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Cover Type: Foreign origin, inbound to USA stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jun 6, 21
Edited on:Jun 6, 21
Postmark: circa Feb 9, 1876
Origin: Brody, Galicia, AUSTRIA
Destination: Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

Austria stampless cover circa 1876 from Brody, Galicia (Austrian Poland) 9 Feb. circular datestamp with stylized branch with ornament (Mueller type F31), which is a rather late use of this postmark which is known used from the 1850s to 1860s. Endorsed "Via England".  "New York Due 10 Cts. Feb. 29" and boxed "T" (tax) handstamp, conforming to UPU regulations, indicating postage due, to Chicago, Illinois. Since the cover is unpaid it was penalized at double the 5c UPU letter rate, hence 10 cents due.

This is an early UPU era cover. Since it does not bear postage due stamps it must date sometime between 1876 and 1879. Charles Shober & Co. in Chicago was founded in 1859 by the premier lithographer Charles Shober, born 1831 in Germany. Shober operated his own firm and in partnerships (Charles Shober & Co.) untll the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871 when he took over the management of the Chicago Lithographing Company (Louis Kurtz and Edward Carqueville). In 1876 Kurtz left the firm that published the well-known print "The International Exposition 1876 at Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. View from George's Hill" (1876) and Shober & Carqueville was established. Based on the firm's name change this cover most likely dates from 1876. The partners printed sheet music, posters, maps and trade cards.

Monsieur Eustachy Wysynski was the co-publisher at that time of the oldest Slavic magazine in the United States: "Poland: Historical, Literary, Monumental, Picturesque" established 1842.

Brody at that time was in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, known informally as Galicia or Austrian Poland. Galicia was the largest, most populous, and northernmost province of the Austrian Empire. Brody served as the border passage between the Austrian and Russian Empires,  In 1918 Brody became part of the Republic of Poland, and in 1945 it was absorbed into the USSR. Brody is now part of western Ukraine.

Owner's ID: 2467
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes