Outgoing Mail to Ireland
One destination that has eluded my efforts until today is Ireland. And that seems strange, since mail from Luxembourg to England is often found.
Thus, for me the card shown below is very special.
to Blackrock, Ireland,
Used examples of the 12 1/2c Message-Reply card are scarce, seldom appear on the market, and command high prices. But be careful. Here the Luxembourg-Ville V double-circle cancel was backdated to 3 July 1879, making this 12 1/2c Message card appear to have been postally used to Metz. But the double circle cancel did not come into use until 1883! So obviously this is a backdated cancel.
The absence of a receiving mark is another clue that this is a bogus use of the 12 1/2c card.
The card comes from an old German worldwide postal stationery accumulation of about 4000 cards, which were collected before WW1 and stored away until a few years ago. So the fakery occurred long ago.
Let me know if you have seen other backdated uses of the Luxembourg-Ville V cancel, or any other cancels.
Thanks to Luxembourg’s outstanding proofer, Lars Boettger, for alerting me to the bogus status of this usage!
23 Sep 1918
Censored at Trier
Special Delivery to
Nothing to be sad about when you find a mourning cover sent by special delivery with G.D. Marie Adélaïde franking!
But who was the sender who was in mourning? Where is/was Koenig Rieg in Luxembourg?
Bei den Krankgebruedern
Koenig Rieg. Luxemburg
And who was the “high-born” recipient?
Muenchen / Bayern
Dieter Basien kindly provides answers to some of my questions:
Bei den Krankenbrüdern
= (Convent / Kloster)
Königs-Ring = Boulevard Royal
30 Nov 1899
2 Dec 1899
6 Nov 1900
6 Nov 1900
13 Dec 1909
24 May 1890
Transit Luxembourg-Gare II
24 May 1890
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.
Last Day Cover
Arsdorf a 8800
8 April 2016
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!