Boxer War. 1901 (Feb 22) German illustrated postcard “Count Waldersee inspecting the Americans” sent to Schöneberg, struck with “K.D. FELDPOSTSTATION/N° 8” from Shanghaikuan; the card was damaged and partly burnt as a result of the explosion of a parcel containing pyrotechnic articles in the field post chamber of the German P.O. in Shanghai, during the night of 28.2-1.3.1901, with the marking “Beschädigt durch Brandüngluck/im Postamt Shanghai.” being consequently applied with this very fine strike in violet, arrival cds adjacent; a very fine example of this very rare damaged mail during the Boxer War; cert. Steuer (1993).
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