Today in Postal History



Queensland to United States
August 4, 1908

This cover went into the mail in Croydon, Queensland.
Croydon is about 150 km inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria on the north side of Australia.
Croydon was a gold mining town.
This isn't the Croydon that is a district in Sydney nor the Croydon near Melbourne.
This one isn't even near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland!
It's about as far from Brisbane (2463 km) as you can get and still be in Queensland.

The cover left Croydon after receiving five strikes of the rimless Croydon CDS.
Marius Wytenburg, a renowned student of Queensland
postal history,  has designated this type of CDS as 
Type 4a [unfortunately Norton identifies this site as unsafe go there at your own risk].*
The '9' is in the slot where the time slugs are placed although this one is incomplete.

The cover is franked with two 1895 d. green Victorias (SG 208, 219, 223, or 227).
There is also a 1907 d. deep green Victoria (SG 286 or 301).
There is also a 1907 1d. vermilion Victoria (SG 287 or 302).

Its destination was Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee is on the western shore of Lake Michigan about 85 miles north of Chicago.

I'm not sure what the Xxx before C.C.C. (Crown Cork Corporation)*
means and it probably baffled the postal clerks.
They added Pabst Bldg in pencil.

For those who don't know, Milwaukee is a big brewing town.
The local baseball team is even called the Brewers.
Pabst (must be 21 years old) was one of the brewers.

Although there is no receiving mark on this side,
there is probably a machine receiver on the rear.
There is an offset from a machine cancel on the front
which probably occurred during processing of a stack of covers.

*Peter-in-Tx added this interesting information: "C.C.C would almost definitely
be the Crown Cork Corporation, also known as Crown Cork and Seal.
At the time this letter was sent, Crown Cork was the supplier of
sealing equipment and bottle caps to the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee,
and maintained an office/agency there, although officially based in Philadelphia, PA."


*Thanks to Marius Wytenburg and Maarten Willems for their input regarding the CDS.

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