Although Shanghai was a part of China, local government was
conducted by an International Municipal Council that decided,
in 1864 that an affordable and reliable postal service was needed.
It issued its first stamps in 1865 and continued to operate until
1898 when it was merged with China's imperial postal service.
In 1893, 5 cent and 2 cent stamps were reperforated and surcharged
to supply 1/2 cent and 1 cent denominations in Shanghai and Foochow.
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