Today in Postal History
Japan to Sweden
October 7, 1939
This postal card was mailed from Tokyo.
The Swedish 5 öre postal card was
issued in 1897 to
commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the reign of Oscar III.*
Unused copies remain inexpensive even today.
The sender, probably a philatelist, may have used them to send interesting souvenirs.
The sender was Nils Lehbin whose return address
was the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo.
There are two crisp CDS - one for the postal card indicium
and one for the added Japanese stamp.
The sender probably added the address on the
message side with the
Japanese stamp on the advice of Japanese postal clerks.
The destination of the card was Stockholm.
There are no receiving or transit marks.
The Japanese stamp is from the Daisen and Inland
Sea National Parks issue of 1939.
The 20s stamp portrays Tomo Bay on the Inland Sea in blue (Scott 268).
*Thanks to Bjorn Munch for identifying this
card for me.
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