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Double unclaimed email: undated JUNE 1948 era local TEL AVIV registered cover, franked 25m per period rate using rare 15m 10¾ perforated single (Ba #4e) & 10m (Ba #3), tied by single strike of reintroduced Mandate ALLENBY ROAD BRANCH OFFICE REGISTERED single circle postmark (Groten-I9; with mostly missing date head) + 2x strikes on the back (5 JU barely visible on one strike) + #1334 interim-era serial numbered TEL AVIV 1 registry label (numbers 0001-3202 were used during the interim period) on front.
The cover could not be delivered to the addressee and was subsequently held at for him at the post office as "Poste Restante" mail as per the "PR" & other pencil notations on the front and back (awaiting his pick-up, but as within the city of the sender, as "special delivery" mail which would have required a 10m fee to be paid as a postage due payment); the cover however remained unclaimed and was returned to the sender, as per the red crayon markings on the front & back, but the return address was evidently incorrect: that address was altered but the cover was still not picked up by the sender, at which point the cover was stamped with a Mandate-era English "NOT CLAIMED" instructional marking + Hebrew instructional marking "Lo Nidrash be RLD" (Sacher-L53, being scarce on mail) "not claimed at RLD". Holy Land Postal History Bulletin #4 (p.164) wasn't able to indentify this on a similar type cover, but as a Mandate IM and the Hebrew initials using periods as with foreign language abbreviations, this probably means literally RLD - "Returned Letter Duty" as used in the UK.
The 3-digit numbers on the front and back are probably sorting numbers; the single-digit number on the front may indicate the number of pieces of mail awaiting either the sender or the addressee. The cover remaining unclaimed may be the reason it was finally opened (torn at left), in order to try and return the mail. The Allenby Road branch office received the Israeli trilingual canceller on 1 July. Unusual.