Perfin collectors will know Credito Italiano as the source of thousands of CI perfins on Italian stamps. Much more rare is the Credito Italiano overprint on British stamps.
Credito Italiano opened an office in London in 1911. The stamp shown here is from the 1930s--a time when this bank (among others) had been refinanced by the Italian govenment's Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale, the bank having gone bankrupt in the Great Depression.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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