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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:11 AM PT (US)

8 March 1908

Postcard mailed at Chateau d'Oex on the Montreux-Zweisimmen route of the Montreux–Oberland Bernois [MOB] railway, destination Vullierens sur Morges.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:44 PM PT (US)

7 March 1906

Printed matter postcard from Lyss to Paris. Blue crayon indicates "Imprimé", printed matter, and "Timbre au dos" means stamp on other side.
This canceler was made by Güller in 1903 as part of his pre-production prototype series to confirm feasibility of mass production and appearance of the new flexible-head cancellers. These survived many years and some can be seen into the late 1920's.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:06 PM PT (US)
Waldshut - The best part of your Geneve cover are the razor cancels. If that is yours and you are interested in parting with it, it would go nicely into my collection. ); >)
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
01:00 PM PT (US)

Unfranked items were different rates prior to 1876, after that the standard for unfranked items was double the franked items.

6 March 1914

Postcard from Landquart, destination South Strafford, Vermont. Mailed and processed aboard the Rhätbahn Railway.
WaldshutPerson was signed in when posted
11:02 AM PT (US)
Brilliant! Rue Charles-Sturm is just outside Eaux Vives. Be wary of false cognates. And Swiss Post doubled the charge, as normal.
I wonder what Dr. Guyot did.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:15 AM PT (US)
Hello Waldshut -
This is a local unfranked letter which was correctly rated as 10 centimes postage due. Not Express. The EXP.LETT. is an abbreviation of Expedition Lettre which was standard outgoing mail.
Very nice example of the post offices using up their 1 centimes postage due stamps on an unfranked letter.

BTW - E.V. means En Ville - in town - Geneve.

WaldshutPerson was signed in when posted
05:13 AM PT (US)

Geneva express letter (special delivery?) from 1903 to Dr Guyot in Eaux Vives. 10 centimes postage due, most emphatically. Double rate for postage due, or for express service? Dr. Guyot could not have been pleased. No doubt he added that to his bill.
Edited 03-06-2021 03:28 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:27 AM PT (US)

5 March 1901

Postcard from Luzern [razor cancel] to German soldier stationed in China during Boxer Rebellion.
This card transited Hong Kong, 3 April, and Shanghai, 6 April, on its way to Tientsin. It was then forwarded to Tongku received 14 May.
Edited 03-05-2021 10:27 AM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:57 AM PT (US)

4 March 1908

Letter from Alexandria, Egypt to Bern, date stamp razor 4.04 used as receiver rated 9 on scale of 13.
Problems this morning laoding images, sorry.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
10:18 PM PT (US)

3 March 1901

Letter from Lausanne [razor cancel] to Berlin.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
09:52 AM PT (US)

2 March 1899

Postcard mailed at Apples and processed aboard the Biere-Morges Regional railway, destination Paris.
Image is of the Apples Station and the train your card would have travelled on had you been there in 1899.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:01 PM PT (US)

1 March 1882

Nachnahme letter Bern to Tafers, Sense to collect Fr5.20
20 centimes stamp is faserpapier. (silk threads)
WaldshutPerson was signed in when posted
04:10 PM PT (US)

Here is a cancel I got recently, tickled my fancy: the famous UPU commemorative with the allegorical Mademoiselle UPU throwing mail from heaven, and looking desperate for a square meal. Z78B 12.9.1900. There's gotta be a story there.
Edited 03-06-2021 03:28 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:53 AM PT (US)

28 February

Well, I don't have any really decent 28 February items, so thought this a suitable substitution.

29 February 1904
A postcard was mailed at the Bendlikon-Kilchberg post office, destination Trogen, Appenzell.
This at first appears to be an ambulant cancel, but it's not. These two communities have been associated with each other for centuries - from Wikipedia - "Kilchberg is first mentioned in 1248 as Hilchberch. In 1250 it was mentioned as Kilchperch.[3] It grew out of the mediaeval village of Bendlikon (first mentioned in 1250 as Benklinkon) where Kilchberg was just a section of the village."

This device was part of the first set of cancelers made by Güller to confirm that his design could be mass produced. This device was issued 20 October 1903.
Edited 02-28-2021 11:54 AM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
05:18 PM PT (US)

27 February 1919

Postal card from Fleurier and mailed at the station for Verrieres, processed aboard the Travers-Buttes railway, an elongation of the Val de Travers railway.
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