Today in Postal History
British Offices in Turkey to Germany
December 6, 1902
The British established
post offices in many
countries around the world.
This cover is an example of mail from such a post office in Turkey.
The cancel reflects mailing in Smyrna with a subsequent transit mark from Constantinople.
Both CDS include BRITISH POST OFFICE in the legend.
The destination of the
cover was Ludwigshafen on
It is located on the west bank of the river across from Mannheim.
I believe there is a receiving mark on the back from Ludwigshafen but it is undecipherable.
The stamp is a 2½d
ultramarine Edward VII
of the 1902 series
which has been surcharged with a 40 paras rate.
This stamp is SG 8 issued in March, 1902.
The rate is the UPU rate then current for international mail.
Stamps had been issued
in the local currency
starting in 1885 to prevent currency speculation
between the sterling-denominated stamps and the inflation-devalued Turkish currency.
Note the Barker
Brothers/Smyrna return on the
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