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CHINA POSTCARDS &
COMMUNIST CHINESE POST CARDS
CHINE / Chińsko Ludowo Republika / CINA / Kina /
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA / Republica Popular de China /
Republikang Popular sa Tsina / Républik Rakyat Cina /
Volksrepubliek van Sjina / 中華人民共和國 / चीन
We distinguish Hong Kong postcards , Macao post cards,
Manchurian postcards, Manchukuo post cards, Mongolia postcards
& Taiwanese post cards in our filing system.
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Chinese postal history, Macao covers & Taiwanese postal history.
Older postcards are in this section. Modern are in the next section.
"10.--Petits Métiers--Fabricant de Jouets. / Little crafts.--Toy maker." black & white, circa 1915, unused postcard, Collection Liou-Seu, lightly toned front, small toned area on back. $20.00 ct
"12.--Petits Métiers-- Raccommodeur de Faďence. Little crafts--Chinese mender." showing a man mending earthenware, boys in the back hold kites; black & white postcard on browning paper, circa 1915, unused, album marks at front corners, lower corner crease tangential to the image. The man is mending pottery. $35.00 cppk
"13.--Petits Métiers--Pâtissier Chinois. Little Crafts--Chinese Pastry cook". black & white, circa 1915, unused postcard, minor corner wear & rounding, brownish paper. $17.50 Same, but sepia-tone on brownish paper, unused, a few tiny marks on back. $17.00 (cp)
"14.--Petits Métiers-- Marchand ambulant. Little crafts.--High road merchant." black & white post card circa 1915, unused, paper browning with age, heavily toned back, light album marks at front corners, minor corner rounding. $15.00 c
"15. - Petits Métier - Pęcheur avec oiseaux Little crafts - Fishing with birds / Fishingman With birds (Tientsin Moriya)" with second line of caption in blue, showing fisherman carrying 7 large birds (cormorants?) on a long pole, sepia-tone on unused undivided back postcard, light brownish paper. The birds are cormorants. Hard to find! SOLD RECENTLY cfb
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"28.--Petits Métiers-- Soldat Chinois ŕ l'exercice. Little crafts--Chinese soldiers practising." black & white on grayish paper, circa 1915, unused, light album marks on front. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 cm
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"38. OVER BATTLEFIELDS, LIAOYAN, MANCHURIA" color post card, used 1909 in the United States, light amount of cancel ink on front, stained at top of back. $4.00 cm
"44. ACROSS THE LAKE FROM ISLAND, PEKING, CHINA" showing 2 people resting on some rocks with the city in the distance, color postcard, writing on back dates to 1908, corner crease. $2.00 c
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"Afghanistan, A shot of Sardar M. Daoud, dining with / Mao Tse Tung, January 1958" sepia-tone image within very dark brown border, 2001 copyright, unused oversize post card in excellent condition. $2.00 ac%
"Ancient Chinese art" showing a statue of a man standing, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1964 at Hazel Park Michigan. $1.50
"A Public Well, Pekin, China" including a few people & a cart in the distance, color post card, unused, album marks on front, lightly toned front, album marks on back. $3.00 c
"ASIAN PEARL" Polaroid color photo of the bow of the ship (name in English & Chinese) dockside, crane overhead; owned by the China Navigation Company, powered by Daihatsu engines. Colors have a yellowish cast. Obviously one-of-a-kind. $5.00 cs(o)
AUSTRALIAN-ORIENTAL LINE. Changte & Taiping. "A-O LINERS // 'CHANGTE' / AND / 'TAIPING' // AUSTRALIA -- MANILA -- PHILIPPINE ISLANDS -- HONG KONG -- CHINA -- JAPAN" showing the Taiping from the side, view looking towards shore; circa-1928 postcard, minor corner & edge wear, tiny corner creases nowhere near the image. Ports of call of these Australian-Oriental Line ships included Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Thursday Island, Hong Kong, and Lord Howe Island. Both ships were used in forcible deportations of ethic Chinese to China as part of the 'White Australia' policy. During World War II these refrigerated ships replenished 40+ ships of the Eastern Fleet for the Royal Navy. In the collection of the State Library Victoria, but rarely offered. $16.50 s(a)s(o)csa NEW / NUEVO / NOV
"Band Stand Public Garden, Shanghai No. 101" unused unevenly divided back postcard from Kamogawa in Shanghai, minor corner & edge wear, long but faint upper corner crease, a little album toning on back. A little taller than most regular-size postcards. Hard to find! $10.00 cm
"Canton. Dragon Boat race." unused monochromatic green post card with undivided back from the Hongkong Pictorial Postcard Company, minor edge wear, light toning both sides. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 cs(r)r
"CANTON. REGIMENT OF 'BRAVES' ON PARADE" showing the Muslim Kansu Braves who fought in the Boxer Rebellion / Boxer Uprising / Yihetuan Movement against foreigners, bearing pikes & war scythes; post card with blue caption & undivided back, mild corner & edge wear, a little cancel ink near the top front, light toning. Rare. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 cpmh
"CHEFOO." showing the front of the Chinese Imperial Post Office there (sign in English & Chinese), black & white on brownish paper, post card mailed 1909 at Scio Ohio, 2 corner creases, small corner crease. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 cp!
"CHEFOO / 58 Pub by Nakayama Consular Japan and Frnce(sic) at Chefoo ..." with second line of caption in blue continuing in Japanese, black & white carte postal with unevenly divided back (circa 1907 - 1908), a few tiny spots of toning in the front sky (probably at the printers), trivial wear to the upper corners. Seldom seen, seldom offered. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 cj
"Chefoo Harbor, China.--Chefoo is a great gateway to / China. ..." postcard with divided back, faint corner crease in the sky, thin straight line in water may be a printer's guide. Offered elsewhere as high as $9.99, but we need only $5.00 c
"CHINA" Arbuckle Bros. Coffee advertising card, pre-1900, shows child with doll & musician & board game, small spot on back. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 (ac)
"China" showing a woman & child up close, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1964 at Elmore Ohio. $1.50 c. Same caption but showing soldiers with some young children, mailed 1964 at Decatur Michigan. $1.50 c
"Chinese Coolie carrying 250 lbs / 108. Tientsin China" AZO real photo post card with triangles up and down, unused, corner crease, corner wear & rounding, light toning on front. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 cp
"Chinese Lady Chinese Garden" unused chromolithographed postcard, Edit. Kingshill No. 37, corner crease, mild corner wear & rounding. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 cg
Circa-1907 Dairen (previously Port Arthur & Dalny & Дальний; subsequently Dalian & 大连市) under Japanese occupation following the Russo-Japanese War. Lot of 10 unused postcards from the same booklet (original owner sent 2 which we do not have), all removed neatly, all with minor corner wear, all lightly toned backs, all specifying DAIREN in English before captioning continues in Japanese:
The winter scenes are important: the harbor did not often ice in -- which was why the Russians were willing to fight the Japanese for a year-round port which they otherwise would not have. If the English in the captions surprises you, recall that the British occupied it before the Russians, and consider that it was principally American & British money that financed the Japanese during that war! All 10 postcards: $50.00 mjc
"CORNER BLOCKHOUSE, TARTAR WALL, PEKING" with 7 loaded camels passing by, post card published by the Camera Craft Company in Peking, made in the USA, short message penned in the center of the back, long corner crease, lightly toned back. Seen elsewhere as high as $16.95, but we need only $5.00. ca(c)
"Dixin Miike Hardor(sic) loading Coal..." showing rail tracks, giant cranes & ships, monochromatic blue postcard with bilingual caption, toned back, edge wear including an internal crease. Interesting scene. 'Hardor' probably means 'Harbor'. $5.00 c
"Dragon Boat" real photo postcard mailed from Shanghai (5000 inflation stamp, most of cancel legible) to the United States, typed request for catalog, a little toning on lower border of image, slight ink smear on back in message area. Sold but back still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.75 c-c
"ENTHUSIASTIC THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK'S CHINESE WELCOME DR. C. C. WU, / SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE NEW CHINA, CHINATOWN, NEW YORK" showing a May 1928 parade in progress for the envoy of the Chinese Nationalists, sent by Chiang Kai-shek; unused postcard given out at the Chin and Chin Lee Restaurants (Broadway & 44th, and Broadway & 49th, respectively). Heavy vertical crease is not too conspicuous by the luck of where it falls within the image, small tear in the right front margin, bottom corner crease not into the image. History before your eyes! Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 pn(n)ch
"Execution Ground, Canton 'SANBRIDE'" sepia-tone post card mailed at Canton 22 JUN 05 to Chicago Illinois, partial Hong-Kong & Seattle transit markings on back, long crease not into the image, front unevenly toned. Man in the foreground brandishes a blade while a head dangles from his other hand. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 cm
"FORMOSA CRISIS / THREATENS MILLIONS / IN KOREA!!" US 2-c postal card sent FEB 14 1955 from Seattle, printed appeal for funding to enable 500,000 religious booklets to be sent to Korea by The Life Messengers, corner crease & a little cancel ink on front. At the time an invasion by Communist Chinese was though imminent by some. $5.00 ktrhwc
"FUCHU FROM SUCHOU STATION" also captioned in Chinese, showing the depot and nearby tracks; monochromatic purple post card, circa 1913, minor edge wear, minor album toning. The name of the city is also seen spelled Suzhou. Rare. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 c
"GOLDEN DRAGON / PEIPING JEWELLERY(sic) DPT. / Tsingtao Bazaar (up stairs) No. 40 CHUNG SHAN RD. / TSINGTAO, CHINA ../ Dealer in all Kinds of Refine Jades, Diamonds, Pearly... " business card with golden dragon design in subtle gold on brownish paper, corner crease. $5.00 cj
HAINAN AIRLINES. Unused regular-size post card showing its Fairchild Swearingen SA227DC (B-3950) at Zhuhai in November 1996, published in Switzerland, near mint. $7.50 ac
"Hankow. -- Porteurs de chaises au repos. / Chair coolies at rest." / Copyright Ch. Bernard, Hankow." showing sedan chair porters at rest in black & white with blue caption, carte postale addressed to 'Miss Gertrude Dayton, c / o French Post Office / Hankow', stamp placed on front & cancelled Hangkow removed by a complete moron who caused some thinning. The back, showing how mail was addressed to that office in English & how TCV was handled, is still interesting & presentable--there is a Chinese annotation that the stamps are on the other side & a handstamped black A in a small circle. Sold but back still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 f-c. Front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00. Both scans: $3.25
"Interior View of the Park, West Lake, Hangchow" black & white post card with dark red caption, mailed Hangchow to Austria "via Liberia" and forwarded on arrival, stamp removed by an idiot, 2 spots of light toning noticeable in the sky, soft corners. $5.00 c
"Japanese Consul General office in Hancow(sic)" showing its exterior & the nearby dock, unused color postcard with a little heavy pencil writing on the back that may not erase well, corners with small creases & wear. A rare card -- as you may verify by trying to find it elsewhere! $20.00 cj
"Kais. Sommer Palast, Peking / Imperial Summer Palace, Peking" postcard mailed in the United States, minor edge wear, faint album marks on front. Postcard sold. Front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 c
"Kunming, China" showing a busy street scene, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1964 at Carleton Michigan. $2.00 c. Same caption, but different street scene, mailed at Marysville Michigan. $2.00 c
"MAJESTIC / MANUFACTURERS, EXPORTERS, / WHOLESALERS, AND RETAILERS / OF / Chinese Handcarved Teakwood And / Camphor Wood Chests, Chow Benches, / Nest Tables..." fold-out business card in 2 panels with some Chinese at the top, 3 creases (2 of which are long). $4.00 ck
MAKUNG AIRLINES. Unused regular-size post card showing its British Aerospace HS-748-501 (B-1773) being serviced at Kaoshiung-International in November 1992, published in Switzerland, small spot of ink on bottom edge (front & back), good edges. $4.50 ac ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
"MOAT AND TARTAR WALL, PEKING." including 3 white waterfowl in the foreground, white-border era from booklet (long crease along one edge due to removal), from Camera Craft in Peking, unused postcard. $3.25 c
"NO. 67. CHUTES IN CHANG SU HO GARDEN SHANGHAI" showing a large water slide, postcard mailed 1907 (receiving cancel in front sky), stamp removed by a certifiable idiot, heavy spotty toning on both sides, mild rounding of the corners, bottom corner crease. Shanghai's first amusement park, it officially opened in 1885. As is. $12.00 ac
"... No. 83. / Chinese Manners" showing a butcher offering meat outdoors to a prospective customer, caption starts in Chinese; unused black & white Postkarte with blue caption & unevenly divided back (circa 1907 - 1908), back paper browning lightly & evenly with age. In its rare series, the word 'manners' should not be interpreted as referring to etiquette; instead, use 'ways or manners of doing things'. $20.00 cpf
"PORCELAIN VASE / Decorated with incised design filled in with coloured glazes, / on a blue background / Chinese : Cheng-te period (1506-1521)" in the British Museum, copyrighted unused post card. $1.25 cm
"S. IX.--28. Der Tempel des Himmels in Peking" black & white postcard, circa 1908, corner wear & rounding, writing on back, toned front. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 c+
"Shameen, Canton" unused postcard published by M. Sternberg in Hong Kong, well rounded corners, 4 tiny dots of toning in the front sky. Also spelled Shamin or Shamian, Shameen is an island in the Liwan District of Guangzhou City upon which the French and British consulates were erected. This is the public garden in front of the French consulate. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. c
"SHANGHAI--CHINESE HOTEL" an animated scene of its front, sign readable; unused hand-colored post card, small corner bend, minor corner & edge wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 c
"SHANGHAI -- GERMAN CONSULATE" including a few ships nearby, unused postcard from an undisclosed publisher, divided back, minor corner wear, a little album toning on back. The rounded object in the lower right front corner is not a spot of toning; instead it is the top of a pile or pillar of a nearby pier or dock. $10.00 c NEW / NUEVO / NOV
"SHANGHAI -- GRAND HOTEL" including a few signs in English characters -- such as Apenta (a sparkling Hungarian water) & Nicola --with pedestrian, rickshaw & streetcar traffic nearby, unused postcard with minor corner rounding, tiny staple holes in the sky, & light spotty toning on back. $9.00 c
"...Shanghai Gymnasium" also captioned in Chinese on the back, as seen at night, lit up very colorfully; postcard mailed 1983 to Ohio, from a photo by Zhang Bao-an, stamp lightly cancelled, bottom corners worn. $1.25 c
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"Shanghai The Bund with Chinese Custom House and Tower" including a flag at the upper right corner, postcard published by Woman's World in Chicago, mailed 1911 in the United States, 2 corner creases (1 of which is long), other edge wear, internal crease from the bottom edge. The view is significant because the Chinese authorities retained customs control of this Treat Port. $4.50 c
Shanghai viewcard (showing the cathedral there in black & white with brown caption) addressed to "Miss Gertrude Dayton, c / o French Post Office / Hankow", stamp placed on front & cancelled Hangkow removed by a certifiable imbecile who caused some thinning. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 f-c
"SHIPPING AT THE COAL PIER WITH NEW EQUIPMENT, DAIREN. / ..." with second line of caption in Japanese characters; unused black & white carte postale made at Wakayama, light toning both sides, trivial corner wear. Today the city is known as Dailan or 大连市. $5.00 c
"Shoe (Goldbarre) / 1 Kwang-Tung Dollar / 2/5 Hu-Peh Dollar / 1/10 Kw. T. Dollar / Cash / ... Gold- und Silberbarren: / Wert nach Gewicht / China" unused Postkarte on pebbled stock with deeply embossed images of 8 different coins circulating in the Chinese provinces of Kwang-Tung & Hu-Peh circa 1904 & a Chinese flag that we cannot identify; minor album marks, excellent condition overall. Interesting center tables gives various pertinent exchange rates for some of the coins, meant to help merchants with travelers. $27.50 ncf
"Sinkiang, China" showing 3 young children at play in the dirt, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1964 from Holland Patent Michigan. $1.75 c
"Sinkiang, China" showing children near some water, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1964 from Fremont Michigan, trivial corner wear. $1.75 c
"Sinkiang, China" showing children near some water, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1964 from Grant Michigan, crushed corner. $1.50 c
"...Stone Camels (Nanking)" with Chinese characters starting the caption, black & white postcard, very late usage at Bendavis Missouri, corner crease, minor corner wear. $2.25 c*
"...Stone Elephants (Nanking)" with Chinese characters starting the caption, black & white post card with very late usage at Ancell Missouri, minor corner wear. $2.75 ce%
"Strasse / Japanische Koncession / Tientsin // Street / Japanese Concession, / Tietsin" color post card, circa 1910, mailed in US much later, cancel ink on front, trivial corner wear. $5.00 c%
"Tang Yi Road" showing the old German customs street near the railroad station in Tsingtao (now Qing Dao); unused carte postale with divided back, top corner knocked off, other edge wear is minor, toning on back from the printing process itself. Rare in any condition: no other offers, recorded sales, or exhibitions when we searched the Internet. $8.50 c
"Temple of Heaven / Paiping, China" including a woman seated nearby, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1964 at Gypsum Ohio. $2.00 *
"The Chinese / LIVING RACES OF THE WORLD" multiview post card showing Emperor's well & students & pagoda & junk & more, undivided back, writing on back dates to 1910, former owner's mark on back, writing on front includes a violet handstamp in English at bottom border. $7.50 c%
"THE EYST(sic) CORNER OF PEKING WALL. S. YAMAMOTO. PEKING" also captioned in Chinese, unused sepia-tone carte postale with undivided back, printed by S. Kuwada & Sons in Osaka, faint album marks at corners, trivial corner & edge wear. $7.00 c ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
"THE PEKING / JEWELLERY STORE / DEALER IN / CARPET RUG CLOISONNE WARE / LACQUER PORCELAIN CURIO / JADE IVORY ETC..." business card with advertising of "YIE HO HAO / 201 KWANG TUNG ROAD SHANGHAI ..." on the back with Chinese writing. $5.00 cj
Wanted to buy--older postcards of Amoy, Kulangsu, and Foochow. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! *c
White people burning dozens of opium pipes in Shanghai, black & white view mailed Dec. 28 '09 at Woosung China. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 csf
"Winter Palace, Peiping, / China. The Tea House" well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1960 in the United States, used tinted real photo, lightly toned back. $2.00 c
"WISE HOUSEKEEPERS! / BUY HOME-MADE STOVES ONLY. / W. J. Matthias & Co., / 31 Main Street HAMILTON, OHIO / ... / HAMILTON MADE STOVES / ARE THE FINEST, BEST AND CHEAPEST / STOVES Manufactured in this Country" trade card picturing a Chinese man chasing & skewering rats from his high-wheeler bike in China. Copyrighted 1886 by Richmond & Company of Buffalo New York. While the text on the back ostensibly appeals to protectionist economics & politics, the illustration on front took advantage of racist anti-Chinese sentiments of the time. [For example, in 1882 the US Congress passed the Chinese exclusion act, which prohibited their immigration to the US for the next ten years.] A disgusting piece of social history. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 abcfos
"World / Christian / Broadcasting / Yes! I'll join you in praying that the / ministry's door to China will remain open / after Hong Kong returns to communist / control..." unused gift card with art depicting the Great Wall, fresh appearance, unusual subject matter. $2.50 rhc
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