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Mandate EARLIEST recorded LATE FEE on VERY EARLY printed matter mail sent abroad applied to 2 Aug 1918 postmarked minature cover, sent from Army Post Office APO SZ44 (JERUSALEM) to officer at #14th Australian General Hospital (Abbassia Barracks in CAIRO, Egypt); as not endorsed "on active service" (OAS) the sender was likely a civilian & the cover liable for postage - here a very early instance of postage used as introduced just on 16 July 1918 (per Groten research) - here 1 mil as printed matter + 2 mils as a late fee (rates were identical for domestic mail and mail to Egypt) using 1m & 2m single typographicals two weeks after their first day of use (16 July); tied by 2x strikes of large Proud #D2 skeleton postmark & Palestine Censorship 3 handstamp (FB #PCC3/3, in greenish-blue - unlisted as such). Unsealed per printed matter regulations. This cover predates the current earliest known late fee cover abroad, dated 20 Jan 1922 - by 3½ years (TAS #48/175). Two rare rates on one cover + very early usage.