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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Postal History as Political History: When War Beckoned

 

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1-Fr. Prince Henry

1839-1939
Centenary of Independence Issue

Grundhof,
23 August 1939
to South Portland, Maine
USA

1-Fr. UPU Post Card Rate

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Dear Friends,

We are still in Luxembourg, but it is getting too dangerous. All your countrymen and Englishmen are going home, and tomorrow we go to Holland. It is a great pity, but we must go, for when war begins it is impossible.

Sincerely,

Jack

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There is irony in the franking—a stamp from the issue celebrating Luxembourg’s century of independence. 

In more recent times, I suspect similar sentiments were expressed by those leaving Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, as conflict beckoned, not to forget the Ukraine even today.

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