Details For Cover ID# 26497

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Cover Type: Foreign origin, inbound to USA stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Nov 12, 17
Edited on:Nov 12, 17
Postmark: Jan 22, 1919
Origin: Segendorf, Neuwied, GERMANY
Destination: Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES

WW1 Soldier's Mail. "U.S. ARMY POST OFFICE MPES *710* 1-22" (1919) circular datestamp. "MPES" stands for Military Postal Express Service. Type A3001.3 (no year variety) postmark, on cover to Washington, D.C., with blue circular censor marking A.595 ( type C-2). With original interesting eight-page letter signed by "1st Sgt. Harry F. Burns, 43rd Co., 5th Marines, American E.F., Army of Occupation." Letter is datelined "Segendorf, Germany, January 17, 1919."

Van Dam in his book notes that this postmark device was obviously made in France; it is in the same style as the French Tresor et Postes (Army Postal Sector) markings.

Sergendorf is a district of the town of Neuwied, in the north of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. A.P.O. 710 was based in and northwest of the town of Heddesdorf; it closed and departed for the U.S. on July 15, 1919.

This cover is from the same correspondence as Cover ID 26494, 26495 and 26496.

Changeover to Military Postal Express Service. Because of complaints of poor service and friction between military and civilian personnel, it was decided that the military should take over the operation of the mails from the civilian-run Army Post Office. By General Orders, No. 72, dated May 9, 1918, the Military Postal Express Service was established with an effective date of operation to be July of 1918. Lt. Col. Thorndike B. Howe was named director, with full authority to develop the mail service. This was the first time in history that U.S. post offices were operated by a combination of civilian and military personnel under the supervision of the army. This service operated the mails after the Armistice and during the occupation of the Rhineland in Germany until January 24, 1923, when the last American troops left Germany.

Owner's ID: 1710
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes