NOTES ON INTERNATIONAL CANCELS

OF TAIWAN 1960-61

 

Ai Li-Shan

 

For a very long time I have been holding some covers with international cancels from Taiwan. I always thought that perhaps I would run across a sizeable holding of them and could work out further details on their date of usage. As with such projects one never seems to get beyond a certain point!

 

H1 to H6 CANCELS

 

Figure 1, cover from Saigon to Taiwan

 

Figure 2, reverse of cover with H-1 cancel

 

 

 

 

This receiving cancel was applied by the international mail section in Taipei, January 6, 1961

 

Summary of H Covers

 

 

Marking Receiving Dispatch Date Cover from Cover to

H-1 X 1961.6.1 Vietnam

X 1961.7.26 Japan

H-2 X 1961.3.2 Japan

H-3 X 1960.10.7 Japan

X 1961.11.02 Japan

H-4 HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED

H-5 X 1961.12.9 U.S.

X 1961.12.15 U.S.

H-6 X 1961.7.5 U.S.

X 1962.4.1 U.S.

 

A and B CANCELS

 

Figure 4, A international mail cancel

 

 

 

 

Figure 5 Figure 6

 

I have only seen the A used from Taipei, canceling stamps not used as a receiving back stamp. Only one example of the B has been seen, it was used as a receiving back stamp for surface mail.

 

Summary of A and B Covers

 

Marking Receiving Dispatch Date From or to

A X 1960.8.17 to U.S.

X 1960.10.1 to U.S.

Both covers sent airmail, with the A used for canceling the stamps

 

B X 1960.11.25 Surface mail, back stamped at Keelung for transmittal to the U.S.

 

As you can see I have a very small number of these cancels. Please check your covers from Taiwan for the 1960-62 period. Hopefully, with more covers the dates and usage can be more accurately determined.