Thursday, March 14, 2024

Jean-François Montagne has released his long-awaited study of Luxembourg's 1936-1937 Grand Duchess Charlotte Postal Viewcards!

Jean-François Montagne's study of the Grand Duchess Charlotte Manteau d'Hermine postal viewcards (Prifix 107 & 108) has been well worth the long wait.  It's yet another brilliant masterpiece from this postal stationery connoisseur!

Mr. Montagne is a postal stationery purist who delves deeply into printing techniques, identifying and explaining differences that many of us may have hardly noticed.

With this study, you'll gain renewed enjoyment from collecting these Charlotte postal viewcards.  

The author introduces his study and provides details for obtaining a copy below (in French and English):

The author also writes that his two prior studies remain available for 30 euros each:

Entiers Postaux Illustrés Mondorf-les-Bains 1927-1930, and

Les Cartes Correspondance du Grand Duche de Luxembourg Postkarten Formulare

They are reviewed here on the blog on March 9, 2019 and November 20, 2018, respectively.


















Saturday, July 01, 2023

The 1918 Arms Provisional Formular Card


The FSPL Handbook at 6.1 Postkaren (Notmaßnahmen) explains:

N. Poos weist in seinem 1951 erschienen Werk "Die Post des Großherzogtums Luxemburg" darauf hin, dass neben dem vorher beschriebenen Vorgang gegen Ende des Monants April 1918 durch die Postverwaltung eine weitere Notmaßnahme getroffen wurde. Sie lieferte an die Postanstalten des Landes Postkartenformulare (ohne Marken), die sie bei einer inländischen Druckerei hatte herstellen lassen und auf weiche die Poststellen vor dem Verkauf lose 5 Centimes-Marken aufzukleben hatten.  Demzufolge dürfte es eigentlich keine unfrankierten Exemplare geben, gleichwohl sind solche bekannt. 

Wir sind der Überzeugung, dass die Postkartenformulare durch die Druckerei M. Huss hergestellt worden sind.  

English translation:

In his 1951 work "Die Post des Großherzogtums Luxemburg," N. Poos points out that, in addition to [overprinting obsolete postal cards with the imprint obliterated with a concentric ring for use with franking], towards the end of April 1918 the postal administration took another emergency measure. It delivered postcard forms (without stamps) to the postal authorities in the country, which it had had a domestic printer produce and on which the post offices were to affix 5-centime stamps before selling the cards. As a result, there really shouldn't be any unfranked examples, although such are known (as the example below from my collection shows).

[The FSPL] believe that the postcard forms were made by the M. Huss printers.

Das Formular ist der Inlandspostkarte Nr. 65 nachempfunden (ohne Wertstempel) und weist ungefähr die gleichen Abmessungen auf (ca. 140 x 92 mm.), unterscheidet sich aber geringhfügig vom Vorbild:

  •       das Wappen ist kleiner (19.0 x 9.5 mm statt 23.5 x 12.0 mm)
  •  die Schrift der 1. Zeile (Grand Duché de Luxembourg. - Grossherzogtum
     Luxemburg) ist flacher
  •  die Schrift der 2. Zeile (CARTE POSTALE. - POSTKARTE) ist höher 
  •  die Beschreibung der Absenderzeilen ist in Antiqua - statt Groteskschrift gehalte

English translation: 

The form is based on domestic postcard No. 65 (without value stamp) and has approximately the same dimensions (approx. 140 x 92 mm.), but differs slightly from the original:

  •       the coat of arms is smaller (19.0 x 9.5 mm. instead of 23.5 x 12.0 mm.)
  •   the writing of the 1st line (Grand Duché de Luxembourg. - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg)
      is flatter
  •   the font of the 2nd line (CARTE POSTALE. - POSTKARTE) is higher
  •   the description of the sender lines is in antiqua instead of sans serif




Has anyone seen a 1918 postal use of this scarce formular card?  Its significance can be easily missed when examining accumulations of inexpensive cards offered for sale!