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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:48 PM PT (US)

In May my wife and I will be transferring from the train to a bus in Wohlen on our way to Gebenstorf. We'll stay there while visiting Brugg and Thalheim, where her relatives lived prior emigrating to the USA in the early 1850's. This is all new information in her research, so we have the opportunity to see what they left behind.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
08:37 PM PT (US)

A card to end the month of March and usher in April.

Originating in Hannover 29 March 1906 [stamp per fin, confirmed by corner card] received Aarau lower left razor cancel 30 March. Postage due 5 centimes added 30 March-9am, attempted delivery, returned to the post office 30 March where the refused label was added dated 30 March-8pm. Returned to Hannover and received 1 April 1906 4-5 am.

The Swiss carrier confirmed the refusal of the card by the addressee.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:27 AM PT (US)
At our Seattle Area Chapter meeting held last Monday, Fritz Graf told me the name of the special cancel below

22 II 22 - 22 is a "schnapszahl".

Thanks Fritz
Lopez RobertoPerson was signed in when posted
02:24 AM PT (US)
Hi Retorix,I will be in Lugano for the four days. Your document below is not bad at all. An early utilisation of the sitting Helvetia (First day 02.04.1882) to an exotic destination. Congratulations.
Hope to meet you in Lugano. Best Regards. Roberto Lopez
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
12:25 PM PT (US)

Local properly franked cover that somehow got diverted to Pontresina and was charger 10c (not the double rate) to return to Basel as domestic posting. Does this seem correct?
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
04:45 PM PT (US)

Thank you Roberto for confirming my thought.

I'll be in Lugano and hope to meet you and have some interesting talks - cancels, stamps, destinations, etc, etc., also to view your exhibits.

I know one of your interests is destinations and thought you might appreciate this in my collection.

Roger Heath
Lopez RobertoPerson was signed in when posted
03:06 AM PT (US)
I want to answer retorix concerning the additional 10cts. It's a registred letter. You found the proof: the registration number at the left side "No 1218".
It's an very interesting cover.
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
12:19 PM PT (US)

What is the meaning of the marking T 60/70? Was it applied in Switzerland or in France?
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
11:12 AM PT (US)

Anyone know of the significance of the pink label. Would like to correspond with a person who is knowledgeable in postage due particularity covers.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
06:38 PM PT (US)

Anyone have a clue why this collect cover required the additional 10 centimes.

Seems it should have been 10 centimes postage and 10 centimes collect fee for under 10Fr, which is the top calculation. Then 10 centimes was added?

Th only thing I can think of is that would pay for registration and the registration number is on the left "No 1218"
Edited 11-28-2017 07:48 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:13 PM PT (US)

I've seen many mourning covers in black, but this is the only one I've seen with red trim.

Does anyone have any idea of the significance of red, instead of black?
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:47 PM PT (US)

17 November 1898

While I'm here I can't resist posting what I think is my nicest razor cover.

The posting date was one day AFTER the recall of all cancelers in 1898. The reason it was used was that de Coppet lived in Lausanne and that is where he received the recalled cancelers for some modifications. Of course the Lausanne device didn't need to be sent to Bern only to be sent aback to Lausanne to deCoppet.
Edited 11-18-2017 01:20 AM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
06:57 PM PT (US)

Private mail contract Basel to London 1884

I was just researching a folded letter from Basel to Mulhouse, cross-border rate, dated 17 June 1871. The letter had a company rubber stamp in the top left corner - Danzas & Minet. Turns out this was a freight forwarding company originating in France, then moved its headquarters to Basel.

What has me intrigued is within the company history on the company website.

" Rising Swiss prosperity, new mountain tunnels, and rail links enhanced Basel's role as a trade center on the Rhine River at the point where Germany, France, and Switzerland meet. The Danzas company took advantage of this geographic position to forward freight between these countries and to the larger continent beyond. In 1884 Danzas obtained a subcontract from the Swiss post office for international post deliveries. Even at this time, the company was able to guarantee 24-hour Switzerland-to-London postal service."

Has anyone ever heard of this company carrying mail in or out of Switzerland? I'm also wondering if they only carried between Basel and London, or maybe shorter distances from France to London, etc.?
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
06:16 PM PT (US)

Does anyone know the name of this type of cancel? I know it has a special name when the numerals match across the date bridge.

Raul A GonzalezPerson was signed in when posted
03:21 PM PT (US)
Answer to topic 239 by okbigguy

Those labels and similar items are Swiss Meter (machine impressions). These are discussed on a 92 pages Swiss catalog by Heiner Dürst:

Freistempelkatalog Schweiz, 1987. It is probably listed for sale in places as the Swiss eBay. It is not an easy piece of work...

This is a very special topic that probably attracts very few collectors. The above catalog lists some prices, but as so few are looking for these items, they can be obtained at low prices in bourses.

The Swiss postal meters started in 1923. They are in use by post offices and by private business, government and international organizations. There are a number of different mechanical meters. They can be found directly printed on envelopes, or on gummed labels with or without perforations, etc. Most items have low catalog values but a few might be as high as 50-100 SF.
okbigguyPerson was signed in when posted
07:31 PM PT (US)

What can you tell me about these labels. Do they have any value?
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