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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Early Publishers: Schock—Welter—Franck—Zahn

 

 

LEM03a

 

LEM01

Luxembourg-Gare
30 Nov 1899
to
Condé-en-Brie, France
2 Dec 1899

LEM01back

 

 

LEM02a

 

LEM02

Luxembourg-Gare
14 Mar 1900
to
Munich, Germany
15 Mar 1900

LEM02back


LEM03

Luxembourg-Gare
30 Sep 1900
transit New York, N.Y.
10 Oct 1900
to
Muscatine, Iowa, USA
12 Oct 1900

LEM03back

 

 

LEM04

Luxembourg-Gare
6 Nov 1900
to
Brussels, Belgium
6 Nov 1900

LEM04back

 

 

 

LEM05

Luxembourg-Gare A
13 Dec 1909
to
Gelsenkirchen

LEM05back



LEM08a

 

LEM08

Esch-sur-Alzette
7 Jun 1890
to
Paris, France
8 Jun 1890

LEM08back

 

 

LEM07

Esch-sur-Alzette
24 May 1890
Transit Luxembourg-Gare II
24 May 1890
to
Borgerhout-Anvers,
Belgium

LEM07back



LEM06a

 

LEM06

Luxembourg-Ville
2 Apr 1900
to
Munich, Germany
3 Apr 1900

LEM06back

 

 

 

LEM09a

 

LEM09

Luxembourg-Ville I
29 Mar 1907
to
Stuttgart, Germany
30 Mar 1907

LEM09back

In Le Moniteur du Collectionneur (1989:3 at pp. 126-135), Gaston Holzmacher has published a detailed article about Léon Franck’s philatelic endeavors.

Through these old cards, we can share in the philatelic pleasure of these early publishers.

Monday, August 01, 2016

† Arsdorf (19 Jun 1880–8 Apr 2016)

 

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Last Day Cover 
Arsdorf a 8800
8 April 2016

Arsdorf post office

The 8th of April, 2016, was a sad day, indeed, as operations of the Arsdorf post office ended on that day after 135 years, 9 months, and 21 days of postal service.

Many thanks to the inimitable Dieter Basien for the Last Day cover.  But Dieter, it should have been a mourning cover edged in black!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Bovange (Boegen) to Bulgaria in 1898 with Postage Due on a 5c G.D. Adolphe Postal Card!


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G.D. Adolphe 5c Postal Card (1st issue)
Bovange (Boegen),
29 Jun 1898,

Clervaux transit,
30 Jun 1898,

to
Sofia, Bulgaria
21 Jun 1898
(Julian calendar)

=’s 3 Jul 1898
(Gregorian calendar)
 
5c underpaid for the 10c UPU rate.  Taxed double the 5c deficiency, with a pair of
5 stotinki 1896 Bulgarian postage due stamps affixed.
 
It’s always a pleasant surprise to find a common domestic postal card with a scarce use, franking, and cancel!
 
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Written at Allerborn and addressed to a Capuchin friar in Sofia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Uprated Uses of the 75c Colmar Berg Postal Card

 

Two new postal cards appeared on 1 October 1945, in the aftermath of World War 2 --- a 75c card and a 2.00-franc card.  They remain underappreciated despite offering the specialist a trove of interesting post-war rates, uses, and cancels. 

Here are three unusual uprated uses of the 75c card.

Uprated in 1950 For Domestic Use

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Remich to Mondorf-les-Bains
22 Jun 1950

The 75c domestic rate was increased
to 1.00-franc on 1 Jan 1949.

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Printed Back

Jean Maroldt, Notary
Remich


Uprated in 1946 for Use to France

002

Larochette (Belgian-style cancel) to Strassbourg, France
19 June 1946

Although the postal card rate to France was set at 1.50-franc as of 20 Feb 1945, a new card was not issued for this rate in 1945.

003


Uprated in 1946 for Special Delivery to Belgium

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Luxembourg-Ville to Brussels, Belgium
4 Jan 1946

Uprated 7.00 francs to pay the special delivery fee!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

First Day Use of the 75c Colmar-Berg Postal Card

 

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1 October 1945

Luxembourg-Ville
[5:00-6:00 p.m.]
to
Ixelles-Bruxelles, Belgium

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Luxembourg issued two postal cards on 1 October 1945:  a 75c card featuring the Grand Ducal residence at Colmar-Berg paying the domestic rate and the rate to Belgium, and a 2.00-franc card for UPU use (including Germany). 

The rate to France was set at 1.50-franc as of 20 Feb 1945, but a card was not issued for that rate.

The card shown here was sent on the first day of issue by J. P. Wallenborn, a well known Luxembourg stamp dealer, to the postal stationery enthusiast, August Wery, in Belgium. 

Wallenborn writes: 

    Voici la première et l'autre va à votre adresse de Paris

Uses of these two cards in 1945 are scarce!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Sole Uses Do Not Exist of the 30c/40c 1927 Mondorf-les-Bains Viewcards–Here’s why!

 

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40-centime card surcharged to 30 Centimes
(one of nine views)

The 40-centime card was issued on 15 April 1927 to pay the treaty rates to France and Germany. But with (or in anticipation of) the increase in those rates from 40c to 60c on 15 December 1927, a small quantity of the soon-to-be or now already obsolete 40-centime cards was surcharged, sometime during December, to 30 centimes for use to pay the 30c domestic rate and the 30c treaty rate to Belgium. But also on 15 December 1927, those two 30c rates were increased to 35c!

So then the remaining 40c card stock was surcharged to 35 centimes, probably late in December 1927.  27 December 1927 is my earliest use of the 35c/40c card (shown below at the bottom).  The Luxembourg Handbook incorrectly lists the earliest date as “1928.”

As a consequence, I know of no sole use of the 30c/40c surcharged card! Any such use would have had to pre-date 15 December 1927, but the 30c/40c surcharged card apparently was not issued until shortly after 15 December 1927. (If I’m wrong, please show me the proof!)

Here’s a  23 December 1927 use posted from Wecker by the controversial  Berbourg stamp dealer, N. Wagner.  His message to the esteemed postal stationery enthusiast,      P. W. Broekman in Amsterdam, mentions that he has three (new) surcharged cards.  Take a look!

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35c/40c Used 27 December 1927

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002

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Stampless Official Mourning Cover--Mourning the Death of Grand Duchess Charlotte in 1985

 

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The reign of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, began in 1919, when her older sister, Grand Duchess Marie Adélaïde, abdicated. She continued to reign until her own abdication in 1964 in favor of her son Jean.

 

Mourning_July 18, 1985

The stampless mourning cover seen here, postmarked Luxembourg-Ville, July 18, 1985, mourns the death of Grand Duchess Charlotte just 9 days earlier, on July 9, 1985. The blue straight-line handstamp Service du Grand-Duc and the Administration des Biens de S.A.R. Le Grand-Duc de Luxembourg corner card indicate that the mourners are the then-Grand Duke Jean’s official staff.

Grand Duke Jean, who recently celebrated his 95th birthday, abdicated in 2000 in favor of his own son Henri.  His gala birthday party was attended by many of Europe’s royals and featured the Luxembourg Philharmonic orchestra singing happy birthday.

Modern mourning covers from Luxembourg are uncommon, but at least among the Grand Ducal royalty in 1985, the tradition of edging envelopes in black during a period of mourning continued. I’m quite pleased to have added this modern cover to my collection.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Overlooked Rates—Post-WW2 Treaty Rates to Italy and the Netherlands

 

Beginning in the late 1940s, postal treaties provided for substantially reduced postal rates from Luxembourg to Italy and the Netherlands.  Although commercial covers from this period are plentiful, I’ve had a hard time finding treaty-rate covers to these two countries.  How many do you have in your collection?  Take a look!

For example, here are some of the post-WW2 rates for a 20g letter:

To Italy: 

               1966-1976 = 3.00 F
               1976-1983 = 6.00 F
               1983-1986 = 10.00 F
               Thereafter, CEPT and Europa rates applied

To the Netherlands:

                1 Apr 1947-1949 = 1.50 F
                1949-15 Jul 1958 = 2.00 F
                15 Jul 1958-1 Oct 1973 = 3.00 F
                1 Oct 1973-1976 = 4.00 F
                1976-1 Jul 1980 = 6.00 F
                1 Jul 1980-1 Jul 1983 = 8.00 F
                1 Jul 1983-1986 = 10.00 F
                1986-1 Jul 1988 = 12.00 F
                 Special rates continued until 1 Jul 1997!

UPU rates:

                   1 Oct 1945-1949 = 3.50 F
                   1949-15 Jul 1958 = 4.00 F
                   15 Jul 1958-16 Sep 1963 = 5.00 F
                   16 Sep 1963-1 Jul 1971 = 6.00 F
                   1 Jul 1971-1976 = 8.00 F
                   1976-1 Jul 1981 = 12.00 F
                   1 Jul 1981-1986 =16.00 F
                   1986-1991 = 20.00 F

To the Netherlands in 1954
at the 2.00 Fr Letter Rate

NL rate

NL rate_x

         Luxembourg-Ville to Scheveningen, Netherlands
27 Jul 1954
  

To Italy in 1969 at the 3.00 Fr Letter Rate

(+ 12.00 Fr special delivery fee)

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002

Luxembourg-Ville ab,
20 May 1969,
Special delivery to
Rome, Italy,
22 May 1969

To Italy in 1979 at the 6.00 Fr Letter Rate
(+ 20 Fr registry fee)

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 002               

Luxembourg 2h, 
21 Aug 1979,
registered to Montebelluna, Italy,
25 Aug 1979