‘Kiem Soat’ Label ‐ 1956
This cover, shown front and back, illustrates the migration to a Vietnamese‐language censor hand stamp.
The large letters “KS” in the center mean Kiem Soat, or censored. A mute numeral (41) was also applied, presumably representing the individual who censored the letter.
Overt evidence of censorship is virtually never seen on South Vietnamese mail after this point outside of mail sent from prisons and Chieu Hoi camps.
Cover from the collection of Richard Aspnes