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pigdoc

08 Aug 2018
02:40:57pm
OK, I'm gonna see if I can crank up one more postal history topic this week.

Here is a soldier's cover that I recently received:

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Line cancellation is Armee D'Allemagne. I found a few others like this at online auction houses, and they date from 1811 to 1812 - the Napoleanic era. The marking down the middle may be an 'eleven'. Saw a few others with "10" down the middle like that. The other thing about the "11" is that it is in a different color (browner) ink. Trying to understand the marking in the upper left hand corner. Looks like a "4" or an "8", perhaps with a different pen.

It's actually a fragment of a lettersheet. It's on a soft, heavy paper. The address reads:
Monsieur Courzet
Maire de St Jean
De Blaignac par
Cartillon sur Dordogne
Department de La
Gironde En France

Monsieur Courzet was apparently the mayor of Saint Jean de Blaignac, a place that exists today, "sur Dordogne". on a bend of the Dordogne river in the area around Bordeaux in the Gironde region of France. Cannot figure out what " par Cartillon" is. I'm probably misinterpreting it... It's by-something

There are also markings on the other side of this piece of paper, part of the letter, same pen, same hand.
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I make the last few words, "all my family", and what looks like the left edge of a signature at the bottom.

Isn't postal history intriguing?
-Paul
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jmh67

09 Aug 2018
01:00:00am
re: Soldier's mail

The routing of the letter might not have been "par Cartillon", but "par Castillon". Castillon-sur-Dordogne is now part of Castillon-la-Bataille municipality, about 40 km north of Blaignac. The modern name refers to the battle of Castillon in 1453 which ended the Hundred Years' War between England and France in favour of the latter.

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pigdoc

28 Jan 2019
01:56:41pm
re: Soldier's mail

'Drumming up' interest in this topic again with a Civil War Soldier's/Patriotic cover:

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This is the only Civil War Patriotic cover that I have. It's part of a (30+ and) growing collection of what I call, Soldier's mail. It spans up through the Vietnam War.

Show 'em if you got 'em!

-Paul

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28 Jan 2019
03:57:13pm
re: Soldier's mail

Paul, your cover was sent either the last day or so of 1861 or until February 1862; that was when the regiment was stationed in Lebanon KY. The regiment's first colonel, Carr, was with them until June 1862. The regiment remained in federal service until May 1865.


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pigdoc

28 Jan 2019
04:21:27pm
re: Soldier's mail

AWESOME!

So, it's a slam-dunk that the January 21 CDS was applied in 1862.

I found the Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook online, and it is clear that this period was a very active one.

Here's a piece:

"HDQRS., Knoxville, Tenn., January 21, 1862.
Gen. S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector-Gen., Richmond, Va.
SIR:
Outwardly the country remains sufficiently quiet but it is filled with Union
men who continue to talk sedition and who are evidently waiting only for a
safe opportunity to act out their rebellious sentiments."



Thanks!
-Paul

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20 Feb 2019
12:01:07pm
re: Soldier's mail

From my postal history collection, Operation Desert Storm letter from the 350th Evacuation Hospital to Des Moines, Iowa, USA, postmarked February 24,1991.

The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait arising from oil pricing and production disputes. The war is also known under other names, such as the Persian Gulf War, First Gulf War, Gulf War I, Kuwait War, First Iraq War or Iraq War, before the term "Iraq War" became identified instead with the 2003 Iraq War. (Source: Wikipedia)

The 350th Evacuation Hospital, home based in Canton, Ohio, was deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm.

Linus

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pigdoc

20 Feb 2019
06:04:29pm
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Nice, Linus!

I like how sender included "Operation Desert Storm" in the return address. Probably not within the rules to do that...

I could not google a thing on the Front of the Room Sweepstakes...

-Paul

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20 Feb 2019
06:50:02pm
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Thanks Paul. That cover above is "Fruit of the Loom" Sweepstakes, like in men's underwear. Here is a another cover, from my postal history collection, from The Gulf War phase which was code-named Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991) for operations leading to the buildup of troops and the defense of Saudi Arabia. (Source: Wikipedia) This Marine cover is postmarked October 25, 1990 with a US MARINE UNIT 12 cancel to Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm both have relatively short windows of time for obtaining covers during each period of history.

Linus

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20 Feb 2019
07:21:08pm
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Linus,

how many things are there to like about that Marine's cover?


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20 Feb 2019
07:29:44pm
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As they say on the current Chevy TV ads, it has "a little bit of country, and a little bit of rock and roll." Sums up this cover!

LinusHappy

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pigdoc

08 Aug 2018
02:40:57pm

OK, I'm gonna see if I can crank up one more postal history topic this week.

Here is a soldier's cover that I recently received:

Image Not Found

Line cancellation is Armee D'Allemagne. I found a few others like this at online auction houses, and they date from 1811 to 1812 - the Napoleanic era. The marking down the middle may be an 'eleven'. Saw a few others with "10" down the middle like that. The other thing about the "11" is that it is in a different color (browner) ink. Trying to understand the marking in the upper left hand corner. Looks like a "4" or an "8", perhaps with a different pen.

It's actually a fragment of a lettersheet. It's on a soft, heavy paper. The address reads:
Monsieur Courzet
Maire de St Jean
De Blaignac par
Cartillon sur Dordogne
Department de La
Gironde En France

Monsieur Courzet was apparently the mayor of Saint Jean de Blaignac, a place that exists today, "sur Dordogne". on a bend of the Dordogne river in the area around Bordeaux in the Gironde region of France. Cannot figure out what " par Cartillon" is. I'm probably misinterpreting it... It's by-something

There are also markings on the other side of this piece of paper, part of the letter, same pen, same hand.
:Image Not Found

I make the last few words, "all my family", and what looks like the left edge of a signature at the bottom.

Isn't postal history intriguing?
-Paul

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jmh67

09 Aug 2018
01:00:00am

re: Soldier's mail

The routing of the letter might not have been "par Cartillon", but "par Castillon". Castillon-sur-Dordogne is now part of Castillon-la-Bataille municipality, about 40 km north of Blaignac. The modern name refers to the battle of Castillon in 1453 which ended the Hundred Years' War between England and France in favour of the latter.

-jmh

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pigdoc

28 Jan 2019
01:56:41pm

re: Soldier's mail

'Drumming up' interest in this topic again with a Civil War Soldier's/Patriotic cover:

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This is the only Civil War Patriotic cover that I have. It's part of a (30+ and) growing collection of what I call, Soldier's mail. It spans up through the Vietnam War.

Show 'em if you got 'em!

-Paul

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Editor, Seal News; contributor, JuicyHeads
28 Jan 2019
03:57:13pm

re: Soldier's mail

Paul, your cover was sent either the last day or so of 1861 or until February 1862; that was when the regiment was stationed in Lebanon KY. The regiment's first colonel, Carr, was with them until June 1862. The regiment remained in federal service until May 1865.


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pigdoc

28 Jan 2019
04:21:27pm

re: Soldier's mail

AWESOME!

So, it's a slam-dunk that the January 21 CDS was applied in 1862.

I found the Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook online, and it is clear that this period was a very active one.

Here's a piece:

"HDQRS., Knoxville, Tenn., January 21, 1862.
Gen. S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector-Gen., Richmond, Va.
SIR:
Outwardly the country remains sufficiently quiet but it is filled with Union
men who continue to talk sedition and who are evidently waiting only for a
safe opportunity to act out their rebellious sentiments."



Thanks!
-Paul

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20 Feb 2019
12:01:07pm

re: Soldier's mail

From my postal history collection, Operation Desert Storm letter from the 350th Evacuation Hospital to Des Moines, Iowa, USA, postmarked February 24,1991.

The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait arising from oil pricing and production disputes. The war is also known under other names, such as the Persian Gulf War, First Gulf War, Gulf War I, Kuwait War, First Iraq War or Iraq War, before the term "Iraq War" became identified instead with the 2003 Iraq War. (Source: Wikipedia)

The 350th Evacuation Hospital, home based in Canton, Ohio, was deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm.

Linus

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pigdoc

20 Feb 2019
06:04:29pm

re: Soldier's mail

Nice, Linus!

I like how sender included "Operation Desert Storm" in the return address. Probably not within the rules to do that...

I could not google a thing on the Front of the Room Sweepstakes...

-Paul

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20 Feb 2019
06:50:02pm

re: Soldier's mail

Thanks Paul. That cover above is "Fruit of the Loom" Sweepstakes, like in men's underwear. Here is a another cover, from my postal history collection, from The Gulf War phase which was code-named Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991) for operations leading to the buildup of troops and the defense of Saudi Arabia. (Source: Wikipedia) This Marine cover is postmarked October 25, 1990 with a US MARINE UNIT 12 cancel to Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm both have relatively short windows of time for obtaining covers during each period of history.

Linus

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20 Feb 2019
07:21:08pm

re: Soldier's mail

Linus,

how many things are there to like about that Marine's cover?


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Linus

20 Feb 2019
07:29:44pm

re: Soldier's mail

As they say on the current Chevy TV ads, it has "a little bit of country, and a little bit of rock and roll." Sums up this cover!

LinusHappy

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