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Posted 05/15/2022   05:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Shangy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A friend has a few stamps and covers he has no idea about, they look pretty cool. Unfortunately they are phone pictures, as he doesn't have a scanner.

Can someone help?





Thank you
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Posted 05/15/2022   06:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Have you ever heard of the Battle of Waterloo (1815) where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated? It is in Belgium, just south of the capital Brussels.

Both covers are Belgian. The stamps are German stamps overprinted 'BELGIEN' for use in German-occupied Belgium.

The first is addressed to a Gunner of the 6th, German Landsturm artillery battery, apparently stationed in Germany Antwerp, Belgium. The stamped address might imply it was a philatelic cover. The family name is of Prussian origin. The item is cancelled at Waterloo. It was sent registered as the label with register number for Waterloo and the German word 'EINSCHREIBEN' indicate.

The second cover appears cancelled at Sclessin that now is a neighbourhood of Liège (Luik).

edit Germany ==> Antwerp, Belgium as address for first cover.
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Edited by NSK - 05/15/2022 08:27 am
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Posted 05/15/2022   07:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Shangy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
NSK, thankyou. Yes I have heard of Waterloo, I never expected to see a Registered cover with that name.

My friend is lucky, thank you for the information and help.

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Posted 05/15/2022   12:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Both of these cancellations are listed in Willy Van Riet's Catalogus der Afstempelingen van de Duitse Bezetting in Belgie 1914-1918 (1982). They are not rare, but carry a slight premium. The catalog lists 1240 town and neighborhood names, along with some railway posts offices.
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Posted 05/16/2022   02:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Shangy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you bookbndrbob, I wilk pass the information on to my friend, hopefully he will be pleasantly surprised.

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