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Saturday, November 24, 2012

17½c + 7½c = 25c

 

Marie.Adelaide

+

Marie.Adelaide.surcharge

=

25c

 

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:

003

Origin

Posted from Reisdorf, a small Luxembourg village on the Sûre river, just across from Germany, August 16, 1919.


Reisdorf

 

Unusual Combination Franking

003

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 

004a

 

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.

 

004

 

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