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The Gorbachev Foundation Envelope from the Gorbachev Foundation

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09796.04 Author/Creator: The Gorbachev Foundation Place Written: Moscow, Russia Type: Envelope Date: Pagination: 1 envelope ; 22.2 x 30.1 cm.

One air mail envelope addressed to "Freedom" from the Gorbachev Foundation. Dated postage stamps are unreadable.

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