Friday, November 20, 2020

5c G.D. Adolphe (2nd issue) Postal Card - Earliest Reported Use

Earliest Reported Use


17 Feb 1903

Esch-sur-Alzette I

to Homberg, Germany

18 February 1903



Very Fine Private Cachet

Victor Bettendorf

Esch s/Alzette

Grand Duché de Luxembourg


Sometimes we discard common postal cards in below average condition, but first we should check to see if they contain secrets, such as the earliest reported use date.  This card nearly ended up in my trash bin until I noticed that the FSPL Handbook (2009) lists 17 March 1903 as the Frühdatum. This card was used 29 days earlier.

If you have an earlier use, please send me a scan at .  I'll publish it here for everybody to enjoy!