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Posted 11/24/2013   09:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add March to your friends list Get a Link to this Message


Could someone help me to understand the Post Office's name on this postmark please ?
Thanks
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Posted 11/24/2013   3:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Terence Collins to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is a Japanese pictorial postmark. There is a catalogue for these and one sold on eBay a while back. If you collect Japan it might be worth getting one. Otherwise try googling. You may get lucky.

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Posted 11/24/2013   3:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add khj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like the postmark has the name of a park, but I don't know which one. Tonymacg would know, hopefully he will chime in.
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Posted 11/24/2013   5:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tonymacg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The postmark is from Saijo Koen-dori post office, in Ehime Prefecture. It even has its own Web site: http://map.japanpost.jp/pc/syousai....300161306000 in Japanese, of course.

The name means Saijo Park Road#65294;From what I can gather from the Saijo town map, the park is largely a sporting centre, with some grassed areas in the middle. I don't know how many birds dare to brave the tennis balls.
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Posted 11/24/2013   6:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add khj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ah, that's why it has the word park in there! Thanks, tonymacg!
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Posted 11/24/2013   10:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tonymacg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I should have explained the full name of the post office: Saijo Park Road.

Incidentally, khj, if you know the relevant prefecture, and you don't mind battling the hiragana, this Web site http://www.mapion.co.jp/address/ will give you most Japanese addresses, down to the local level.

It wasn't much use in this case, because the prefecture (Ehime) wasn't identified, and 'Saijo' isn't the most obvious reading of the characters. It took a couple of guesses to arrive at.
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Posted 11/25/2013   04:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add March to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you very much ALL for clarification on Post Office's name/location.

Now, on postmark date , I received info that :

" The 62-yen postage was the norm for a letter up to 25 grams from Heisei 1 to Heisei 6 (year), so I would say it was Heisei 5, which was 1993. "

So postmark date 5.2.15 should be read as : 1993 February 15 , please ?

( "5" meaning 5 years on throne by current Japan Emperor ?)
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Posted 11/25/2013   06:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add March to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


tonymacg

A last question please. Could you kindly please let me know the name of this warship, and about this special postmark, is it Nagoya 23 April 1935 ?

Many thanks

M.
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Posted 11/25/2013   07:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tonymacg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The postmark is from Kobe, 23 April 1935, commemorating the visit of the Emperor to Manchukuo.

Sorry I can't quite make out the name of the ship - assuming that it is its name. Could you do a nice, contrasty scan of that panel at the bottom centre of the picture, please?

Should have added that your information on the date on the postmark is probably right. The alternative would be that the year is first, which would make it 2003. I have no idea about Japanese postage rates: if the Yen 62 rate applied through to 1994, then I'd guess it should indeed be 1993.
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Edited by tonymacg - 11/25/2013 07:49 am
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Posted 11/25/2013   08:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add March to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
tonymacg

Thank you for all the details ( it's good that postmark is from KOBE - which is a port)

As for the warship's name I got it from here :

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/...-h/hiei2.htm
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Edited by March - 11/25/2013 09:04 am
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