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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:41 PM PT (US)
I can't find the Basel 10 canceler in the proof books, but it obviously exists since is used on the 1931 card below.

A least we answered your original question - what is the text in front of ELIZABETHAN
Answer - FIL.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:32 PM PT (US)

Interesting - I just found another example of your cancel on Delcampe, but it's 1931. I will look another time soon to see if I can find it later in the proof books.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:30 PM PT (US)

This is a real puzzle!
The scan shows your cancel and a scan from the proof book that has similarities to your cancel, that I then "adjusted" by erasing lines to look similar to yours.

The most significant difference is the numeral "9". The "9" from the proof book has slanted tail compared to the panel on your cover which is more oval shaped. In looking through the proof books, Band III and Band IV I can find no postal cancels that have your "9". Though there are a few after 1926 which are for non-postal services.

The "V" for the Basel District is wide, and the only wide "V" I can find start after 1928. All "V"s prior are narrower and a more acute angle.
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
09:36 PM PT (US)

scan of cancel - no stars
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:34 PM PT (US)

September 16, 1856 -
This letter was posted in Paris and addressed to Bern [received 18 Sept], then forwarded to the Schweizerhof Hotel in Luzern [received 19 Sept]. From there is was forwarded onward to Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich [received 20 Sept].

I doubt this letter would be forwarded with such efficiency today.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:12 PM PT (US)

I found this, but it was issued 3 months after your date.
Notice the location of the "B" and "0" in relation to the date bridge. They are different than your drawing. So my guess is the one with hacheures was modified since the Basel 10 is located like yours. I can't explain the off center Elisabethen
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:22 AM PT (US)

OK - I found this after looking through many pages of the proof book. This does not mean I found the right one!

Same circumstance as the Lausanne. These earlier cancelers were all sent back to either the factory or the Bern PO repair shop for updating and modification.

Double check your cancel since this is from the proof book and your image looks hand drawn, so a scan of the actual cancel could be more accurate.

The "1" of the Basel 10 is a give away.

BTW - All the post 1914 cancelers appear to have small stars as decoration so I if this is not the correct canceler, yours should have small stars, one on each side, somewhere on the sides between the inner circle and outer circle.
Edited 09-15-2017 01:25 AM
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
08:51 AM PT (US)
Thanks for the info. On the Basel 10 cancel I am wondering if there is something in front of Elisabethen as it is off center?
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:31 PM PT (US)

Hello OK -

Found your Lausanne cancel in Güller proof book from May 1909. [#17714-15]

Sometime after 1914, and most likely after 1917, the canceler would have been sent to have the hacheures removed and the cross and district number added. Also, the hour date wheels would have been changed from the Roman numeral, before noon/Arabic after noon, to the 24 hour clock used by the European railways. Your example is 10pm.

I could look for your Basel cancel in the proof book, but have no examples of airmail covers.
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
08:54 PM PT (US)

Also looking for bottom of this cancel
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
08:47 PM PT (US)

Looking for copy of cancels from an airmail letter. Would appreciate any info or pictures.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:42 PM PT (US)

This weekend is SEAPEX, so I thought it appropriate to post a registered card posted at the International Postal Exhibition, Geneva, which was open from 3-12 September 1922.

Philatelic exhibitions have been going for many years. Plan to visit one or more during the next year, and remember SEAPEX 2018 will be the annual get together for the American Helvetia Philatelic Society.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:30 PM PT (US)

And just to celebrate the entrance to a holiday weekend.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:20 PM PT (US)

Here's a puzzle that maybe can be clarified by translating the script on the bottom of the back side.

This printed matter cover [probably a New Year's greeting] was addressed to "Bargen, Baden" [Today known as Helmstadt-Bargen]. Sender's additional instructions were "via ????? Offenburg Heidelberg".

The cover received an "Ambulant No27" cancel dated 5.I.79, so we don't know where it originated, but backstamps show it received a "Schaffhausen" transit date stamp the same day 5.1.79.

There are two "Engen in Baden" date stamps one month apart 6.1.79 and 7.1.79. There is a small town with the name of Bargen a few miles north of Engen. Maybe the letter was held as a post restante situation? Until someone finally really rad the address and got out a map!

The last back stamp is "Bargen kr. Heidelberg" dated 9.1.79, which seems to be the correct location. I can't read the blue pencil on the front, other than it seems to be a street address. "Bargen 10- xxxxxxx".

Maybe the text on the reverse adds to the mystery or clarifies it. If anyone can suggest what that script says, please reply.

retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:07 PM PT (US)
I've been looking at my Sitting Helvetia because my local stamp club is having a show in two weeks and I promised to create an exhibit that was not cancel oriented. The viewing audience will be local collectors and the public who see ads in the local paper. Anyway, I thought a short exhibit like this might be of interest.


The frames the local club uses hold 6 pages each, so this is a 6 frame exhibit.
Edited 07-30-2017 07:09 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:04 PM PT (US)

While I'm going through my Sitting Helvetia I found this double weight letter to France. I like the colors.
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