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World Postal Stationery, Part 2

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France: Offices in Zanzibar, 1896
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It would be more accurate to say "one of the world's first postal cards," since three different cards were issued in Austria-Hungary on 1 October 1869. The cards shown above are both examples of Austria #1 (I'm using Ascher's numbers; Higgins & Gage are the same, I believe). The defining characteristics of this card are the Austrian coat of arms and German text, including notes at the top and bottom of the back. These notes distinguish #1 from cards with an identical front that were issued in later years.

The other two cards issued on the same day are Hungary #1 and #2. Hungary #1 is identical to Austria #1, except that it has the Hungarian coat of arms on it, rather than the Austrian. Hungary #2 is identical to Hungary #1, except that the text is in Hungarian, rather than German.

I got a nice exemplar of Hungary #1 at WESTPEX yesterday. The dealer had several in one of his $5 boxes, but this was the earliest that I found, postmarked in Karlstadt (now Karlovac, Croatia) on 20 October 1869, only 19 days after the introduction of the postal card. The writer was requesting prices for cotton yarn from a firm in Vienna.

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Stockholm: Stockholms Stadspost (local post)
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Germany, 1935 semi-postal postal card (Michel P256). The indicium depicts a girl in the Hitler-Jugend.
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Kiautschou, 1900 (thus in Ascher's Großer Ganzsachen-Katalog and Wayne Menuz's "Postal and Letter Card Issue Dates" in Postal Stationery #416, but Michel says 1901)

Transvaal, 1900
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French Guinea, 1893

Sainte-Marie de Madagascar, 1894
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Benin, 1894

Great Britain ("British Empire"), 1889

Romania: Postal Ships in Turkey, 1896
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French Oceania,1892
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This one arrived yesterday. I love this old style of design.

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They certainly had a great aesthetic sense back then. That's what inspired me to start my 19th-century one-from-everywhere collection.
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I finally got an unused exemplar of Austria #1 (1869):



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I already had Hawaii covered for my "One from Everywhere" collection, but I have a weakness for Hawaiian cards, and I was able to get these at a good price.

Hawaii (Kingdom), 1882 (Scott #UX2)

Hawaii (Kingdom), 1882 (Scott #UX3)

Hawaii (Republic), 1897 (Scott #UX9a)
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