1872 Folded letter from SAMSUN on the Ottoman Coast of the Black Sea to Trieste, endorsed « Vapore Austriaco », franked Russian Levant 1868 5k pair + 1872 1k pair , pen-cancelled on ship and delivered to Russian P.O. in Constantinople, where type 9 canceller dated 12 May 1872 applied on reverse. Forwarded to Austrian P.O. at Bulgarian port of Varna, where boxed datestamp struck in black :LETTERE ARRIVATE/PER MARE/VARNA 25/5/72.
Trieste arrival backstamp. Blue crayon ’40’ indicating 40k kreuzer tax raised on arrival
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