Thursday, February 20, 2014

Five-color, four-territory, two-issue, registered 42 Rpf. cover incoming to Mondorf-les-Bains in 1941

Sometimes a cover is so visually compelling as to be irresistible, depending of course on your sense of philatelic beauty.  For me, this stunner was such a cover:

Mixed Franking
3 Rpf.   Alsace Hindenburg (brown)
5 Rpf.   Lorraine Hindenburg (green)
6 Rpf.   Reich Hitler-head (violet)
8 Rpf.   Luxemburg Hindenburg (orange)
20 Rpf. Lorraine Hindenburg (blue)
Reich, Alsace, Lorraine, Luxemburg

Hayingen (Lothr), 29 September 1941
Bad Mondorf, 30 September 1941
12 Rpf. 20g letter to Luxemburg
30 Rpf. Registration fee


Hindenburgs: 1 Oct 1940 – 31 Dec 1941
Hitler-heads:  1 Aug 1941 - 1944


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Post-WWII Fiscal Use of the G.D. Charlotte 3rd Series definitives


Gouvernement grand-ducal
Office des Licences

10-Fr Charlotte (3rd Ser.)
License fee for a license to import
100 tons of sugar syrup from Cuba
(Contract value = US $31,500)
20 November 1946
As reconstruction began after World War II in Luxembourg, printing new revenue stamps was a low priority.  Instead, the G.D. Charlotte 3rd Series definitives, issued in 1944 and 1946, were used.  Thus, we often find these stamps with government-agency fiscal cancels, such as you see here, particularly the higher denominations.  But uses on documents are scarce.
1 1/4-Fr (4)
Administration Communale

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Free Domestic Official Mail from Arsdorf in 1881

Written at Arsdorf by the Mayor,
3 March 1881

Redange, 5 Mar 1881, to

Diekirch, 6 Mar 1881

Use of Arsdorf’s Postes Relais No. 1 cancel does not appear until 1882. The FSPL Handbook lists 4 January 1882 as the earliest known use. This is consistent with this official folded letter having been posted at Redange although written at Arsdorf.