5c Yellow Brown (205).
Tied by "Philadelphia F.D. Sep. 26, 1887" duplex on cover to Peking, China,
back of cover with additional Philadelphia duplex, San Francisco transit, strikes of purple "U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai 4 Nov. 87"
oval datestamp, also well-struck "U.S. Postal Agency Tientsin, 11 Nov. 87"
oval datestamp, few insignificant toned perf tips, trivial cover edge wear
VERY FINE. A RARE USAGE TO PEKING, CHINA WITH MARKINGS FROM THE U.S. POSTAL AGENCIES IN BOTH SHANGHAI AND TIENTSIN.
The U.S. Consulate in Tientsin was the conduit for all U.S. mails to northern China, including the U.S. Legation at Peking. Incoming mails were first received at Shanghai, then forwarded to Tientsin for distribution to northern cities.
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