Mail disinfected 1831/32 at the eastern border of France

  • There is a French edict of July 25th, 1831 that regulate that letters from suspect neighbouring countries in the east, have to be disinfected due to the cholera. Letters disinfected in Germany are usually perforated with pinholes done by a rastel or an awl while letters disinfected in France are usually slitted with a chisel or blade.

    Database: Please add further letters disinfected at the eastern border of France.

    Lille: 08.10.1831 – 14.12.1831

    Valenciennes: 31.08.1831

    Givet: 10.08.1831 – 07.11.1831

    Forbach: 17.08.1831 – 24.02.1832

    Strasbourg: 15.08.1831 – 28.02.1832

    Hüningen: 26.11.1832 (triple disinfected letter from Constantinople)


    The post was edited 1 time, last by Admin: dates added Strasbourg 28.02.1832 Lille 08.10.1831 ().

  • Strasbourg: 15.08.1831 – 28.02.1832

    Letter from Munich (20.2.1832) to Paris (28.2.1832)

    Bavaria par Strasbourg with a 17 mm slit for disinfection

    Postage: 16 déc. = 9 déc. for Bavaria (Rayon 4) and 7 déc. for France (Strasbourg - Paris, 300/400 km)


  • Hello André

    I'm also very interested by this topic, and I can add the following items from my collection:

    . Rotterdam to Bordeaux, Oct 26th 1831 (fumigated, one slit) ; no enyytry marks however, it could be maritime mail ? I doubt-it

    . Gand to Vouvray (Fr), Dec 16th 1831 (2 large slits) "Belgique par Lille" entry

    . Courtray to Paris, Oct 7th 1831 (2 large slits) "Pays Bas par Lille" entry

    . Stralsund to Bordeaux, Feb 4th 1832 (2 small slits) "Prusse par Forbach" entry

    . Berlin to Bordeaux Aug 27th 1831 , which seems an early date, "Prusse par Forbach" entry

    I have looked at hundreds of cross border 1831-32 covers at the North East of France and only a few seem to have been disinfected

    I am also very surprised not to found any incoming disinfected mail at the border with Kingdom of Sardinia ie Pont de Beauvoisin or Antibes entry points; should you have any, please tell me


  • Dear Roland,

    unfortunately Andre passed away 16 month ago (he was only in his 50es - he died due to cancer).

    This in one reason that there is no much traffic in this forum within the last 2 years.

    I would be interested on the following letter due to the early date:

    "Berlin to Bordeaux Aug 27th 1831 , which seems an early date, "Prusse par Forbach" entry"

    Can you show us a picture of this letter. Thanks in advance.



  • hello Björn so sad to read these news about André...

    here is the scan of the Berlin lettre from Maurer und Humbert

    2 small (1cm) slits

    Berlin Bordeaux 1831 ld.jpg

    if you have covers from German states to France in the 1820-1835 period, please let me know