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Postage stamps and postal history of Annam and Tongking


Postage stamps and postal history of Annam and Tongking

5c Annam & Tonkin overprint used at Hanoi

This article presents a concise postal history of Annam and Tongking: former territories of French Indochina that are now part of Vietnam.

Stamp issues

1888 - 1892
100 centimes = 1 franc
Indo-China Territories


Tongking, also spelt Tonkin, is the northern part of Vietnam. Annam comprises most of central Vietnam.

Tongking is bounded by China (north); Gulf of Tongking (east); Annam (south); Laos (west). Annam is bounded by Tongking (north); Cochinchina (south); South China Sea (east); Cambodia and Laos (west).
Vietnamese and French.
Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism


Annam & Tongking became French protectorates following war with China.
Included in Indochina with Cambodia and Cochinchina.
(21 January) One issue was released with 9 stamps. These stamps were French Colonial Commerce types overprinted A&T plus a surcharge of either 1 or 5 centimes.
The issue was replaced by stamps of Indochina.
Laos was added to the union.
(14 June) Annam & Tongking became part of the new colony of Vietnam.


  • Stanley Gibbons Ltd: various catalogues
  • Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986. ISBN 0-356-10862-7
  • Encyclopaedia of Postal History
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