Sunday, June 23, 2019

5 Fr. Adolphe Bridge Paperfold!


 
5 Fr. Adolphe Bridge
Paperfold

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 www.Postalhistory.com 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:

Congo


Lubumbashi, 
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
Registered
Luxembourg-Ville transit
5 Mar 1966 to
Esch-sur-Alzette
6 Mar 1966

80L Baillet Latour, Olympics
130L Dante




Ethiopia
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).








 

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!


montagne.jf@outlook.fr



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: montagne.jf@outlook.fr .


 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
to
Clervaux [bs], 3 Sep 1941

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

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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

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 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

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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)?

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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

 
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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
 
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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


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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.



Thursday, August 23, 2018

United States Shortpaid Incoming Mail to "Luxenburg France"


Luxenburg, France?

  
Louisville, Ky. 
Station H (DPO)
22 Aug 1919
Shortpaid 3 US cents
Taxed Double the Deficiency 
Luxembourg-Ville
15 Sep 1919 
30 centimes postage due paid


In the early 19th century, incoming mail incorrectly addressed to "Luxembourg, France," "Luxembourg, Belgium," and "Luxembourg, Germany" all seems to have been delivered.  But last week a letter I sent to a collector in Fentange (population ~1600) showing the street address but inadvertently omitting the street number was returned as "undeliverable." 

Things sure have changed!

Other examples of similar incorrectly addressed mail are here and here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

WW1 Hand-drawn Postal History Art



Feldpostamt 54
2 Jun 1915
with Briefstempel cachet

Geprürt
Postprüfungsstelle Oppeln
[censored at Oppeln, Silesia]

Censored at Trier, Germany

To Esch-sur-Alzette
9 Jun 2015

Forwarded to 
Neidercorn [post: Differdange]

5c Postage Due Paid
10 Jun 2015 


A strange sketch drawn on some kind of synthetic leather with a lot of symbolism (note the tombstone labeled 1914-1915 and the church bell tolling) .  Comments?

Friday, July 27, 2018

German Fieldpost from the Großen Hauptquartiers [General Headquarters] at Charleville-Mézières to Luxembourg in 1914







K.D. Feldpostamt des
Großen Hauptquartiers
[ Charleville-Mézières, France]

8 Dec 1914

Censored at Trier

To Luxembourg-Ville, 19 Dec 1914,
with 5c postage due paid
with


a purple boxed handstamp

Feldpost 
Chef d. Generalstabes des Feldheeres
[Head of the General staff of the Field Army]

Early in the war, the German General Headquarters were established at what had been the pre-war German Embassy in Luxembourg. In response to objections, however, the General Headquarters were relocated to Charleville-Mézières, France, on 25 Sep 1914.