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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:34 PM PT (US)
No. International had a penalty equal to the shortage. So if short 5 centimes, + penalty 5 centimes. 10 centimes collected. Must have been marked by the country of origin that "tax" was due.

Domestic - shortage collected.
Postage DuesPerson was signed in when posted
01:08 AM PT (US)

So, not subject to double-deficiency?

retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:38 AM PT (US)
Hi John,

It was an attempt at sending printed matter at the old rate. The sender appears to have uprated it for an item weighing 50>250gms, rate = 5 centimes,


January 1, 1921 the under 50gms rate increased to 5 centimes and the rate increased from 5 to 10 centimes for 50 -250 gms. The date on your item appears to be May 31, 1921. Your wrapper was, therefore, short 5 centimes.
Postage DuesPerson was signed in when posted
09:21 PM PT (US)

Hello everyone,

Here is another taxed item that I am trying to decipher.

Why was it deficient?

Thanks for your help.

Edited 01-18-2019 09:22 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:44 PM PT (US)

18 January 1859

Registered letter Grosswangen, via Luzern to Baar. [red squiggle marks confirm registration in Luzern area]
Red ink used to cross out Baar as this was "not accepted", see lower left "nicht angenommen".
Letter returned to Grosswangen.
Postage 10 centimes, registration 10 centimes.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:18 PM PT (US)

17 January 1929
Most likely a dues request from the Men's Choir, Lausanne, to a member in the La Sallaz district of Lausanne.
10 centimes local letter, 20 centimes to collect Fr5 - 20.

This was refused the next day and returned to the sender.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:45 PM PT (US)

16 January 1877 -

Local registered letter from Nidau to Safnern, via Bienne.
5 centimes local letter postage, plus 20 centimes registration rate in effect 1 September 1876 to 1 November 1884.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:27 PM PT (US)

15 January 1909 -

Zürich to Walzenhausen, subscription to ornithology and rabbit breeding newspaper.

Printed matter card, 2 centimes postage plus 10 centimes to collect under 10 francs.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:36 PM PT (US)

14 January 1874

A very interesting postal card.

This was mailed in Geneva for London, transit Basel. It has no writing or printing on the reverse side, therefore, was not a letter, which would have required 30 centimes postage at the time. GB did not recognize a discount for post cards but this was accepted as printed matter! My guess is that this could have been sent as a sample, possibly for a publication article about postal cards.

The story - As a 17 year-old Richard Senf opened a stamp shop in Leipzig, but he was not old enough to own a business. He and his brother bought a company in London and used that for business purposes. They published price lists for stamps. His company was " H. Wernick, & Co., London. SE England ". In later years the Senf Brothers conducted a stamp business until about 1910.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
06:26 PM PT (US)

January 13 1915 -

International Reply Coupon issued in Lausanne, not redeemed. Razor cancel of the Lausanne Consig. Lett. Office. [Letter Acceptance Division]
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:54 PM PT (US)

12 January 1911

Post card from Petit Lancy, a section of Geneva to In Salah [March 3], Algeria, via Biskra. In Salah is about 1200km south of Biskra.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:07 PM PT (US)

January 11

Top - 1868 - Zürich domestic letter to Aarau. Zürich “Elziver” canceler, serifed font and date.

In 1866 Güller & Cie of Hüttikon, near Zürich, made the first rotating date wheel cancelers for the Swiss PTT. This design made it easy for clerks to change not only the day-month-year, but also the hour, with no more trouble than a slight pause in their work to rotate the appropriate wheel. There were no number slugs to handle and lose. Many font combinations are found during the nineteenth century.

Lower - 1894 - Portuguese 20 Reis postal card addressed to Aarau, Switzerland.
Portugal first received 68 cancelers in May 1882 from Swiss manufacturer Güller. Before the decade was over Güller had made hundreds of cancelers for Portugal and its colonies, all with the rounded-rectangle date bridge. Both the Vimieiro, Portugal, and Aarau cancelers were made by Güller.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:41 PM PT (US)

January 5

Top - 5 centimes postal card uprated for international use. Mailed from Schwanden 1883, addressed to Padang, Dutch East Indies via Naples and Suez. Backstamped Weltevedren 2 February ( which was the government district of Batavia, present day Jakarta) receiving date stamp on front Padang 18 February. Total of 44 days transit!

Lower - Postcard from Lausanne 1904 with razor cancel to Batum, Georgia at the eastern end of the Black Sea. During this time period the port was a trans-shipment point for Russian oil being exported around the world from fields near Baku, Azerbaijan.
I bought this card on eBay from a seller who lived in Turkey about 50 miles southwest of Batumi. It did not come from dealer stock!
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:17 PM PT (US)

sorry I used the wrong sign-in

I thought I'd continue my items of the day for a while. Maybe other collectors will locate items within their collections that match the date of posting.

4 January 1882
Interesting use of the 20 centimes Sitting Helvetia on nachnahme card from Sion to St Maurice.
5 centimes postage for domestic postal card, plus 10 centimes per 10 francs to collect 11.25Francs = total 25 centimes
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