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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Smyrna Postcard from 1899. Scarce Franking.

Smyrna, Turkey, Austria: Decorative Litho postcard with view at the horse drawn tram at the harbor in Smyrna.

Attached are 2 different surcharged stamps ( Cinq Paras on Dix Paras ), tied by green, bilingual Smyrne – Depart cancellations. One overprint is red, one black.

The postcard was sent Smyrna to Wien.

Smyrna (Greek: Σμύρνη) is an ancient city (today İzmir in Turkey) that was founded at a very early period at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia. Aided by its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence before the Classical Era.

Scarce, fine condition.