Registration Labels

In our collecting field of interest of PNG there are a number of different types of labels. A very extensive study of PNG registration labels, "The Registration Labels of Papua New Guinea, 1945-1973", has been published by our Dutch collector friend, Henk Teunis.


Herewith we present the varieties of the registration label.

Port Moresby 30.10.1945

With the opening of the first civilian post office at Port Moresby on October 30, 1945, after World War II, there were no registration labels available.

A rubber stamp with the town's name was improvised as a means to identify registered mail. The R and item number were written in by hand.

Following this the Papuan post office utilized Australian registration labels. The town's name was handwritten, typewritten, or even added with a rubber stamp, to the label.

Abau 13.01.1946
Wau 19.02.1946
Daru
Madang
Maprik
Port Moresby
Samarai

Afterwards PNG used its own labels. Here we list, at least until 1962, the different types of labels.


Here we find various fonts used for the R (A, B, C, . . . ) and identifiable varieties of the registration number (1, 2, 3, . . . ). The shown types follow the system set down by Henk Teunis in his book.

A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
B1
B2
C1
C2
C3
C4
C5
D5

On newer types of labels the country name is included.

 

E5
H5
J5
K5
L5

Besides, there will always be provisionals.


In Rabaul and Namatanai airmail labels were used as registration labels.

Namatanai
Rabaul

Occasionally we also see handwritten registration labels.

Madang
Wewak
Kavieng
Maprik
Kukipi
Pomio
01.07.1964

Of interest to the collector are naturally the varieties.


Registration labels from closed post offices were later used up.

 

As the accompanying examples show, the registration labels from the 1953 closing of the Bainings post office, were called upon for the opening of the Hohola post office in 1964.

Especially spectacular are typographical errors.

Garoka instead of Goroka
Mamatanai instead of Namatanai
Wapenamunda instead of Wapenamanda
Akarumpa locally changed in Ukarumpa
Biala instead of Bialla
Kundiava instead of Kundiawa

Naturally very noticeable are registration labels, on which the red border is totally absent.

 

Wewak 1.12.1969
Lombrum 11.07.1986

On the occasion of special events we will see special registration labels. They are primarily created with the use of a rubber stamp, which emphasize the event.

SPC Rabaul
SPC Lae
Pangex
Anzaas

At the 1969 South Pacific Games special registration labels were issued.

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