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In this postcard posted in Canterbury on 21 July 1908 (I assume) it is marked that:

This space may be used for communicatin for Inland Postage and Foreign Countries, except Japan.

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Why?

  • Can you describe the stamp a bit better? Is it prepreinted or glued on? – LangLangC Jan 16 at 18:12
  • The restrictions don't seem limited to just Japan, they appear on a number of post cards in different variations. – Steve Bird Jan 16 at 18:33
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    photojpn.org/PPC/gui/intro.html seems to suggest that at that time in Japan the address & message contents of a postcard had to be on separate sides of the card, and hence this card would be improper for Japanese use. – kimchi lover Jan 16 at 19:06
  • Also the 1910 Post Office Guide mentions that pictoral postcards sent to Japan were liable for customs duty, which might also make the card unsuitable (depending on the type). – Steve Bird Jan 16 at 19:27

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