Chinese envelope to Ireland with elusive Irish censorship markings
- Source: eBay UK
Here is a fascinating and evocative envelopes sent from China during WW2 to Ireland. It has Irish censor marks on it, which must be extremely hard to find on Chinese mail. The cover is from VP Antonius Kuo OFM, Domus Franciscana, Li-Kwang-Kiao 18, Peking, China. This I imagine means the sender was a Franciscan monk. It is addressed to Murphy and Black, Mount Kennett, Limerick, Ireland, and has a hand notation "Via Siberia."
The cover bears four stamps with a total franking of 5, which is an unusual way to pay the fee. The upper one has a corner missing, for this cover has had an eventful life and is very travel weary. The stamps are tied by undated Peking postmarks.
The reverse has a two-line vermilion handstamp: "PASSED BY CENSOR" plus what looks like the number 18, with the equivalent in Irish Gaelic in the line below. The marking is not easy to see on the scan but is a bit easier to read when you hold it. This I believe makes the envelope highly collectable despite its very worn condition.
An interesting cover from a popular part of the world and with elusive Irish censorship. A great subject for research.
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