In 1923, Monsieur Dutour, a notary in Preyssac, received an envelope with a declared value of cinq mille francs. Five thousand francs, the equivalent of just over $850 today, would have been more than $12,000 in the 1920s (if my Google source is accurate.) But what was inside wasn't actually money per se but war bonds. Monsieur Auboyneau, a stockbroker in Paris, wanted to make sure the bonds arrived safely. The envelope is sealed with five big and beautiful dark red wax seals. Richly embossed, this is delightful piece of ephemera. I was so focused on the exterior envelope, I forgot to photograph the note inside. I've included a quick scan. The piece of paper is actually too large to fit on the scanner, about 13 by 8 inches. The envelope itself is 6.5 by 5 inches.
Please note: Postage is for shipping Priority with lots of padding and stiff cardboard protection to ensure the wax seals don't break during transit.
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