1869 Folded letter from Alexandria (Egypt) franked Russian Levant 1868 1k brown pair and 5k blue pair to pay double rate to Port Said tied by blue ‘785’ triangle of dots of Alexandria, further tied by Port Said Russian P.O. cds, all in blue, from the Mavroidi correspondence (cachet alongside), PORT ALEKSANDRIYA blue departure backstamp. Stunning showpiece. Rated RR to RRR in Tchilinghirian.
Port Said is the Mediterranean entrance to the Suez Canal, inaugurated in 1869. A Russian PO was opened there in 1867 and Port Said became a regular port of call for several Russian shipping lines. The Russian PO’s in Alexandria and Port said were closed on 1 October 1875.
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