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1955 – Transitional Military Postmarks

The cancels depicted here were taken from a single correspondence sent from a Transportation unit at KBC 4317/A in Dinh Tuong province. They illustrate the logical progression of postmarks in mid1955 starting with a typical French POSTE AUX ARMEES cancel, transitioning through the provisional QUANBUU 7 marking, and ending with an official Vietnamese QUANBUU 7 postmark.

The numeral “7” indicates the Quan Buu Cuc, or military post office that serviced the military region. QUANBUU postmarks are reported with numerals 18. The practice of including a numeral was fairly shortlived although covers are known through 1959 and even one usage reported as late as 1972.

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