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Foreign Mail (Roman-Letter) Roller Postmarks

by Alan Cowie

(a) In Vertical Format

Before World War II, there were two types with variant groups ( PAQUEBOT and ‘SHAVED PAQUEBOT’ ).

  • Type 1: Markings used between 1 Oct 1910 and 19 April 1934 were distinguished by the inclusion the word JAPAN or the abbreviated form IJPO.
  • Type 2:  After 19 April 1934 the word or NIPPON or INPO was used .

 

(b) In Horizontal Format:

Three Types – post 1 October 1952.

  • Type A  with a 4-digit year: (Listing)
  • Type B with 2-digit year from 1 January 1964, further categorized as
  •                B1 without preceding postal code (Listing) and
  •                B2 with preceding postal code (Listing)
  • Type C with a parallelogram shape and 2-digit year since 30 Nov 1990,
  • further categorized as:
  •                C1 without preceding postal code (Listing) and
  •                C2 with preceding postal code (Listing)
Note: Both C1 and C2 also exist with underlined year digits . The underlined year was in use in the years 2007 to 2012. The list currently has 63 entries of different post office cancels where the year is underlined. (Listing)

 

References
  • JP Vol 69 No 5 : ” The Underlined Years: Foreign Mail Roller Update” pages 265-266
  • JP Vol 76 No 2 : ” The Underlined Year : Foreign mail Roller Update”, pages 70 – 71