This set of overprints was released beginning in 1905. The stamps are overprints of the German “Germania” issues.
This set of overprints was released beginning in 1901. The stamps are overprints of the German “Germania” issues.
In March 1898, Germany issued the first set of overprints for use in China. The underlying stamps are German Krone / Adler Issues. The “China” overprint is at a 45° angle, as opposed to the 56° overprint of the December 1898 overprints.
During the Boxer Rebellion, Germany ran short of postage at its offices in China. As a result, unoverprinted German stamps and stamps from Kiautschou were used at Feldpost and civilian post offices throughout the territory.
To guard against this, the Tientsin postmaster ordered that these stamps be overprinted with the word “China” before being sold at the counter.
Soon after opening the Futschau post office on 19 June 1900, the post office ran out of 5-Pfennig stamps. To remedy the shortage, the postmaster ordered wood type from a Chinese print shop, which was made into a handstamp.