Lanman & Kemp Correspondence from the German States
Free City of Bremen
Bremen, January 14, 1865, 7 cent Bremen debit to US, via North German Lloyd line America departed Bremen January 14, 1865 arrived New York January 29, 1865, "N.Y. BREM. PKT. 10 OR 21 U.S. NOTES" depreciated currency exchange office marking.
Free City of Hamburg
Hamburg, November 29, 1853 dateline, no Hamburg origin postmark, endorsed via Ostende, Paid DK 16 December 1853 transit marking and rated 19 schillinge prepaid for all transit fees to the United States, 1 shilling Prussion credit to Great Britain (8d [16¢] sea postage plus 4d [8¢] British and Belgian transit fees). Per Cunard Line Africa to New York departed Liverpool December 17 and arrived New York December 30, rated 5¢ due, month inverted and mistaken use of AM PKT marking.
Hamburg, January 2, 1867, per Prussian Closed Mail, Aachen January 3, 1867, 5Cts. transit (2 silbergroshen), by closed mail to Great Britain, per Cunard line Asia via Queesnstown, arrived Boston Jan 20, 1868, then by closed bag to New York. "N.Y. BR. PKT. JAN 21 30 OR 39 U.S. NOTES" depreciated currency exchange office marking. Letter was probably intended to go by HAPAG Germania but that ship was stuck in ice in the Elbe river until January 8.
Hamburg, February 16, 1867, per HAPAG Teutonia, Hamburg Packet February 16, 7 cent debit to United States, "N.Y. HAMB. PKT. MAR 8 10 OR 13 U.S. NOTES" depreciated currency exchange office marking.
Saxony / North German Confederation
Dresden, Saxony, November 12, 1869, “FRANCO” 4 silbergroschen (10 cents) paid by pair North German Confederation 2 silbergroschen, departed Bremen November 13, 1869, via North German Lloyd Weser II, New York Paid All November 26, 1869 exchange office marking.