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Spain to France
July 19, 1938

This censored, registered airmail cover was sent from Sevilla.
Sevilla is in southwestern Spain about 100 km north of Cadiz on the Atlantic Ocean.

The sender was La Agricultura Bética -
Bética Agriculture.

The cover is franked with a complete set of the stamps issued just two days earlier
(July 17) to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the Uprising (the Spanish Civil War).
The stamps are listed by Scott as 668-671 and Edifil as 851-854.

The 25c stamp is supposed to be a variety on which "HIJOS" in the faint
background (not visible on this scan) appears as "I IJOS" (Edifil 852t).

Registry was indicated by the four boxed CERTIFICADA cancels.

The censor applied the blue box at the right with
SEVILLA | CENSORA MILITAR.*

A bilingual airmail etiquette was affixed.

The back has two red patriotic straightline handstamps: "ˇVIVA ESPAŃA!."

The destination was Paris.
 En route it passed through Irún on July 21.
Irún is on the border between Spain and France in the southeast corner of the Bay of Biscay.
It was where the mail was interchanged between Spain and France.


Arrival in Paris was noted by the
IX Arrondissement Distribution CDS dated July 29.

*Thanks to Knud-Erik Anderson for providing the rest of the words in the censor stamp.

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