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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Outbound mail to Sumatra (1901) & Java (1924)

 

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Luxembourg-Gare [B], March 10, 1901, Singapore, April 7, 1901,
to Palembang, Sumatra, April 11, 1901

Palembang, a scarce destination in the then-Netherlands East Indies, is the capital city of South Sumatra Province of today's Indonesia.  It's the second largest city in Sumatra after Medan and the seventh largest city in Indonesia.

 

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Rodange, June 28, 1924, to Bandoeng, Java, July 23, 1924

Bandung [Bandoeng], another scarce destination in the then-Netherlands Indies,  is the capital of today's West Java province of Indonesia.  Although badly foxed, this card from the philatelic correspondence of Rodange's Adolphe Fischer is nonetheless precious for those of us who appreciate the scarcity of
pre-World War II mail from Luxembourg to any Asian destination.

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