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Earliest QUAN BUU postmark 1955

Reverse of the above cover showing 30 May 1955 Saigon back stamp.

The cover shows evidence of censorship with the circular “SAX” hand stamp as well official tape used to reseal the cover after examination.

The “39” marking was probably also applied by the censor to indicate the individual or desk that reviewed the enclosure.

The “SAX” marking is certainly French, with the words “Ouvert Par Les autorities de control Vietnamiennes” in the outer ring.

The words “Kiem Soat” on the resealing tape mean “censored” in Vietnamese.

Cover from the collection of Richard Aspnes

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