South Vietnam, Crafts, July 22nd, 1967, Michel Nr. 388-391; Four stamps in nominals of 0.50D, 1.50D, 3D and 35D were issued in perforation 13.

Here is the mint set

and here the postally used set

Postally used block of four of the 3D value

These stamps were not officially released imperforate, however, a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here is the imperforate set all with sheet margins.

Enpreuves de Luxe; STCV-Roma-membro del gruppo Thomas de La Rue, Londra inscribed at bottom right.

A perforation error is known on the 0.50D stamp on which the perforation is significantly shifted downwards.

A perforation error is known on the 1.50D stamp on which the perforation is significantly shifted towards the left.

A rare printing error is known on the 1.50D value on which the entire black printing run is missing resulting in the handbag on the stamp missing.

A perforation error is known on the 35D value on which the bottom perforation was shifted upwards into the stamp’s image.

Single franking of the 0.50D stamp on a printed matter mailing sent by a children welfare agency in Saigon to the United States. The stamp was cancelled with an unusual small “Vietnam-Saigon” cancel (2.1 cm diameter) that showed no date and was apparently used to process this printed matter. The envelope shows a decal that indicates that the non-profit organization had paid the postage within the U.S. . According to Jack Dykhouse, Vice President of the Society of Indochinese Philatelists (SICP) the application of the Vietnamese stamp was a marketing gag that was supposed to move people to pay more attention to the envelope and open it. The cancel is a private fantasy product and the mailing actually originated in the United States. The Vietnamese postage stamp was only attached as an attention getter. Comparable to inserting $1 bills into mass mailings today.

Multiple franking of the 0.50D value (2) paying an overall postage of 1D on a domestic letter sent from Vung Tau to Tan Dinh in August of 1968.

Multiple franking of the 0,50D value (4) paying an overall postage of 2D on a domestic printed matter mailing sent from Saigon to Nha Trang.

Mixd franking of the 0.50D and 3D values paying an overall postage of 3.50D on a domestic letter sent from Hue to Nha Trang in 1968. Nha Trang arrival cancel on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 0.50 Craft stamp together with the 3D Social Standing of Vietnamese Women stamp paying an overall postage of 3.50D on a domestic letter sent from Hue to Nha Trang in July of 1969.

Rare single franking of the 1.50D Craft stamps on a domestic air mail letter (full contents preserved) sent by a member of the military (KBC 6034/ a military training school of the Regional 75th Battalion) sent to a civilian in October of 1968 in Vinh Dinh using the 50% discounted military tariff. Red military KBC seal on front.

Single franking of the 1.50D Craft stamp paying the 50% discounted military tariff on a letter sent between two members of the military. The sender was located in KBC 4972/a signaling corps and the recipient in KBC 3835(a unit located in Sadec. The message must have of personal nature as intra-military business mail was transported free of charge. Cancelled with the “mute” Quan Buu machine cancel in August of 1968. Quan Buu hand travis cancel on the reverse.

Single franking of the 1.50D Craft stamp on a domestic air mail letter sent in August of 1971 by a member of the military (KBC 4100/Thu Duc Infantry School located in Thu Duc) to a civilian in Saigon. Cancelled with the machine mute “Quan Buu” military cancel. Red circular KBC cachet on front.

Single franking of the 1.50D Craft stamp on a domestic air mail letter sent in June of 1971 by a member of the military (KBC 4016/located in Nha Trang) to a civilian in Saigon. Cancelled with the machine mute “Quan Buu” military cancel. Red circular KBC cachet on front.

Single franking of the 3D value on a local letter sent in January of 1969 to Can Guoc.

Mixed franking of the 3D Craft stamp (2) together with stamps from the Anniversary of the Revolution and Agrarian reform Law sets paying an overall postage of 12D on a rare printed matter mailing sent from Saigon to France in January of 1972.

Multiple franking of two 1.50D value (2) paying an overall postage of 3D on a domestic official letter sent from Trung Uong to Saigon.

Mixed franking of there 1.50D Crafts and 0.50D Sport stamp paying an overall postage of 2D on a rare printed matter mailing sent from Saigon to Cholon in January of 1970.

Rare single franking of the 3D Craft stamp on a domestic air mail letter (full contents preserved) that was sent within Saigon in August of 1971.  Note that the day and mont in the Saigon machine cancel was inserted upside down. The letter was judged to be deficient in postage and as a result a 1D and 5P postage due stamp was added on the reverse.

Are single franking of the 3D Craft stamp on a domestic letter (full contents preserved) sent from a member of the military (KBC 4155) to Saigon in May of 1971. The letter was judged to be deficient in postage and hence e a black “T” hand stamp was added on front. Two 3D postage due stamps were added upon receipt in order to collect the 6D penalty that was due on delivery. Saigon arrival cancel on the reverse.

Rare mixed franking of the 35D Craft stamp together with the 6D Asian Parlamentarian Union stamp paying an overall postage of 41D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to Switzerland. The 35D stamp is very hard to find on postally used letters.

Mixed franking of the 50D Indigenous People stamp together with stamps from the Crafts, WHO, Reconstruction after TET Offensive and Labor Organization sets paying an overall postage of 149D on an international letter sent from Saigon to the United States in 1972.

Mixed franking of the 1D Harvest stamp (2) together with the 35D Craft stamp paying an overall postage of 37D on a very rare domestic registered express mail cover sent from Saigon to Hue. Domestic express mail letters are very hard to find.

Mixed franking of the 2D and 10D Folk Dance stamps together with the 35D Craft stamp paying an overall postage of 47D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in May of 1971.

Mixed franking of the 30D Harvest stamp together with stamps from the Craft and Emperor Hung Vu’o’ng set paying an overall postage of 195D on an registered  international air mail letter sent from Saigon to Switzerland in November of 1972.

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