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Cover Type: Foreign (other)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 18, 20
Edited on:May 19, 20
Postmark: Jul 3, 1858
Origin: Kronstat, Transylvania, AUSTRIA
Destination: Elopatak, Transylvania, AUSTRIA

Austria 1851 Blue Mercury (0.6 kreuzer) newspaper stamp (Scott P1), with part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by "Kronstadt 3/7" (1858) circular datestamp on address label pasted to the illustrated "TELEGRAF" complete four-page newspaper published in Wien (Vienna) 29 June 1858, to Elopatak. "Elopatak 5/7" arrival circular datestamp.

Kronstadt is now Brasov, Transylvania, Romania. Elopatak is now Valcele, Transylvania, Romania.

These reduced-rate newspaper stamps were supplied only to designated post offices, where publishers could obtain them in a minimum order of 100: only in intact panes of 100 and paid for in cash. The Blue Mercury stamps sold for 60 kreuzers per pane of 100. "Zeitung Stempel" around the Mercury vignette means "Newspaper Stamp".

In the newspaper's illustrated masthead, note at right the winged cherub holding letter and mail bag inscribed "Wiener Brief" (Vienna Letters).

With Briefmarkenprufstelle certificate signed by Swiss experts Jean Paul Bach, Martin Eichele and Peter Rapp, Basel, Switzerland, 2000. Martin Eichele is still active in philately as owner of Philaclassica AG in Arlesheim, Switzerland.

Owner's ID: 2276
Certificate? Yes
For Sale? No
Stampless? No