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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-21-2019
02:48 PM PT (US)

21 October 1908

Geneve addressed to a military perosn in Haiphong, Tonkin [Viet Nam].
There is a small script TV.beneath the "NE" of the Geneve razor cancel.

There is no stamp on this card nor any cancel, or partial cancel on the other side, to indicate that a stamp was ever used. It should not have been a free military item, so no explanation. Suggestions invited.
642
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2019
11:54 AM PT (US)

20 October 1885

Simple 25 centimes tüblibrief [postal stationary] primarily used for international correspondence. This from Zürich to Augsburg, Germany, northwest of Munich.
641
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2019
07:00 PM PT (US)

19 October 1944

Post card mailed at Chésières and carried on the Bex-Chesieres railway to the Colonial Service, Geneve.
Return address was the Secours aux Enfants [Children's Relief] of the Red Cross, Alpine Center for Refugees in Chésières sur Ollon.

I found online interesting information about this organization.
From one reference -
". . . . this is the Home Alpina, transformed into a transit camp for refugee children, such as the Henri Dunant Centre in Geneva. Alpina can accommodate 80 children, there are currently about fifty of them, the youngest being 3 years old and the oldest 16 years old. Most of them arrived in Switzerland without their parents, a few know that their father or mother is in a refugee camp in our country."

". . . French, Belgians, Poles, Italians, Dutch, Germans, these children are mostly Israelites. There are three young Protestants. Some of them will leave the Chesières camp to be welcomed - in our families or in Swiss Red Cross homes, Children's Relief homes. . . . "

from another reference - 25 November 1944 a letter addressed to Roswell McClelland, War Refugee Board, US Legation, Bern.

". . . . .Before closing my letter I have another favor to ask of you, concerning the daughter of my best friend here, Ms. Ilse Besterman, who has been working for over a year in the Children's Relief of the Red Cross, at the moment employed at the Home Alpina, Chésières s/Ollon.

"She would like a position as a secretery in one of the great organisations working in Europe, such as UNRREA. She speaks perfect French and German and has a very good knowledge of English. . . . . " [Unfortunately the request was turned down as the recipient of the letter had no contact with those hiring anyone.]

It would be my guess that Ms Ilse Besterman was working at the Home Alpina when the above post card was written and mailed.
640
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-18-2019
09:51 AM PT (US)

18 October 1875

Nachnahme letter from government agency in Fellers [ Falera], therefore, free postage plus 20 centimes to collect Fr12.75+20 centimes postage = Fr12.95.
Destination Ponte-Campovasto [La Punt-Chamues-ch] via Laax.
639
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-17-2019
09:45 AM PT (US)

17 October - Two railway cancels on 5 centimes cards.

Top - 1909 - Mailed at Bern train station, marked with straight line BERN and stamp cancelled with Bern-Basel-Bern bahnpost canceler. Destination Ostende, Belgium, forwarded to Bruxelles. Correctly inscribed - "imprimé" for international printed matter rate.

Lower - 1910 - Business post card placed on board the Luzern-Wildegg-Luzern train at Ermensee (pencil top center) for address in Luzern. Correct franking for domestic post card.
638
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2019
01:05 PM PT (US)
Raul asked about the name "razor cancel", so here is a link to my exhibit which tells the whole story.

https://www.rogerheath.com/#razor-cancels
637
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-16-2019
10:47 AM PT (US)

16 October 1900

Official free letter from Chur, with Type 1 razor canceler, to Ruschein.
636
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-15-2019
10:54 AM PT (US)

15 October 1900

Chur to Churwalden - UPU 5 centimes postal card.
635
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-15-2019
10:51 AM PT (US)

14 October 1901

Proof that two different razor cancelers were being used at the Bern post office on the same day.

Type 1 - Postal card to Fehraltorf. The receiver being a device made by Güller sometime in the early 1870's.

Type 2 - Postal card to Cavallasca, Italy. Unfranked but no sign of charges or how much was collected, which should have been 20 centimes total.
634
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-13-2019
09:11 AM PT (US)

13 October 1911

Postal card boarded train in Grosshöchstetten [see left of card]. When station striaght line marks are not used it is always important to read teh message which quite often gives town and date.
The Thun-Burgdorf-Thun railway was built in 1899 connecting this market town with the rest of Switzerland by rail.
633
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-12-2019
11:36 AM PT (US)

12 October 1902

Zermatt via the Viege-Zermatt Regional railway to Lausanne. Maybe someone reporting the first skiing of the season!
631
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-11-2019
10:55 AM PT (US)

11 October 1901

I was lucky enough a few years ago to get a series of 10 post cards having commemorative Schützenfest coins, or 5 Franc coins, on the picture side. [Some have blue or green background, a really nice series of postcards.] They are all of the same correspondence from Aarau to Bern. This card received Bern October 11. The set of cards was mailed over a one month period.
Edited 10-11-2019 10:58 AM
630
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-10-2019
08:59 AM PT (US)

10 October 1900

Two different razor cancelers used on 10 centimes international postal cards, one to London, the other to Palazzolo sul'Oglio, Italy.
The Bern device was a second improved version, the Lausanne the first version, both hand made by DeCoppet.
629
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-09-2019
10:46 PM PT (US)

9 October 1880
Nachnahme card from Chur to Ermein to collect Fr1.97 [population in 1900 = 89]
2 centimes postage for printed matter card, and 10 centimes to collect under 10 Francs.
628
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10-08-2019
01:40 PM PT (US)

8 October 1928

Post card of Tobel [likely origin] placed aboard the Wil-Konstanz-Wil railway, probably transited Wil, destination Bernhardzell.
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