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Hong Kong Treaty Port to Germany
May 20, 1901

This uprated postal stationery envelope was posted
in the treaty port of Shanghai using Hong Kong postal materials.

The envelope is preprinted with a 5 cent indicia.

A 5 cent light blue Victoria from the issue of 1882 (SG 35)
has been added to meet the rate to Germany.

There are no transit or arrival marks on the front.

Düsseldorf is about 50 km north of Köln in western Germany.

One might speculate the reason for a German letter to be sent
through the British Post Office system rather than the German system
which, I believe, probably existed in Shanghai at the time.


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