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Sunday, March 06, 2011

A railway cancel in manuscript!

 

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Ambulant
Ech/Ettelbr
8/7/91

 

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As a long-time collector of Luxembourg railway cancels, I can't recall ever before seeing a railroad cancel rendered in manuscript.  But here is a recently-acquired 5c Allegory (3rd series) postal card with such a cancel from the Echternach-Ettelbrück TPO.

This rail line made its way from Echternach to Ettelbrück, passing by Weilerbach, Bollendorf, Grundhof, Dillingen, Wallendorf, Reisdorf, Moestroff, Bettendorf, and Gilsdorf.

Here's an example of the cancel:

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Why was the card uprated to 10 centimes?

The card is uprated to ten centimes, so I assume the destination was the village of Bollendorf in Germany on the left bank of the Sauer river, opposite Bollendorf-Pont on the Luxembourg side. 

The addressee is a Mademoiselle Barreau, perhaps residing at the Bollendorf Waldvilla Barreau seen on the postcard below:

 

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This card would fit nicely into an exhibit of either railway cancels or Allegory postal stationery.  Maybe that's why it was so expensive!

 

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