Can someone help me with this postmark? It is from Shanxi, but I can't desipher the date (around 1910?) and town. enter image description here

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The city is "运城" ("運城" is its traditional Chinese writing). That is a well-known city in 山西.


Year: 己酉 (1909, 1969, 2029, ..)
Month: 二月 (2nd Month in Chinese Calendar, or February in Gregorian)
Day: 廿四日 (24th)

My guess is that date is a Chinese Calendar date. Since you said it was around 1910, so the year should be 1909. Thus, 己酉年二月廿四日 was March 15, 1909.

However, I am not familiar with history and their convention in those years, so I am not 100% sure if the date is in Chinese Calendar or Gregorian Calendar.

Note that if this is Chinese Calendar, 己酉 doesn't align exactly with the year of 1909. A Chinese year starts from the Chinese New Year (a.k.a Spring Festival) and ends before the next, which means the tail of 己酉 might be in 1910. However, since it is 二月 (second month), it should be still in 1909.


enter image description hereTown "運城" is an old city in Shang xi(山西) Province . Since the foundation of the People's public of China, Chinese character reform association issued a series of criteria to simplify the writing of Chinese Character. So you can search 运城 instead of "運城" for more detailed information.

Time "己酉“ is a special way for Chinese to record time. "己酉” represent 1669,1729, 1789,1849 and 1909. "二月廿四日” Chinese adopt lular calendar to record time. You can convert it through this website http://wannianli.tianqi.com/ So the exact time is 1909/03/15

  • 你错了 你那是闰二月廿四 二月廿四是公历三月的
    – bfrguci
    Mar 7, 2016 at 3:37
  • Thanks for correcting my mistake, i have already edited . It's that right?
    – wang li
    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:08
  • Yes, though it looks mostly the same with mine :-)
    – bfrguci
    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:09

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