Cover to Athens from a Greek corporal in the Adrianople area, Eastern Thrace, Turkey under Greek administration from July 1920 to September 1922. Sender’s details (in Greek) on flap: ”Νίκος Αλεζερινάκος, Ανθυπίλαρχος, Υπασπιστής Επιλαρχίας ΤΤ 901” (Cavalry second lieutenant, ΙΙ/1 adjutant, Army Postal Sector 901).
Unit officer's "ελογοκρίθη" manuscript censure certification (front).
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). Interesting is the fact that the young lady used also two own imaginary pseudonyms for herself: “Μαίρη Χρήστου Δια Ιουλίαν Δημητριάδου” [Miss Mary Christouto to (for) Julia Dimitriadou].
The large “23” handwritten pencil number on cover 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.
Inspected prior despatch to Greece, and backstamped with Cavalry Squadron’s 3-circle cachet with crest in gray-blue, texted "ΛΟΓΟΚΡΙΣΙΑ ΤΑΧ. ΤΟΜ. 901" [Postal Sector 901 Censorship].
Postmarked for despatch with difficult to discern “ΣΤΡΑΤ. ΤΑΧΥΔΡΟΜΕΙΑ 901 / 23 ΣΕΠΤ. 22” military date-stamp [(Greek) Army Postal Sector 901, 23 September 1922] allotted to the 4th Army Corps based at Adrianople, East Thrace.
Backstamped with 10-line wavy mc “ΑΘΗΝΑΙ 28.ΣΕΠ.22. ΚΕΝΤΡΙΚΟΝ” [Athens civil Central PO, 28 September 1922] postal marking struck upon arrival in Greece. Double-line “ΑΘΗΝΑΙ 28 ΣΕΠ. 22 (ΑΦΙΞΙΣ)” [Athens Arrival, 28 September 1922] applied for delivery on its “Poste Restante” counter.
All dates in Julian calendar [JC].
Item condition: Very good; see scans.
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