TOGO Anglo-French issue 1915 Censor and error stamp ?
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Sold Date: 11/17/2010
Channel: Online Auction
An interesting item of World War One Postal History from Africa, this Censored Post Card was sent from Lome, Togo to New Albany, Indiana, U.S.A., pictures the "Katholische Kirche LOME" and was apparently published by Brother Damasus at Lome. The Stamp tied on the Card is Scott Catalogue #67, postmarked with an old German Postmark ("LOME TOGOGEBIET") dated August 13, 1915. A partial censorship marking adjacent to the address reads: " Passed by Censor / at / Lome (Togo)" . The message to an Aunt in New Albany was written bt Rev. Father F. Lauer , likely the Priest at this Church.In the message, he suggests that she only write in English to insure "...that they may arrive here". The Stamp has either an uncatalogued error or a defect in the overprint! The third line of the overprint should read " OCCUPATION" but appears as "OCOPATION" ! The second "O" appears in lieu of the second "C" . A close examination of that second "O" appears to show a filled in "C" as there is an apparent serif at the top right of that letter. Condition is a bit rough. Grime and age toning with corner creasing at the top. Successful bidder pays $1.00 First Class postage & handling. Foreign Buyer pays $2.00 Air Mail postage & handling. We will combine multiple purchases to reduce postage & handling charges.
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