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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:32 AM PT (US)
As you may have read in the message above, Quicktopic will be closing down after a 20 year run. I created this chat for Swiss collectors in 2015 and expected more participation, so for my part posted a daily calendar of items from my collections. I hope they were enjoyed by those who stopped by.

For those interested in numbers there have been 17,449 views, of which they were from 6254 unique ISP addresses. Of course, about 2000 were posts I made with my daily items.

The January edition of TELL will no longer have a chat link, but I will recommend to the AHPS Board that the society create and maintain a means of communication via the internet for those interested.

Thanks to all who looked in and occasionally asked questions and posted items of interest to all of us who look at this board.

Edited 11-01-2021 11:33 AM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:48 PM PT (US)

31 October 1882

10 centimes postal card from Geneva to Chaux-de-Fonds. This was actually for internaitonal use, the 5 centimes card for domestic use. Of interest is the Geneve "sackstempel" which originally had the letters "PD" inside the sack. This was tested for use on international letters in the early 1870's but after 1875 unnecessary due to rate simplification by UPU.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:38 PM PT (US)

30 October 1905

Postcard from Alexandria, Egypt, to Aarau, received with razor cancel.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:10 PM PT (US)

29 October 1900

10 centimes UPU commemorative postal card from Neuchatel (razor cancel) to Brousse, Turkey.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:35 PM PT (US)

28 October 1904

Bendlikon-Kilchberg local letter to Zürich.
Canceller is one of the Güller prototype series used to confirm that the deCoppet razor cancel mechanical design could be mass produced.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:29 PM PT (US)

27 October 1902

Postcard from Luzern (razor cancel) to Eschenz, which used a canceler manufactured circa 1872-5. So it's at least 25 yeas old, which was not uncommon at small post offices.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:32 AM PT (US)

26 October 1917

Uprated wrapper from Chur to Lugano.
First sent on 26 October at 3 centimes rate for more than 50 items, returned and resent on 27th since that many were not in the group, therefore, requiring additional 2 centimes postage for fewer than 50 items.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:00 AM PT (US)

25 October 1880

One letter from a correspondence of ten letters I have of a college age traveller touring Switzerland with a friend. These letters were written to his father, who incidentally travelled with James Audubon on an expedition to Labrador in the 1820's.
This series of letters describes hiking throughout the mountain regions of Switzerland while the heavier baggage went by stage coach.
Ponte Tresa to Dennysville, Maine.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
09:56 AM PT (US)

24 October 1907

A registered value letter from France containing Fr685. Aarau razor used as receiving date stamp.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:59 PM PT (US)

23 October 1890

Registered letter from Purley, Surrey, England to Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern. Willy Hauser, the addressee was one of two brothers who owned the hotel at the time.
The postal stationary is a "penny pink" plus 3d and 1/2d stamps to pay the international registered rate.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:53 PM PT (US)

22 October 1868

International pre-UPU letter from Geneve to Taninges, France, canceled using one of Güller's first rotating date wheel cancellers invented in 1866. This mechanical design became the Swiss standard canceller and a major international standard for many years. It was so popular it became known internationally as the "Swiss style canceler".
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:49 PM PT (US)

21 October 1904

Double wide postcard of Geneve sent using 5 centimes stamp, canceled with Güller test canceler prior to acceptance of standard deCppet designed flueron cancellers ordered by PTT.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:05 AM PT (US)

20 October 1906

Postcard from Lugano to Hotel Florida, Havana, Cuba.

The “Div. De Carteros, Rec’do/ Habana, Cuba” postmark shows it was received in Havana at the letter carriers division on 3 November, 1906.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:38 AM PT (US)

19 October 1902

Uprated postal card from Pretoria, Transvaal, to Zürich, forwarded to Sackingen, Germany.
Zurich razor canceller used as receiving date stamp.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:33 PM PT (US)

News today from Quicktopic adminstrators that after 21 years as a message board they will be closing this and all of their chat boards down as of Dec 1 with last messages postings on November 17.
As of today there have been 17,305 views of this board by 6176 users determined by ISP address since 2015. Thanks to all who have visited. I'll suggest that another person host an AHPS chat board funded by AHPS rather than myself. It has been fun, I only wish more collectors had participated.

So it goes - I will post my daily items until 30 October since I've selected them out of my collection to that point.

Today 18 October 1902

Postcard from Chicago, IL to Pension Tivoli, Luzern, Switzerland, forwarded to United States Consul, Paris, France, who reforwarded it to Hotel Balzar, Paris. Luzern razor cancel reasonably scarce as a forwarding date stamp.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:27 PM PT (US)

17 October 1867

Nice early use of Güller's new rotating date stamp. Neuchatel to American Consul Basel. Must have been a double weight letter.
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