2-11" (11 February 1942), previously not seen in conjunction with the Detained in HK handstamp.
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1993 - A. J. Cutner
Unrecorded type postal stationery of registered envelope with "R in Oval Circle" at top left and without the box for sender's name and address, KGVI 25c registration stamp on flap and 25c acknowledgement printed on the reverse; forced mail use, purchased and paid in HK currency at an Indian Army camp in Kowloon after the Liberation and posted there to London, franked with two Indian KGVI 3 Annas adhesives paying the airmail rate of 6 Annas and cancelled Field Post Office Webb Service Type 2 "No.127" double-circle cds of 27 April 1946 and with a registration label of F.P.O. Another similar example of envelope dated 1947 was known to Mr. Baker but sent through the GPO as civil mail.
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1992 - I. Baker
1918 Active Mail to London struck with unrecorded form of censorship marking "COMMANDER'S OFFICE * CHINA STATION" oval datestamp (believed to be Wei Hai Wei) dated "20 SEP 1918", manuscript "censored" and initial signature above and below date respectively; travelled by naval bag and struck with boxed "RECEIVED FROM H.M. SHIP / NO CHARGE TO BE RAISED" in London upon arrival and London arrival cds dated "16 NO / 18".
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1991 - R. J. Newton
13 September 1896 Transvall 1d postal stationery postcard from Johannesburg to Kowloon Customs, backstamp Hong Kong arrival cds of 7 November 1896, ppc front struck with a previously unrecorded 34mm circular marking "RECEIVED / IN / FORWARD / BAG" in four straight lines of 4mm letters. (A similar type of 32mm with identical wordings was also known in 1904 on a Malta 1/2d stationery wrapper uprated 1/2d to China Station but with the word "RECEIVED" around the top rim instead of straight line.)
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1990 - I. Baker
Cover from India to Dairen, China, on the reverse struck with a new type Marine Sorter double-circle datestamp "SINGAPORE TO HONGKONG", letters around the top rim, curve line at bottom, index M and date in two lines, dated "10 SP / 09". (A further example was also illustrated in HKSC Jn.269 p.11, on a ppc from England to HK also of same date.)
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1989 - R. J. Newton

1c postal stationery envelope added with 4c adhesive sent from Hong Kong (23 May 1901) to Wei Hai Wei struck with arrival Liu Kung Tau Oval Datestamp of 3 June 1901, forwarded to F.P.O. No.13 (3 June, at Wei Hai Wei), back to Kowloon Base Office (16 June), then to Jhansi (India, 4 July) and Abbottabad (7 July) where the addressee who was a soldier in the Royal Garrison Artillery apparently found there. Opposed to previously recorded "belted" type, this F.P.O. No.13 was in plain type, latest use beyond 6 months of previous record and the only known example showing the combination of use of Liu Kung Tau Oval and F.P.O. No.13 datestamps.

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1988 - I. Baker (joint winner)
18 April 1901 registered envelope to London with uncommon "INSURED" label of black lettering on magenta paper; franked 4 copies QV 10c and struck with uncommon Webb Type R(iv) boxed "R / HONG-KONG G.P.O." registration handstamp with thick "R" variation, suggested to be used in branch offices at Kowloon and Western (see HKSC Jn. 238 of July/Aug 1982, Appendix III, p.4) and the "thin R" type was known use at Kowloon.
 
1988 - P. D. Richardson (joint winner)

1905 registered envelope (uprated insurance fees overprinted) franked two KEVII 4c cancelled Webb Type B Liu Kung Tau cds dated "JU 29 / 05" and Type Ri "R in Circle" registration marking, two years later than the latest date recorded by Messrs. Goldsmith and Goodwyn in The Crown Colony of Wei Hai Wei.(published by RPSL, 1985).

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1987 - None of entries submitted were judged to be eligible for the award.
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1986 - F. J. Rogers
1945 N.A.A.F.I. On Active Service Letter Form (used by British force members overseas) to London struck with unrecorded double-circle FIELD POST OFFICE 365 cds with two thick side bars dated "8 DE / 45" (where F.P.O.366 was widely known). Upon Japanese surrendered at the end of August 1945. a Commando Brigade disembarked at Kowloon on 12 September 1945 and had its F.P.O.366 in operation from 16 September. Another military cancellator F.P.O.365 had allocated to the Special Service Group 1 on 27 August 1943 and returned to the Home Post Centre in December 1946 but no previous reports of its use in Hong Kong, and this is the first recorded example.
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1985 - Andrew Cheung

1921 quadruple-rate registered cover to England franked CHINA overprint 10c x 3 and 8c cancelled Registered Shanghai B.P.O. Oval Datestamp dated "JA 17 21", struck with the new found third type boxed "R/ SHANGHAI B.P.O." registration marking in blue inking (all letters in upper case vs. the second type rubber chop with upper and lower case letterings), clearly a rubber made handstamp showing severe wear and wavy frame-line appearance.

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NOTE: Illustrations corresponding to the awards before 1985 were not published.

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1984 - Mr. N.H.T. Bennet

Amoy B Registration stamp on letters dated 1915 and 1918

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1983 - Dr. A.M.T. Cheung

Earlier PC with Chefoo single circle 22 April 1907

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1982 - Mr. L.C. Scamp

Several covers

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1981- Mr. M. Goldsmith

Cover to Germany with local Tientsin handstamp 11-2-07

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1980 - Mr. S.A. Robertson

Mixed franking with IPO by French route from Hong Kong

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1979 - Mr. R. Kirk

Penang to Singapore marine sorter on Hong Kong mail

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1978 - Mr. J. R Muir

Cover Shanghai to England with re oval “Registered / Hong Kong / MY 10/76”

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1977 - Mr. J. R Muir

New censorship marking

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1976 - Mr. R. Kirk

Letter by P & O Packet to Bombay with “Paid at Hong Kong” marking

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1975 - Mr. M. Goldsmith

Postmarks of Singapore and Penang on Hong Kong adhesives

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1974 - Mr. C.C. Gower

1936 R.A.F. “Goodwill” flight cover

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1973 - Dr. J.D. Riddell

“KONGMOON“  I.P.O. Cover

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1972 - Mr. L.A.G. Stribley

1925 Registered cover type H

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1971 - Mr. J. R Muir

Late Fee cover

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1970 - Mr. Landini

Registered cover 1901 with IPO on pair $5/$10 postal fiscal

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1969 - Mr. Landini

Early letter from Canton

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1968 - Mr. W.R. Wellsted

“China” & “China & Japan Steam Service” pre-convention mail cover

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1967 - Colonel F.W. Webb

Complete pane of the 1891 Jubilee

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1966 - Mr. W.R. Wellsted

Two 14c rates covers, one including antique “t”

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1965 - Mr. Murphy

Commercial covers

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1964 - Mr. W.R. Wellsted

Day Book from the Hong Kong Post Office with obliterated
adhesives as pre-payments of circulars

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1963 - Mr. P.C. Pearson

New type 28 cent surcharge

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1962 - Mr. W.R. Wellsted

Research article on the Trans-Siberian Railway

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With thanks to Philippe Orsetti for his help with the content of this page.

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