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Sale 89: The John Barwis Collection of Philadelphia Postal History

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Philadelphia Foreign Mail: 1870-1884 US-GB Treaty to UPU

Lot 3230    

1875 (May 23) Philadelphia Pa. to Paris, France, cover bearing two singles of 2¢ red brown (146) and 3¢ green (147), all tied by red grid cancels, matching "Philadelphia Pa., May 23" cds with inverted month slug, carried as endorsed by White Star Line Adriatic from New York May 24th to Queenstown arriving Jun. 2nd, red London (6.3) transit backstamp and "G.B./40c" bulk debit handstamp, Calais (6.2) entry cds and matching "10" décimes due handstamp for double rate, Paris (6.4) arrival backstamp, blue "Paid by Drexel, Harjes & C." straightline, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

The sender intended to prepay the 10¢ paid to destination rate via British open mail, but the letter weighed between 1/3 - ½ oz., so U.K. sent unpaid.

Realized: $200

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