One of my eBay purchases that arrived today is a Fumi Card depicting the first four Japanese postage stamps, which were issued on 20 April 1871.
Fumi Cards were prepaid cards (similar to Japanese telephone cards, Quo Cards, etc.) that could be used to purchase stamps and postal stationery at Japanese post offices; the word fumi means 'letter' or 'note'. This card is one of the 17 designs issued at the start of the program on 1 April 1989. 175,000 cards were printed with this particular design.
Sales of Fumi Cards ended with the reorganization of the postal system as Japan Post on 1 April 2003. They continued to be valid until 30 September 2006, when Japan Post ceased to be a government-owned entity, but it was still possible to get refunds for unused cards until 30 September 2011.
The pinhole above the zero indicates that the card's ¥3000 value was used in full.
what a great thread!! I'll spend some time reading here wish I seen this earlier Just caught myself up, helped ID two stamps in the process What are some good resources for early cancellations? Answered my own question http://goscf.com/t/4452
hi guys, I'm putting together a small collection of japan stamps(not buying just using what I got) its possible that I have a few nice cancellations but they could be fake!(nothing too fancy) id like to detail as much as I could about the few I have and make a nice little book, why not Not sure its polite to post and ask so much, this week I've had some time... sorry though trying to learn and help (should just leave it to the pros)heck I'm horrible at asking questions, writing them and worse at explaining things! i only had a old (1965) scott to use and SCF but ill made it work till I can get to the library and get a newer scott then ill update the numbers and separate there year and what have you. alright enough blah blah though a little embarrassed seeing the pages are defiantly not what I would like them to look like ATM (out dated #'s, sloppy lables and well most look empty) I'm wondering if its ok to post a couple picture of some pages? and maybe get some feed back or information.
It's definitely a slow go... Language barrier is difficult I'd like to eventually have the listings and descriptions of the postmarks and would be pretty sweet ( I'd like to do that with a couple other countries too) To add a clean photo of some of the PM's seeing I only have a few Might be a long project but worth it IMO
Like I said nothing too surprising or special Just a little fun for me (sloppy labels for now, printer has been down) Anyway here's a couple pages
It's over 50$+ for a used copy to make it's way to me That's why I used my old Scott some ronson and a black lid Until I find something more in-depth for probably around the same if not a little bit more
Typically, it's the forged stamps that have fake cancels. There are none here. I also don't see the small double circle telephone cancels, making the stamps somewhat cheaper.
You are going to have to have clear images of at least the tops of CDSs to get towns/cities identified. Your #74 is from a suboffice of Tokyo but I can't tell which from here (if I can at all. But someone might).
The cheap old Scott volumes generally come from libraries [or "Friends of ... Library") getting rid of their old copies. The older, the cheaper. As for shipping, see if you can limit a search to Canadian sources. Make sure they don't use a plastic book shipping bag to send, the books just break right through.
Does any member, have, and want to share, an editable LIST of all the PREFECTURE stamps please?
I have Sakura, and a mimeographed list of the first 300, I would like an editable list so I can add details to my scans. Catalogue numbers not important, just ID of the vignette, and what Prefecture or Region.
I've been sorting out my Japanese stamps lately and one thing I noticed is that the Scott catalog (naturally) fails to detail perforation varieties existent, especially with issues like the Koban issues. They mention multiple perforation possibilities, but I am interested in knowing which stamps can be found in which perforations.
Is there a online source that details this?
I did some searching around on SCF, but didn't find anything based on the thread title at least.