18 juni 2024

Obviously there has been (at least in 1955) an international agreement for forwarding letters from one country to an other and have them sent free of charge via a state owned colleague institute. In this case a letter of the United States department of Agriculture/Official Business had to be sent to a commercial bank in Utrecht.

First it was stamped in blue: Forwarded through the/International Exchange Service/Smithonian Institutions/Washington D.C./USA/Record 6845. On arrival in the Netherlands it was stamped: De bibliothecaris/der/Koninklijke Bibliotheek/No. 615 and DIENST/Ministerie van Onderwijs,/Kunsten en Wetenchappen. Then it went through the normal mail and got the machine cancel ‘sGravenhage 7.3.1955. Any of the readers knows more of this Internationale Exchange Service?

René Hillesum

René Hillesum

Collector of postal history of Finland and postmarks of Imperial Saint Petersburg.

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