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United States to Switzerland
January 7, 1907

This commercial cover made the trans-atlantic voyage on the Kaiser W[ilhelm] II on its way to Zurich.
The Kaiser Wilhelm II was built for the Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1902.
She was 19,361 gross ton ship carrying nearly 1,900 passengers.

The cover was franked with a single 15 olive green of the 1902-03 series (Scott 309).
The choice of stamp would indicate that this was a triple-UPU-rate letter.
The wrinkling pattern suggests a thick enclosure which would confirm the triple rate.

The cover was postmarked in New York with a two part dial and oval bars killer handstamp.

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