From what I've found, there were a few years in the mid 1850's that no extra postage was necessary to have a letter sent by coastal steamship. Is that true?
I can't find one named Charleston and I don't know what the No.34 means in the upper left.
I'm assuming this cover made it to Tampa, Florida at least part way by ship. Any thoughts?
The back shows hand written R July 22/53. So it took 7 days. Traveling by ship from Brooklyn to Tampa wouldn't have taken 7 days, would it?
So, does the "via Charleston" mean it traveled through Charleston and then onto Tampa or was there a ship "Charleston" that I just can't find?