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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Diekirch to Sumatra in 1888

Postal stationery uses from Luxembourg to Asia during the neo-classic era are exceedingly scarce. Recently, I was especially fortunate to acquire the 1882 Allegory postal stationery card [Prifix 48] shown below, posted from Diekirch, January 23, 1888, to Medan, North Sumatra, March 20, 1888.

The cover bears eight postal markings, all on the front, documenting the card's journey:

  • Diekirch, January 23, 1888
  • Luxembourg-Gare, January 23, 1888
  • Ned-Indie/Neg.-Pakkete (struck out in blue pencil)
  • NED:INDIE/STOOMSCHIP/REGTSTREEKS
  • Weltevreden [a few km. south of Batavia], March 12, 1888
  • Batavia [now: Jakarta], March 12, 1888
  • Medan, Neth. Sumatra, March 20, 1888


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