Kingdom of Italy postal stationery card to Athens, Greece via Corfu ms endorsed ‘Via aerea’; franked with 30c. King Victor Emmanuel III imprint and coat of arms at centre with “VINCEREMO” [We will win] oblique printed slogan at left (definitive issue, 1942), plus couple of additional 50c ISOLE JONIE overprinted adhesives.
Message written at Argostolion on 13 July 1943.
Postcard received the ΑΡΓΟΣΤΟΛΙΟΝ 14.ΙΟΥΛ.43 (Argostolion, 14 July 1943) datestamp for departure. Dispatched to Corfu Island, and postmarked on arrival ΚΕΡΚΥΡΑ (ΑΦΙΞΙΣ) 19.ΙΟΥΛ.43 (Corfu Arrival, 19 July1943). Examined by the Italians in transit and stamped with the small single-circle “2” reader’s number in violet.
No postal or other dated indication of dispatch by air to Athens is shown.
[The Ionian Islands were part of Greece. During WW2, they were occupied in April/May 1941 by Italian troops, who remained in the area until 12 September 1943, when the islands passed under German domination following Italy's armistice of 8 September 1943.]
Very interesting item. Fold creases otherwise good condition; see scans.
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