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Monday, October 31, 2016

Sure, Esch-sur-Sûre! And Happy Halloween.




Misaddressed Incoming Mail

 

 

001
  
New York, N.Y. Sta. A
22 Oct 1928
to
Esch-sur-Alzette, Belguim [sic]
 002



The Demuth brothers were prominent curtain makers in Esch-sur-Sûre. They received mail from many foreign countries, including mail from geographically challenged writers who simply addressed their correspondence to “Esch” (see below) or to “Esch-sur-Alzette” when “Esch-sur-Sûre” was the correct destination.
 Esch map

And the geographically challenged writer of the postal card shown above added to the confusion by directing the card to “Esch-sur-Alzette, Belguim” (his misspelling, not mine). A postal clerk has corrected the address to “Esch Sauer” (German for Esch-sur-Sûre). By car on A4, Esch-sur-Alzette and Esch-sur-Sûre are about 72 km. apart.

Elsewhere, I have blogged about mail to “Luxemburg, France.” That post is here.

003

004

San Francisco, Calif.
25 Feb 1924
to
Esch Sur, Luxembourg

transit
Esch-Sur-Alzette,
17 Mar 1924 [7:00-8:00 a.m.]

received at
Esch-sur-Sûre,
17 Mar 1924 [4:00-5:00 p.m.]

In the 1920s, postal clerks were amazing. Some still are!

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