Sunday, February 02, 2020

10c Adolphe Postal Card Used to Kieta, SOLOMON ISLANDS in 1905

10c Adolphe Postal Card to the Marist Catholic Mission

in Kieta, Bougainville Island, 

Solomon Islands in 1905

Reverse use of the 10c Adolphe Reply Half Postal Card

31 May 1905
Kieta, Bougainville Island,
Solomon Islands 

For the postal stationery collector, destinations in Oceania are among the most challenging.  This card was sent by P. Hastert to the Rev. P. Seyler, a Marist missionary in Kieta, a port town on the Eastern coast of Bougainville Island.  The writer describes the year's Octave Procession at the Luxembourg Cathedral.

The Marists established a mission at Kieta in 1901, becoming the first permanent European residents of Bougainville Island.  By 1903 the mission was reported to be thriving.  And by 1905, a station and post office had been built.


Friday, January 03, 2020

5c Adolphe Postal Card with Illustrated Advertising

Unsure what it is or what it does!

7 Nov 1902
Berlin, Germany
9 Nov 1902 

Printed backs with illustrations on government-issued postal cards are uncommon. This illustration is especially well executed, although the machine's use remains for a reader to explain!

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

MARIE ADÉLAÏDE - Die Proof on Glazed Card by Schirnböck

Die Proof on Glazed Card

Reverse inscribed in manuscript: 

Luxemburg 1914 Großherzogin

with Red Handstamp:  

Ferdinand Schirnböck

Believed to be unique.

Unusual Rates: Registered Printed Matter

29c Rate

Registered Printed Matter!

20 Nov 1916,
Trier Censor,
 to Eisenach, Germany
22 Nov 1916


4c Printed Matter Rate to Germany
(but Basien-Hoffkamp shows the 4c rate
increasing to 5c on 1 Aug 1916)
25c Registry Fee

What purposes were served by registering printed matter?  One can only speculate.  Perhaps to be sure the recipient (here a seller of construction materials [Baumaterialien]) received the information, and certainly a registered letter would not go unnoticed in the incoming mail.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

5 Fr. Adolphe Bridge Paperfold!

5 Fr. Adolphe Bridge

P. 11½ x 11

Luxembourg-Ville I
18 Oct 1930

Prifix 134c

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Collecting Post-1960 Incoming Mail to Luxembourg (Congo, San Marino, Ethiopia)

Add some sparkle to your Luxembourg collection with incoming commercial mail from the last 50 years or so.  Such mail is scarcer than you might think, partly because meter imprints and stickers have largely supplanted the use of stamps by businesses and at post office counters. This is a sad development for postal history collectors, as I've yet to see a meter sticker that qualifies as artistic or aesthetically pleasing.   

But with the likes of Delcampe or Jim Forte's website (350,000 worldwide covers), you'll still find many beautiful covers from 1960 onward franked with "real" stamps.  Even a small collection of these can be quite satisfying.

Here are two examples:


Democratic Republic of Congo
29 July 1967
Airmail to Rodange 

2F Fishing Industry
4F Pyrethrum Harvest
10F Cotton Harvest
24F Soldier and Flag 

San Marino

Republica di San Marino, U.F.
28 Feb 1966
Luxembourg-Ville transit
5 Mar 1966 to
6 Mar 1966

80L Baillet Latour, Olympics
130L Dante

Airmail - Registered - Special Delivery
in 1985

 Addis Ababa
16 Aug 1985

transit Luxembourg 1
19 Aug 1985

to Vianden 9400
19 Aug 1985


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

WW2 Occupation Parcel Cards from Gœbelsmühle

Parcel cards (Post-Paketkarte) used in Luxembourg during the WW2 German occupation provide a fertile field for specialization and research.  Sadly, little has been written about these cards, inviting their study by collectors who are bored by the many philatelic creations that pass for the country's WW2 postal history.

If you collect these parcel cards, you'll quickly appreciate their postal history significance as they exhibit unusual rates, special auxiliary labels, unusual occupation frankings, COD and money letter services, the Germanized occupation cancels and much more. 

 Gœbelsmühle--Two Types

Gare Giewelsmillen-002.jpg 

Consider for example picturesque Gœbelsmühle in the Bourscheid commune--today with a population of just 17 and a beautiful old railway station on the CFL line.  Yet its postal history dates back at least to 1905, when the village was issued a double-circle cancel.

Pre-Occupation Parcel Card Used
During the German Occupation

WW2 Handstamp
Gobelsmuhle in Gothic Letters
with Manuscript date
14 March 1941

Gobelsmuhle to Kuntzig
10 kg Zone 1 ~65 km = 65 Rpf.
Kuntzig [bs], 14 March 1941

Hindenburg Médallion franking
overprinted 'Luxemburg'

Hindenburg franking valid 

until 12/31/41

Göbelsmühle Reich Parcel Card
Overprinted for Bettborn (Moselland) Use

Bettborn to Esch-Alzig
22 March 1943

5.5 kg Zone 1 = 35 Rpf
Delivery fee = 15 Rpf
5 Rpf overrated
Delivery fee refunded [red b/s]

Reich Hitler-head Franking
Valid beginning 1 August 1941

The reference for German parcel cards generally during this period is:

Paul-Jürgen Hueske, Der Paketdienst im Deutschen Reich 1933-1945 (Infla Bücherei 47, 2001).

Kraus No. 73


Saturday, March 09, 2019

New publication! Entiers Postaux Illustrés Mondorf-les-Bains 1927-1930 by Jean-François Montagne


Luxembourg postal history scholarship is greatly enriched by Jean-François Montagne's splendid study of Luxembourg's first postal viewcards -- the beautiful artistic series of Mondorf-les-Bains views that appeared between 1927 and 1930

Scope:  This detailed, profusely illustrated 180-page tome encompasses the precursors, essays, issued cards including the surcharges, varieties and uses.

Montagne's innovative technical analysis of the cards:  Through systematic observation and measurement, Montagne reveals all of the secrets these cards contain.  His technically precise research findings are nicely summarized in many reader-friendly charts and diagrams. 

Even if you are an advanced collector, you will gain a wealth of knowledge from Montagne's impressive study, surely adding immensely to your enjoyment of these cards. 

He shares with us this précis of his work:

"Ces trois séries de neuf cartes, six en incluant les trois séries surchargées en 1927 et 1930, sont ici étudiées sous un nouvel angle et sont passées à la loupe.

Quelques découvertes ont donné certaines pistes, et cela a permis de découvrir les secrets de fabrication de ces séries et de démontrer que, contrairement à ce qui était admis jusqu’à présent, la feuille d’impression comportait plus de neuf clichés.

A la lecture de cette étude d’environ 180 pages, vous découvrirez le cheminement ayant permis la découverte de la composition de la feuille d’impression. l'ensemble des différents états des trois séries est détaillés. Les essais sont aussi détaillés."

Contact the author for details to obtain your copy!

A Couple Sample Pages

Page 25
 Page 107


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mourning cover from Schloss Hohenburg, Lenggries, mourning the death of G.D. Marie Adélaïde

Mourning the Death of  G.D. Marie Adélaïde
in 1924

Grand Duchess Marie Adélaïde died age 29 on 24 January 1924 at Schloss Hohenburg, the Nassau-Weilbourg family residence, near Lenggries, Bavaria.

The 10pf. cover seen here was posted during the period of mourning at Lenggries on 5 March 1924 and bears the Schloss Hohenburg P.B. imprint on the reverse flap.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Just published by Jean-François Montagne - Les Cartes Correspondance du Grand Duche de Luxembourg Postkarten Formulare

In this scholarly study, Jean-François Montagne has filled an immense gap in our knowledge of Luxembourg's first postal stationery classics -- the formular cards. 

Significantly, Mr. Montagne advances our philatelic knowledge by researching the earliest reports of the printing and use of the formulars.  He then employs his research findings to provide reader-friendly explanations from a fresh perspective of the multitude of collectible varieties of each card, replete with innovative graphics.

It is unfortunate that recent editions of the Prifix catalog no longer list the formulars (or any stationery).  And even more concerning is that FIP-certified philatelic judges downgrade postal stationery exhibits for showing the formulars.  Let us hope that this work disabuses the ignorant of their misconceptions about these early Luxembourg stationery classics.

Mr. Montagne offers this precis of his study:

"Cette étude est très détaillée. Ses 150 pages rassemblent et synthétisent de nombreuses informations relatives aux formulaires du grand-Duché de Luxembourg émis entre 1870 et 1874. De nombreuses parutions antérieures à celle-ci ont été étudiées.

Cette parution est richement illustrée de pièces parfois uniques. Un nouveau point de vue sur ces cartes, qui sont les précurseurs des entiers postaux, est proposé. En particulier, le cinquième état de la carte N°I est étudié en profondeur. Ses secrets sont révélés par l’analyse des différents éléments récoltés sur ce mystérieux état. Le formulaire N°IV, carte avec réponse payée, est étudié sous un nouvel angle. D'autres découvertes apportent des éléments nouveaux pour toutes ces cartes."

The study can be ordered for 45 euros, postpaid worldwide, from the author at: .

 It is an essential reference for postal stationery and postal history collectors.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mixed Hindenburg Luxemburg & Hitler-head WW2 Frankings: a 153-day Window

Mixed Hindenburg Luxemburg & Hitler-head WW2 Frankings

1 Aug 1941 - 31 Dec 1941

 a 153-day period

25 Rpf Hitler-head & 100 Rpf Hindenburg

Luxemburg 1c
Clervaux [bs], 3 Sep 1941

14.9 kg Zone 1 = 1.05 RM
COD fee [160.19 RM] = 20 Rpf


The Hindenburg Luxemburg overprints were valid until the end of 1941.  All Reich stamps became valid in Luxembourg on 1 Apr 1941, but the Hitler-head definitives were first issued on 1 Aug 1941.  And beginning 1 Jan 1942, only Reich stamps were valid for use in Luxemburg.  

Thus, Hindenburg-Hitler head mixed frankings were possible only for 153 days -- from 1 Aug 1941 to 31 Dec 1941.  

Although most such mixed frankings are inexpensive, they are remarkably hard to find.  But if you search for them, your reward will be a nice niche collection.

Here are a few more examples:

4 Rpf Hindenburg & 50 Rpf Hitler-head 

Befort, 28 Aug 1941,
to München 2 BZ, Hauptstadt der Gewegung,
30 Aug 1941
Not censored!

20-250g Letter = 24 Rpf
Registration fee = 30 Rpf


 50 Rpf Hitler-head & 100 Rpf Hindenburg

 Luxemburg 1i, 2 Sep 1941,
censored at Berlin [code d]
then by air to
Petropolis, Brazil

⥶20g UPU letter = 25 Rpf.
Air supplement = 1.25 RM


15 Rpf. & 80 Rpf. Hitler-head
and 100 Rpf Hindenburg (5)

Luxemburg 2d, 5 Aug 1941
Mit Luftpost nach Sudamerika
to Bogotá, Colombia
20g-30g UPU letter = 40 Rpf
Registry fee = 30 Rpf
Airmail supplement = 595 Rpf.
(175 Rpf/10g x 3)?


5 Rpf Hitler-head &
1 Rpf, 8 Rpf, 10 Rpf & 50 Rpf Hindenburg

Luxemburg 1i, 4 Oct 1941
Registered COD to
Bayreuth, Germany
[b/s] 5 Oct 1941

20g-250g Letter to the Reich = 24 Rpf
Registration fee = 30 Rpf
COD fee [83.34 RM] = 20 Rpf


15 Rpf Hindenburg & 50 Rpf Hitler-head

 Luxemburg 2d, 18 Sep 1941
Mit Luftpost Nach Nord Amerika
to New York, N.Y. 

20g UPU letter = 25 Rpf
Airmail supplement for 5g = 40 Rpf

1 Rpf Hitler-head &
5 Rpf Hindenburg Postal Card

Luxemburg 1a, 19 Aug 1941
to Saalfeld a.d. Salle 

Postal card rate within the Reich = 6 Rpf


4 Rpf Hitler-head
and 30 Rpf & 40 Rpf Hindenburg

Luxemburg, 10 Nov 1941 to
Neunkirchen, Saar [b.s] 11 Nov 1941 

20g-250g letter to the Reich = 24 Rpf
Registry fee = 30 Rpf
COD [125 RM] = 20 Rpf.