Details For Cover ID# 25241
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|Cover Type:||Foreign origin, inbound to USA with foreign stamp(s)|
|Added on:||Mar 15, 17|
|Edited on:||Mar 15, 17|
|Postmark:||circa Jun 11, 1942 (WWII US Consular Mail from Berling Via Diplomatic Pouch)|
|Destination:||Wichita, Kansas, UNITED STATES|
This is an interesting US Consular mail from Berlin sent in May-June 1942 by Diplomatic Pouch to State Dept and from there it entered US Postal Service in Washington DC on 11 June 1942. There is no receiving cancel of Wichita on back of cover.
According to one of my friends who is a military postal history buff and editor of the society publication, after the US declared war on Germany on December 11, 1941, the American Embassy in Berlin was closed, the American diplomatic staff were evacuated and housed in a hotel in Berlin for about five months and then eventually transported back to USA after about five months.
This cover was sent by Diplomatic pouch from Berlin and it is unclear when it was written but during war time diplomatic pouch took longer to travel back to DOS in Washington. So it would be safe to assume that this cover was written some time in March-May 1942 when the sender, an US Consular officer Mary Jane Porter was most likely interned in a hotel with the rest of the staff.
Any information on route and timing of diplomatic pouch to travel from Berlin to Washington DC during WWII would be greatly appreciated.