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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:03 AM PT (US)

27 March 1895

Berlin, Germany to Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern. Franked with 10 pf [domestic rate] stamp, insufficient to Switzerland by 12 ½ gold centimes. Postage due equals 12 ½ doubled = 25 centimes due. I can't read what the blue pencil above the 25 says. "1 . . . . . . ".
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:47 AM PT (US)

26 March 1872

Pre-UPU cross border rate 10 centimes from Basel to Mulhausen. RL = Rayon Limitrophe.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:33 AM PT (US)

25 March 1908

Post card from Ste Croix via the Yverdon - Ste Croix Regional Railway to Winterthur.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:14 AM PT (US)

24 March 1876

Postal card from Ursenbach to St Imier received same day.
Ursenbach cancel [zwergstempel] is a type without the year date an experiment that was short lived during 1872-73, though the cancelers were used for many years. They were primarily distributed to small towns and villages.
Edited 03-24-2020 10:15 AM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:16 PM PT (US)

23 March 1899

Business post card Yverdon to Baulmes, received 24 March.
Posted at the Yverdon post office, this card would have travelled on the Yverdon-Ste Croix railway to Baulmes. The addressee was the Director of a very large cement factory. Of interest is the Baulmes canceler which would have been made in the early 1870s.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:55 PM PT (US)

22 March 1904

5 centimes postal card originating in Couvet in the Val de Travers, placed on board the Regional to Travers where it would have been transferred to another train for Neuchatel.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
09:26 AM PT (US)

21 March 1879

Uprated domestic postal card for international use Bern to Neudietendorf, Thuringia, Germany.
Note at bottom "au der Thuring Eisenbahn" - on the Thuringia Railway.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:39 PM PT (US)

20 March 1906

Business post card mailed Aarau 19 March 1906 with 5 centimes stamp [upper right]. Returned to business since it was insufficiently franked, lower center. Business added 5 centimes stamp upper left corner, dated 20 March. Received Wiesbaden 20 March lower left, upside down [as per normal receiver protocol]. Notice a postal clerk re-wrote the name "Wiesbaden" probably to prove it was going to Germany, and not within Switzerland. Also notice that Swiss clerks were following protocol by cancelling stamp and adding one additional date stamp elsewhere to confirm a clear marking.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:28 PM PT (US)
Lucky - I am actually interested in cancels, it just happens that many items posted and cancelled with railway devices were post cards from people telling others where they were staying. I guess post cards to some extent were supposed to make others jealous. Or, they were the cheapest form of business communication.

Your card is interesting in that it has the hand stamp of the sender just below the picture, Dr Goetze, and addressed to another doctor in Berlin. Beyond that, it is an uprated domestic postal card used for international communication.
Edited 03-20-2020 03:39 PM
Lucky181Person was signed in when posted
10:30 AM PT (US)

Hi retorix,
Again, thank you for your input on my last question. I noticed that you really like post cards, so I found one that you might like to see - or maybe not, I don't know if this is special in any way. Sometimes it's just 'feeling' the history. It was mailed in 1938. Unfortunately, whomever wrote it could REALLY write small, so I can't decipher it.
I have some 'basic' questions for you on the stamps I've been going through, so I'll be in touch. Lucky181
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:30 AM PT (US)

19 March 1874

Nachnahme letter from Bern to Kirchlindach.
10 centimes postage plus 20 centimes to collect 15Fr.
Refused [small script under lined with blue pencil]

backstamps -
transit Ortschwaben 1874_03_20
refused Ortschwaben 1874_03_29
returned Bern 1874_03_29
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
05:56 PM PT (US)

18 March 1915

For cancel collectors they don't get any better than this example!
Originating in Ballaigues and placed aboard an east-bound Lausanne-Pontarlier-Lausanne train for Lausanne. This was a main line route from the exchange office in France at Pontarlier to Lausanne. In this case the train was headed back into Switzerland rather than going to France. Through items would not get this cancel, only items placed aboard at intermediate stops between the two terminals.
Edited 03-18-2020 05:57 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:17 PM PT (US)

Hello Lucky,
Both stamps are normal printings. The deeper blue on the left is slightly heavy ink, but is a differnt color than the one on the right. The double prints have a blurry look to them, so these are not double prints.The blue color was used from 1862 until 1867 when Switzerland standardized stamp colors to match neighboring countries. The colors later were standardized for international use in 1875 on the formation of the UPU.
See page for this issue
Lucky181Person was signed in when posted
12:37 PM PT (US)

Hello retorix,
I want to thank you for your quick response to my last question. I, after struggling with the Swiss propensity to use the same colors for different years and changing the perforation size, have more questions.
I read that some stamps had double prints. I'm attaching a picture of two stamps which I think are the same except that one has much darker lines than the other. Is this an example of a double stamp? Again, does it add to the value or take away? Again, thanks in advance, Lucky181
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:17 PM PT (US)

17 March 1877

Nachnahme [collect] postcard from Altbüron to Pfaffnau.
5 centime postage plus 10 cetnimes to collect Fr2.20.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
08:24 AM PT (US)

16 March 1901

St Sulpice to Montreux via the Val de Travers regional Railway. St Sulpice is the end of the line of the 10.5 km railway. The letter would have travelled to Travers then placed on another train for Montreux, probably via Lausanne.
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