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01:44 PM PT (US)

22 May 1896

International post card sent from Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern to Lüttich, Belgium.
Processed at the Luzern Post Office at 3pm.
I've walked into the Luzern PO which looks on the outside as it did when this card was mailed, but the interior has been modernized up to 2018 standards. It's not quite the same atmosphere as the old days!
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:58 AM PT (US)

21 May 1977

Last day of postal transport by Palezieux-Bulle-Montbovon railway, commemorative cover.

below -
Palezieux-Bulle-Montbovon cancel on post card to Paris, France, 17 September 1905.
The railway opened in three sections starting 1901 through 1905.
This canceler was issued 27 June 1905 by Güller
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
05:39 PM PT (US)

20 May 1872

Pre-UPU international letter Luzern to Lindau, Germany.
Domestic 10 centimes Tüblibrief uprated 16 centimes 1x10, 3x2centimes -1 centime overpaid.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:44 AM PT (US)

19 May 1864

A very simple domestic letter 10 centimes from Fribourg to Romont.
Note the Fribourg date stamp includes "Suisse" because there are also French and German towns named Fribourg [Freiburg]. This is one of the very few Swiss cancels that includes "Suisse".
Edited 05-19-2019 10:44 AM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:56 PM PT (US)

18 May 1895

Honiton, England to Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern.
Registered letter using 4 1/2d stamp [Jubilee issue] which was issued specifically for this use - 2 1/2d international letter plus 2d registration.

Letter is from the National Provincial Bank of England Limited, Honiton, possibly currency enclosed.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:48 PM PT (US)

17 May 1880

Thun to Leistal - Geldanweisung - postal money order for Fr200. 30 centimes form plus 10 centimes.

[I used to have a rate sheet for these forms, but can't find it right now.]
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:59 PM PT (US)

16 May 1913

Basel-Milano-Basel Bahnpost to Bordon, Hampshire, England.

Of special interest is the fact that Lode Farm, the destination of this card, traces a direct history back to 1235AD. It is listed in land ownership registers from that time forward!
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:56 PM PT (US)

15 May 1871

First issue of Swiss postal card from Uznach [old date slug style canceler] to Neuchatel, received Suchard 16 May 2 S [2pm], rotating date wheel canceler.

Addressed to Philipp Suchard, the chocolate maker.
The receiving date stamp must have been made by Güller, but there is no record in the proof books at this early date. In 15 March 1884 a nearly identical date stamp is found in the proof books supporting the idea that Guller made the original and it had possibly worn out and was being replaced in 1884.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:48 AM PT (US)

14 May 1874

Basel [4pm] to Zurich received same evening at 8pm.
It was probably delivered the next morning, but taken to the post office to be forwarded. An additonal 5 centimes stamp was added to pay for local delivery. So in reality this is not a forwarded letter, but a reposted letter to Oberstrass, a district of Zurich.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
03:24 PM PT (US)

13 May 1889

La Crosse, WI, to Mr J.C. Easton ℅ City Bank London, England. He was a Director of the Southern Minnesota Railway, obviously vacationing in Europe.

Back stamps help us follow this letter until it caught up with him.
La Crosse 13 May, transit New York 16 May, received London 23 May, forwarded 24 May.
Received Venice, Italy, Hotel Britannia, 26 May, forwarded to Hotel Schweizerhof, Luzern, Switzerland, via Milano TPO 27 May and Swiss Ambulant 28 May. Received Luzern 28 May.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:02 PM PT (US)

12 May 1911

Bellinzona to Osogna received the same day.
This is the last known use of the Bellinzona razor canceler.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:00 PM PT (US)

11 May 1886

Elwangen to Bobfingen, Würrtemberg.
Güller made numerous cancelers for about 15 cities in Germany during the early to mid-1870's. This is an example from that series.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:57 PM PT (US)

10 May 1899

Danzig, Germany 8 May to St Gallen 10 May, postage due error, corrected and redelivered�.

Card considered international post card in Danzig, marked ‘T’ [tax] in error.
St. Gallen 10 May added postage due 15 centimes over blue ‘T’.
Refused by addressee noting 'weil ungenügend frankiert' [due to insufficient postage].

Returned to post office where it was reprocessed and corrected by marking postage due stamps invalid and crossing out Refusé, the blue crayon 15, and the comment made by the addressee.

Drucksache [printed matter] emphazised by underlining in same blue crayon.
5 pfennig postal card paid correct amount for international printed matter, therefore, no postage due required.
100% printed advertsing message, there is no handwriting on the reverse.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:51 PM PT (US)

9 May 1903

Zurich to Schneeberg, Saxony, international UPU letter with Zurich razor cancel.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:49 PM PT (US)
I'm attending PIPEX in Portland ,OR this weekend. I won't have my computer available, so I'm going to post this weekend's covers today. See you in Portland. Dealers, exhibits, food, and stamp talk!

retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:47 PM PT (US)

8 May 1873

Colombier pre-UPU letter to Carlsruhe, Germany with nice blue cancel.
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