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Kenilworth Castle - A Ghost Letter 1918

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2001-06-060

                                        DAMAGED BY IMMERSION 

                                                   IN SEA WATER

 

Struck this time in black this framed cachet appears on a letter from one of the British Field Post Offices in Portugese East Africa addressed to Hyde, Cheshire. The postmark of origin is F.P.O. No. 25 14 AP 18, and there is a manuscript note "Received 17 June 1918", so the letter was not unduly delayed. This mark with a 'wavy' frame has been attributed to mail salvaged from the wreck of the Kenilworth Castle (by Hoggarth & Gwynn). This cover is a curious "ghost letter" because it is very badly stained brown by immersion in water, and there is an almost complete imprint of the back of another envelope appearing in negative on it.