South Vietnam, Sampan Boats, January 13th, 1974, Michel Nr. SVN 544-545; Two stamps in nominals of 5D and 10D were issued in perforation 14.

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

Enpreuves de Luxe; printed on cardboard paper.

Rare single franking of the 5D stamp on an official printed matter mailing sent within Saigon.

Mixed franking of the Agrarian Reform Law overprinted stamps (2) together with stamps from the Sights, Day of the Farmer, Buy Government Bonds and Sampan Boat sets paying an overall postage of 125D on an international air mail letter sent from My Tho to Canada in January of 1975.

Mixed franking of the 5D Sampan Boat stamp together with the 20D Orchid stamp paying an overall postage of 25D on what appears to be a military letter (based on the sender address and the green military insignia at top left) sets from Vung Tau to a civilian in An Giang in December of 1974.

Mixed franking of the Sampan Boat set together with stamps from the National Development, WHO, Interpol and Year of the Buffalo sets paying an overall postage of 90D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in January of 1974.

Rare single franking of the 10D value on a letter sent by a member of the military (KBC 3318/Naval Training Center in Nha Trang) in August of 1974 to a civilian in Go Cong. Cancelled with the “mute” Quan Buu military cancel. Red KBC seal with marine insignia on front. Nice decals of a seahorse and a destroyer on front. Military mail was discounted by 50%.

Multiple franking of the 10D value on domestic air mail letter paying an overall postage of 30D sent from Mytho to Cong Sy in December of 1974.

Multiple franking of the 10D value (2) paying an overall postage of 20D on a domestic printed matter mailing (full contents preserved) sent from Gia Binh to Saigon in February of 1975.

Interesting mixed franking of the military free frank aerogramme together with the 10D Sampan stamp on a letter sent by a civilian in Gia Dinh to a member of the military (KBC 4820).

Mixed franking of the 20D Day of the Farmer stamp together with stamps from the Sampon Boats and Hung Vu’o’ng sets paying an overall postage of 130D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in April of 1974.

Mixed franking of the 100D Wounded Soldier stamps (5) together with stamps from the Fishery and Sampan Boats sets paying an overall postage of 590D on a registered international  letter sent from Saigon to the United States in August of 1974. Los Angeles arrival cancel o the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 10D Sampan Boats value together with stamps from the Orchids, Interpol and overprinted Harvest sets paying an overall postage of 130D on an international air mail letter sent from Ben Tre to France in March of 1975.

Mixed franking of the 5D and 10D value paying an overall postage of 15D on a domestic air mail letter sent within Cholon in 1974.

Single franking of the 10D value on a domestic letter (full contents preserved) sent by a member of the military (KBC 3533/1st Air Division of the Air Force) to a civilian in Saigon. Back KBC cachet on front. Members of the military only had to pay 50% of the stand letter rate. The letter is cancelled with the “mute” “Quan BUU” military cancel from April 22nd, 1975. This is only eight days prior to the Fall of Saigon!

Registration Nr. 201340

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