Sole uses of definitives on properly rated covers exude philatelic elegance. But there is also rich philatelic beauty in covers that combine otherwise boring definitives with:
* a small village origin
* an uncommon destination, and
* an unusual combination franking
Here is such a cover:
Posted from Reisdorf, a small Luxembourg village on the Sûre river, just across from Germany, August 16, 1919.
Unusual Combination Franking
The 25c UPU 20g letter rate is paid with a 7½c/10c Marie-Adélaïde surcharge plus a 17½c Marie-Adélaïde definitive.
The 7½c surcharge had appeared on June 29, 1918, to pay the increased domestic postcard rate that took effect on July 1, 1918. And the 17½c definitive had appeared in 1916 to pay the increased letter rate to Germany that took effect on August 1, 1916.
Uncommon destination – Zárate, Argentina
The cover transits Buenos Aires, September 23, 1919, en route to Zárate, about 56 miles northeast on the western shore of the Paraná River, where it was received on September 24, 1919. Today Zárate has a population of about 100,000.