Catalog number 050 – Labor Camp Number 4

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November 10, 1938

Source: colectalia.com, lot CT012

Cover addressed to a guard in Labor Camp Number 4. The addressee is Plácido Mor Font. Sent through air mail from Carcassonne, France, with postmark dated on November 10, 1938. Barcelona arrival backstamp of November 16, 1938.

Upon arrival the letter is censored, with tape and civilian censor mark Heller RB3.13.

The complete address is as follows:

Plácido Mor Font

Guardia

Campo de Trabajo nº 4

Montjuich

Barcelona

Republique Espagnole

The censor tape partially hides the word “Guardia” in the address, and that caused the confusion that finally made the cover to be returned to the sender, as we will see later.

The cover is directed to the the S.I.M. offices in Montjuïc, and from there redirecte to the SIM post office in Muntaner 55, Barcelona. On the back, handwritten with pen, the redirection to Muntaner 55 was noted. This redirection was signed by M. Sánchez. This forward appears canceled with pencil, and just below there is the same redirection reordered, now authorized by the signature “Brotons”.

In the S.I.M post office the mark “SÓLO SE ADMITEN / TARJETAS POSTALES CON / 20 PALABRAS DE TEXTO” was stamped (only admitted post cards with text of 20 words), and a “D” for “devolution”. Undoubtedly, the partial hiding of the word “Guardia” in the address by the civilian censor tape made the clerk to think it was a cover addressed to a prisoner, and he followed the norm that only allowed the prisoners to receive post cards with a text with a maximum lenght of 20 words. This rule was not allways followed so strictly.

The sender is Marcel Delpech, 6 Rue Montpellier, Carcassonne (Aude), France (see a cover to this same individual, catalog number 046, from Labor Camp Number 4, with Cervera postmark dated on June 16, 1938).

Unique cover known to exist addressed to a guard in the S.I.M. labor camps.