Cover from Thessaloniki, German-occupied Greece to Stuttgart, Germany stamped with bilingual Greek/French “ΑΕΡΟΠΟΡΙΚΩΣ / PAR AVION” oblong framed single-line airmail cachet in black franked with pair of 50Dr ‘Meteora’ (Landscapes issue, 1942) regular plus rare airpost 10Dr ‘Apiliotis (East Wind, 1942)’ adhesives. Total franking: 100 Dr. required for international surface mail (in effect from 1 November 1942 to 31 January 1943) plus 10Dr airmail fee to Germany (collectable from November 1942 till April 1943); postmarked on 20 February 1943, for departure with the ‘THESSALONIKI 20 I 43’ foreign correspondence date-stamp.
Addressed to a Greek worker at ‘S.A. Heim, Stuttgart - Feuerbach, Deutschland’. Enclosed are fragments of papers with medications sought in Stuttgart by the sender, apparently not available in Thessaloniki.
Dispatched by air to Vienna, where it was opened and examined by the international letter inspection military service “g”, authorized to examine correspondence mainly to and from the Balkan States.
The following markings were applied during the procedure: the six-figure entry registration number “112036” in grey and pencil/stamp examiners’ numbers ”7178/2”, “6644” (front), “584”, “4?81” and “7285” (reverse); the list paper bears posterior entry registration number “113114” in green, most probably enclosd later in separate envelope.
Tested also with blue chemical censor brush line on reverse. Secured with plain brown re-sealing tape stamped “OKW / GEÖFFNET (g)” in red.
["S.A. Heim" was the home of the Sturmabteilung (Storm-Detachment, a Nazi-organization). During the war, foreign workers were also given food and lodging in their installations close to industrial districts as Feuerbach near Stuttgart.]
Condition: Good, albeit roughly open; see scans.
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