Spanish American War Covers

Sale 3031 - Session 2 - United States Postal History and Flight Covers
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  • Lot# : 2081 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Despatch To Spain Or Spanish Colonies Prohibited On Account Of War," label affixed on envelope addressed to Barcelona, 5c Chocolate tied by "New Orleans La Apr 23 1898" machine cancel, lightly struck pointing finger marking with caption "Do Not Post Again ...This Envelope or Wrapper", backstamped New Orleans April 25, May 2, New York City April 28, stamp and cover faults, posted just two days before the official declaration of war between the US and Spain
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    Lot# : 2082 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Despatch To Spain Or Spanish Colonies Prohibited On Account Of War," label (portion torn off at right) affixed and tied on envelope addressed to Havana, franked with 5c Chocolate also tied by a New York 1898 double oval, pointing finger auxiliary marking with caption "Do Not Post Again ...This Envelope or Wrapper", a Per S.S. Alvidene" cornercard, small faults but a rare usernThe SS Alvidene was hired by JE Ward & Co. of New York to send supplies to Cuba. There was some debate about whether the ship would be seized by the US Government as most of the supplies were believed to be heading to the Spanish Army. The ship departed but it appears the mail did not.
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    Lot# : 2083 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Return To Sender. Dispatch To Spain Or Colonies Prohibited On Account Of War. NYPO," 5-line handstamp on unsealed 1c postal stationery envelope addressed to Spain, cancelled by New York 1898 undated flag cancel (typical of printed matter), Very Fine and choice, this handstamp was used instead of the label in May of 1898
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    Lot# : 2084 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Unmailable," handstamp on envelope addressed to Matanzas, Cuba, US 1898 5c Blue tied by "Philadelphia Apr 25 98" machine cancel, additional "Return to Sender" handstamp, partially struck backstamp, opened at left, envelope with a central vertical fold and staple holes at left, Fine and unusual without the undeliverable mail label or handstamp
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    Lot# : 2085 Spanish American War Covers

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    "R.D. Evans/ Capt. USN/ Comd'g "Iowa" July 3/98" closing signature on a hand written letter in response to correspondence from a woman in Newburgh NY evidently requesting a souvenir from the war and enclosed with the letter was a "button from my white sash - the only button I have given to anyone since the close of the Spanish war.", the letter with central fold and some spindle holes not affecting the signature (one through the "N" of "USN"), Very Fine, the brass button/ pin accompaniesrnCapt. (later Rear Admiral) Robley Evans (1846-1912) served from the American Civil War to the Spanish-American War. From 1907-08 he commanded the Great White Fleet on its worldwide cruise from the Atlantic Ocean through the Straits of Magellan to the Pacific Ocean. During the Spanish-American War, he commanded the battleship USS Iowa in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.
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    Lot# : 2086 Spanish American War Covers

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    Early Sailor's Letter to USA, cover with "Harry S Gregg USN/ USS New Orleans/ Santiago de Cuba" return address, sent unfranked with an ms "Due 2c" and 2c due affixed and tied, Key West Fla Jun 8 98 duplex cancel, backstamped Marshalltown, Ia, envelope roughly opened at right, Fine; Early mails before the opening of the first post office by the Marines at Daiquiri on June 23 were sent via Key WestrnAccompanying letter relates "We sunk a torpedo boat the night of June 2 and had quite a time. We attack Spanish forts tomorrow at daybreak. The admiral sent his compliments to the crew and Schley sent recommendation to Wash. on account of our work June 2." On May 19, 1898, a month after the outbreak of hostilities, a Spanish fleet arrived in Santiago harbor on the southern coast of Cuba. The Spanish fleet was immediately blockaded in harbor by U.S. warships from the U.S. squadrons in the Atlantic, under Rear Admiral William T. Sampson and Commodore Winfield S. Schley.
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    Lot# : 2087 Spanish American War Covers

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    "USS New Orleans/ New Port Rd/ July 4 1899" heading on a hand written letter from a sailor aboard ship and addressed to his sister, along with a hand-drawn sketch of the ship inside the text of the letter, the sailor also described 4th of July celebrations aboard the ship, "we celebrated yesterday and last night to commemorate the Santiago victories and the display was magnificent. The ships were in 'full dress'..", the folded letter shows some light aging, a Fine eye-witness account from the scenernThe protected cruiser USS New Orleans saw extensive service during the Spanish-American War, being part of the "Flying Squadron" starting in May of 1898.
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    Lot# : 2088 Spanish American War Covers

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    1898 Patriotic Cover from Sibonia to USA, flag patriotic with image of Sec of War Alger captioned "Sec Alger Camp Alger Va" in the field of stars, New York Ship Letter Jul 30 98 "Opera Glass" cancel plus circled "Due 2 Cents" handstamp, 2c Due affixed (torn and right half missing) and cancelled on arrival, partially struck 4-line handstamp "Soldier's Letter/.../ 8th Regt Ohio Vols.", backstamped Ashland (Oh) Rec'd, cover roughly opened and slightly reduced at right, also partially open along bottom with torn bottom flap, also opened along top but resealed with some small sealed breaks, still an attractive and rare domestic patriotic; accompanied by letter from the soldier on YMCA letterhead datelined July 14, 1898 (toned, splits along heavy folds, piece of a corner photo mount stuck down on one page) mentioning life in camp (especially the food and cooking), some artillery, illness among the troops, etc.rnSiboney was a very small town with no postal facilities under Spanish administration. As troops advanced on Santiago, the first military station was established, four miles west of Siboney which was closer to Santiago. An outbreak of yellow fever resulted in the stations closing with no mail handled between July 10-20. During the second week, the US Army burnt down all the buildings in town to control the outbreak. Postal service was resumed temporarily at a fever hospital on the outskirts of town. This is one of two covers known sent from this hospital and was written on the same date as the other known use.
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    Lot# : 2089 Spanish American War Covers

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    1898 Cover from Soldier in 6th Illinois Volunteers on Board USS Columbia off Santiago, envelope endorsed "Soldiers letter/ B. Kopke Co. I 6th Rgt Ill Vol", unfranked envelope with US flag cc addressed to Illinois, New York Jul 22 Ship letter "opera glass" cancel with additional "Due 2 Cents: circular handstamp, 2c due affixed and cancelled, backstamped Amboy, Ill 25 July, diagonal bend lower right, Fine, the cover was likely handed over to another ship during re-coaling in Guantanamo Bay on July 16; ex-HoskingrnThe 6th Illinois Volunteers, Co. I, left for Cuba aboard the Columbia in early July but the Spanish forces at Santiago, their destination, had surrendered by the time they arrived. They were subsequently dispatched to Puerto Rico.
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    Lot# : 2090 Spanish American War Covers

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    1898 Santiago Military Station Cover with Cancel from Captured Spanish Canceller, envelope endorsed "Soldier's letter/ PJ Hearst/ Chap 3rd US Cavy" and addressed to Port Tampa Fla, partial "Due 2" handstamp and pair of 1c Dues affixed and cancelled on arrival, Spanish "Santiago De Cuba/ Ysla De Cuba Jul 27 98" cds, Port Tamp Fla Aug 13 1898 receiver, envelope some light aging and small tone spots, Fine use, the Cuban cancelling device was used for a brief period until US Military Station obliterators arrived. rnThe 3rd US Cavalry, once in Cuba, was assigned to seize the Spanish positions on the high ground around the landward side of the seaport of Santiago de Cuba. The cavalry division, of which the Regiment was a part, was one of three divisions assigned the mission of assaulting these hills. During the battle, one of the division's members would receive the Medal of Honor for his actions.
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    Lot# : 2091 Spanish American War Covers

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    1898 Adversity Cover to USA, an Arbuckles Ariosa Coffee bag used as an envelope by an artillery man in the Illinois 1st Volunteer Infantry Co at Santiago, unfranked and addressed to Chicago with a New York Aug 3 98 "Opera Glass" cancel and circular "Due 2 Cents" handstamp, 2c Due affixed (torn and top portion missing) and cancelled on arrival, expected condition with some folds, breaks, pieces out, etc. but a ridiculously rare and great showpiece showing the shortage of materials on the line and the resourcefulness of the men in the field during battle
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    Lot# : 2092 Spanish American War Covers

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    Soldiers Letter Sent from Montauk NY, unfranked envelope with "Soldiers Letter" endorsement and countersigned, Montauk Station NY Aug 20 98 duplex cancel, 2c due affixed and tied by NY City cds, ms return address on backflap - "M. Berndt Co. F 71st NY Vols.", cover bit roughly opened at bottom, Fine and scarcernThe Montauk post office was established to facilitate the growing volume of soldier's mail, but it was not a principle office. A post office was established in the area of Montauk, which would become Camp Wikoff, a quarantine site for soldiers returning from Cuba and began operations in August 1898 until the last soldier left on October 28. At one point over 21,000 soldiers were in the camp (257 men died in the camp) and conditions were so bad that President McKinley and Secretary of War Alger visited to boost moralernThe 71st New York was ordered to support the "Rough Riders" at San Juan Hill (they were late) and the Battle of Santiago but suffered their greatest losses from sickness and disease.
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    Lot# : 2093 Spanish American War Covers

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    1898 China Postal Card to Sailor Aboard USS "Texas" at "Santiago de Cuba", 1c card cancelled by Chunking 28 Sep 98 dater with Shanghai 17 Oct, Yokohama 26 Oct and a partial Washington DC transit cancels, two different "T" due handstamps, backstamped Tacoma Wash Nov 17 and additional indistinguishable cancel, faults including some stamps removed, VG, ratty but incredibly rarernThe Texas was involved in the Battle of Santiago in June 1898 and when this card was posted in September of 1898, her duties would have involved patrolling the eastern US coast with periodic visits to Cuba.
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    Lot# : 2094 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Prisoner's Letter/ Censored and forwarded/ Navy Department/ Bureau of Navigation/ Washington DC," five-line handstamp applied in Washington DC to an envelope addressed to London, US 1898 5c Blue tied by "Mil Sta No 1 Philippine Isls/ San Francisco Cal Oct 20 1898" double circle date stamp, backstamped Singapore OC 31 98, envelope with a unobtrusive tiny tone spot at bottom, Very Fine, extremely rare example of this Navy Department censor handstamp
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    Lot# : 2095 Spanish American War Covers

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    Main Operating Base (M.O.B.) Letter to Soldier Forwarded and Officially Opened/ Sealed. "busy" PO Dept Chattanooga Tenn Official Business penalty envelope originally addressed to a soldier in Chickamauga Ga thought to be in the New York 2nd Infantry, he was actually in the New Jersey 2nd and the envelope ended up getting forwarded to Jacksonville and Tampa, myriad of auxiliary, Dead Letter Office and postman's markings, official seals overlap at right, cover open three sides for display, typical postal wear, Fine and an eye-catching cover. rnThe Second New Jersey Volunteer Infantry served its entire term of service within Florida, arriving in Jacksonville June 3.
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    Lot# : 2096 Spanish American War Covers

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    "The Soldier's Letter for December 1898", Vol. 1, No.2, published by "Soldier's Letter Pub. Co. Manila", 48 pgs including articles, advertising, illustrations, an editorial, etc. a little aging as expected with the front cover some some corner/ edge wrinkles and bends plus few small breaks, Fine and rare
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    Lot# : 2097 Spanish American War Covers

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    Patriotic Cover from Amaro Camp, YMCA flag cachet for the 31st Mich with "SA Smith Co G/ Camp Amaro Cuba" return address, envelope addressed to Detroit franked with US 2c Carmine tied by blurred cds, ms "Soldiers Letter", backstamped Detroit & Cin RPO Mar 28 1899, envelope opened irregularly and reduced at right, typical bit of edge wrinkling, Fine use from this small camprnThe Michigan 31st shipped out to Cuba on January 25 1899, landing at Cienfuegos and then parceled out to the towns of Santa Clara Province to preserve order and protect property. The regiment performed guard duty until it returned to the United States in April 1899 and was disbanded at Savannah, Georgia in May 1899. While in federal service, 20 men died from sickness in southern camps and hospitals.
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    Lot# : 2098 Spanish American War Covers

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    Cover to US From Sancti Spiritus Barracks, envelope addressed to US franked with Cuba 2c Surcharge tied by Sancti Spiritus Nov 13 1899 duplex with another strike alongside, additional light "Sancti Spiritus Barracks" handstamp, backstamped Peru, Ind., envelope opened top and right (slightly reduced) and with bit of edge wear/ aging, Fine and rare being one of just two known covers with the encampment handstamp.
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    Lot# : 2099 Spanish American War Covers

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    1900 Cover/ Letter from Midshipman (later Admiral) Edward Kalbfus to his grandaughter in Harrisburg Pa, worn envelope franked with 1899 2c Red pair (214) tied by Mil Sta No 2 Mar 28 duplex, includes the enclosure - a multi-page letter completely in his hand datelined "USS Petrel/ Off Cavite Manila Bay, P.I./ March 25, 1900", Fine overall; an interesting letter describing his arrival on the Petrel declaring it "...the nicest little ship.." and describing his assignment, pride in the US Navy, the sight of Spanish wrecks in Manila Bay, weatrher, etc.rnThe third USS Petrel (PG-2) was a 4th rate gunboat in the US Navy during the Spanish-American War. In April 1898, Petrel became part of George Dewey's fleet in the campaign against Manila.rnAdmiral Edward Kalbfus (1877-1954) was a four-star admiral in the US Navy and was commander of the Battle Force of the US Fleet from 1938-39, also serving as President of the Naval War College from 1934-36 and 1939-42. He was also one of the three retired line officers to sit on the Pearl Harbor Court of Inquiry.
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    Lot# : 2100 Spanish American War Covers

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    "United States Post Office Military Station No. 1 Cuba," handstamp ties US 2c Carmine to envelope addressed to "Galiano Island British Columbia Canada" and forwarded (handstamp), stamp also tied by a partially struck "JY 28 98" Canadian cds, printed cornercard of "The Inn" hotel in Tampa crossed out (known to be used by soldiers before embarkation to Cuba), three different British Columbia backstamps, roughly opened at top and bit of postal wear, Fine use and one of the finest strikes of the military station cancel known and an unusual "island" to "island" use
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    Lot# : 2101 Spanish American War Covers

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    "United States Post Office Military Station No. 1 Cuba," 2-line handstamp on cover front addressed to Pennsylvania and forwarded to NY, "DUE 2" handstamp, sender's "John Allen Co G/ 12 US Inf" at left edge, some edge wrinkling and tiny breaks at left, Fine and are with an account of the battlernAccompanying letter datelined "In front of Santiago July 4 1898" from the soldier gives his observations on the front. "Friday we were in a hot fight from 6:30 AM till 4:30 PM, when our colours went up over the Spanish fort. The papers will tell you more than I can, I only remind that we are dirty, tired, cranky and mad.". rnPrivate Allen was participating in the Battle of El Caney where over 500 Spanish soldiers and about 80 loyalists held the northwest flank of Santiago against about 6,000 men of the US 2nd Division and around 1,000 Cubans.
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    Lot# : 2102 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Military Sta No 1 NY/ Cuba" Double Oval, (Baker O-1) ties US 5c Blue (natural se) to envelope addressed to Santiago de Cuba, backstamped Santiago Oct 13 98, some light even aging, Fine and elusive cancel
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    Lot# : 2103 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Mil. Sta. No. 7/ Gibara, Cuba," December 27, 1898 duplex ties US 1898 5c Dark blue to cover (opened and significantly reduced at left) addressed to Habana, cover a light corner bend upper right just affecting stamp, still Very Fine and rare use from this short-lived camp being in operation only between December 1, 1898 and February 28, 1899 when it was merged into the civilian postal system; 5c postage was required as areas in Cuba still controlled by the Spanish were considered "foreign" until the end of 1898 and required the higher rate
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    Lot# : 2104 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Military Station No. 22,/ Bayamo Cuba," 2-line handstamp at upper left corner of envelope addressed to California with signature of acting P.M. H.J. Fox above, 1899 2½c Surcharge tied by lightly struck Mar 2 1899 Station 22 duplex, backstamped Napa Cal Mar 20, cover light wrinkling/ folds affecting stamp, opened bottom and right and some small breaks mostly on the back side, Fine; the earliest recorded cover with signature of acting P.M. Fox
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    Lot# : 2105 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Mil P Sta No 26/ Buena Vista Cuba," duplex cancels (February 6 and February 14) duplex cancels on two covers addressed to USA, each franked with the 2½c surcharge end endorsed as "Soldier's Letter" and with proper officer signature February 6 envelope a YMCA flag patriotic envelope (open 3½ sides) and a 4-page letter datelined "Camp Columbia Havana Cuba Feb 6 1898" accompanies, VG-Fine, the military station office was open from January 5 to February 20, 1899 and served the largest US military installation, Camp Columbia, which was nearby in Marianao
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    Lot# : 2106 Spanish American War Covers

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    "Mil P Sta No 28/ Santa Clara Cuba," March 22, 1899 cancel on an unfranked official adversity envelope from the civilian Governor fashioned from a business form and addressed to Secretary of State and Government in Habana, "Gobierno Civil" double oval handstamp, backstamped "Habana 24 Mar 99," bit roughly opened at top; accompanied by US 2c postal stationery envelope for Cuba with "Ranchuela/ Santa Clara Jul 4 1899" double oval, Fine and scarce
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    Lot# : 2107 Spanish American War Covers

    Volunteer Soldier And Volunteer Camps Collection, exhibit collection of approx 41 covers with some accompanied by soldier letters, most neatly arranged and written up on pages, wide array of cancels, auxiliary markings incl postage due, some patriotic designs, illustrated letterheads, etc., from various assembling and staging areas, muster camps, winter camps, embarkation camps, post-war, etc., some of the camp markings/ cc/ handstamps/ addresses include Camp Alger (Va.), Camp Bushnell (Oh), Camp Hastings (Pa, illustrated letterhead), Camp Poland (Oh), Camp Wetherill (SC), Camp Merritt (Cal; problems with typhoid), Camp Barrett (Cal; short-lived camp), Camp George H Thomas (Ga), Camp Springfield (Fla), Camp Gilman (Ga), Camp Fernandina (Fla), etc., also note "Mil. Sta. Sep 30 '98 Lexington KY" duplex, an 1898 letter from a soldier at Camp Gilman (Ga) describing the new "Krag-Jorgensen" repeating rifle, etc., very mixed condition with most of the covers affected by some toning, opening faults, postal wear, etc. but still an overall Fine and fascinating collection
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    Lot# : 2108 Spanish American War Covers

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    Cuba Spanish-American War Period Covers and Cards Assortment, approx 27 covers and 6 postal cards with many on exhibit-pages, most franking US 1898 Surcharge issues incl on postal stationery envelopes and postal cards, nice variety of different cancels, auxiliary markings, official uses, some patriotics, etc., note (in no particular order) Station 28 (Santa Clara) soldier's letter handstamp on patriotic, official use from soldier at Songo encampment, soldier in hospital use of a War Dept penalty envelope (2), Station 1 duplex ties US 1c Trans-Miss + 4c Bureau, few Havana to US patriotic with Chaplain countersigning handstamp, covers with 7th US Cavalry soldier handstamps, "Military Sta Havana" Dec 24 1898 cds ties US 2c Trans-Miss (only known military station mark with name of locality but no station number), 1899 Havana 2-line cancel on registered envelope to Hawaii (stamps missing), etc., also includes few soldier letters, mixed condition with some faults, generally Fine and useful assortment
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