Hungarian Pre-stamp Mail

Before the advent of the first Austrian stamp issues, which were used throughout Hungary, mail was simply marked with the town name from which it was sent. These marks are often of very attractive designs. This entire letter was sent from Güns (also known as Ginz, later Közseg in Hungarian), located near the border with Austria, to Agram (now Zagreb in Croatia) on 1 July 1837. It is marked Güns on the upper front, and has a dated arrival mark of Agram on the reverse of 4 July. There is a charge mark of ‘8’ in black manuscript, payable by the recipient.