Postage stamps and postal history of Hong Kong
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Hong Kong formerly produced postage stamps with the name Hong Kong, with the face of the reigning monarchs of the United Kingdom, or with the royal symbols (e.g. "E.R."). After the Hong Kong's transfer of sovereignty to China, stamps are now issued with the name Hong Kong, China. British Hong Kong postage stamps are no longer valid for prepayment of postage, nor are they repurchased by the Post Office.
The postal system in Hong Kong began in 1841 when the Royal Mail established an office in the region. Merchants were trading in Hong Kong at the two sides of Victoria Harbour for some years before the establishment of the British possession in 1842. They had complained about the absence of proper postal services and therefore the Postal Department was established.
On 8 December 1862, the Office issued the first set of Hong Kong postage stamps. Before that, only British soldiers in Hong Kong could use British stamps while other local residents did not have any.
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Hong Kong has issued a variety of stamps since 1862.
- China Philatelic Society of London
- China Stamp Society
- Hong Kong Philatelic Society
- Hong Kong Study Circle
- Revenue stamps of Hong Kong
- Stanley Gibbons Ltd: various catalogues.
- Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986. ISBN 0-356-10862-7
- Webb, F. W. (1961) The Philatelic and Postal History of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports of China and Japan, Royal Philatelic Society London.
suggested extra source material
- Gurevitch, R.N. Hong Kong Postage Stamps of the Queen Victoria Period: A Collector’s Notebook (1993)
- Gurevitch, R.N. Hong Kong, Queen Victoria Adhesives:Volume 1 (2001)
- Gurevitch, R.N. Hong Kong, Queen Victoria Adhesives:Volume 2 (2001)
- Proud, E.B. The Postal History of the British Colonies: Hong Kong, Volume 1: 1841-1958(1989)
- Proud, E.B. First supplement to the above (1994)
- Proud, E.B. The Postal History of the British Post Offices Abroad (Far East) (1991)
- Proud, E.B. The Postal History of Hong Kong (2004)
- Schoenfeld, H.Cancellations of Hong Kong, The First 100 Years, 1841-1941 (1989)
- Schoenfeld, H.Hong Kong Postal Stationery (1991)
- Schoenfeld, H.Cancellations of the Treaty Ports of Hong Kong, 1850-1930 (1998)
- Halewood, N. Hong Kong Airmails 1945-1995 (2000; HKSC publication)
- Halewood, N. & Antscherl, D. A Study of the Definitive Adhesives of King George VI (1992; HKSC publication)
- Halewood, N. & Antscherl, D. A Study of Hong Kong Definitives: King Edward VII and King George V (1995; HKSC
- Hong Kong Study Circle The Philatelic History of Hong Kong, Volume 1 : The Adhesives(1984)
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- Queen Victoria Stamps of Hong Kong, China Philatelic Assn., Hong Kong.
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