Argentina 1877 (15 Nov) cover with contents from Buenos Aires to the United States, franked with 8c lake, tied by framed departure (“O.M.”) datestamp, used in combination with Great Britain pair of 6d gray (pl.15), cancelled with “FB” on arrival, with red London Paid (Dec 18) pmk alongside. While the British post office in Buenos Aires was closed at the end of June 1873, the British consul continued to sell stamps (until 1878) which were used to prepay the international rate on British packets (in this case on the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. steamer “Neva”). All mail (after 1873) was also required to have Argentine stamps for internal postage. Cover with duplex New York (28 Dec) and “Paid All E” on back, some peripheral toning, otherwise fine and scarce combination franking to USA (via Philasearch.com: Cherrystone: Worldwide Stamps and Postal History – item 13-A201204-236)

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