Postal service commemorative postcards, c. 1905.



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Postcard commemorating the establishment of the Japan postal system.

Postcard commemorating the establishment of the Japan postal system in 1871, with the first stamp-sets issued.

“The first regular postal system in Japan was established during the Tokugawa Shogunate (Edo era), when two-sworded men wearing a special uniform carried official correspondence between Kyoto and Yedo. In 1663 the business men of those cities and of Osaka organized a service of runners who made the trip between Yedo and Kyoto, via Osaka, about 3 times a month. In 1871 the present government formally opened a letter-post service between Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, and Osaka, and the system was modeled upon those in vogue at the time in America and Europe. The first set of postage-stamps was issued on the day the plan became operative (March 1871). Early in 1872 the service was extended to Kobe, Nagasaki, Niigata, and Hakodate. The first postal convention between Japan and the U.S.A. became effective Jan. 1, 1875. Japan was formally admitted into the General Postal Union on June 20, 1877.”

Terry’s Japanese Empire: A Guidebook for Travelers, T. Phillip Terry, 1914

Commemorative postcard of stamp sets for the "Triumphant Military Review," 1906.

Commemorative embossed postcard of stamp sets for the “Triumphant Military Review,” 1906.

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