First Occupation Issues - Part I

page O1.8

China, Office in Tibet

China Off Tibet
1911 SG1 Sc-C1

China opened offices in Tibet, following their invasion in 1910. China installed a Panchen Lama to replace the Dalai Lama, opened offices in Lhasa, Chabdo, Gyantse, Pharijong Shigatse and Yatung, first using ordinary Chinese stamps and later with an overprint. After the Chinese Revolution, Tibet gradually regained control, a process not complete until 1918 when the Chabdo office closed. Tibet had, in the meantime, issued its own stamps in 1912.

Offices in Africa


French Office Zanzibar SG1a Sc1 French Office Zanzibar SG-D39 Sc-J1
1894 SG1a Sc1 Post Due
1897 SG-D39 Sc-J1

A French Office was opened during the period of the British Protectorate and issued both stamps and post due labels.


French Offices in Morocco SG1 Sc1 GB Morocco SG1 Sc1
France Britain Germany
1891 SG1 Sc1 1898 SG1 Sc1 1899 SG1 Sc1

France, Britain and Germany issued stamps for Offices in Morocco. Morocco became a French Protectorate in 1914.


France Alexandria SG16 Sc1  
1899 SG16 Sc19 Charity
1915 SG Sc-B1
Post Due
1922 SG-D90 Sc-J1
1899 SG101 Sc1 Charity
1915 SG Sc-B1
Post Due
1921 SG-D166 Sc-J1

France opened Offices in Alexandria and Port Said. In addition to the first issues, there were also charity stamps (war tax) and post due labels. (All Post Said post due issues are expensive and an example is unlikely to be acquired.)


Three French stamps printed for The Levant (Turkey), but with the currency in francs rather than Turkish currency, were used exclusively in Ethiopia. They are all too expensive.


Bengasi Tripoli
1901 SG169 Sc1 1909 SG171 Sc2

Finally, Italy had two Offices in Libya, the beginning of its philatelic interests in North Africa which would last through the second World War. The Bengasi issue at £25/£50 is unlikely to be acquired [until, that is, Tim from FICC got involved].


page written July 2013