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Postage Due


Before the issue of specific Postage Due labels, regular postage stamps were utilized.

Rabaul 26.09.1952
oval rubber datestamp
Post Office Port Moresby .. 10.1946
Kandrian 21.08.1951


The use of Australian Postage Due stamps in Papua New Guinea are only known under "per favour" circumstances.

Port Moresby 23.07.1953
Port Moresby ..10.1958

Interim Solutions

Papua and New Guinea used special postage due labels from 1960 until 1966.

Because the delivery of postage due labels from Australia was delayed, locally overprinted provisional postage due labels were issued on March 1, 1960 to satisfy the official announcement. For this purpose stamps from the current postage stamp issue (those denominations with ½d values) were utilized, because the rates were no longer useful due to the rate increase December 1, 1959. The surcharge began with the 7½d. The old value and the word "postage" were to be overprinted so as not to be readable. This stamp was only issued in very low quantity, and the collector should be aware of forgeries.

From the three samples shown, the middle copy is a forgery.

With the simple techniques available to the printery, and a variety of sheet sizes, the surcharge and overprint location on the stamps varied considerably. This resulted in a decision to just surcharge the stamps without blocking out the old value and the word "postage".


Double and Triple Surcharge

Some of these provisional issues appeared in small quantities with multiple surcharges.

(The scans come from the John McNabb collection which will be sold by Prestige Philately in auction 176.)

SG D1 Double Surcharge
SG D2 Triple Surcharge
SG D3 Double Surcharge
SG D4 Double Surcharge

With the triple surcharge on stamp D2 we have two surcharges in black and one, almost invisible, in carmine.

Final issue

On June 2, 1960 the Australian-produced Postage Due labels in the Numeral design were issued.

Postage Due since February 1966

On February 12, 1966 the use of Postage Due labels ceased.

Since then, for the purpose of collecting postage due, definitive and commemorative stamps have been used.

return to sender

Handling of Overseas Mail

Insufficiently franked overseas mail was handled differently. In most instances, when the franking was insufficient for the destination, mail received a rubber stamp notation of which many varieties are known to have been used.

Shown are three different types







A rather nifty way of handling underfranked overseas mail was for the post office to add the insufficient postage, so that the the mail could proceed without delay. The deficient postage was then requested by the post office from the sender.


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