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Friday, March 10, 2017

Pricey Precancel!


10c 1922 Precancel Sells
for 371 Euros+!




Luxembourg 22 Typographed Precancel
on 10c Charlotte Definitive
with Luxembourg-Ville postmark
28 Sep 1922
Prifix 128


Luxembourg-Ville to Sarreguemines, France
10c/50g Printed Matter rate to France 
(10 May 1921-1 Jun 1924)


Many Luxembourg precancels are common but uses of any on commercial mail are scarce.  Why?  Well, I believe very little of the printed matter for which they were intended was saved.

We hardly ever see commercial uses of the G.D. Charlotte precancels.  This homely cover with back flap missing is an exception.  Sent by  J. B. Ketten's furniture store from Luxembourg-Ville to France, it sold for 371 Euros + commission on Delcampe in October 2015!

Who has other examples of commercial mail using the precanceled Charlotte definitives in 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1925?  Share your scans with Arsdorf@gmail.com; I'll publish them here.



Monday, March 06, 2017

The 1935 15-stamp Aid-for-Intellectuals semi-postals used on nine covers


The Swartz-Hensgen Correspondence

In 1935, Maury Swartz, the well known stamp dealer from Kayl, corresponded  with Mr. Hensgen, the Luxembourg-Grund prison chaplain.  Over the four-month period from June 25th to September 30th, Swartz used all 15 of the Intellectual semi-postals (they were sold at double face value) on a nine-letter correspondence.  We do not know exactly what the covers contained, but they appear to be more commercial than philatelic.

I corresponded with Swartz in the 1950s, when he was living in Silver Spring, Maryland, but by the time that I acquired the covers in the 1960s from the Fred Wilmar collection in a Wolffers San Francisco auction, I had lost contact with him.  Wilmar served in the United States Army in Luxembourg during World War 2.  After the war he returned to Moraga, California, where he developed a fine collection of Luxembourg stamps and postal history, including these covers.

Here they are to enjoy:


20F+20F
Surgeons


 Kayl,
Registry No. 399

30 Sep 1935
Luxembourg-Ville b 
backstamp



10F+10F
 Educators

Kayl,
Registry No. 248
9 Aug 1935
Faint Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp
 

5F+5F
Lawyers

  Kayl,
Registry No. 175
22 Jul 1935
Luxembourg-Ville b
backstamp
 

3F+3F
Journalists
 
 Kayl,
Registry No. 314
26 Aug 1935
Luxembourg-Ville b
backstamp



2F+2F
Artists

 Kayl,
16 Sep 1935
Luxembourg-Ville III
backstamp



1.75F+1.75F Engineers, 1.25F+1.25F Scientists,
20c+20c Engineers, 15c+15c Journalists

 Kayl,
13 Jul 1935
Registry No. 141
Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp



1F+1F Surgeons & 50c+50c Lawyers

 Kayl,
26 Jul 1935
Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp
 

70c+70c
Adolphe Bridge

 Kayl,
2 Jul 1935
Faint Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp
 

5c+5c (3) Teachers, 10c+10c (2) Artists,
& 35c+35c Scientists

Kayl,
25 Jun 1935
Luxembourg-Ville
slogan backstamp