Spain - mysterious "X" 1940

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Spain - mysterious "X" 1940

Postby michaeldeery » Fri May 11, 2018 2:46 pm

Obtained a cover posted May 21, 1940 Spain to France with a large "X" on the front. I have not seen this marking before on a WWII cover. Would this be a censor marking? or a violation marking indicating address not complete? Any help would be appreciated. Also Spain censor marking on back - tough to read, but have a weak scan.
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Re: Spain - mysterious "X" 1940

Postby jmgarcar » Sun May 20, 2018 1:29 pm

Hello to all members

I´m pretty sure that the "X" is not a Spanish mark (postal or censorship).

The Spanish censorship mark on the back reads "CENSURA GUBERNATIVA DE COMUNICACIONES / GRUPO C / VALENCIA DE CID", meaning (more or less) "Government censorship of (postal) communications / Group C / Valencia del Cid". Valencia del Cid is nowadays the city of Valencia.

As you know, the French censor was in Carcassonne (PB code) and the number is one of three assigned to that station.

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Regards.

José M.
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