Saturday, March 09, 2013

Special Delivery to Trier in a couple hours – Use of the 10c Adolphe Postal Card (1st Issue)



Luxemburg-Karthaus TPO,
1 July 1902 [9:00-10:00 a.m.],
Trier, Germany,
1 July 1901 [12:00-1:00 p.m.]

Postal card rate to Germany = 10c
Special delivery fee = 30c


Train service at the beginning of the 20th century was efficient and reliable.  This card, carried on the rail line to Karthaus (near Trier), was received at the Trier, Germany, post office just a couple hours after it had been posted.

Marked “Eilboten” in blue crayon, surely the addressee received the card later that dayon the afternoon of Tuesday, July 1, 1902.

The 10c UPU card is nicely uprated with the 10c and 20c Adolphe adhesives to pay the special delivery fee.  Sadly, today efficient delivery service costs a lot more than three times the price of a UPU-rate postal card, here or anywhere else!


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