Today in Postal History
This cover was postmarked with four
strikes of a Foochow CDS.
This is a western version of the Chinese post office cancel.
The cover was forwarded to the French post office for overseas transit.
There is a strike of the French post office in Foochow dated June 4.
Foochow, now Fuzhou, is a port
city on the coast of
China across the Taiwan Strait from T'aipei, Taiwan
The first French post office in China was
opened in Shanghai
The one in Foochow did not open until 1902.
In all, there were 8 French post offices in China.
The destination of the letter was Chicago,
The cover is franked with five 1900 2c scarlet Chinese Imperial Post dragons (Scott 112).
It is not known whether there are other
transit marks on the
back or not.
The return address indicates the sender
was associated with
Missionary zeal sent many westerners to China.