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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

5 pf. German Reply Card Returned from Luxembourg-Gare to Metz in 1907—Why was it Taxed?

 

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Luxembourg-Gare B
17 Sep 1907
[8:00-9:00 a.m.]

Metz
17 Sep 1907
[1:00-2:00 p.m.]

 

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Why was the card, which was sent on 17 September 1907, taxed [hs ‘T’ and ms 10 in blue crayon]?  I’m not sure.

Luxembourg’s postal card rate to Germany was not increased to 10 centimes until 1 October 1907.  However, the German rate for foreign postal cards had already increased to 10 pf. on 1 July 1906, but I believe the 5pf rate to Luxembourg remained in effect for several years thereafter.  So, perhaps the Luxembourg postal clerk , not realizing that the card was the reply-part [Antwort) of a 5pf+5pf German message-reply card, mistakenly treated it as an ordinary German postal card improperly posted from Luxembourg.

The card is Michel P71Y; it’s quite scarce used, particularly used internationally.

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