Picked these two up yesterday in a lot at the estate auction. Don't know what is is about Italian stampless letters (Italian states, I guess really). I'm not Italian, and certainly don't speak the language, but they are just so pretty. Both letters were sent to the same person, Bart. Parodi (?) and look to be invoices.
First one, both sides. Sent from Milan to Genoa 1840, I think.
And the second, not quite as pretty. Sent to Genoa from Livorno in 1850
I like stampless covers from that era and area as well....often they are less pricey than FRANKED (stamped) covers. Something about the cursive writing, and of course auxiliary markings.....bellisimo!!!
delcampe & eBay: stampguyAPS177-681 one day soon I will start listing a lot of interesting worldwide covers cards and stamps....
Maybe nobody cares about, but in honor of the reserch I would like to point out that Bartolomeo Parodi was one of the founders of the bank of the Kingdom of Italy 1893 , ..coming from a family of Genoese bankers with investments in south and north America.
First the books, then the stamps and then the letters. (E.Diena)
Hello Rex! Thanks for reviving this one, and I for one DO care. I'm what's called a social postal historian, in that I like to research the people who sent and received these, not just the postal markings and routes. Looking at the album page I created for this cover I did note that Parodi was named to the presidency of the new Geneva Discount Bank in 1845 and was first president of the Bank of Genoa. Perhaps I need to update. Thank you.