Friday, December 28, 2007

WWII: Posted at Medernach; Registered at Fels

Philately of the German occupation of Luxembourg abounds with postal history not seen during any other period of Luxembourg's philatelic history. In this regard, the registered cover shown here is exemplary for three reasons.

After having been posting at Medernach, the letter had to be registered elsewhere (in this case, the next morning at Larochette [in German: Fels], which was the closest post office with registry service). At the time, Medernach had only the services of a parcel post agency (an agence aux colis), and presumably this agency lacked authority to register letters.

Second, the cancels used at Medernach during the WWII occupation are distinctive. Two types exist -- the one shown with Medernach in Gothic letters, and a similar type but with Medernach in Arabic letters. The German administation never issued its standard, round double circle bridge cancel to Medernach (Type 41), perhaps because Medernach was only a parcel post agency. However, when the cover was registered at Larochette, the German Type 41 cancel of Fels is seen on the cover along with the Fels registry label.

And last, the combination franking of Hindenburg and Luxembourg overprints is interesting in its own right. The date of posting at Medernach, Monday, March 31, 1941, was the last day of validity of the Luxembourg overprints, of which the 10-Rpf. on 40-centime and pair of the 12-Rpf. on 60-centime Charlotte (2nd issue) pay 34 Rpf. postage. The addition of 25 Rpf. in the form of a 15-Rpf. and pair of the 5-Rpf. Hindenburg overprints is puzzling as these stamps continued to be valid through the end of 1941. A first-step registered letter would have required only a 42-Rpf. franking (leaving the cover 17 Rpf. overfranked) and a second-step only a 54-Rpf. franking (leaving the cover overfranked by 5 Rpf.). Perhaps the sender was simple disposing of the Luxembourg overprints, which were about to become invalid, or had philatelic motives. In addition to being postmarked on April 1 at Fels, the cover is backstamped at Luxembourg-Ville the same day, and was received in Berlin, April 3, 1941.

What's your opinion of the postal history significance of this cover?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

May 10, 1940 - Detained Mail

Airmail Letter Awaiting Dispatch on May 10, 1940
1.75 F UPU 20 g letter rate + 1.75 F registry fee + 3.50 F airmail surcharge/5 g

The Germany Army overran Luxembourg in the early morning hours of Friday, May 10, 1940, less than two days after this letter had been posted late Wednesday afternoon at Luxembourg-Gare. In the course of the occupiers seizing control of the Grand Ducal postal system, this four-gram registered airmail letter was opened, censored and detained for nearly a half year. Routed "Via Lisbourne" [Lisbon, Portugal], it arrived in New York on November 8, 1940, and at its destination, Chicago, Illinois, November 9, 1940, some 185 days later.

From an exhibit-in-progress entitled Luxembourg Postal History During the World War II German Occupation -- May 10, 1940 - September 10, 1944

Monday, December 10, 2007

Invalid, Dubious & Questionable Uses (IDQs)

Let me ask you, “How should we organize those Luxembourg covers and cards that were used in unusual ways, but which don’t fit nicely into traditional postal history categories?” There is a body of philately devoted to EFOs (errors, freaks and oddities). Why not develop one devoted to the study and showcasing of IDQs?

We might begin with these categories (and any others you can think of):


Invalid, Dubious & Questionable Uses


Luxembourg franking no longer valid


Luxembourg franking valid, but not for the requested service


Luxembourg franking used abroad & foreign franking used in Luxembourg


Luxembourg and foreign franking used in combination


Luxembourg postal card imprint cutouts used as postage


Non-postal use of Luxembourg stamps and stationery


Luxembourg revenue stamps used to pay postage


Reuse of previously used Luxembourg stamps

Type 1 ─ Luxembourg Franking No Longer Valid

T-1 ─ Invalid Use ( 25c 1891 Adolphe): Attempted use of the 25c definitive to pay the 20 g UPU rate on a letter to the United States from Dalheim, April 3, 1911.

However, the 1891 Adolphe issue had been demonitized on January 1, 1909. In accordance with UPU regulations, the Dalheim post office marked off the invalid stamp with blue crayon, indicating with a zero that it had no monetary value and that postage due was to be charged to the recipient. The New York exchange office then taxed the letter ten US cents (double the five-cent UPU letter rate).

T-1 ─ Invalid use (30c Charlotte & 4 Rpf. Hindenburg): Letter posted from Luxembourg-Ville to Rumelange, September 10, 1944, the day Luxembourg was liberated from WWII German occupation and 10 days after the Nazi administration in Luxembourg had collapsed. Although the letter was censored on December 6, 1944, domestic mail delivery to towns outside Luxembourg-Ville was not resumed until March 26, 1945. The March 26, 1945, Rümelingen backstamp shows that this letter was delivered on the first day that inland deliveries were permitted, 196 days after it had been posted.

Two of the stamps were invalid on the date of posting. The 30c 1926 Charlotte had been invalidated on October 1, 1940; the 4 Rpf. Hindenburg on January 1, 1942. The 4 Rpf. Hitler head remained valid until September 29, 1944. However, as the letter rate was 12 Rpf., the Rumelange post office only charged postage due for a 1 Rpf. deficiency in the franking after giving the sender 11 Rpf. credit for the three stamps. (The 30c Charlotte was converted to Reichpfennings at the rate of 10 centimes to 1 Rpf., thus being worth 3 Rpf.) The 20-centime postage due charge reflects the 1 Rpf. deficiency doubled.

T-1 -- Invalid Use (1970 Chateau II Caritas semi-postals): A philatelically-inspired use of the Chateau II set posted from Luxembourg-Ville, October 19, 1972, to Andernach, Germany, taxed double the three-franc, 20-gram letter rate to Germany (T 6/3) for use invalid postage, as the last day of validity for the Chateau II set was December 31, 1971, 293 days before this letter was posted.

T 2 -- Luxembourg Franking Valid, But Not For Requested Service

T-2 ─ Airmail Use Disallowed: Reply card from a 75c+75c Luxembourg Ècusson double card mailed May 4, 1936, on the special German automobile postal service between Berlin and Leipzig with a blue Luxembourg airmail label and 75c Luxembourg airmail adhesive added purporting to pay supplemental postage for return of the reply card by airmail.

Airmail service (apparently) was not available or offered for return of foreign reply cards, as indicated by the German post office having marked off the adhesive stamp with blue crayon, crossed out the airmail etiquette and indicated no postal value for the adhesive. The 75c Luxembourg postal stationery imprint on the reply card correctly pays the 75c postal card rate in effect at that time between Luxembourg and Germany.

Type 3 ─ Luxembourg Franking Used Abroad & Foreign Franking Used in Luxembourg

Used within Germany

T-3 ─ Illegal Use in Germany: Attempted use of a five-centime 1882 Allegory postal card uprated with a 5-centime 1895 Adolphe definitive to pay postage from Rüttgen to Bad-Kreuznach, Germany, September 23, 1895. At that time, Rüttgen was part of the German Lorraine, on the German side of the border with Luxembourg. Today it is part of France and known by its French name, Roussy-le-Village.

The writer dated the card two days earlier at Frisange, a nearby village in Luxembourg. As the card was posted on the German side of the border, the German post office correctly marked off the Luxembourg stationery imprint and stamp with blue crayon, indicating their invalidity and postage due of 10 pfennig.


Used within France

T-3 ─ Illegal Use in France: Attempted use of a 35-centime Charlotte definitive to pay postage on a viewcard sent from Thionville to Roubaix, France, August 16, 1933. The Thionville post office marked off the stamp with blue crayon to indicate its invalidity, taxed the card, and applied a pair of French postage due stamps. As the card was refused by the addressee, it was sent to the dead letter office in nearby Lille.


Illegal use1898

T-3 -- Illegal use from Germany to Luxembourg in 1898:

Attempted use of a 10c G.D. Adolphe (1st issue) postal card from Oettingen in the then-German Lorraine, June 4, 1898, to Esch-sur-Alzette via Luxembourg-Gare the next day, taxed 20 centimes, [blue crayon] double the 10c UPU postcard rate.

T-3 ─ Illegal Use to the USA from France: The message discloses that the writer had stopped in Luxembourg on a drive from Wiesbaden, Germany, to Verdun, France. The picture postcard, which shows a night time view of the Adolphe Bridge in Luxembourg-Ville, is franked with a pair of Luxembourg six-franc 1977 Europa stamps, but it was posted from Verdun, France, October 12, 1977, to San Diego, California.

In accordance with 1974 UPU convention regulations for calculating postage due, the Luxembourg stamps were given no value (indicated by "= 0 in red) by the French post office. Postage due was calculated by multiplying the T 100/140 fraction by the US first-step foreign surface rate of 18 cents. This amount (12.86 US cents) was rounded up to 13 cents and a 20-cent handling charge was added, resulting in a postage due charge of 33 cents, as shown by the New York exchange office.

T-3 ─ Illegal Use to Great Britain from Germany: Attempted use of 3.50 francs of Luxembourg stamps to pay postage on a picture postcard from Volkingen, Germany, to Goldsithney-Penzance, England, August 25, 1967. The German post office marked off the stamps with blue crayon to indicate their invalidity. On arrival in England an auxiliary mark was applied reading “Stamp Not Valid - To Pay 10p,” payment of which is shown by three British postage due stamps. The writer notes that “As I write this, we are now traveling through Germany towards Saarbrücken.”

T-3 -- Illegal Use in Luxembourg of German postage to France: Attempted use of the 5 pfg. Germania definitive on a picture postcard posted at the 5c printed matter rate from Luxembourg Ville I, July 15, 1906, to Mersault, France, taxed and charged 10 centimes postage due in France (double the 5-centime deficiency).

T-3 -- Illegal Use in Luxembourg of Belgian postage to Germany: Attempted use of the 4-franc Belgian Abdication of Charles V commemorative (Scott #487) to correctly pay the 20 g letter rate to Germany from Belgium but posted from Luxembourg-Gare, July 8, 1955, invalidated in blue crayon and taxed 0.40 gold centimes (T 0.40 ct or) in Luxembourg, with the tax doubled on arrival in Bielefeld, Germany (Nachgebuhr 80).

Type 4 ─ Luxembourg and Foreign Franking Used in Combination

T-4 ─ Luxembourg & Italian Franking: 6-centime reply card from an 1875 6c+6c double card returned from Milan, Italy, September 23, 1906, used in combination with a five-centime Italian adhesive to make-up the ten-centime UPU rate then in effect. It was received in Luxembourg-Ville, September 24, 1906, and not taxed, as this practice was widely tolerated by European postal authorities although technically violative of UPU regulations, which required that the return card be entirely franked with the country of origin’s postage.

T-4 Luxembourg & German Franking: 5-centime Allegory postal card for domestic use, illegally uprated with a 5-pfennig German adhesive to pay the 10-centime postcard rate to Germany, posted from Luxembourg-Ville, October 21, 1892, to Cöln-Ehrenfeld, Germany, but the illegal combination franking apparently was not noticed by the Luxembourg post office.

T-5 ─ Postal Card Imprint Cutouts Used as Postage

T-5 ─ Use of a 5c postal card imprint: Attempted payment in 1915 of five centimes of the ten-centime letter rate to France with a five-centime Écusson postal card cutout, but noticed and taxed by the Luxembourg-Ville post office. The return address is that of the Carmelite Tertiary nuns, the frugality perhaps reflecting their vow of poverty.

T-5 Use of a 45c postal viewcard imprint cutout: Attempted payment in 1935 of part of the 70-centime domestic letter rate on a sealed letter to the suburb of Limpertsberg, otherwise franked only with a 35-centime Charlotte adhesive. Although an illegal use, the 45-centime imprint was nicely hand canceled and no postage due charged.

T-6 ─ Non-postal Uses

T-6 Oberpallen Private Overprint: Nicolas Gallé, who was the customs and immigration officer in charge of the Oberpallen border crossing between Luxembourg and Belgium in the late 1800s, must have been something of an eccentric. He apparently had five-centime Allegory postal cards overprinted “Oberpallen.” across the stamp imprint by letter press in purple. These cards were used to record the names of persons who crossed the border at Oberpallen each day and are all addressed to Mr. Gallé.

Oberpallen has never had a post office, and an examination of these cards readily reveals that none ever passed through the mails. They lead my list of dubious and questionable items. Use of the Allegory postal cards in this curious manner probably was unauthorized, may have been illegal, and likely served no revenue purpose.

T-7 & T-8

I have yet to discover a Luxembourg revenue stamp used in lieu of a postage stamp. Likewise, I have not (yet) seen an example of an attempt to reuse a previously cancelled Luxembourg stamp. Certainly such uses must exist.

Today might be a good time to organize the IDQs in your collection and share them with the others.

An earlier version of this article appeared in Castellum.

WWII German Occupation Tax Stamps

Fiscal (or "tax") philately often provides the collector with an adventure into uncharted (or at best, poorly cataloged) philatelic pastures. Thus, it is not surprising to find that little has been written about the tax stamps used in Luxembourg by the German administration during World War II. What I present here is just the tip of the tip of this philatelic iceberg. Surely others will contribute as well to help fill this immense philatelic knowledge gap.

Recently I acquired a WWII food ration card used in Luxembourg City. It bears the official imprint of the "Stadt Luxemburg Ernährungsamt" or Luxembourg City Nutrition Office and a 50 Rpf. "Quittung" (or tax receipt). A rubber date stamp showing the date September 2, 1942, ties the stamp to the card. In all, the card bears 17 such rubber-stamped dates, all between 1941 and 1943, and shows three different addresses for the cardholder. The text states that the cardholder must present the card each time food rations are requested.

The stamp is shown below along with the front and back of the ration card and the Municipal Nutrition Office official imprint. A similar 60 Rpf. stamp surcharged with a large "5 Frs" is shown at the beginning of this post. Was the German-issued stamp surcharged to Luxembourg francs after the occupation ended?

What else is known about these quaint tax stamps?

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Centenary of the International Reply Coupon: 1907 - 2007

I. Introduction

The International Reply Coupon (IRC) was introduced at the 1906 Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress in Rome. First issued on October 1, 1907, an IRC at that time could be exchanged at any UPU-member-nation post office for the postage required to prepay a single-rate, surface-delivery letter. Today, one hundred years later, an IRC can be redeemed for the minimum postage required for an unregistered priority airmail letter. UPU-member postal services must exchange an IRC for postage but are not required to sell them. IRCs remain popular with philatelists, autograph collectors, and radio amateurs exchanging QSL cards, who want to prepay return postage from a foreign country without sending cash or obtaining foreign postage in advance. They are sold in more than 70 countries.

Collectors classify IRCs by design (or “frame”), with the design taking its name from the city where the UPU Congress was held that adopted the design. Table 1 summarizes the five basic designs that have appeared over the past 100 years:

Luxembourg has issued IRCs in each of the five designs (including both Beijing models) and is one of only 35 countries to issue the recent Beijing Model 2 commemorative Centenary design.

The available information on Luxembourg’s IRC tariffs is summarized in Table 2.

II. Rome Design (1907–1930)

During this nearly 23-year classic coupon period, Luxembourg issued five Rome-design IRCs. They paid four different tariffs. Moreover, when the tariff was increased, some of the coupons were uprated with the new value in manuscript. All of the Rome-frame coupons are very scarce.


January 11, 1910.


Roodt, December 26, 1919,
and uprated in manuscript to 55 centimes

III. London Design (1930 – 1965)

During the 35 years that the London design was in use, Luxembourg issued IRCs in five different denominations. As the IRC tariff was increased to 2.75 F at the same time that the London design was released (i.e., July 1, 1930), Auguste Wéry, on the basis of reports in the philatelic literature, states that a 2.25 F IRC might have already been ordered but never put into circulation. Whether a 2.25 F IRC exists remains an unsolved philatelic puzzle.

Unlike the Rome design, inexpensive examples of the London design appear frequently in the philatelic market. But in acquiring examples, don’t overlook the fact that 14 varieties have been documented! They are summarized in Table 4 below.


Postmarked Luxembourg-Ville, September 1939
Shanghai, China, February 14, 1940


Luxembourg-Ville, August 29, 1947

IV. Vienna Design (1965-1975)

The four different Vienna-design IRCs known for Luxembourg are summarized in Table 5. A Vienna printing that I have not seen listed for Luxembourg reads in French on the front “letter ordinaire de port simple” instead of “premier échelon … par voie de surface.”

Luxembourg-Ville, December 28, 1973

V. Lausanne Design (1975-2002)

The Lausanne design first appeared on February 1, 1975. The price is not shown on this design; however, when Luxembourg increased the IRC tariff from 10 F to 16 F on January 1, 1976, postal clerks sometimes indicated the new price in manuscript in the center box.

Varieties that I have not seen listed for Luxembourg include Lausanne printings with (i) “par voie aérienne” instead of “par voie de surface” on the front, and (ii) “CN01” instead of “C22” in the front upper right corner, and (iii) printings without the broken circle in the box on the right. The only known varieties are summarized in Table 6.

Luxembourg-Ville, July 31, 1979
Horizontal UPU watermark

VI. Beijing Design: Models 1 & 2; Centenary Printing

2002 - 2007

Shown below are the two Beijing-model IRCs. The first appeared in 2002 and was valid for exchange until December 31, 2006. The second appeared in 2006 and is valid for exchange until December 31, 2009.

Beijing Design – Model 1 (2002)

Luxembourg-Ville, February 14, 2006

Beijing Design – Model 2 (2006)

Luxembourg-Ville, October 18, 2006

In February 2007, a special printing of the Beijing Model 2 IRC appeared to commemorate a century of IRC use. The Centenary IRC has the inscription “1907 – 2007” added, as shown below in a cut from the specimen posted on the UPU website. Since February, only Luxembourg and 36 other countries have ordered and placed on sale the Centenary IRC. A total of just over 180,000 Centenary IRCs were printed for the entire UPU membership, and the UPU states that this special commemorative printing will not be reissued. As some countries have ordered as few as 500 or 1,000, the Centenary IRCs will undoubtedly be much sought after by collectors. I have not yet received an example from Luxembourg, nor do I know how many the Luxembourg PTT ordered.

Centenary Inscription “1907 – 2007”
on the Bejing Model 2 Special Printing

VII. IRCs & Ponzi Schemes

IRCs gained international attention early in 1920 when Charles Ponzi (1882-1949), a renowned international swindler, touted them as the inspiration for what is now commonly referred to as a “Ponzi scheme.” The phrase denotes an investment scheme in which the investor’s returns are paid not from profitable investments but rather from the inflow of cash from new investors.

In August 1919 a Spanish businessman enclosed an IRC with a request for a publication Ponzi had been promoting. Upon seeing the coupon, Ponzi realized that based on post-war exchange rates, IRCs bought in much of Europe were worth more when redeemed in the United States than what they cost in Europe. This realization led Ponzi to offer to enrich investors by buying IRCs in Europe and selling them at a profit in the United States. He successfully convinced investors to give him money in exchange for a promissory note, promising them a 50% profit in 45 days based on his (supposed) transatlantic trading in IRCs.

In fact Ponzi never used his investors’ money to engage in IRC arbitrage. He quickly learned that the IRCs could only be exchanged for stamps, not cash, and that they were not intended for financial speculation. But by July 1920, Ponzi was taking in $250,000 a day in investments, and his success continued until Post magazine revealed that to cover the investments made with his company, 160,000,000 IRCs would have had to be in circulation—in fact, at that time only about 27,000 were actually circulating.

When federal agents shut down Ponzi’s company on August 10, 1920, they found that he indeed had no large investment stock of IRCs. Eventually, Ponzi was arrested, tried and incarcerated in federal and state jurisdictions for mail fraud. In 1924, his bankrupty estate was the subject of litigation in the United States Supreme Court brought by some of his defrauded investors. In the case report, Chief Justice Taft notes that Ponzi began his fraudulent arbitrage enterprise with capital of $150. (Cunningham v. Brown, 265 U.S. 1 (1924).) Similar schemes abound today on the Internet and through the mails. What was it that P.T. Barnum once said?

VIII. Conclusion

After a century of use, the IRC remains a viable means for writers to prepay the return postage for letters from their correspondents. And finding Luxembourg IRCs − particularly the various Rome and London designs used between 1907 and 1965 − continues to provide formidable challenges for postal history and postal stationery collectors. Don’t pass up an opportunity to add them to your collection.


Basien, Dieter & Hoffkamp, Fernand, Tarife der Briefpost in Luxemburg 1852-2002, (Luxembourg: P&T, 2002), pp. 160-162.

Hurtré, André, website: “Postal Reply Coupons—International Reply Coupons,”

Paul-August Koch, Wim V. M. Wiggers de Vries, and Auguste Wery, Die Internationalen Antwortscheine von Belgien und Luxemburg (Krefeld-Traar: Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V., 1984).

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bridge-and-Bar Postmarks (1905-1940+)

Construction continues!
Reformatting in progress 

Luxembourg's 131 face-different bridge-and-bar postmarks provide an excellent theme around which to collect stamps, postcards and covers from the first half of the 20th century. First introduced in 1905, many of the bridge-and-bar cancelers continued in use into the first six months of the WWII German occupation. By the end of 1940, most of them had been gradually replaced with the German administration's devices. A few resurfaced and saw limited use again shortly after the occupation ended in September 1944, while Luxembourg introduced new canceling devices.

During an era when most mail in Luxembourg was still hand canceled, the bridge-and-bar cancelers became the postal clerk's workhorse for canceling stamps, dating receipts, and dutifully documenting the dispatch, transit and receipt of mail. As the 35-year period of use was relatively long, examples of many of these postmarks are plentiful. For such, the challenge is to find clear strikes on postcards and covers and socked-on-the-nose strikes on loose stamps. Others, however, are uncommon, and a few very scarce, reflecting the small amount of mail handled by some of the rural post offices. Nonetheless, the uncommon postmarks still occasionally turn up in inexpensive mixtures and collections offered in auctions, on eBay, Delcampe, and at stamp show bourses, their philatelic significance having gone unnoticed by the general dealer or collector.

A special challenge is to find bridge-and-bar postmarks on the Grand Duke Adolphe definitives. When the bridge-and-bar cancels were being introduced, the Adolphe definitives were rapidly being replaced by the Grand Duke William IV definitives late in 1906 and Ecusson definitives in 1907. And as of January 1, 1909, the Adolphe definitives lost their postal validity. By that time about half of the bridge-and-bar cancels had been introduced. The earliest was Luxembourg-Gare-Hollerich on April 24, 1905, followed by Berdorf and Differdange the next month. Shown on the left is the two-centime Adolphe definitive canceled at Wiltz, October 8, 1905. Bridge cancels showing 1905 dates are scarce. That's why I seldom pass up an opportunity to buy an Adolphe definitive with a readable bridge-and-bar cancel!

A related challenge is to find the Hindenburg overprints with bridge-and-bar cancels. Such cancels are possible beginning October 1, 1940 (when the Hindenburgs superseded Luxembourg's pre-occupation stamps) for post offices that had not yet been issued German administration canceling devices. But by about the end of 1940, most of the bridge-and-bar cancellers had been replaced with German canceling devices, bringing their use to an end. After the war ended, Luxembourg introduced new cancellers.

October 30, 1940

Luxembourg's Federation des Societes Philateliques du Grand-Duche de Luxembourg (the "FSPL") cancel numbering system system designates the bridge-and-bar cancels (in German: die bruckenbarrenstempel) as "Type 33" in the comprehensive Catalogue des Cachets Usuels des Bureaux de Poste du Luxembourg. For a few of the face-different Type 33s, two or three varieties exist; likewise, colored inks are known for some. I have abstracted the period of use for each cancel from the FSPL catalog, although in some instances the periods may have to be expanded based on new discoveries.

Gary Little nicely categorizes the bridge-and-bar postmarks by the characters seen in the lower arc of the postmark, thus:
  • Three stars (80)
  • Two stars + Roman numeral (21)
  • Two stars + capital letter (5)
  • Two stars + "Ville" (1)
  • One star + "Ville" + lower case letter (5)
  • Text only (11) 
  •  Text + Roman numeral (7)


1911 – 1940

Aspelt - Remerschen

June 12, 1915 
5c (domestic postal card)

Aspelt - Luxembourg-Ville

March 20, 1913
20c (20-40 g domestic letter)
+ 30c (special delivery fee)

1906 – 1940

Bascharage - Augsburg, Bavaria

August 8, 1906
5c (postal card rate to Germany)
 (The FSPL lists February 15, 1907,
as the earliest reported date of use)

1908 - 1940 

Beaufort - Germany

March 26, 1917 
17 1/2c
(20g letter to Germany)
Censored in Trier

1905 - 1937

Belvaux - Frisingen [Aspelt]

June 18, 1909 

10c (20g domestic letter)

Belvaux - Luxembourg-Ville

February 7, 1933
75c (20g domestic letter)
+ 1.75 F (registry fee)

1910 - 1940

Berdorf - Luxembourg Ville

March 20, 1933 

75c (20 g domestic letter)


Berdorf - New Bedford, Mass. USA

August 21, 1939 

1 F (UPU postcard)

Berdorf - Antwerp, Belgium

August 11, 1937
10c (viewcard sent at the printed matter rate) 

Belgian franking disallowed and marked off in red crayon;
20c postage due charged at Antwerp, August 15, 1937


1906 - 1940


Basel, Switzerland - Bettborn
(incoming Swiss 10c+10c message-reply card)

October 9, 1907

Bettborn - Wormeldange
(forwarded to Limpertsberg)

July 12, 1933
10c (50 g printed matter)

+ 1.75 F (domestic registry fee)


1906 - 1940

Bettembourg - Sofia, Bulgaria

January 25, 1927

 1.50 F (20 g UPU letter)

Bettembourg - Differdange

July 18, 1940
70c (20g domestic letter)

Luxembourg stamps and rates continued in use
during the WW2 German occupation until October 1, 1940.


1907 – 1940 

Bettembourg *II* - Bruxelles, Belgium

January 23, 1920
15c (20 g letter to Belgium)
Rate in effect: 02/01/19 - 02/01/21


Bettembourg *II* - Venezia-Udine, Italy

September 17, 1937
Insured Money Letter:
1.75 F 20 g UPU letter + 1.75 F registry
+ 1.75 F insurance fee (up to 300 fr)

1922 - 1940


Bigonville - Luxembourg-Ville

July 16, 1936
70c (20 g domestic letter)

Mersch - Bigonville

January 29, 1925
25c (20g domestic letter)

Bigonville backstamp,
January 30, 1925


1907 - 1940

Bissen - Bitton, England

September 15, 1927
2.40 F (20-40g UPU letter)
+ 1.50 F (UPU registry fee)
Overpaid 25c

1909 - 1940


Bonnevoie - Jajce, Yugoslavia

November 2, 1927
1.75 F (20 g UPU letter)
+ 1.75 F (UPU registry fee)

Bonnevoie - Chesny, France

December 27, 1931
75c (postcard rate to France)

1912 - 1940

Boulaide - Paris, France

June 18, 1913
10c (postcard rate to France)


1914 - 1940

Canach - Grevenmacher
July 17, 1920
15c (20g domestic letter - overpaid 5c)

1906 - 1940

Cap - Le Mars, Iowa USA

February 16, 1912
25c (20 g UPU letter)

The serifed font of Cap is distinctive.

T-33 (two types)

1906 - 1940


November 22, 1918
10-centime telephone tax receipt
'Quittance de taxes téléphoniques.'
Tax paid with two 5-centime telegraph stamps!

Clervaux - Remerschen

October 19, 1930
10c (domestic postal card rate: 4/12/20 - 4/1/21)
10c UPU postal card

 July 28, 1934

Viewcard - St. Maurice & St. Maur Abbey at Clervaux
Not posted

Clervaux  - Bangalore, India
via Strasbourg-Gare & Marseille Gare-Avion,
forwarded to Wellington (India)

May 18, 1936

1.75 F (UPU letter rate) + 2.00 F airmail supplement (?)
but no French franking and transited in Banglalore 10 days later;
perhaps routed by surface from Marseille, as French airmail fee not paid?

1907 - 1940


Colmar-Berg - Wiesbaden, Germany

March 8, 1912
12 1/2c (20g letter to Germany)

Grand Duke William IV mourning cover
(underpaid 1/2c) 

Official franking from 

Schloss Berg at Colmar-Berg
(Royal seal on the back),
posted shortly after the death of GD William IV
with violet handstamp
"Service du Grand Duc"


Colmar-Berg - Basthorst [post: Möhnsen], Germany

October 15, 1919

17 1/2c (20g letter to Germany)

Official mail to Baroness Anna Marie Brusselle, G.D. Marie-Adélaïde's lady-in-waiting, but in whose distinctive handwriting is it, as Marie-Adélaïde had already abdicated and left Luxembourg never to return? Probably that of her mother, dowager Grand Duchess Marie Anne.

Violet handstamp: Service de la Grande Duchesse
The Officiel overprint on the stamp

 is shifted to the extreme upper left

Colmar-Berg - Basel, Switzerland

September 21, 1908
10c (UPU postcard rate)

85059 H. Steinhäser-Bartz, Ettelbrück, Luxembg.

1908 - 1940

Consdorf - Wien, Austria

January 16, 1932
35c (50g UPU printed matter)



1914 - 1940

Dalheim - Luxembourg-Ville

February 5, 1920
12 1/2c (20g domestic letter)
+ 30c (special delivery fee)

Dalheim - Luxembourg-Ville

March 12, 1935
35c (20g domestic letter)

(two types)
1905 - 1940


Diekirch - Neuerburg, Germany


October 25, 1905
(12 days after the FSPL's earliest reported use)
12 1/2c (20g letter to Germany)

Diekirch - Zurich, Switzerland

October 17, 1910

25c (20g UPU letter)


Diekirch - Helsinki, Finland

June 22, 1921
50c (20g UPU letter)

T-33 (two types)
1911 - 1940

Diekirch *II* - Munich, Germany

September 17, 1917
17 1/2c (20g letter to Germany)

 + 25c (registry fee)
Censored in Trier
Overpaid 7 1/2c

Correspondence between renowned 
stamp dealers,
N. Wagner & Otto Bickel

Diekirch *II* - Hamburg, Germany

December 5, 1923
30c (20 g letter to Germany)
+ 50c (registry fee)

Diekirch *II* - Minneapolis, Minn. USA

February 26, 1929
to Luxembourg's Consul in Minnesota
1.50 F (20 g UPU letter)
+ 1.50 F (UPU registry fee)

1905 - 1940

Differdange to
(and Differdange *II* on return from)
Trebitsch, Austria

May 13 & June 18, 1914
(front only) 

25c (20 g UPU letter - underpaid 12 1/2c)
Taxed 25c (double the deficiency) on return to Differdange
after being unclaimed at Poste Restante in Trebitsch.

Austrian due labels pay the Poste Restante fee,
but later were invalidated with red crayon
when the letter went unclaimed.

Differdange - Grevenmacher

January 13, 1922
25c (20g domestic letter) 

Schaan, Liechtenstein - Differdange

June 29, 1929
20 rp/25 rp (UPU postal card)


1912 - 1940

Differdange *I* - Eislingen, Germany

June 27, 1906
5c (postal card rate to Germany)

Differdange *I*

October 1, 1940
12 rpf. (20g letter within the Reich)
Used on the first day that use
of the Hindenburg overprints
was required.

  Germany censor.

1906 - 1940

Differdange II - Berlin, Germany

November 2, 1906
5c (postal card rate to Germany)



1907 - 1940

Differdange *III*

February 10, 1921

Differdange *III* - Remsen, Iowa USA

June 23, 1908
10c (UPU post card rate)

Differdange *III*-  Ludwigslust, Germany

February 14, 1921
25c (20 g letter to Germany)
+ 25c (registry fee)

Differdange *III* - Philadelphia, Penn. USA

January 22, 1927
1.50 F (20 g UPU letter) +
1.50 F (registry fee)
(overfranked 20c)

Differdange *III* - Gare Mulongwishi, Belgian Congo

July 9, 1938
1.50 F (20 g letter rate to the Belgian Congo)
+ Belgian 3 F airmail supplement (on the back)

1909 - 1940


September 16, 1925
"H a" Perfin
HADIR – Hauts Fourneaux et Aciéries,
at Differdange Usines

Differdange Usines - Chincha, Peru

July 12, 1910 25c (20 g UPU letter)
+ 25c (registry fee)
New York registry exchange label
 July 20, 1910 NYC transit

Very rare destination!

Differdange Usines - Strassburg, Germany

February 29, 1916
12 1/2c (20g letter to Germany)
Censored in Trier

German Feldpost (Constantinople) - Differdange Usines
 Konstantinopel Feldpost, February 19, 1916
received March 1, 1916
Censored in Trier
5c domestic postcard rate
paid as postage due

Rare WW1 Feldpost origin

Differdange Usines - Weidenau, Germany

August 24, 1917
17 1/2c (20 g letter to Germany)
Censored in Trier

"D.L." Perfin
Deutsch-Luxemburgische Bergwerks-
und hütten-Aktiengesellschaft

1907 - 1940

5 Fr Guillaume IV


Aachen, Germany - Dippach

April 26, 1913
Incoming COD postcard collecting 44.80 DM
from the addressee upon delivery

25 pf. Germania definitive
Perfined "L R" for
L. Rosenberg Jr., Aachen


Dippach - Echternach

June 20, 1922
25c (20g domestic letter)

Paris, France - Reckange-sur-Mess
[Post: Dippach]

September 9, 1925
(receiving cancel)

Paris, Chopin Place

1906 - 1940

Dommeldange - Berlin, Germany

May 18, 1919
17 1/2c (20 g letter to Germany)
+ 25c (registry fee)
Overpaid 20c - Censored in Trier

Dommeldange - Diekirch

April 11, 1917
5c (domestic postal card)
+ 20c (registry fee) + 10c (COD fee)

The Diekirch cds is noticeably smaller

than the Dommeldange cds


1907 - 1940

Dommeldange *II* - Esch-sur-Alzette

September 22, 1908
10c (20g domestic letter)

Dommeldange *II* - Chicago, Illinois USA

September 6, 1926 USA
U.S. Registered Mail Return Receipt
(Official U.S. Postal Form 3570)

1906 - 1940

Dudelange - Dielsdorf, Switzerland

July 3, 1907
10c (UPU postal card rate)


1916 - 1940

Dudelange *I*

September 1, 1922



Luxembourg-Ville - Dudelange *I*

April 20-21, 1939
70c 20g domestic letter
sent unfranked by a
government agency
70c postage due paid by recipient


1915 - 1939

Dudelange *II*

May 14, 1935

Dudelange *II*

July 26, 1937
35c (postal card rate to Belgium
and within Luxembourg)

Not posted

1910 - 1921

Dudelange Usines - Konigshuthe, Germany

January 27, 1911
5c (postal card rate to Germany)

1906 - 1939


Echternach - New York City, New York

September 27, 1919
25c (letter card sent at 20g UPU letter rate)

Echternach - Anvers, Belgium

August 7, 1928
10c (postcard sent at printed matter rate
to Belgium)

Echternach - Besançon, France

February 7, 1939
1.25 F (20g letter to France)
Advertising Cover


1908 - 1940

Echternach *I* - Washington, D.C.

March 17, 1908
25c (20g UPU letter)
+ 25c (UPU registry fee)

Echternach *I* - Breslau, Germany

June 25, 1915
12 1/2c (20g letter to Germany)

Echternach *I* - Grevenmacher 

May 10, 1921
25c (20g domestic letter)
Advertising Cover

1909 - 1939

Echternach *II* - Amsterdam, Holland

August 14, 1915
25c (20g UPU letter)
+ 30c (special delivery fee)
Mixed William IV - Marie-Adélaïde franking
Overpaid 1/2c - Censored in Trier

Echternach *II* - Bruxelles, Belgium

July 26, 1930
10c (postcard sent at printed matter rate
to Belgium)

Echternach *II* - Dommeldange

April 4, 1931

40c (domestic postal card rate)


1920 - 1940


Eschdorf 1922

Eschdorf - Diekirch
April 10, 1922
15c (domestic postcard rate)

Esch-sur-Alzette - Eschdorf

September 1-2, 1925

6c franking was insufficient to pay the 15c domestic postcard rate -
thus, taxed 10c (as 5c was the lowest denomination postage due stamp)

Eschdorf – Ransart, Belgium

July 5, 1937

35c (postal card rate to Belgium)

Eschdorf - Peine, Germany

October 16, 1940

12 Rpf. (20 g letter to Reich)
+ 30 Rpf. (registry fee)

1906 - 1927

Esch-sur-Alzette - San Severino Marche, Italy

December 12, 1911
10c (UPU postcard rate)


1912 - 1934

Esch-sur-Alzette *I*

Oct 5, 1920

1914 - 1940

Esch-S-A *II* - Bremen, Germany

July 3, 1919
17 1/2c (20g letter to Germany)
American Expeditionary Force censorship
[U.S. 312]


Esch-S-A *II* posted locally

January 21, 1920
12 1/2c (20g domestic letter) 
overpaid 75c

Esch-S-A *II* - Bruxelles - Stockholm

September 26, 1937
1 F (UPU postcard rate)
+ Belgian 1F airmail supplement

1914 - 1940

 Esch-sur-Alzette *III* - Luxembourg-Ville

December 12, 1929
60c (20g domestic letter?)
+ 1 F (registry fee)

Commercial mail curiously overfranked 90c


Esch-sur-Alzette III - Vaduz, Liechtenstein

October 3, 1940
25 Rpf. (20g UPU letter)
+ 30 Rpf. (registry fee)
Posted on the third day of mandatory use
of the Hindenburg overprints
at the 12 Rpf. rate for letters within the Reich. 
Thus, returned to sender [m/s 'Zk' = 'Zuruck']
as the 20g UPU letter rate of 25 Rpf.
applied to Liechtenstein.

Esch-sur-Alzette III - Berlin, Germany
November 5, 1940
12 Rpf. (20g letter)
+ 30 Rpf. (registry fee)

1914 - 1940

Esch-sur-Alzette *IV* - Trier, Germany

July 13, 1925
30c (20 g letter to Germany)
+ 75c (registry fee)

Rates in effect only:
06/01/24 - 10/01/25 (487 days)

1919 - 1940

Esch-sur-Alzette V - Stade-Hamburg, Germany

April 15, 1924
20c (postal card rate to Germany)
+ 1 F (special delivery fee)

Esch-sur-Alzette V - Stargard, Germany

September 4, 1924
30c (20 g letter to Germany)
+ 75c (registry fee) 

 Rates in effect: 06/01/24 - 10/01/25 



1912 - 1917


Esch-sur-Alzette Usines Gelsenkirchen 

- Luxembourg-Ville

April 10, 1916
5c (domestic postal card rate) 

1907 - 1940


Esch-sur-Sûre - Bruxelles, Belgium

August 3, 1922
10c (postcard sent at the
printed matter rate to Belgium) 


1907 - 1940


Ettelbruck *I* - Corseaux, Switzerland

December 31, 1914
25c (20g UPU letter)
Censored in Trier

Ettelbruck *I* - Copenhagen, Denmark

June 21, 1916
25c (20g UPU letter)
Censored in Trier

1916 - 1940


 Ettelbruck *II* - Flaxweiler (post: Roodt)

September 1, 1920 

10c (domestic postcard)
+ 25c (registry fee) + 10c (COD fee)


Ettelbruck *II* - Luxembourg-Ville

January 4, 1927
40c (20g domestic letter)
+ 1 F (registry fee)

Overpaid 1.80 F


1907 - 1940

Ettelbruck *III* - Brussels, Belgium

April 6, 1929
10c (viewcard with five words or less
to Belgium)

Ettelbruck *III* - Lopheur lez Bruges, Belgium

September 2, 1933
40c (postal card rate to Belgium & within Luxembourg)

Ettelbruck *III* - Perlé

January 16, 1940
2.85 F
(35c domestic postcard; 1.75 registry fee; 75c COD fee)
Refused & returned, January 19, 1940

1912 - 1940

Very Rare

Gilsdorf 1918

Never seen on cover or card!

T-33 (two types)
1905 - 1940

Grevenmacher - Berlin, Germany

July 31, 1916
10c (postcard rate to Germany)
Underpaid 5c but not taxed
(handwritten message, so printed matter rate inapplicable)
Censored in Trier

Grevenmacher - Bruxelles, Belgium

November 30, 1918
25c (20g letter rate to Belgium during WW1)
Weight of 19g noted at the lower left

Grevenmacher - Trier, Germany

December 8, 1927
50c+(10c) (40c postcard rate to Germany)
Overfranked 10c

Grevenmacher - Germany

June 27, 1928
1 F (20g letter rate to Germany)

1906 - 1940

Grosbous - Brussels, Belgium

May 7, 1929
60c (20 g letter rate to Germany)
+ 1.50 F (registry fee) 

Grosbous - Geneva, Switzerland

September 14, 1915
25c (20 g UPU letter)
censored in Trier

? - 1940

Very Rare

Never seen!

1912 - 1940

Very Rare


June 5, 1913

Harlange - Diekirch

July 3, 1916
5c (domestic postal card rate)

Wiltz - transit: Boulaide - Tarchamps 
[post: Harlange]

June 28-29, 1932
40c (domestic postal card rate) + 1.75 F (registry fee)
 + 75c (COD fee)

Harlange - Esch-sur-Alzette

March 4, 1936
70c (domestic 20g letter rate) 
+ 1.75 F (registry fee)

Harlange - Hannover, Germany

October 16, 1940
8 Rpf. (printed matter rate - domestic and within the Reich)

1920 - 1940

Very Rare


January 16, 1927

1909 - 1940

Dusseldorf [Germany] - Hesperange

August 17, 1916
(Incoming postcard from Germany)

Hesperange - Berlin, Germany

April 18, 1924
30c (letter rate to Germany) + 50c (registry fee)

Hesperange - Luxembourg-Ville

November 10, 1924
15c (domestic postcard rate - overfranked 5c)

1914 - 1916

Very Rare

Never seen!

1909 - 1940

Hollerich - Mondorf-les-Bains - Aspelt

August 24, 1914 5c (domestic postal card rate) 
+ 20c (registry fee) + 10c (COD fee)

1906 - 1940

Hosingen - Franconville, France

August 30, 1921
20c (postcard rate to France)

Hosingen - Selzaete, Belgium

July 13, 1935
70c (20 g letter) + 1.75 F (registry fee) 
+ 3.50 F (special delivery fee)

Returned to Niedhausen [post: Hosingen], 
addressee unknown

1909 - 1940

Hostert - Limpertsberg

January 1, 1926
5c (Visitenkarten)

Sent at printed matter rate

Hostert - Luxembourg-Ville

June 30, 1937
70c (20g domestic letter)

1914 - 1940

Very Rare



1906 - 1940

Junglinster - Dudelange

August 5, 1915
5c (domestic postcard rate)

Junglinster - Paris, France

January 13, 1938

1.25 F (20 g letter to France) 
+ 1.75 F (registry fee)

1906 - 1940

Prague [Austria] - Kayl

August 5, 1907
5 heller paid by sender - taxed 10c in Kayl

Kayl - Tres Arroyos, Argentina

May 20, 1922
10c (UPU printed matter rate)

'Kayl mit Johannesberg'
'Gruss aus Kayl, Lxbg.'
(12708 Verlag N. Schumacher Bad-Mondorf)

Kayl - Luxembourg-Ville 

April 3, 1940
70c (20g domestic letter)

1907 - 1940

Kleinbettingen - Milan, Italy

November 5, 1920

25c (20g UPU letter - 10c stamp on the back)

1930 - 1940


Kopstal - Luxembourg-Ville

May 5, 1933
1.15 F (50g - second step - domestic letter)

 (two types)
1906 - 1940

Larochette - Trier, Germany

Type 1 (thick bars)

June 22, 1908
5c (postcard rate to Germany)

Larochette - Berlin, Germany

Type 2 (thin bars)

February 27, 1915
12 1/2c (20g letter rate to Germany)

1913 - 1940

Leudelange - Frankfurt, Germany

June 5, 1930
75c (postal card rate to Germany)

Leudelange - Luxembourg-Ville

September 3, 1934
75c (20g domestic letter)


Leudelange - Luxembourg-Ville

February 18, 1937
35c (postcard rate to Belgium)

1908 - 1940

Lintgen- Lorentzweiler

October 25, 1940
12 Rpf. (20g letter - domestic & 
within the Reich)

1906 - 1947

Luxembourg-*Ville* - Remich

March 14, 1939
70c (20g domestic letter)
Nazi seal & Remich b/s

Brussels, Belgium - Luxembourg-*Ville* - Eich [Dommeldange]

August 15, 1945 (transit mark)

One of only a few bridge-and-bar cancelers that were used after the WWII occupation ended (note the German-style Luxemburg-Dommeldingen b receiver, August 17, 1945)

1910 - 1919

Luxembourg *Ville a (used locally)

August 1914
10c (20 g domestic letter)

Luxembourg *Ville a - Amsterdam, Holland

June 22, 1914August 1914
10c (UPU postcard rate)

1913 - 1916

Luxembourg *Ville b - Heusy lez Verviers, Belgium

December 17, 1913
10c (20g letter to Belgium)

1935 - 1947

1916 - 1940

1910 - 1946

Luxembourg-*Ville t (used locally)

March 10, 1919
25c (154g domestic letter) + 25c (registry fee)
 + 9.50 F (money letter up to 28,00 F)

1905 - 1946

Luxembourg Ville I (used locally)

February 21, 1906 
5c (domestic postcard rate)

Luxembourg Ville I - Paris, France

June 18, 1908 
25c (20g letter rate to France)

1906 - 1912

Luxembourg Ville II - Viry-Châtillon, France

July 23, 1912
10c (postcard rate to France)

Luxembourg Ville II - Charleroy, Belgium

August 9, 1912
2c (viewcard sent at printed matter rate)

1908 - 1939

Luxembourg Ville III - Wien, Austria

July 28, 1932 
 15c (UPU newspaper rate)

1906 - 1947

Luxembourg Ville IV – Bonn, Germany
October 19, 1922
30c (20 g letter to Germany) 

+ 50c (registry fee)

 Official mail: Post Office & Telegraph Dep't

1905 - 1911

Luxembourg Ville V - Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
 October 16, 1906
 5c (postcard rate to Germany)

Luxembourg Ville V (used locally - Place du Marche) 

May 19, 1911

2c (viewcard sent at the 
domestic printed matter rate)


1907 - 1940

Luxembourg Ville VI - Luxembourg Grund

December 31, 1916 

 2c (viewcard sent at the domestic printed matter rate)

1907 - 1940
Luxembourg Ville VII - Sutton Coldfield, England 

March 26, 1935

1.75 F (20g UPU letter rate)
Overfranked 1.05F

Mondorf-les-Bains - Luxembourg Ville VII
July 22, 1938

M/s "Imprime" but charged the letter rate deficiency
([70c - 25c] x 2) ! --
Postage due stamps are often seen cancelled Luxembourg-Ville VII 

1912 - 1940
Luxembourg-Chèques - New York, NY USA January 6, 1916 10c (UPU postal card rate)
Censored at Trier

Mimeographed text offering to sell the 2 1/2 F & 5 F William IV
62 1/2c surcharges for 2.40 marks for the pair!
?  - 9/30/40
Luxembourg Journaux – Berlin, Germany
October 6, 1916, [b/s Berlin, October 8, 1916]
The date of initial use is erroneously shown
in the FSPL catalog as July 12, 1940.
1912 - 1940
Luxembourg-Télégraphes - Paris, France
April 15, 1934 1.25 F (20 g letter to France) + 3.50 F (special delivery fee)
Official mail: "Par exprés" & "Service de la Grande Duchess"
1 F Charlotte II Officiel x 5 - overpaid 25c
1907 - 1940

Luxembourg-Gare - Proschwitz a.d. Neisse, Czechoslovakia
November 24, 1937
2.75 F (20-40 g UPU letter rate)
1909 - 1920
Luxembourg-Gare *A* - Bisdorf b/Berlin, Germany
October 1, 1911 10c (postcard rate to Germany)
Underfranked 5c

1905 - 1940
Luxembourg-Gare B - Jette-Bruxelles, Belgium
April 24, 1924
20c (postcard rate to Belgium - underpaid 5c)
(apparently paid at the 15c domestic postcard rate but not taxed)
Luxembourg-Gare B - Dusseldorf, Germany
March 15, 1929
1 F (20 g letter to Germany)
1913 - 1940
1914 - 1940
1910 - 1940
Luxembourg-Gare E - Chicago, Illinois USA
May 8, 1940
1.75 F (20 g UPU letter) + 1.75 F (registry fee) + 3.50 F (airmail surcharge)
Opened, censored & detained for six months as the WWII German occupation began early on the morning of May 10th while this letter was awaiting airmail dispatch.
1905 - 1910
three types
Luxembourg-Gare Hollerich - Luxembourg Ville
November 11, 1907
5c (domestic postal card rate)
Luxembourg-Gare Hollerich - Wald, Germany
April 21, 1907
12 1/2c (20 g letter to Germany) + 25c (registry fee)
Returned & backstamped Luxembourg-Gare B, April 23, 1907
Luxembourg-Gare Hollerich - Hollerich
December 7, 1908
10c (20 g domestic letter)

1905 - 1940
two types
July 9, 1932

75c (20 g letter rate - domestic & to Belgium)
Luxembourg-Limpertsberg - Berlin, Germany
February 5, 1936
1.25 F (20 g letter rate to Germany)

1905 - 1940

Mamer - Garnich
December 30, 1910
5c (domestic postcard rate)

Mamer - Luxembourg Ville
February 18, 1935
75c (20g domestic letter)

? - 1940

Very Rare
Never seen!


1905 - 1940
two types
Mersch - New York City, New York, USA
October 7, 1937
1.75 F (20 g UPU letter) + 1.75 F (registry fee)
Cover advertising farm machinery
1909 - 1940
Incoming to Mertzig, transit Ettelbruck *I* from Burgreuland [then under German control - today part of the Belgian province of Liège]
February 14, 1912 5c Germania postal card
Mertzig - transit Ettelbruck IV - Luxembourg-Ville December 4, 1936 70c (20 g domestic letter) + 1.75 F (registry fee)
1906 - 1936

Mondorf-les-Bains - Brussels, Belgium
June 26, 1908
10c (postcard rate to Belgium)
Overfranked 2 1/2c
Mondorf-les-Bains - Belgium
August 27, 1913

5c (postcard rate to Belgium)
1913 - 1940
Very Rare
July 31, 1911
[Soluphil auction image]
1913 - 1923
Obercorn - Differdange
June 7, 1915

10c (domestic 20 g letter) + 20c (registry fee)
+ 10c (return receipt fee) + 30c (special delivery fee)
Overfranked 1.80 F
1907 - 1940
Perle, May 24, 1909
Luxembourg-Gare - Bigonville [post: Perle]
May 31, 1926
20c (domestic postcard) + 40c COD + 50c Registry
Overfranked 20c
Perle - Luxembourg-Ville
January 10, 1930
75c (20 g domestic letter)

1906 - 1940
Pétange - Germany
March 27, 1909

10c (postcard rate to Germany)
1906 - 1940
Rambrouch - Hof Hister, Germany October 16, 1940
24 Rpf. (20-50 g letter to the Reich)
1905 - 1940

Redange S A
6 May 1914
Redange S A - Reichlange
July 26, 1909
5c (domestic postcard rate)
Redange S A - Bruxelles, Belgium
June 13, 1917
10c (20 g letter to Belgium - overfranked 15c)
Censored at Trier
Redange S A - Luxembourg-Ville
March 16, 1936
70c (20 g domestic letter)
Redange S A - Schaan, Liechtenstein
forwarded to Zelina, Czechoslovakia

Jnauary 19, 1937
1.75 F
(20 g UPU letter rate)
1914 - 1940
Redange s A *I* (& Redange S A)
Incoming unfranked postcard from Flensburg, Germany

Received & returned (refused?), November 25, 1913
10c postage due -invalidated with oval debourse cancel
Redange s A *I* - Lebanon, Oregon USA
September 12, 1927
1.50 F (20 g UPU letter) + 1.50 F (registry fee)
1910 - 1940
Reisdorf 20 July 1910
Reisdorf - Luxembourg-Ville
July 12, 1933
75c (20 g domestic letter)
1905 - 1940
Remich - Berlin, Germany
August 12, 1916
17 1/2c (20 g letter to Germany)
Censored in Trier
Remich - Luxembourg-Ville
November 26, 1916
5c (domestic postal card rate)
Remich - Erfurt, Germany
April 2, 1928
1 F (20 g letter rate to Germany
from 12/15/27 to 12/1/29)
Remich - Chicago, Illinois USA
April 25, 1939
1.75 F (20 g UPU letter)
1906 - 1947
two types
27 May 1924
Rodange - Gand, Belgium June 3, 1907
10c (postal card rate to Belgium)
Rodange - Wissembourg, Germany December 19, 1914
12 1/2c (20g letter rate to Germany)
Rodange - Luxembourg-Ville October 30, 1916
10c (20 g domestic letter)
Rodange - Bandoeng, Java, Netherlands East Indies June 28, 1924
45c (UPU postal card rate)
Rodange - Providence, Rhode Island, USA July 21, 1928
1.50 F (20 g UPU letter) + 1.50 F (registry fee)
1906 - 1940
12 Jan 1918
Roodt - Dresden, Germany February 16, 1914 10c (postal card rate to Germany)
Underfranked 5c
Roodt - Solothurn, Switzerland September 9, 1929 1.50 F (20 g UPU letter rate)
1908 - 1941
9 Jun 1913
Rosport - Freiburg, Germany
December 4, 1920
10c (post card rate to Germany)
Tervueren, Belgium - Rosport
August 22, 1922
15c paid by sender - taxed 30c at Rosport
Rosport - Luxembourg-Gare
October 6, 1927
30c (domestic postcard rate)
Rosport - Russange, France
August 9, 1929
60c (postcard rate to France)
Rosport - Luxembourg-Ville
February 3, 1933
75c (20 g domestic letter)
Rosport - Pfaffental (Luxembourg-Ville)
March 21, 1935
70c (20 g domestic letter) + 1.75 F (registry fee)
1905 - 1940
two types
Rumelange - Kleinbettingen
August 2, 1906
5c (domestic postacard rate)
old Bettingen cds (Aug 3d)
Rumelange - Zurich, Switzerland
January 31, 1918
25c (20 g UPU letter)
Censored in Trier (b/s Zurich, February 20th)
Rumelange - Berlin, Germany August 3, 1927
40c (postcard rate to Germany)
Rumelange - Pfaffental (Luxembourg-Ville)
March 30, 1935
70c (20 g domestic letter) + 1.75 F (registry fee)
1913 - 1940
Very Rare
Never seen!
1913 - 1940
Schifflange - Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
December 7, 1923
30c (20 g letter to Germany) + 50c (registry fee)
1917 - 1940
Very Rare
October 30, 1917
[Soluphil auction image]
1920 - 1940
Very Rare
Never seen!
1909 - 1940
Steinfort - Todtnau, Germany
July 23, 1915
25c (20-250 g letter to Germany) + 25c (registry fee)
Endorsed "Offener Brief" - censored at Trier
1907 - 1940

Strassen - Bychnov, Czechoslovakia
December 7, 1938
1.75 F (20 g UPU letter rate) + 1.75 F (registry fee)
+ 3.50 (special delivery fee)
Underfranked 3.50 F (but probably not sent special delivery)
1910 - 1940
Tétange - Celigny, Switzerland
March 9, 1916
25c (20 g UPU letter)
Tétange - Poznan, Poland
September 19, 1922
50c (20 g UPU letter) + 50c (registry fee)
Tétange - Luxembourg-Ville
June 16, 1938
70c (20 g domestic letter) + 1.75 F (registry fee)
Overfranked 5c
1913 - 1940
Very Rare
Trintange 1916
Trintange 1918
[Soluphil auction image]
Trintange - Eischen
October 5, 1916
2c (viewcard sent at domestic printed matter rate)

1906 - 1940

Two types

Troisvierges - Mannheim, Germany
 March 18, 1928
1F (20g letter rate to Germany)
Overfranked 20c


Troisvierges - Hannover, Germany

February 15, 1929
1F (20g letter rate to Germany)

Troisvierges - Luxembourg-Ville

July 1, 1938
70c (20g domestic letter)

1923 - 1940

Very Rare
Never seen!

1907 - 1940

November 3, 1912

Useldange - Anvers, Belgium

January 24, 1921
10c (postcard rate to Belgium)

1906 - 1940

Vianden - Anvers, Belgium

March 3, 1917
10c (postcard rate to Belgium)


6/20/1907 - 1940

Walferdange - Luxembourg-Clausen

June 22, 1907
Cancel used two days after it was authorized
10c (20g domestic letter) + 20c (registry fee)
Mixed Adolphe & Wm IV franking

Back: Chop of Grand Duke William IV's Administration
at the Walferdange Ducal Residence 

Walferdange - Putte-les-Malines, Belgium 

October 20, 1934
75c (20g letter rate - domestic & to Belgium)
Underfranked 25c

1907 - 1940

Wasserbillig - Trier, Germany

September 10, 1918
47 1/2c (20-250g letter to Germany)
Overfranked 2 1/2c

Wasserbillig - Croghan, New York USA
December 18, 1936
1.75 F (20 g UPU letter rate)

(narrow bars)

Wasserbillig - London, England
February 23, 1937
1.75 F (20g UPU letter rate) + 
50c Belgian airmail surcharge (on back)

(wide bars)

1906 - 1940

Wecker - Vienna, Austria
April 17, 1926
1 F (20g UPU letter) + 1 F (registry fee)
Rates in effect only from 10/1/25 to 8/1/26

1917 - 1940
Very Rare

Weilerbach, July 13, 192?

1914 - 1916
Very Rare



[Soluphil auction image]

1908 - 1940

Weiswampach - Luxembourg-Ville 
July 11, 1912
5c (domestic postcard rate)

1905 - 1927

Alexandria, Egypt -Wiltz

May 16, 1907
Wiltz receiver, May 22, 1907

Wiltz - Brachtenbach

  April 24, 1909
10c (20g domestic letter)


Wiltz - Berlin, Germany

March 24, 1914
5c (postcard rate to Germany)


1917 - 1940

Deutsche Feldpost No. 354 - Wiltz *I*

 Incoming soldier's postcard - November 13, 1918
10c postcard rate (postage paid by recipient as postage due)


Wiltz *I* - Bridgeton, New Jersey USA
August 25, 1931

1907 – 1940

Wiltz to Wiltz *II*

October 28, 1921
25c (domestic 20g letter rate paid by recipient)

Wiltz *II* - Dinard, France

May 12, 1938
1.25 F (20g letter to France) + 1.75 F (registry fee)

Wiltz *II* - Berlin, Germany
September 27, 1940

(Used four days before the Hindenburg overprinted were issued and rates in Reichpfennings went into effect!) [12 Rpf. (20 g letter to the Reich) + 30 Rpf. (registry fee) + 40 Rpf. special delivery fee]

1908 - 1940

(a) 1917; (b) 1917; (c) 1936


December 17, 1928
Return receipt for a registered letter
delivered in Vienna, Austria,
December 24, 1928

Wilwerwiltz - Ludwigslust, Germany
May 12, 1923
30c (20g letter to Germany)
+ 50c (registry fee)

1906 - 1940

Wormeldange - Plombiére-les-Bains, France

June 17, 1906 (very early use)
10c (postcard rate to France)

Wormeldange - Berlin, Germany

August 11, 1936
75c (postcard rate to Germany)