I enjoy postal history that illustrates mail in the 1800's that crosses national borders. It's a combination of the use of postage stamps, the markings placed on the envelopes, the modes and routes of transportation, the agreements between countries and sometimes, the content and addressees of the mail.
We start our journey in Austria. No reason why, other than the fact that I have this item from Graz in the southern part of the country. Graz is currently the second largest city in Austria after Vienna and has Slovene origins. Sadly, whoever sent this item to the United States didn't put enough postage on it!
|Austria to the U.S. 1884|
|U.S. to Italy 1889|
|Italy to the Netherlands 1868|
|the Netherlands to England 1865|
|England to France 1868|
So, we return across the Atlantic on a French ship that leaves from the French port of St Nazaire, arriving eventually in Mexico. We'll just have to find a way to cross the border on our own since I do not have anything that goes from Mexico to the United States right now.
|France to Mexico 1869|