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French Levant to Switzerland
January 30, 1913

This cover received two CDS from the French Post Office located in the Galata section of Constantinople.
As we learned earlier, Galata was a cosmopolitan area.
One is legible and the other is very difficult to decipher - that's why the second hit was required.

It arrived at its destination of Lenzburg, Switzerland according
to the superimposed receiver from the reverse on February 3.
Lenzbourg (Lenzburg) is about 25 km west of Zurich.
The recipient was a bakery and delicatessen on Bahnhofstrasse (railroad station street).*

The stamp is a for French Offices in the Turkish Empire (Levant).
It is a 1 Piaster black surcharge on a 25c blue French stamp issued in 1903 (Scott 34).

*Thanks to Phil for the translations.


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