Hong Kong Postage Stamps and Hong Kong Postal History
Hong Kong was taken by force by an East India Company naval force on 26 January 1841 to provide for 2,000 British subject expelled from Canton.
The Hong Kong Post Office was founded in August 1841.
Hong Kong was ceded by treaty in 1861.
The first stamps were issued on 8 December 1862. The portrait of Queen Victoria, for this stamp, was engraved by Jean Ferdinand Joubert.
A total of six stamps were issued; 2c, 8c, 12c, 18c, 24c, 48c and 96c; each value corresponding to a specific postage rate at the time.
The stamps were printed by De la Rue of Great Britain on unwatermarked paper.
The second issue was made in August 1863, as stamps of the value of 4, 6 and 30 cents were found to be required.
Stamps of Hong Kong can be found used from Bangkok, Labuan, Macao, Manila, Anping (Formosa) and Chinese Treaty Ports.
Hong Kong was occupied by the Japanese from 15 December 1941 until 14 August 1945.
Philatelic Societies for Collectors of Hong Kong Postage Stamps & Postal History
Hong Kong Study Circle The Hong Kong Study Circle was founded in 1951 to record and circulate information on the philatelic and postal history of Hong Kong
and the Treaty Ports. It is UK-based and regular meetings are held in London. Provincial meetings are also held from time to time.
Hong Kong Study Marking Group The main objective of this group is the exchange of stamps and information relating to Hong Kong Security Markings and Perfin
stamps. To develop increased knowledge of the different markings and identify those still on the unknown list. To list, where
possible with illustrations the known items so as to assist all collectors of this field.
The Philately of the Hong Kong Treaty Ports
by Robert Wilson Hong Kong stamps were used on letters mailed at British post offices in a number of Chinese ports
(and a couple of Japanese also) in the 19th. and 20th Centuries. The Treaty Port Offices first issued their own cancellors, barred oval
'killers', in 1866. Prior to this all of their outgoing mail had been cancelled 'B62' in Hong Kong.
WWII - Last Mail out of Hong Kong to Australia
By John Tang The "Registered" letter was written by a Staff-Sergeant F.W. Lithbridge to his wife in Manly, Sydney. S.Sgt was either a patient in the
Military Hospital or a staff working there. The letter was postmarked 4 December 1941...
Hong Kong Officially Sealed Labels Catalog
by Philippe Orsetti Officially Sealed Labels, an official postal document, are used to secure letters and packages
received in damaged condition or damaged at the Post Office.
By William Kwan Are these Plate Proofs, as some well known catalogues claim, or are they something else?
Forged Stamps of Hong Kong
by Morten Munck Forged stamps of from the Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth issues. Many forged postmarks to look out for.
The 1891 Jubilee Overprint of Hong Kong
by Chan Shiu-Hon FRPSL, published by Philatelic Publications Ltd, 1997
20th Century Hong Kong UPU surface mail
by Lee C Scamp, 1987
Cancellations of the Treaty Ports of Hong Kong 1850 - 1930
by Hans Schoenfeld, 1988
Cancellations of Hong Kong, The first 100 years 1841-1941
by Hans Schoenfeld, 1989
The Crown Colony of Wei Hai Wei
by Michael Goldsmith & Charles W Goodwyn, published by the Royal Philatelic Society London
Descriptive Catalogue of the Postage Stamps and Cards issued by the Hong Kong Post Office
by Juan Mencarini, published by the Hong Kong Post Office Department, 1898
Far East Mail Ship Itineraries Vol 1
by Lee C Scamp, self-published, 1997
French Mail Paquebot Far East Itineraries 1862-1880
by Lee C Scamp
Hong Kong - The 1898 10c on 30c Provisional Issue
by Alfred M Chu, self-published, 1998, ISBN 0-646-35839-1
Hong Kong Airmails 1924-41
by Duncan Crewe, published by the Hong Kong Study Circle, 2000
Hong Kong Airmails 1945-95
by Nick Halewood, published by the Hong Kong Study Circle, 2000
Hong Kong Arrival Markings
by Lee C Scamp and Harmon K Fine, published by the Hong Kong Study Circle, 1980, 142pp
The Hong Kong ‘China’ Overprints
by K L Perrin, published by the Colonial and Foreign Stamp Company Limited, 1972
Hong Kong Forgeries
by Ming Tsang, self-published, 1994, 143pp With illustrations, rarity information and bibliography. The author identifies forgeries and
counterfeits stamps and covers including overprints, surcharges and postal markings. He includes Treaty Port markings.
Hong Kong Postage Stamps of the Queen Victoria Period 'A Collector's Notebook'
by R N Gurevitch, 1993
Hong Kong, the Postal History of the Pre-Adhesive
by Peter Shek, 192pp The Gold Medal collection of Peter Shek, with an introductory essay by Ming Tsang. The postal history
of Hong Kong arranged by area in chronological order.
Hong Kong Postal Stationary
by J J Castiglione, 1992
Hong Kong Postal Stationery
by James Simon Company, 1997, 3rd edition, 99pp. Retail prices with catalogue number and description. Formula cards, postal cards, envelopes, aerogrammes, regular envelopes,
includes specimens and specialized material.
Hong Kong Queen Victoria Postal Adhesives
by Richard N Gurevitch, Vol 1 & 2, published by Hong Kong Philatelic Society, 2001
Hong Kong Registration Labels
by Ming W. Tsang, 180pp. On-cover reference prices. Hong Kong registered mail, post office seals and labels,
Cinderella material, post offices, postal history, covers, military mail, exhibitions, catalogs, price lists.
Hong Kong Scott - Yang / Yang - Scott Catalog Correlation
by Ralph Weil with Michael Rogers, 2006, second edition.
Hong Kong – Treaty Port and Other Postmarks
by G T Bishop, W Savers, & C S Morton, 1st edition published by A E Hopkins, 1934
2nd edition, extended and revised by H E Lobdell and A E Hopkins, 330pp, published by Postal History Society, 1950
Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports, Postal History and Postal Markings
by Lobdell & Hopkins, 1949
Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports
by Arthur White, published by the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum, 1981
Hong Kong Treaty Ports
by Ming W Tsang, 1995, 129pp This work is based on Ming Tsang's collection exhibited at the Philadelphia National Philatelic
Exhibition in October 1995 at which it was awarded a Vermeil Medal; Hong
Kong Postal History; 19th and 20th Century China, Japan Treaty Ports;
Postal markings; Maritime Mail Shipping Companies and Packet Service
covers; Transoceanic Mail; International Mail Postal Rates; Great Britain Offices in China,
Wei-Hai-Wei; Offices Abroad; Postal Agencies; Consular Mail; Registered
Mail; Postal Stationery Cards.
The Philatelic and Postal History of HONG KONG and the Treaty Ports of China and Japan
by Webb, published by James Bendon Ltd, 2000
Postage Due and The Handling of Underpaid Mail of Hong Kong
by Sammy Chiu and K Tsui, Sunburst Stamps, 1996, 140pp.
The Postage Stamps of Hong Kong
by Bertram W H Poole, W.E.P. Handbook, 1908, 48pp
Postal History of Hong Kong, Vol 1 1841-1958
by Edward B Proud, 1989 (with 1994 supplement)
Postal Rate History of China and Hong Kong
The Pre-Adhesive Period to the Beginning of Packet Service from Hong Kong, 1800-1845
by Lee C Scamp,1986.
A Postal History of the Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees in East Asia During The Second World War: Vol 4 Hong Kong and China. Captives in Cathay
by David F Tett FRPSL, published by BFP Publishing, 458pp
A Study of HK Definitives: King Edward VII & King George V
by Nick Halewood & David Antscherl, published by the Hong Kong Study Circle, 1995
A Study of HK Definitives Adhesives of King George VI
by Nick Halewood & David Antscherl, published by the Hong Kong Study Circle, 1992
Treaty Port Registration Handstamps (1861-1930)
by C E Norton
Yang's Postage Stamp & Postal History Catalogue of Hong Kong
by Nai-Chiang Yang (21st ed 2004) (22nd ed 2007) (23rd ed 2015), Yang's Stamp Service, Hong Kong Includes Postal Markings, Pre-Adhesive Issue, QV-QEII Definitives & commemoratives, S/Ss, Booklets, BOB,
BPO in China, Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong, Postal Stationery Issues, Paquebot Marks, Treaty Port Postmarks, Hong Kong First
Flight Covers (1932-39).