But what about Luxembourg?
Here are three examples—one from 1892, another from 1915, and a third from 1935. Only one was taxed:
In the preceding post, I pointed out that treasures lurk in old stocks of postal cards. Here’s another example.
On its face, this 5c Adolphe (2nd issue) postal card offers nothing very special—just a Luxembourg-Ville 1906 cancel and 5c uprating paying the 10c rate to Belgium, hardly an exotic destination. But wait a moment, please. Take a look at the printed back. The card is from and signed by Charles Bernhoeft (1859-1933), the esteemed publisher of many of Luxembourg’s finest early postcards. He became the court photographer in 1891. His prolific work is widely sought after today by deltiologists. Edmond Thill showcases Bernhoeft’s work in his recently published, 800-page reference Charles Bernhoeft: Photographe de la Belle Epoque, which contains over 1,000 Bernhoeft photographs.
The 5c Adolphe (2nd issue) postal card was intended for domestic use, but here this example was sent to Zürich, Switzerland. Of course, the UPU postal card rate was 10 centimes during the period that the Adolphe cards were valid, so why did the receiving clerk first mark the card “10” (for double a 5c deficiency), but then later cross out the marking?
A close examine reveals that the sender had inscribed the card Imprimé, thus enabling the card to travel at the 5c per 50g UPU printed matter rate. And from that observation, I now understand why the back side contains only a blue rubber-stamped message (apparently good enough for the card to pass as “printed matter”).
Don’t pass up postal history gems like this when digging deep into dealers’ boxes of otherwise ordinary (and often over-priced) old cards! You’ll find treasures amidst the trash, for sure.