Lot 2771 oRyukyus, Kume Island, 1945, 7s black on cream, upper pane of 12, cancelled by neat Okinawa Kume Shima "20 10 1" First Day of Issue favor cds for October 1st 1945, position 8 with "7" & "Sen" one letter spaced at the left, wide sheet margins, two vertical creases affecting stamps in first and third rows, otherwise Very Fine, with Scott catalog value not accounting for the spaced at left variety (unlisted in used condition).
Scott No. 1X1, 1X1a $30,000 for normal singles.
ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE KUME ISLAND 1945 7S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
This was originally the personal property of LCDR Elwood J. Wilson, USNR, Commanding Officer of Military Government Detachment B-101-X. In this capacity, and as Deputy Military Governor of Kume Shima, he authorized the printing and issuing of this provisional postage stamp on October 1st, 1945. He requested Postmaster Norifumi Kikuzato to cancel a sheet of the stamps for him as a World War II souvenir.