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Monday, March 06, 2017

The 1935 15-stamp Aid-for-Intellectuals semi-postals used on nine covers


The Swartz-Hensgen Correspondence

In 1935, Maury Swartz, the well known stamp dealer from Kayl, corresponded  with Mr. Hensgen, the Luxembourg-Grund prison chaplain.  Over the four-month period from June 25th to September 30th, Swartz used all 15 of the Intellectual semi-postals (they were sold at double face value) on a nine-letter correspondence.  We do not know exactly what the covers contained, but they appear to be more commercial than philatelic.

I corresponded with Swartz in the 1950s, when he was living in Silver Spring, Maryland, but by the time that I acquired the covers in the 1960s from the Fred Wilmar collection in a Wolffers San Francisco auction, I had lost contact with him.  Wilmar served in the United States Army in Luxembourg during World War 2.  After the war he returned to Moraga, California, where he developed a fine collection of Luxembourg stamps and postal history, including these covers.

Here they are to enjoy:


20F+20F
Surgeons


 Kayl,
Registry No. 399

30 Sep 1935
Luxembourg-Ville b 
backstamp



10F+10F
 Educators

Kayl,
Registry No. 248
9 Aug 1935
Faint Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp
 

5F+5F
Lawyers

  Kayl,
Registry No. 175
22 Jul 1935
Luxembourg-Ville b
backstamp
 

3F+3F
Journalists
 
 Kayl,
Registry No. 314
26 Aug 1935
Luxembourg-Ville b
backstamp



2F+2F
Artists

 Kayl,
16 Sep 1935
Luxembourg-Ville III
backstamp



1.75F+1.75F Engineers, 1.25F+1.25F Scientists,
20c+20c Engineers, 15c+15c Journalists

 Kayl,
13 Jul 1935
Registry No. 141
Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp



1F+1F Surgeons & 50c+50c Lawyers

 Kayl,
26 Jul 1935
Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp
 

70c+70c
Adolphe Bridge

 Kayl,
2 Jul 1935
Faint Luxembourg-Ville
backstamp
 

5c+5c (3) Teachers, 10c+10c (2) Artists,
& 35c+35c Scientists

Kayl,
25 Jun 1935
Luxembourg-Ville
slogan backstamp







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