Monday, May 22, 2023

Jean-Pierre Wallenborn - 1947-1948 Pricelist for Luxembourg Packets!


1947-1948 Wholesale Price List

Luxembourg Packets

 Offered by

Jean-Pierre (J.-P.) Wallenborn
21 Rue des Roses 


Priced in U.S. dollars.  

"All stamps are in perfect condition."

And the list is appropriately

printed on rose-colored paper! 







Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Incoming Mail from the T.A.A.F. to Remich in 1981



Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises


Incoming Mail to Remich

in 1981


Port Aux Françaises Kerguelen, T.A.A.F.,
18 Dec 1981

Remich [b/s], 18 Mar 1982

Remich,19 Mar 1982
(paying poste restante fee)

Transit time:  90 days 

An example of scarce modern incoming mail!


Saturday, May 07, 2022

Incoming Mail from Portuguese India


Nova-Goa - 1934


Nova-Goa, 21 Aug 1934


Villa Heliar, Walferdange,

9 Sep 1934



Incoming mail to Luxembourg from the Portuguese colonies in India and Asia is especially challenging.  So I was pleased to recently add this cover to my collection.  It's the first I've seen from the 1930s or earlier from Goa.

If you have any such covers that you'd like to share, I'd be glad to post them here on the blog. 


4 Reis (3) & 1½ Tanga [= 18 Reis)

Allegory of Portugal and 

Vasco de Gama's Flagship 'San Gabriel'


Monday, March 21, 2022

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal slogan cancel

Today's Philatelic Mail 

In today's mail, I received a letter from England with the Royal Mail's slogan cancel urging donations to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.


Royal Mail
Croydon Mail Centre
15 03 2022




Donate now at:



I hope you will!

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Incoming Mail from Tibet






Yatung Tibet Registry Label


Yatung Tibet Via Siliguri [India]

18 Nov 1949 cds, 

 to Elizabeth, N.J. USA,

28 Dec 1949

Forwarded to Poste Restante,


2F Postage Due pays 

Poste Restante Charge

3 Jan 1950

Luxembourg-Ville cds


Tibet was a semi-independent country until 1951, when it was occupied and annexed into the People's Republic of China.  Its postage stamps were valid only within the country. Thus, the Yatung cds routing the cover to Siliguri in West Bengal, India, for entry into the Universal Postal Union and the India Post franking.






Sunday, July 11, 2021

In Grand Duchess Charlotte's Hand



 Service de la Grande Duchesse


24 December 1932

to Munich, Germany



Monday, December 28, 2020

Posted from Bollendorf, Germany


10c Adolphe Postal Card
(1st Issue)

Used in 1901 at Bollendorf, Germany,

to Amersfoort, Holland --- Taxed 


Bollendorf, Germany

1 June 1901

Amersfoort, Holland

2 June 1901

Blue crayon 'T' [taxed]

 The difference a bridge makes

   Bollendorf, Germany, is connected to Bollendorf-Pont, Luxembourg,
by a bridge over the Sauer river.




Friday, November 20, 2020

5c G.D. Adolphe (2nd issue) Postal Card - Earliest Reported Use

Earliest Reported Use


17 Feb 1903

Esch-sur-Alzette I

to Homberg, Germany

18 February 1903



Very Fine Private Cachet

Victor Bettendorf

Esch s/Alzette

Grand Duché de Luxembourg


Sometimes we discard common postal cards in below average condition, but first we should check to see if they contain secrets, such as the earliest reported use date.  This card nearly ended up in my trash bin until I noticed that the FSPL Handbook (2009) lists 17 March 1903 as the Frühdatum. This card was used 29 days earlier.

If you have an earlier use, please send me a scan at .  I'll publish it here for everybody to enjoy!



Monday, October 19, 2020

WW1 - Esch-sur-Alzette Cover to Brig. General Thomas B. Dugan, American Expeditionary Force


BG Thomas Buchanan Dugan

Brigadier General

Thomas Buchanan Dugan



·         Esch-sur-Alzette, 23 Jul 1919

·         To APO 745, 10th Infantry, 5th Division,
American Expeditionary Force

·         Forwarded to Metropolitan Club,
Washington, D.C. [b/s], 15 Aug 1919

·         Docketed Metropolitan Club [b/s], 15 Aug 1919

20g UPU Letter = 25c

1 Oct 1907 - 10 May 1921

Sender (on reverse):

Gritty Clément

Chateau, Esch-sur-Alzette


 111-SC-40853 - NARA - 55240829-cropped.jpg

 Near Dagonville, Meuse


Dugan was born in Baltimore on July 27, 1858. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1882 and was commissioned in the Tenth cavalry.

Dugan served on the American frontier from 1882 to 1890, and he commanded a company of Apache Indian scouts from 1884 to 1885. Until 1898, Dugan served at several locations, including in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. He served in the Spanish-American War, taking part in the Siege of Santiago and the Battle of San Juan Hill.. Dugan also served in the Sanitary Corps for a short time. Afterward, he served two tours of service to the Philippines, in 1905 and 1916.

Dugan was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the National Army on August 5, 1917, and between December 1917 and May 1918, he managed a brigade and field officers' school. During World War I, he served in Europe from July 1918 to July 1919, and he commanded brigades in the 86th, 85th, 53rd, and 5th infantry divisions. Dugan commanded the 35th Infantry Division from November 25 to December 1918, and again from December 27, 1918, to the division's deactivation in April 1919. Dugan participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and he received the Distinguished Service Medal for his role in the offensive. He retired on July 27, 1922, at the rank of colonel.

Congress restored Dugan's brigadier general rank on February 28, 1927. He died on April 27, 1940, in Washington, D.C.