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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:23 AM PT (US)

17 February 1866

Geneve to Haselbusch bei Berlin, international pre-UPU letter.
Swiss zone2 to Germany zone 3 = 50 centimes
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:21 AM PT (US)

15 February 1911

Lausanne [Money Office razor cancel] to UnterEhrendingen.
Nachnahme card to collect Fr3.65. 5 centimes postage plus 10 centimes to collect under Fr10.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:08 PM PT (US)

14 February 1909

International post card from Hoetl Schweizerhof, Luzern to Long Riston, Hull, England.

Note message - " We tobagganed down hill over 2 miles last week in just 10 minutes, it took an hour to go up it!"
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:24 AM PT (US)

13 February 1909

International postal card from Lausanne to Posen, Germany [present day Poland]
Advertising the razor business of AD. Arbenz. Card returned to Lausanne - reason - Business Closed indicated by UPU label, also hand written note in top left.

I find it interesting to always look up on the internet to see if a businesss or person has a story. In this case it was interesting as shown in this contemporary ad!
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:18 PM PT (US)

Hello Lucky,

Welcome to this Swiss chat. (oops at first I posted the wrong cover.)

What you have is a cutout from a 10 centime postal envelope. They are usually collected as whole covers, though I've seen spaces in old Scott albums with space for all the different issues, 5 centimes, 10 centimes, 25 centimes, and 30 centimes. So they fill spaces but really have no value.

I posted this envelope to show how they were used when combined with other stamps from the period. Notice the stamps get cancelled, but the indicia of the envelope does not. The theory was that there was no need to cancel the postal envelope indicia since the envelope could not be reused. The cutouts were not valid for postage when stuck onto another envelope, and they were of a different design so it was easy for the clerks to identify anyone attempting to defraud the post office.

Lucky181Person was signed in when posted
12:01 PM PT (US)

I'm going through Swiss stamps left to me by my grandfather and father. I found a cut one which isn't in any Scott catalog. I noticed in an earlier post that it looks like the one in the 1874 postcard.(Post 778)Since this seems to have been cut out, is it still authentic or accepted as a stamp, and does it have any value?
I don't know if the picture shows it, but it is embossed. Thanks for feedback,
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
06:36 AM PT (US)

12 February 1910

Free military post card from Bellinzona [razor cancel] to Capital Building, Bern, forwarded to Herisau.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
06:34 AM PT (US)

11 February 1874

Pre-UPU letter from Zurich to Paris, France.
30 centimes rate paid using 5 centimes Tüblibrief plus 25 centimes stamp.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:00 AM PT (US)

10 February 1933

A registered international letter from Eugene Sekula (stamp dealer), Luzern, to San Francisco, CA.
30 centimes registration, 30 centimes first 20gms, 20 centimes for each additional 20gms, making this a 60gram letter.
The special feature of this cover is the solo use of the 1Fr Disarmament stamp to pay this rate.

The 10 cents postage due was not concerned with postage but a Customs Service Charge for inspecting the item, whether or not it was opened. I guess it supported the US Customs Service.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:02 PM PT (US)

9 February 1875

Mailed as a single weight letter from Geneve to Annecy, France, which would have been 30 centimes. On weighing, the postal clerk deterimed it was over the single weight and marked with a red crayin "2"and added "Affr.Insuf." [Franking Insufficient] The red crayon mark down the center of the letter is not a "7" but should represent 30. Anyone with correct information please post here.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:24 AM PT (US)

8 February 1870

Double weight pre-UPU mourning letter from Bern to Bewdley, near Birmingham, England, via Belgium.
Single weight letters were 30 centimes and on the left in red crayon one can see the "2" indicating the second weight.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
09:55 AM PT (US)

7 February 1874

Nachnahme letter, due Fr9.10, from Bern to Ortschwaben, refused and returned.
10 centimes postage and 10 centimes to collect under 10 Francs.
The refused signature is just above the oval cachet.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:21 AM PT (US)

6 February 1948

St Moritz to Zürich
Commemorative cover of the 1948 Winter Olympic Games.
The Games were held January 30 - February 8 with 669 participants in 4 sports.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:52 AM PT (US)

5 February 1906

International post card Bern to Lyon, France, cancelled with what is know as a "hammer" canceler.

The name comes from the design of the device manufactured in Germany and sent to Bern PTT for evaluation in late 1903. Though it made reaching for items beyond normal reach of a regular device, it was heavy.
At this time the PTT was also evaluating the DeCoppet flexible-head rotating date wheel canceller and had pretty much decidded to use DeCoppet's patent. The hammer devices, one had stars next to the BRF. EXP. and one did not, remained in Bern and items can be found cancelled after 1910.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:25 PM PT (US)

4 February 1935

A special winter test trip was scheduled for a post office bus over the Julierpass, a 96km journey, to test the feasibility of Alpine winter crossings. This was to be a round-trip Chur to St Moritz and return.

Originating in Chur, a red special "Julierpass" cancel was used along with a Chur post office cancel. [There are both razor cancels and normal cancels on items due to the high volume of letters and cards sent by collectors for this trip.] As in many cases philatelic mail is cancelled ahead of events, and in this case became a problem, because the trip was delayed two days due to BAD weather.

The trip finally occured on 6 February leaving Chur at 8am and arriving in St Moritz at 1pm. Some of the mail was off-loaded in St Moritz and continued along normal routes to their destinations. Mail originating in St Moritz for the return trip had already been prepared with a 4 February date stamp. I have not seen any piece where the date was corrected for the return trip on the 6th. The return trip was successful and St Moritz mail was processed in Chur at 5pm, and forwarded from there.
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