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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Postal Stationery with Printed Backs—Luxembourg’s Notaries


Common postal stationery from the 1900s becomes anything but “common” if you collect printed backs.  And a fertile source of printed-back stationery is the correspondence of the early notaries.  Unfortunately, stamp show judges criticize exhibitors who include printed backs in their exhibits saying that only government-printed text is relevant.  This short-sighted view fails to take into account the relevance of understanding how postal stationery was used and who used it.  Stamp dealers are a lot smarter than the show judges—most of them charge a premium for any card that has anything printed on the back.

Consider Dalheim.  These were Dalheim’s early notaries:

1842-1881  Louis Eugene Majerus
1880-1913  Francois Edouard Velter
1914-1920  Adolf Gantenbein
1920-1929  Paul Cravat

And here is an example of Adolf Gantenbein’s printed-back postal stationery:

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Dalheim,
1 Aug 1918
Peppange [post: Bettembourg II],
1 Aug 1918
Domestic Postal Card Rate = 7 1/2c
1 Jul 1918—12 Apr 1920

The complete list of Luxembourg’s notaries is here:  http://wiltgen.roots.lu/Notaires.pdf

You can put together a “topical” collection of printed backs by choosing those from a particular category of professionals or merchants.  This is a much overlooked aspect of Luxembourg postal stationery collecting.

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