Could you help about the following cover ? Instead of being red the band is blue, what is the specific meaning of the color on this cover (if any) ? The cover has been posted in Peking (departure date is illegible) but on the reverse the arrival date in France is January, 23rd 1909. Thank you very much for any help.
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blue band covers were (and are!) used as mourning covers/for condolences and other bad news.
The foreigners using this envelope had no clue of the traditional context and just used it as nice-colour exotic envelope.