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.


Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The 87½c Marie-Adélaïde definitive - scarce on cover!



87½c Marie-Adélaïde Pair

 correctly rates

a 4th-Step UPU registered cover

to Holland in 1922

Wecker, 17 Feb 1922

Transit Luxembourg-Ville [b/s], 17 Feb 1922

To Amsterdam, Holland

60-80g UPU Letter = 50c+25c+25c+25 = 1.25F

10 May 1921 – 1 Jun 1924

 Registry fee = 50c

10 May 1921 – 1 Jun 1924

The 5kg parcel post rate to Germany increased to 87½c in July 1916.  To accommodate the new rate, the 87½c Marie-Adélaïde was issued on March 1, 1917.  Consequently, we seldom see this high-denomination stamp used on cover, but here it is used as a pair on a correctly rated,  fourth-step UPU registered cover.  


And on August 14, 1916, stock of the 1-Franc Marie-Adélaïde had been surcharged to 87½c to meet immediate needs.  See use of the 87½c/1Fr surcharge on a parcel card here .



 87½c Marie-Adélaïde

with 12½c Marie-Adélaïde

UPU registered cover uprated to 1-franc

Esch-sur-Alzette V, 8 Dec 1922

Transit Luxembourg-Ville, 8 Dec 1922

To Tetschen, Czechoslovakia

20g UPU Letter rate = 50c
10 May 1921

UPU Registry fee = 50
10 May 1921