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France to Italy
July 17, 1869
This folded letter originated in Marseille on the Mediterranean coast.
The sender was identified by a neat straight-line stamp as G. PERRIER
The letter was franked with an 1868 40c. orange Napoleon III on
yellowish paper (Scott 35a).
The 40c stamp was enough to pay the rate to the destination so a boxed
PD was added.
The cover was cancelled with a Large Numeral (Gross Chiffre) 2240 in a
lozenge for Marseille.
There is also a Marseille CDS.
The destination was Bologna in north central Italy.
There is a CDS stamp on the rear which I believe is a railroad transit
It is somewhat illegible but one can read (or infer) TOULON AU MONT
(Toulon to Mont Cenis) and the date of July 18.
This indicates rail transit from Marseille north into
the Alps with a
crossing to Turin in northern Italy.
A railroad tunnel through the alps was underway at the time
this cover was sent but the tunnel was not completed until 1871.
This cover would have to go over the pass on the road built by Napoleon
I in 1810.
It would then travel southeast to Bologna.
The letter was recieved in Bologna on July 19.
There is an oval mark on the back which I believe is a handling mark
applied in Bologna.
I think it indicates that this letter was delivered in the 1st
distribution on 19 July.
There is one addition oval marking on the back which I cannot explain.
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