Unfranked cover to “Poste Restante” counter at Athens G.P.O., Greece from Greek officer with the 34 Infantry Regiment securing the Usak north sub-Sector from 3 January to 9 March 1920 in western Turkey (within the Smyrna greater area in the country’s Aegean region under Greek administration, 1920-22).
Sender’s details (in Greek) on flap: ‘‘Χαράλαμπος Αρτέμης, Ανθυπολοχαγός, 34 Συντ/μα Πεζ., 1 Λόχος, ΤΤ 907” [Char. Artemis, Second Lieutenant, 34 Inf. Regiment, 1 Coy, Postal Sector 907].
Addressee is Miss Georgia Despotopoulou, known along with her two sisters Nefeli and Ioanna for having kept correspondence with Greek enlisted men in all fronts from 1912 (Balkan Wars) to 1923 (shortly after the expedition to Turkey).
Postmarked for despatch with “ΤΑΧ. ΤΟΜ. 907 / 7 ΙΑΝ. 20” [(Greek) Army Post Office 907, 7 January 1920] military date-stamp, allotted to II Division.
[The large “16” handwritten number on cover’s front side indicates addressee’s recorded incoming serial number, placed in arithmetical progression on each new letter received and filed for reference as each letter was always answered later.]
Backstamped with 10-line wavy mc ΑΘΗΝΑΙ 11.ΙΑΝ.20 ΚΕΝΤΡΙΚΟΝ [Athens civil Central PO, 11 January 1920] postal marking upon arrival in Greece.
Last, it had been postmarked with same day s.l. ΑΘΗΝΑΙ 11.ΙΑΝ.20 (ΑΦΙΞΙΣ) [Athens Civil Central PO, 11 January 1920] on arrival at final destination, presumably ending at its “Poste Restante” counter.
All dates in Julian calendar [JC].
Item condition: Very good; albight opened roughly; see scans.
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