Stationery corner cover from S.H.A.P.E. HQ airmailed to Greece, texted in English/French ‘SUPREME HEADQURTERS ALLIED POWERS EUROPE / GRAND QUARTIER GÉNÉRAL DES PUISSANCES ALLIÉES EN EUROPE / PARIS, FRANCE’. Bears a white on blue perforated airmail label (40x21mm), texted at French: “PAR AVION” (By air) above an airplane flying around the globe.
Sender’s details: ‘Commodore, Royal Hellenic Navy, NMR, Greece, SHAPE, Paris’; an officer with the Hellenic Delegation sent to SHAPE.
Franked with French 50 f. ‘Saint Remy les Antiques’ (1957) adhesive stamp, cancelled for departure with ‘S.H.A.P.E. 22-10-1958 PARIS’ date-stamp.
[Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) is the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Allied Command Operations (ACO), located at Versailles, France from 1953 to 1967.]
Backstamped upon arrival at Greece with the “ATHINAI 24 X 58 AVION” [Athens civil Central PO, 24 October 1958] dated cancelling-machine postal marking, added with a 4-late Greek framed imprinted promotion slogan reading at Greek “ΤΑΜΙΕΥΤΗΡΙΟΝ Σ’ΟΛΑ ΤΑ ΤΑΧ/ΜΕΙΑ ΠΡΩΙ-ΑΠΟΓΕΥΜΑ & ΚΥΡΙΑΚΑΣ ΠΡΩΙ” [Savings counters at all Post offices [open] during mornings and afternoons & Sunday mornings].
Item condition: Very Fine.
Condition: Fate; see scans.
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