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Finland to England
August 29, 1903

This registered cover was posted in Ekenäs.
Ekenäs (Tammisaari in Finish) is on the Gulf of Finland about 90 km west southwest of Helsinki.
The cover was struck with two
Ekenäs Tammisaari CDS.
The cover was marked Recommandeira and a preprinted registry label added.

The pencilled blue cross was probably added when the letter arrived in England.
The cover's destination was Ashton-under-Lyne which is
about 10 km east of Manchester in the English midlands.
The cover's arrival in England was noted by a London REGISTERED mark on September 2.
It was received the same day in Ashton-under-Lyne with a faint CDS.
There are two added partial and illegible strikes in the upper left corner of the reverse.

The cover is franked with a single Russian 20k. blue
and carmine Imperial Eagle from 1889 (Scott 43).
Finland was a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire from 1809 until December, 1917.


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