Today in Postal History

Indo-China to India
February 27, 1934

This cover was sent to a stamp dealer so it might be classified as 'philatelic'
although in all other respects it is a normal commercial cover.
It doesn't look like much effort went into making it special.

It was postmarked with two single ring CDS from Saigon.Commerce . Cochinchine.
I'm not sure what the Commerce signified although it sounds
like it might be a branch of the post office in a commercial district.*
Anyone know?

The stamps are from the 1931 regular issue;
one 10c dark blue planting rice (Scott 158) and one 5c
deep violet Tower at the ruins of Angkor Thom (Scott 154).
From 1919, stamps in Indo-China were denominated in cents and piastres
and not in French centimes and francs, as they were earlier.*
This occurred because of the rapid appreciation of the piastre over the franc.

On first glance, it might seem that a stamp is missing
to the right of the two stamps but I doubt if it is anything more than streaks of dirt.
There is no cancel for a missing stamp.
The Indo-China foreign rate was 15 cents from 1 July 1933 to 7 June 1938.

All in all, a neat cover between two exotic locations not often seen.

*Thanks to Paul for the comments expanding these subjects.
He agrees with the liklihood that Commerce indicated a post office in a commercial district.


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