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Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd.

APS Affiliate #AF0047

RPSS
P.O. Box 240177
Charlotte, NC 28224-0177

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Welcome Members and Friends of the
Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd.

The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd. (RPSS) has as its objectives promoting an interest in the philately of the Ryukyu Islands and encouraging friendly cooperation among philatelists of all nations. The Society was established in 1969. Over the years RPSS has published a journal titled From the Dragon's Den and a number of handbooks and specialized Ryukyu Islands philatelic catalogues. These publications provide a wealth of information for the philatelist interested in the Ryukyu Islands.

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*** From the Dragon's Den Volume 50 No. 1 April 2022 (Whole No. 115) ***

Available for viewing in the Members Area (FTDD Back Issues).

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*** WESTPEX 2022 Presentation Booklet - The Top 'Ten' Ryukyu Covers ***

Available for viewing or downloading in the Members Area (Documents Section)

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*** New Publication ***

Specialized Monograph Part VII Fascicle 18 Postal and Non-Postal Cancellations Section 2 Postal Cancellations - Circular-Date-Cancellations, Machine Cancellations, Missing Postmark Cancellations, Roller Cancellations, TAXE PERÇUE Cancellations;and Non-Postal Cancellations - Communications Bureau Cancellations, Fiscal Cancellations, Mu-sho Cancellations, and Telephone Cancellations is available for purchase in the RPSS Store Click here.

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2022 SESCAL Literature Exhibit of Philatelic Articles Competetion

The 3rd Annual SESCAL Virtual Literature Exhibit of Philatelic Articles is accepting Literature Exhibits for 2022 Now!

DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1, 2022

Articles submitted must have been published no earlier than September 1, 2022 and may not exceed 8,000 words. Full details, prospecture, application, and previous articles may be found at Click Here

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*** Special Limited Edition RPSS Tee Shirt Available ***

100 Yen Kai Tei Provisional Horizontal Pair with Higa Seal Design. Donation of $25.00. Proceeds go to the RPSS Publication Fund! Limited Supplies! The shirt is available for purchase in the RPSS Store Click here.

To view the shirt and order form in PDF Format Click Here

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*** RPSS Store has been Expanded ***

Selected Specialized Catalogues and Monographs published since 2010 are available for purchase in the RPSS Store Click here.

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*** Update ***

The Listing of Handbooks and Specialized Catalouge has been updated (July 2021); Fascicle 15 Section 2 International Surface Mail Service 1946 - 1972, and Fascicle 15 Section 4 Parcel Post Mail Service 1946 - 1972 are available for purchase in the RPSS Store Click here. From the Dragon Den Volume 41 No. 2 November 2021 (Whole No. 113), new versions of Part VII Fascicle 7 Supplement No. 1 Commemorative Cancellation Types Version 1.4 (October 2020) and Part VII Fascicle 15 Section 3B Illustrative Stampless Covers Listing of the First Class International Air Mail Service for the Stampless Era of the First and Second Rate Periods - March 15, 1948 - February 14, 1950 Version 1.1 (October 2020); a listing of the First Day Cachets for the Nippon Cover Club - The NCC Series; the Work Table (has been updated); and the 2020 Income Statement and 2020 Balance Sheet are available for viewing or downloading in the Members Area.

Thank you, Editor

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Listing of Handbooks and Specialized Catalogues

A listing of Handbooks and Specialized Catalogues published by the current RPSS editor is available. Starting in October 2009, the editor has being writing or compling catalogues, monographs, documents, and more that will cover nearly all aspects of the postal system of the Ryukyu Islands during the American Administration from March 1945 to May 14, 1972 and to a lesser extent the Okinawa Prefecture from 1874 to early 1945 and from May 15, 1972 to the present. Updated April 2022.

To view or download this listing in PDF Format. Click Here

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Sugar Loaf Hill - Battle of Okinawa

The RPSS invites you to download a sample article written by our President and Editor entitled "Sugar Loaf Hill - Battle of Okinawa." Updated November 2020.

To view or download this article in PDF Format Click Here

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Back issues of "From The Dragons Den" (FTDD) are available.

FTDD Issues available to Non-Members can be found by selecting RPSS Store in the menu or Click Here

Members should log in and select "FTDD Back Issues" from their menu.


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The RPSS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational, charitable organization supported by memberships and donations. The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society is open to everyone with a philatelic interest in the Ryukyu Islands under American Administration from 1945 to 1972.

Copyright © 2022 The Ryukyu Philatelic Specialist Society, Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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