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Postal Cover to Samson Raphael Hirsch


On Ebay there is a postal cover for sale that seems to have been sent to Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch from Palestine in 1883. It would be a nice purchase, that is, if you have $2,450.

5 Responses to “Postal Cover to Samson Raphael Hirsch”

  1. 1
    Joachim Martillo:

    The envelope needs to be examined by an expert.

    The central seems to have been altered by someone that did not know how to write 19th century Kurrent correctly.

    The phrase Herr Rabbiner S. R. Hirsch seems to have been written by at least two different hands.

    Was Italy managing the postal service in Jerusalem?

  2. 2
    Joachim Martillo:

    I meant central line.

  3. 3
    Menachem Mendel:

    The Ottomans allowed foreign post offices to function, see here. The postmark is from the Austrian post office. I have a book about postal history and mail from Ottoman Palestine that has the postmarks of the different post offices.

  4. 4
    Joachim Martillo:

    Curioser and curioser.

    It is an 1867 Austria Levant 10 soldi stamp. I suppose the stamp could have been used as late as 1883, but there was a later stamp issue.

  5. 5
    Menachem Mendel:

    It was reprinted until 1884.




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