Posts by Hedy

    Letter sent on 12 October 1804 from Barcelona to Port Maurice (Porto Maurizio). Endorsed via Girona. Barcelona was suffering from yellow fever. It was douse in vinegar for disinfection. I suppose that the disinfection took place near Perpignan. Other option it is that was disinfected at Barcelona. Prof.Guy Dutau mention in his book that during 1803-1804 yellow fever epidemic, mail from Spain to France was disinfected in Perpignan area. On front faint departure cachet "B / CATALVNA".

    1. Dear Colleagues
    2. I ask you to help me translate where this letter came from and to whom it was addressed.
    3. Thank you


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    Thank you Andre

    As always your help it is very important.

    The provenience of the letter it is from Archive of Angiolini and Frangini in Florence 1701-1740 sold at the auction galleries of Christie's on 30 October 1984. I believe that this is the origin of yours letter too.

    Best regards

    Letter sent from Lucerne to Den Haag, disinfected at Arnhem quarantine. The purification was confirmed with the red cachet GEZUIVERD, dimensions 42 X 5 mm.

    Because of the secession of Belgium, Arnhem was also the frontier office for mail from France, from 5 April until 16 July 1832.

    On the upper left side two rows cachet LUCERNE/JUL 4 (1832). In the middle weak cachet SUISSE PAR HUNIGUE applied at Zurich.

    Rhomboid cachet reading "7/A.E/J.F" meaning "affranchie à l'Etranger Jusqu à la Frontière" (lit. postage paid abroad till the border) applied at Huningue border point.

    Charged form the receiver 75 Cents. Can somebody explain the tariff?

    Received 14 July.


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    ALEKSINAC AND SEMLIN (Zemun) disinfection. Letter from Veles (12 September 1856) to Pest sent by Aromanian trade post office, manual annotation on the reverse. It passed through Serbian quarantine in Aleksinac at entrance to Serbia and Austrian quarantine at Semlin on the border Ottoman-Austrian Empires, At Semlin it was transferred to Austrian postal system, cachets: Semlin 17/9, Belgrade 17/9 and Pesth Frűh (early) 19/9. The receiver had to pay nine Kreutzer.

    First disinfection at Aleksinac resealed with red wax: "ALEKSINAC KARANTIN" type 1h, Dr Velizar Kardosh. Semlin second disinfection confirmed with black cachet "SIGILLUM SANITATIS".


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    The document presented here it is from the Direction Quarantine Kalafat and was disinfected with vinegar there before the person left the establishment.

    The document attest that a person was in quarantine for four days, 5-9 October 1849 and it is free to travel to the Craiova city (Walachia).

    Cachet reading KARANTINA KALAFATU was introduced in 1831 and used for nineteen years.

    This is the unique document known from Kalafat quarantine.


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    Entire letter from Hamburg to London, m.s "VIA HOLLAND", 11 November 1831. I believe the letter was disinfected at Deventer, the border for Bremen, Hanover and Hamburg. The "GEZUIVERD" cachet was struck on the reverse as always at that station. On my envelope it measures 39 X 5 mm, which differ from the other descriptions. Three chisel slits, 23 mm long an five punch holes.

    On front also dotted framed "Oz at 6/8, above s d, per oz' applied at London. On reverse London receiver foreign post cachet "FPO/NO 23/1831".

    Does the chisel slits were done at Deventer? Where the punch holes were done?

    Letter sent from Constantinople to Athens. On front CONSTANTINOPLE TURQUIE 5 JUIN. 50 cachet of French Levant Post office and boxed orange-red "PD" (Paye a destination). It was received at Athens on 27 May. Disinfected with two lateral slits on French Paquebots as per Mr. A. Virvilis study.


    Letter from Krain (Carniola) Landrecht (state jurisdiction) at Laibach, Ljubljana, thru Storie, Trieste, Clusone to Tollmezzo, in the province of Udine, 24 April 1832.

    Double disinfection.

    First open and disinfected at Storie, resealed with red wax: "K.K. CONTUMAZ ANSTALT IN STORIE", 21x18 mm.

    Storie, today "Storje" on the border between Trieste and Carniola, now in Slovenia territory, served as a terrestrial sanitary cordon.

    Second disinfection at Trieste

    Disinfected by scorching and struck on front with "Netto di fuori e / Netto di dentro" in red.

    Cachet used 1831-1842

    White discoloration spot where the letter was kept with tongs.

    Ex. Ravasini, described by K. Meyer on page 101 of "DISINFECTED MAIL" without to show photos.