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Morocco to Denmark
February 25, 1918

This picture postcard went into the mail in Casablanca on the
northwest coast of Africa about 350 km southwest of the Strait of Gibralter.

The colorful and exotic illustration must have sold many cards.

The cover is franked with a 1917 5c yellow green
Mosque of the Andalusians at Fez (Scott 58).

The card received a Casablanca CDS on both sides.

The destination was Gjentofte (a suburb on the northwest side of Copenhagen
and the site of the Boy Scouts' 2nd World Jamboree in 1924) where the recipient
appears to have marked a March 8 arrival.
Can someone locate this destination for us?

The card is marked Imprimé to qualify as printed matter.
From November, 1899, when a post card contained
only a date and a signature,  other than the  address,
and Imprim
é was substituted for post card, it was charged 5c instead of 10c.
This rate lasted until the charge was increased to 10c on 14 July 1922.
Similarly, from January 1901, a post card containing no more than 5 words of text,
with Imprim
é substituted for post card, was also charged the lesser rate.
This rate was increased from 5c to 10c on 1 January 1917. *

Apparently, the CBlanca origination was considered part of the date and
this card escaped the second criterion and thus avoided the 10c rate of 1917.

I believe that the large circle A is a handling mark from Denmark.

*Thanks to Paul Barsdell for this explanation of the Imprim
é rate.

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