Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Proofs of the 1927 Mondorf-les-Bains Postal Viewcards

Complete Set of 9

 View 1 - Vase
Designer:  Harry Rabinger

 View 2 - Statue
Designer: Harry Rabinger

View 3 - Fountain
Designer: Harry Rabinger

View 4 - Dock
Designer: Harry Rabinger
 View 5 - Arch
Designer: Jean Schaack
 View 6 - Bridge
Designer:  Harry Rabinger
 View 7 - House
Designer: Nico Klopp 
 View 8 - Park
Designer: Jean Schaack
View 9 - Park in Octagon
Designer: Nico Klopp

The artistic beauty of these designs is evident, surpassing that of subsequent viewcard issues!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Unusual domestic use of the 90c Mondorf UPU-rate Postal Viewcard!

 90c UPU-rate
Mondorf Postal Viewcard
Fountain View
Prifix 91 - LHBK 86-03

Beaufort (old dbl-circle cncl), 9 Mar 1932
Luxembourg-Ville [b/s], 9 Mar 1932
Payment refused
Returned transit Diekirch, 15 Mar 1932
Beaufort (bridge cncl), 15 Mar 1932

Domestic postal card = 0.40 F
Registry fee = 1.75 F
COD fee [198 F] = 0.75 F
Total: 2.90F

90c paid by 90c UPU-rate Viewcard
2.00 F paid by:

2F Clervaux View

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A 'fishy' postal card

Nic. Feipel's 
Return Address 'Chops'

Nic. Feipel

Nic. Feipel

2 Jun 1924

Monsieur Dubois

Le Havre, Seine Inférieure,
3 Jun 1924 [b/s]

The imaginative chops and cachets found on postal cards provide an entertaining sideline for the specialist.  Nic. Feipel's fish and crayfish chops (both seen on the card above) are among my favorites!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Sole domestic use of the 20c Arms Postal Card in 1926—A Scarce, Overlooked Rate

Sole Domestic Use in 1926 

Luxembourg-Gare B
19 Jan 1926
20 Jan 1926

Luxembourg issued a 20-centime orange Coat of Arms postal card on June 1, 1921, as the postal card rate to Belgium, France, and Germany had been increased to 20 centimes in May 1921. This postal card remained valid until 30 June 1928 (Prifix 70—Hdbk 72). And the 20-centime rate to Belgium continued in effect until August 1, 1926, and to France and Germany until October 1, 1925. Thus, sole uses to the three neighboring countries are not too difficult to find.

Often overlooked, however, is that the domestic postal card rate was also increased to 20 centimes, as of January 1, 1926.  This domestic rate remained in effect for only 7 months—until August 1, 1926.  Consequently, sole domestic uses during this 212-day period are difficult to find.  Shown above is the only example in my collection.