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Member Papers

The aim of the Hong Kong Study Circle is to record and circulate information on the philatelic and postal history of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports. Our main tool remains the Journal which we publish quarterly and distribute to our members. The Internet now affords us a means of circulating information to a wider audience. We will occasionally publish, on our website, papers that we think are of interest to a broad range of postal historians and others. The aim being to encourage contributions of information from beyond our membership and to make more people aware of the interests of our members.


NOTE: Most of the papers require the latest version of the Adobe reader.


P014
  Red Cross Envelopes during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong
by Philippe Orsetti
Hong Kong Red Cross Envelope The object of this Monograph is to make available, for further research, all the data concerning this subject that have been accumulated by the author over the years.

The scope of this document is limited to the outgoing Red Cross covers from Hong Kong and excludes incoming covers.

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P013
 Hong Kong & Treaty Ports Forwarding Agents Markings
During the XIX Century
by Philippe Orsetti
updated June 2016
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This list consolidates all the known records from Col. F.W. Webb, Peter Pugh, Fred Stubens, Kenneth Rowe and the author.

This list includes Hong Kong & its Treaty Ports of China and Japan, plus so-called Pseudo-Treaty Ports such as Bangkok and Manila.

To automatically qualify, a marking must contain one of the words "Forwarded by…", "Encaminada…" or "Transmis par .." It may also display "Stamped by…" or "Postage Paid by..." terms used by some forwarding agents.

This list, with additional notes regarding the history of the corresponding companies, is generously hosted and available on the website:


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P012
 Hong Kong Fiscal Seals & Adhesives
by Philippe Orsetti
Feb 2013
2014 Webb Cup Winner


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Updated: Sept 2013
This Monograph illustrates and organizes as many as possible of the revenue seals and adhesives that have been issued in Hong Kong until its transfer of sovereignty on July 1, 1997. It is a virtual collection gathered from the holdings of several long time collectors. It should help present and future philatelists in organizing their collections. It will give them guidance and avenues to make additional discoveries.

Due to the volume of the files resulting from the inclusion of hundreds of scans, the Monograph has been split in three parts as follow:

NOTE: Download time may be as long as 10 minutes per Part.

Part I: (1867 - 1945) Fiscal Seals & Revenue Adhesives from the Reigns of QV to KGV (including the WWII Japanese Occupation) [pdf, 9.4 Megs] 1st update

Monograph-Erratum-Part I [104 K]

Part II: (1938 - 1952) Revenue Adhesives during the Reign of KGVI (including numeral design issues) [pdf, 12.9 Megs] 

Part III: (1953 - 1997) Revenue Adhesives during the Reign of QEII. [pdf, 10.5 Megs]



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P011
 Hong Kong Airmails – 1924-1952
by Nick Halewood
21 November 2010
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In September 1911 the first official British air mail service operated between Hendon, London, and Windsor. It was, technically, the first time air mail for Hong Kong had been accepted, so this postcard was among the first mail to arrive in Hong Kong that at some stage had been carried by an official air mail service .
This exhibit traces the development of the airmail routes and rates out of Hong Kong; covering the first mail accepted in Hong Kong for air transmission at some stage in 1924, the despatches for the Karachi United Kingdom and Shanghai-Manchouli routes in 1929 and 1931, respectively, the first regular despatches for the Saigon-Marseilles route in 1932, through the disruption caused by World War 11, to the introduction of four zones in 1952. Experimental, private and incoming flights that contributed to the expansion of airmail routes from Hong Kong and mail from Hong Kong-related crashes are also represented. Much of the detailed information is the result of ongoing personal research by the exhibitor.

Frame 1, Frame 2, Frame 3, Frame 4,
Frame 5, Frame 6, Frame 7, Frame 8

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P010
 NEW BOOK:
French Mail Paquebot Far East Itineraries  1862 – 1880  (FEMSI Volume 2)
by Lee Scamp
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This book is Volume 2 of Far East Mail Ship Itineraries (FEMSI), Vol. 1 of which concerned primarily the P&O. 
FEMSI Volume 2 provides tabular itineraries of the French mail ship lines to, from, and within the Far East, 1862 – 1880.  Comprehensive Oriental French paquebot itineraries between Hong Kong, Shanghai and Yokohama are detailed, and augmented by eastward and westward dates at Marseille for these voyages (many of the Marseille dates from Salles’ Tome II).  Some more limited information is included concerning the rest of the French line port calls between France and the Orient: Messina / Naples, Alexandria / Port Said, Suez, Aden, Galle / Colombo, Singapore, and Saigon.

Mr. Scamp's email address:

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Uploaded: 22 Dec. 2010 Description
pdf file [103 KB]
Order Form
pdf file [95 KB]

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P009
 French Messageries Imperiales / Maritimes Mail Paquebot Itineraries to, from, and within the Far East 1862 – 1880 Far East Mail Ship Itineraries, Volume 2
by Lee C. Scamp
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Click on the links below to view presentations Mr. Scamp gave on his newest book. Both files are filled with many interesting examples.

Mr. Scamp's email address:

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This submission was published on this website: May 2010
The book is to be published later in 2010.
View Presentation 1
pdf file [1363 KB]

View Presentation 2
pdf file [2121 KB]

Order Form
pdf file [93 KB]

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P008
 Subject Matter Index for Journal 335-346 (inclusive)
by  
Timothy Webb
This index commences with Journal No.335 (October 2005). A degree of cross-referencing has been included where the subject matter has lent itself to it.
published: April 2010 View pdf file [103 KB]
View as a web page

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P007
 Author Index, Bulletin/Journal Nos. 1-351
by  
Timothy Webb
Timothy Webb compiled the bulk, Journal Nos. 1-347, of this list; Nick J. Halewood added entries for Journal Nos. 348-351.
published: March 2010 View pdf file [153 KB]
View as a web page

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P006
 Caveat Emptor - A New Breed of Fakers at Work!
by  Michel Houde

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With the widespread use of scanners, computer printers, philatelic reference works etc. fakers have discovered how easily these are to produce.
published: March 2009 View pdf file [169 KB]

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P005
 Hong Kong Postal Stationery Finds and Updates
by  Lee C. Scamp

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Postal Stationery Monograph

HK QV PC Earliest Uses Appendix:
View Table pdf [`7.2 Megs]
View Scans pdf [200 KB]
"After I completed the original HKPS [Hong Kong Philatelic Society] registration envelope article, I thought I should expand it beyond the constraints of that topic to encompass new finds and to include  updates to the earliest and latest dates that Col. Webb and others have recorded for the rest of the various types of Hong Kong postal stationery."


updated: 31 July 2013

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P004
 French Ship Mail by Harmon Fine
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A presentation given by Harmon Fine illustrating this subject using covers and stamps.
published: January 2009 View pdf file [228 KB]

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P003
French Far East Mail Ship Itineraries by Lee C. Scamp
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A presentation given by Lee Scamp in Washington, DC during the 2006 International Stamp Show.
published: January 2009 View pdf file [3,026 KB]

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P002
Hong Kong Officially Sealed Labels Catalog by Philippe Orsetti
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First color issue; March 15, 2008
Revised and augmented as of July 21, 2010
Revised and augmented as of November 7, 2016

Officially Sealed Labels are used to secure letters and packages received in damaged condition or damaged at the Post Office. In Hong Kong, during the First World War, they were also used to reseal letters that were opened by censors, before the introduction of a specific resealing strip in the early part of 1915.
published: November 2016 View pdf file [6.9 MB]

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P001
Direction Markings: Re-Direction Markings Reconsidered by Charles A. Jones
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Names of ports, such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore, are occasionally found as unframed, straight-line markings on loose stamps, post cards, and covers of Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, and one example so far from North Borneo.
published: April 2007 View HTML

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