Thursday, March 18, 2010

The first Caritas Issue -- December 21, 1925



First Day Cover
December 21, 1925
Luxembourg-Ville IV to La Louvière, Belgium



In 1925, the Luxembourg postal administration decided to issue a set of semi-postal stamps each year during the Christmas season with the surtax going to charitable organizations.  The first such "Caritas" issue appeared on December 21, 1925, and remained on sale only until January 15, 1926.    A surtax of five centimes was added to each of the three lower denominations; ten centimes to the one-franc denomination.  The Ligue contre la Tuberculose was the beneficiary.

The stamps were valid until June 30, 1926, after which unsold stocks were destroyed.   Ben Hamilton, Jr., writing in the July 1, 1933 issue of Weekly Philatelic Gossip, provides these statistics:

  Issued Sold Destroyed
5c 500,000 326,618 173,382
30c 300,000 215,834 84,166
50c 200,000 195,731 4,269
1 F 200,000 184,108 15,892


Prifix lists 10 varieties.  Check your stock!  You might find some hidden treasures!


Some Town Cancels


                                     Bettembourg      Luxembourg-Gare         Mersch
                                        2 Jan 1926                   Jan 1926                     Jan 1926



                                                           Schifflange                  Vianden
                                                            2 Jan 1926                  30 Dec 1925



                     Luxembourg-ville           Remich          Troisv-Luxbg TPO
                                       19 Feb 1926                  5 Jan 1926                           ? 






                                                   Esch-sur-Alzette                  Kayl
                                                           10 Feb 1926                31 Dec 1925


New Year's Visiting Card
(5c domestic printed matter rate)


Luxembourg-Ville, December 31, 1925 to Remich


Letter to the French Army stationed at Trier, Germany
(50c letter rate to Germany)



Luxembourg-Gare B, January 4th, to French Army S.P. 22, January 5, 1926


COD use of the set to Belgium


Luxembourg-Ville IV to Couvin, Belgium
January 15, 1926

2.35 F total franking

0.60 F

20-40 g letter to Belgium

1.00 F

Registry fee

0.75 F

Minimum COD fee


Multiple of 50 (lower half)



Variety:  Top right corner of "M" slopes (3d stamp, bottom row -Pos. 93)

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Prifix 160a


Variety:   "r" of "Fr" broken (first stamp of the sheet - Pos. 1)

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Prifix 163a