22 September 2015

Address known

Another parcel card, this time it is a cash on delivery. A whooping 6 kilos of books. It was sent on Tuesday September 16 from the Post Office Stockholm 3 at 31 Svea Road (Sveavägen 31) to Mrs. Magnhild Grahn living somewhere in Karlstad. The sum of the denominations are 3 kr 90 öre. The postal rate for parcel weighing 5 - 7 kg was 3.50 kr in 1958 and the C.O.D. fee was 40 öre when the amount was paid directly to the an account at the Swedish Post called the Postgiro. The Postgiro was the Swedish Post's own money transaction system,

Domestic parcel 5 - 7 kg fee: 3.50 kr + Cash on Delivery fee 40 öre
1954, 10 December, 2 kr 10 öre blue Three Crowns. Qty: 15,600,000
1951, 1 June.  kr 70 öre red Three Crowns. Qty: 56,300,000
1957, 1 June. 10 öre blue New Numeral Type, type II. Qty: 239,000,000

The red 1.70 kr Three Crowns was a workhorse among the three lowest weight classes for domestic parcels from its first appearance in June 1951 to June 1964. Another workhorse was of course the ultramarine-blue 10 öre New Numeral Type, type II. The ultramarine-blue 10 öre was issued in coils and in various slot machine booklets, often as se-tenant pairs, between 1957 and 1966. The 2.10 kr Three Crowns is actually of the same blue nuance as the ultramarine-blue 10 öre. It was also the same blue nuance as the blue 30 öre Gustaf VI Adolf type II, the most common denomination in 1958 since it covered the postal rate for domestic letter first class (- 20 g). The single uses for the blue 2.10 kr Three Crown in 1958 was domestic C.O.D. parcel  1 - 3 kg when the amount was paid directly to the Postgiro or fragile domestic parcel  - 1 kg.

The parcel arrived the next day, a Wednesday, at the Post Office Karlstad 1. However the parcel had to be redirected because Mrs. Grahn had moved. First it went to the Post Office Karlstad 4, where they found out that it has to be redirected to another Post Office, the Karlstad 5. Finally on Monday Mrs.Grahn got the books in her possession. Nowadays there are no Post Offices in Sweden anymore All postal services for the public can now be found in corner stores, gas stations and other kind of convenience stores. The service hours are increased, but it was more fun to visit the old kind of Post Offices.

Here is where the Post Office Karlstad 1 used to be. There is still a sign over the door marked "Post Office". . . 
. . . Karlstad 4 used to be in this building . . .
... and finally Karlstad 5 could be find here.

Where is Karlstad situated:
Karlstad is situated 259 km west of Stockholm.
The distance by road is 314 km between the two places.

13 September 2015

Philatelistic cancellation of new New Numeral Types

Colour varieties

The postal rate for international letter first weight class (- 20 g) was 50 öre in 1964. This letter uses six stamps to add up to that sum. One of them is a commemorative stamp, the 25 öre green World Ice-hockey Championship from February 1963. The others belong to the definitive low denomination series New Numeral Type. The 5 öre red and the 10 öre brown New Numeral Type, type II. The letter was sent on Thursday 13 August 1964. The New Numeral Type II showed up for the first time in June 1957 but the stamps on this letter cover are pretty much brand new at the time.

International letter - 20 g fee: 50 öre
1964, 25 June. 5 öre red New Numeral Type type II. 3-sided perforation. Qty: 11,000,000 (pairs)*.
1964, 25 June. 10 öre brown New Numeral Type type II. 3-sided perforation. Qty: 2,260,000 (pairs).
1963, 13 February. 25 öre green World Ice-hockey Championship**. 3-sided perforation. Qty: 6.000.000.
* 161st booklet
** commorative stamp

The 5 öre pair can be find in the 161st booklet or in the 15th or 16th slot machine booklets. The latter booklets were not issued until 1966 so this pair must have come from the 161st booklet that contained 20 stamps and was issued on 25 June 1964.

When I think of 10 öre New Numeral Types I see blue colours. Indeed that was usually the colour for 10 öre, but both 10 and 15 öre were issued in a brown colour as well. That is a little odd. The problem was that in 1964 it was still not possible to print different coloured stamp for the same booklet. (That capability came in 1966 when they bought a new press.) There was however a need for a slot machine booklet with the 10, 15 and 25 öre denominations aimed for the postal rate of postcards, which was 25 öre in 1964. The awkward solution was to give up the colouring of the New Numeral Type stamps and print the new booklet in brown, the same colour used for the 25 öre Gustaf VI Adolf, type III. The result was the 13th slot machine booklet by the Swedish Post.

In the 50s and the 60s these kind of booklets came in different varieties combining the se-tenant stamps. The way the stamps were glued on the cover and the way they were cut resulted in four different combination of the 13th booklet. The margin could be at the Top or at the Bottom of the stamps, the stamps could also be placed in the way that the highest denomination was at the Right or at the Left, hence defining the four combinations: Top Right, Bottom Right, Top Left or Bottom Left. That results in the following setup:

Top LeftBottom LeftTop RightBottom Right
<margin><margin>25 öre15 öre<margin><margin>15 öre25 öre
10 öre10 öre25 öre15 öre10 öre10 öre15 öre25 öre
25 öre15 öre10 öre10 öre15 öre25 öre10 öre10 öre
25 öre15 öre<margin><margin>15 öre25 öre<margin><margin>

I have previously posted a post that covers this well, you can find it here.

The 10 öre brown pair on the letter cover must come from the Bottom Left or Bottom Right since you can still see the margin.

The letter was sent to West Germany, but not to some average Herr Müller, it was sent to Baron Georg von Blomberg. Baron Blomberg lived at the time in Frankfurt am Main in a pretty modest apartment (according to Google Street view). That had not always been the case the von Blombergs used to live in the castle Buchelsdorf in Silesia. They lost everything in 1945 when that part of Germany became Poland. The Baron did pretty well as a business man in West Germany and he was also a philatelist. The letter was sent by Mr Egon Bernhard Wehner living in the small town of Västervik. Mr. Wehner used to operate a pottery business there. He was also originally from Germany and most likely a stamp collector as well.

Where is it?
Västervik is situated 194 km SW of Stockholm, the distance by road is 282 km.

4 September 2015

One kilo - single stamp

60 öre during 23 years

This is a typical single use of the 60 öre red-carmine Three Crowns. It covered the rate for domestic parcels up to 1 kg from when the stamp was issued in February 1939 until April 1948. Actually the rate 60 öre lasted for an impressive long time, it was in effect already from July 1925. That is nearly 23 years. The rates for the other weight classes 1 - 3 kg, 3 - 5 kg, 5 - 6 kg, 6 - 7 kg e.t.c.  was also untouched until 1948. The 60 öre was the first of a long row of Three Crown stamps. All in all there were 34 stamps. The last one was issued in February 1969.

Domestic parcel card up to 1 kg fee: 60 öre
1939, February 10, 60 öre red-carmine Three Crowns. Qty: 77,900,000
The Swedish Post was so self confident that the rates would last for a long time that the rates were even printed on the front of the card, look below the stamp. There were in fact 45 possibilities to use the 60 öre Three Crown as a single stamp during its life time according ton the excellent website of the Swedish Postal History Society (SSPD). Check out the link!

This parcel was sent from a person called L. Fast to Mrs Amanda Borgström. Fast must have lived in the town of  Jönköping and Mrs. Borgström in the small village of Ulvhestra close to Dalstorp. The parcel was handed over to the Post Office Jönköping 1 at 10 Main Street West (Västra Storgatan 10) on Tuesday 8 July and reached Dalstorp the next day and finally on Thursday 10 July the parcel containing textiles was picked up by Mrs Borgström herself.

In order to see when the parcel arrived at its destination you have to look on the other side.

The back side of the parcel card.

Where are the places:
Jönköping is situated 285 km SW of Stockholm, the distance by road is 324 km.
Dalstorp is situated 43 km SW of Jönköping.

Postal rates fo rdomestic parcels effective July 1925 until April 1948 [öre]:
- 1 kg 1 - 3 kg 3 - 5 kg 5 - 6 kg 6 - 7 kg + per  kg
  [60]   90  120  180  240   60