This web page contains links to the content of the exhibit pages for the exhibit 'The Rising Sun -- Japanese Expansion from 1894 to 1941' by Al Kugel.
This exhibit illustrates with philatelic material the expansion of the Japanese Empire from the first war with China in 1894-95 up to the eve of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It includes military mail from the Japanese Imperial forces as well as civil mail sent from the newly-occupied territories. Key sections of the exhibit reflect the Japanese participation in the suppression of the Boxer Uprising, the occupation of German colonies in the Pacific early in World War I, and the intervention in Siberia at the end of that conflict. The concluding sections relate to warlike 'incidents' which resulted in the complete occupation of Manchuria in 1931-41, followed by North and Central China in 1937-41.
This exhibit was created by, and is the property of the late Al Kugel, and is being supplied by his heirs as a courtesy to the Military Postal History Society. (See the MPHS webpage) The Military Postal History Society (MPHS) is a non-profit organization for philatelists and stamp collectors interested in the collecting and studying of the postal aspects of all wars and military actions of all countries, including soldiers' campaign covers, naval mail, occupation and internment covers, patriotics, propaganda, V-mail, censorship and similar related material.
These exhibit page scans were made from black and white photocopies of the original exhibits. Those exhibits were created by Al Kugel many years ago, and are presented here for historical and research purposes. As far as the MPHS is aware, there are no color scans available of these older exhibit pages, nor for any of the illustrated postal history items.
This exhibit, created by the late Al Kugel, is made up of 10 frames, each frame containing 16 pages. Due to their size, each frame is available as a separate PDF file. (See the PDF information page for additional help with this file format.)
This exhibit, created by the late Al Kugel, is made up of 10 frames, each frame containing 16 pages. Due to their size, each frame is available as a separate web page.