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Playing-Card Tax Stamps from Japan

In Japan, adhesive stamps on or in the package were used.

This is a stamp used from 1902, presumably until 1918.
I do not know the Japanese text. The value is 10 Sen. Part of the cancellation can be seen. The stamp also exists in green colour.

 

This is an example which is from before 1946.
I do not know the Japanese text again; the value is 10 Yen. Part of the cancellation (the name of the maker in Japanese letters in red) can be seen.

 

This is another example which is from before 1946.
I do not know the Japanese text; the value is 5 Yen. Part of the cancellation (the name of the maker in Japanese letters in red) can be seen. Two of these stamps were on a pack together.

 

This is an example which is from between 1946 and 1957.
Again, I do not know the Japanese text. The value is 50 Yen. Part of the cancellation can be seen.

 

This is another example which also is from between 1946 and 1957.
I also do not know the Japanese text. The value is 10 Yen. Part of the cancellation can again be seen.

 

This stamp was in use from 1957.
The text is 'Torampu Ruizei Shôshi' (playing-card tax stamp) and 'Nihon Seifu' (Japanese government). Part of the cancellation (the name of the maker in Latin letters in blue) can be seen, it is unreadable (actually it is Nintendo).

 

This is an example in use from c. 1960, this copy is from c.1990.
The text is the same as before. The cancellation (the name of the maker in Latin letters in blue) is unreadable. Stamps in this colour were used for regular playing-cards, the value was 60 Yen.

 

This is another example from the same time.
This time the cancellation is in Japanese. Stamps in this colour were used for Japanese playing-cards, the value was also 60 Yen.

The last two stamps above also exist with the imprint in black instead of in red, and in light blue (for plastic cards, 250 Yen tax), green (for cards made of bone, 1000 Yen), and orange (1500 Yen).


© Peter Endebrock, 23 Feb. 2013