The text looked like Hungarian, the same language in my grandmother's old documents. Enter Google Translate that confirmed that the papers are Hungarian and the postmarks are all from Hungarian cities. It looks like these are some sort of postal tracking stamps or labels.
I love the cancelled stamps, the handwritten notes and of course the bits of text.
This is why I love thrift stores; you never know what you're going to find. So many questions - why would someone tear these into strips? Maybe some stamp collector who wasn't interested in the text ( horrors!) , just the stamps. And how did Hungarian postal tracking stamps end up in a thrift store on the New England seacoast?
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OK, enough stalling - back to work!