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lecture.gif posted on 1/13/2006 at 16:18
When the stamps tell a story


The item shown here is one of those "panorama" postcards that is in three parts. Most of the ones I have seen have been treated as a single contiguous postcard with the back side parts being blank. This one is three distinct postcards that escaped being separated for over 100 years. :o

So, how much postage does one put on the item to mail it in 1901? The postcard rate was 4 kop. at the time. Since this postcard is obviously larger than a standard postcard in total, it should have been charged the letter rate, which was 10 kop. It was actually franked at 3 x the 4-kop. rate for a total of 12-kop. However, each postcard did not receive a 4-kop. stamp. The postage of 12 kop. was applied to single card.

See, stamps had a story to tell in this one. I am very lucky they are still on the item.:hoho

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[*] posted on 1/13/2006 at 16:19


Postcard with franking

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[*] posted on 1/16/2006 at 16:13
3 * 4 = 12 ?


Hi,
it can be that the sender thought that he had to pay three times the postcard tariff for a panorama card of three postcards, but maybe this idea was simply wrong. As the postmarks are on the card it was sent open, thus not in an envelope but it was for sure sent folded. Thus, why not using the 10 k. letter tariff?
As the sender is for sure German looking at his writing he maybe was not really aware of the tariffs and put a little bit more on the item so that it could make its way for sure.
You can find the most strange "tariffs" on ps postcards and picture postcards sent abroad.
Ciao, Thomas
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