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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Airmail Immediately After the Mixed-franking Era Up to the May 10, 1940 Occupation

 

As of May 1, 1939, mixed franking was no longer required on international airmail from Luxembourg.  Covers from that date until the May 10, 1940 German occupation are surprisingly scarce. 

Here are a few of my favorites:

5g Registered Airmail Letter
Via Strasbourg to the USA in 1939

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Mersch, 25 Aug 1939
Strasbourg A Belfort TPO, France, 26 Aug 1939
New York, NY USA, 1 Sep 1939
Kew Gardens, NY USA, 2 Sep 1939

 UPU 20g letter rate = 1.75 F
UPU registry fee = 1.75 F.
Airmail supplement per 5g = 3.50 F

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3g Airmail Letter
Via Brussels to USA in January 1940

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Mersch, 30 Jan 1940
Bruxelles, Belgium, 30 Jan 1940
To New York, NY USA
Forwarded to Goshen, NY USA

UPU 20g letter rate = 1.75 F
Airmail supplement per 5g = 3.50 F

 

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Censored Consular Airmail Letter
Via Brussels to Finland in January 1940

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Luxembourg-Ville, 31 Jan 1940
Bruxelles, Belgium [b/s], 1 Feb 1940
Censored in Finland [green rectangle]
Helsinki, Finland [b/s], 6 Feb 1940
Endorsed:  “poste militaire”
Endorsed:  “Via Pay Bas – Suède”
Cachet of the Finnish consulate in Luxembourg

UPU 20g letter rate = 1.75 F
Airmail supplement within Europe = 75c

 

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6g Airmail Letter to USA
May 2, 1940

Posted 8 days before the WWII German occupation;
Received 3 days after the occupation

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Luxembourg-Ville, 2 May 1940
Bruxelles, Belgium, 3 May 1940
To Chicago, IL USA
Endorsed:  Par Avion Transatlantic Via Lisbon
Docketed on the back:  13 May 1940

UPU 20g letter rate = 1.75 F
Airmail supplement 3.50 F per 5g = 7.00 F

 

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6g Airmail Letter to Venezuela
May 5, 1940

Posted 5 days before the WWII German occupation;
Received 4 days after the occupation

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Luxembourg-Ville, 5 May 1940
Bruxelles, Belgium, 5 May 1940
Caracas, Venezuela, 14 May 1940

UPU 20g letter rate = 1.75 F
Airmail supplement 8.00 F per 5g = 16.00 F

 

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4g Registered Airmail Letter to USA
May 8, 1940 [4:00-5:00 p.m.]

Awaiting dispatch on the morning of Friday, May 10, 1940, as the Third Reich overran Luxembourg.

Detained by the occupiers, censored at Frankfurt, and not delivered until November 9, 1940 – 213 days later!

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Luxembourg-Gare, 8  May 1940
Censored at Frankfurt [code ‘e’ on censor tape]
New York, NY Registry Division, 8 Nov 1940

Chicago, IL Registry Division, 9 Nov 1940
Chicago, IL (Hyde Park Sta.), 9 Nov 1940

UPU 20g letter rate = 1.75 F
UPU registry fee = 1.75 F
Airmail supplement 3.50 F per 5g = 3.50 F
Endorsed:  “Via Lisbonne”

 

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