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Posted 02/05/2021   5:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
On December 22, 1945 Spain issued a three-value set of semi-postal charity stamps to benefit anti-tuberculosis relief. Saint George and the dragon are depicted on the stamps. Shown here is the 20c + 5c low value (Sc #B134) from the set.

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Posted 03/31/2021   12:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Richard Frajola to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Shanghai Local Post Office - I was surprised to not see any examples of the first issue shown on this thread.

The earliest description of the large dragon stamps appeared in The London and China Telegraph
of October 10, 1865. Printed in London, with Shanghai dates to August 16, 1865 it mentions:

The new local postage stamps are great curios, and should be bought up in quantity to
send home for the illumination of postage stamp albums. There are four kinds, viz. two
candareens in black - four candareens in yellow - eight in green - and sixteen in red. The
size, the superfices, as compared with a Hong Kong stamp, is as 528 to 270 - that is to
say, they are almost as large again, and exhibit the following expression. In the centre a
device intended to represent a dragon, though unmistakable as as a caterpillar
glowworm. On the top, in English, Shanghai L.P.O. , and the Chinese characters for
Shanghai. On the bottom the value, say 16 candareens, and the Chinese characters for
Kungpoo, and the local designation of the municipal council. On the dexter side the value
in Chinese characters, as one mace and six fun, and on the sinister side, Shuisinkwan,
Post-office. In use, both scissors and paste are required, the one to clip, the other to effect
adhesion. As we say, the local post stamps are curious, figuratives of the time.


(background add-on:In 1863 the multinational Shanghai Municipal Council opened a subscription-based post office to collect and distribute mails between the foreign settlement in Shanghai and Hong Kong and to deliver local Shanghai letters for both the resident foreign and Chinese populations. The Shanghai Local Post Office soon became one the most important communications hubs in nineteenth-century China. So, it was not a "local post" by any standard definition.

Here is an example from Printing #1: (is this the first stamp issued to portray a dragon?)

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Antigua

1980

Christmas, Disney - 9v

Sleeping Beauty

The Maleficent, turned in a dragon, confronts Phillip, that use the blessed sword to kill her

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Singapore
Year of the Dragon
January 1, 2000
The stamp in the minisheet features a stylized golden dragon.
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Here is the 1st class local (26c) Chinese New Year stamp from Singapore's February 29, 2008 set of 4, self-adhesive "Festivals" stamps.


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Peru
160 Years of Chinese Immigration to Peru
October 12, 2009
The stamp depicts a paifang gate with a pair of dragons.
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On March 23, 1988 Hong Kong issued this "Year of the Dragon" computer-vended stamp. At the time of issue, Hong Kong's two Frama FE264 vending machines were capable of dispensing four values: .10, .50, 1.30, and 1.70. The "02" in the upper left corner indicates that this stamp was sold from machine #2.

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