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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

If only it were still on cover ...

WmIV_Colmar_Berg
2½-fr William IV
Official
9 May 1912Colmar-Berg
Bridge & Bar cds

colmar_berg
Grand Ducal Chateau at Colmar-Berg

Fine used stamps evoke fantasies of the covers from which they were removed.  That's especially true when the cancel is that of Colmar-Berg, where much mail from the royals originated! 
The high denomination official stamp shown above might have franked a money letter sent back to Hohenberg in Bavaria, seat of the Nassau-Weilberg dynasty (such as the one shown below).  Of course, we'll never know for sure.

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8175-Fr Money Letter
10c, 12½c, 62½c & 2½ Fr
Marie-Adélaïde Officials
Colmar-Berg, 6 Jan 1917, to Wiesbaden, 8 Jan 1917
Censored in Trier
From the Secretariat of
Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde
006
003
Correctly rated, thus:
Postage (20 g-250 g letter to Germany) = 30c
Registry fee = 25c
Money Letter fee (10c/300-fr) = 2.80 Fr
Total: 3.35 Fr

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