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China 1905 Old Hand Tinted Postcard Port Arthur, Native Chinese Boats in HarbourVintage Colour Hand Tinted Picture Postcard. China. Port Arthur. Harbour, Native Chinese Boats, Sampans. Panorama. Steps. Postally Used with Great Britain King Edward 7th 1/2d stamp.
Publisher: The Empire Series London W.C.
Series No: 2
Faults: Minor crease at top right corner
Sent from: Paddington
Addressed to: Fulham
Stamp: KEVII 1/2d
Background: Port Arthur, on the Liaotung peninsula in the south of Russian-occupied Manchuria, had been fortified into a major naval base by the Russians. The Japanese needed to control the sea in order to fight a war on the Asian mainland, so their first military objective was to neutralize the Russian fleet at Port Arthur.
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