TWO FIRST DAY OF ISSUE DATES
Recently the Taiwan
post office issued a set of stamps for the Modern Taiwanese Paintings.
The set was to
be issued on August 7, 2009. In
preparation for this issue date, first day covers had been prepared for mailing
on the first day to those with standing order accounts. Figure 1 is a cover that was mailed with the
international cancel, reading August 7, 2009 from Taiwan, R.O.C. This cover was mailed from the philatelic
department to the U.S. (address obscured for privacy) You will note also the printed FD
obliteration in English of the stamps.
The first day of
issue ceremony was scheduled for the morning of August 7 (Friday). However, the typhoon "Morakot"
the evening of August 6, resulting in the all the post offices being closed on
August 7. (The one exception was the
post offices on Kinmen which remained open).
The first day ceremonies were postponed until the morning of August
10th. Covers still had the same printed
date of issue on the stamps, but had the actual cancel of August 10, the date
of issue. Figure 2 is an example from
the Taipei Nanhai post office (Branch 5).
The covers thus sold had a chop, Figure 3, "Typhoon stopped
business, next day processed". From
information received, those that processed their own
first day covers (not standing order account), would have received the blank
envelopes on Monday, August 10th.