Lot #: 80553

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British WWI military mail in Egypt: 31 MY 1916 full strike of skeleton single dateline BAPO ZP LOD (local office delivery; ALEXANDRIA) postmark - unlisted in Proud & Firebrace, tied to piece of OHMS cover marked by violet oval "[unclear] TRANSPORT OFFICE | [unclear] Station, Alexandria" cachet (FB unlisted) & next day BAPO Z postmark. Discovery piece: earliest known instance of BAPO ZP postmark, here in actual use. May be a forerunner of the regular BAPO Z LOD postmark (Proud-D1), instituted 31 AUG; Proud suggests that DC BAPO Y postmark was the forerunner, citing April 19 cover - but ZP LOD unknown to him.