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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:41 PM PT (US)
I think the clerk would have looked at the card, which should have been 7 1/2 centimes - rounded that up to 10 and doubled it as unfranked.
It was posted in a regular post office or letter box, missing the military mail stream, proven by the Geneva machine cancel.

If postage due was 15 centimes, there were 5 and 10 centimes stamps available. The last 1 centimes postage dues were printed in 1910.

SwisdirPerson was signed in when posted
06:17 PM PT (US)
Thank you for the responses to the postage due query (posting 344). The lack of any military handstamp seems to support the suggestion that the postal clerk considered the card to be unfranked. The doubling of the 7.5 c rate to 15 c & rounding up seems the most probable explanation for the 20 c postage due charge. However, was such rounding up a common practice? Perhaps the 15 c postage due had not yet been issued.
Edited 02-22-2019 06:23 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:56 PM PT (US)

22 February 1876

Local printed matter from Gelterkinden to Ormalingen, 1.8km apart.
Edited 02-22-2019 12:57 PM
George StrublePerson was signed in when posted
08:32 PM PT (US)
As I understand it, free military franking was available to soldiers for mail to their families, and to family members for mail to them. Mail FROM a soldier would be mailed through a clerk in his unit, who used a rubber stamp identifying the unit to confirm eligibility. Mail TO a soldier showed the address of his unit, so that was easily identified.

retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:40 PM PT (US)

21 February 1898

5 centimes postal card from St Imier [straight line] to La Chaux-de-Fonds, approximately 15.5km.
Canceler issued 1896 and used until 1904. This was a 30 km railway between La Chaux-de Fonds and Sonceboz.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:56 PM PT (US)
Here's a guess.
I believe to obtain the military free mail an item had to be posted at a military facility.
The card was marked "military" but deposited in a mail box or at the Geneva post office, thus the machine cancelation.

Since it never entered the military mail stream, it appears the clerk considered it as unfranked. An unfranked distance letter at the time was 30 centimes postage due. I could not find the postage fee for an unfranked post card, but 20 centimes make sense since unfranked was double stamped mail, and in this case appears to be rounded up to 20 centimes.
SwisdirPerson was signed in when posted
11:18 AM PT (US)

Hi, have been following the board for a while and have just posted my membership form to AHPS secretary.
Can somebody help with this card? It was posted in Geneva on 30 May 1920 and arrived in Trogen next day. Script in top right corner suggests a military connection and poster probably expected free passage. However, it was charged 20c on arrival. 20c applied in writing twice and postage due stamp for that ammount applied. I believe that internal rate for postcards was 7.5 c. at this time so why 20c postage due?
Edited 02-21-2019 06:05 PM
cherylganzPerson was signed in when posted
01:39 PM PT (US)
Thanks Roger! I had seen one with an extra 30 to pay registration. Clearly, many collectors just guessed at how much to add! Now the quest for the correct rates...
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:50 PM PT (US)
HI Cheryl, Welcome to the Board.

My 1992 Zumstein Specialized shows Swiss international registration rate as 30 centimes, in effect starting 1/7/1930 - 1/3/1948

cherylganzPerson was signed in when posted
12:31 PM PT (US)
I need the Liechtenstein registration rate for May 1936. I looked at Hindenburg mail online but most are over franked so that both zeppelin stamps could be used. In my search, I found 4 covers with 30 registration rate added and 5 with 40 added to cover registration. My two Swiss catalogs do not give registration rates.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:53 AM PT (US)

20 February 1875

Top - Postal card from Vevey to Bruxelles. 5 centimes postal card uprated with two 5 centimes stamps to pay special pre-UPU rate from Switzerland. Fewer than 15 examples of this rate exist, so a tatty example is not bad!

lower - Bern to Stuttgart-Berg, 1914 National Exposition postal card with machine cancel promoting the exposition. Card originated at the Swiss National Railway Goods Tarif Department.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:46 PM PT (US)

19 February 1876

Neuchatel to Warsaw, at the time part of Russia. Received 10 February Julian calendar.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:27 PM PT (US)

16 February 1889

Neat card to Nova Scotia, Canada with very early Hotel Schweizerhof date stamp, via London on 18th. No receiving marks. This card has an early lithographed image of the hotel on the other side.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
05:33 PM PT (US)

15 February 1911

Nachnahme [collect] card from Lausanne to Unterehrendingen, received 17 February.

5 centimes postage plus 10 centimes to collect under 10Fr.

Lausanne Consig. Mess. razor cancel.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:20 PM PT (US)

14 February 1909

Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern to Long Riston, Hull, England.

"We are here on our way to Rome. . . . .only staying in Bologna en route. . . . We tobogganed down a hill over 2 miles long last week in just 10 minutes, it took one hour to go up it!"
Edited 02-14-2019 01:22 PM
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