One Day A Commonwealth; Next Day Not

Discussion in 'World Stamps' started by Gunny, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Found this interesting. Same stamp denoting that the Philippines is a Commonwealth. Then reissued showing that the Philippines isn't.

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  2. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Discovered something new about the above stamp and it appears that it is more special than I had originally thought.

    From Wikipedia, "Upon the outbreak of World War II on December 18, 1941, Manila, which was declared an open city was easily captured by the Japanese who entered it on January 2, 1942. On March 4, the Japanese resumed mail service in the city. At first they released the so-called “provisional” or “emergency issues”. They were seven of the pre-war Commonwealth stamps approved by their censors and with the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND COMMONWEALTH” deleted in black.

    So, I actually have a stamp that was altered by the Japanese when they allowed mail service to continue once they had control over the country. Very neat.
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