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Letter to Switzerland in 1849

eja1703 - 8/28/2010 at 14:50

I have a letter sent from Grodno January 21, 1849 to Switzerland. The letter has several cancellations and a lot of numbers that have something to do with the postage. Can someone help identifying what all the numbers and cancellations means.

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jlechtanski - 9/1/2010 at 16:05

If you will accept a semi-educated guess, it looks like it is marked as Switzerland via Berlin in Russian and the French address is Apples, Switzerland, Vaud Canton, via Aubonne.

So it went from Grodno to Wilno where it was given an arrival postmark. At Wilno it was entered into a sealed packet to Tilsit, Prussia where it was given an arrival postmark and entered the Prussian mails. The AUS RUSSLAND / FRANCO-TOUT was applied at Tilsit and indicated that it was "paid to destination."

It was given an arrival postmark at Aubonne, Switzerland and sent on its way to Apples.

Beutlin - 5/29/2011 at 07:44


if it is still interesting:
The complete tax for the prussian post was 13 Sgr. (Silbergroschen):
6 Sgr. for the transit through Prussia
7 Sgr. for the transit through Bavaria, Baden and Suisse