The local postage rate
1830-1862: Postage paid
paid letters circulating inside a town.
fact that the local letters are franked did not change the rate.
Indeed, until December 31st, 1862, a franked local letter cost the same
price as a letter in postage due. Obviously, when the letter was
franked, it was the sender who paid and when the letter was postage
due, it was the addressee who paid.
Postage paid letter ( P.P) from and to BERLAIMONT. In December, 1852,
the franked letters must be franked with 10 c postage stamp. Was the
post office of BERLAIMONT out of such stamps at this date?
Letter from and to DOUAI franked with 10 c by means of a
paid letters circulating between 2 post offices of the same town.
May, 1859 ( Imperial decree of 10/13/1858), the municipalities of
WAZEMMES, MOULINLILLE, FIVES, ESQUERMES is annexed by the city of
LILLE. At this date these municipalities become districts of LILLE. The
postage rate between the post offices of LILLE, WAZEMMES and
MOULINLILLE became local. The city of LILLE is the only one of the
Departement Nord who has district post offices.
Letter from WAZEMMES to LILLE franked with 10 c. WAZEMMES was
called LILLE B in May 1859. The street of Thionville in LILLE was
served by the central office. It is here about a letter circulating
between an district post office and the central office.
From the post office to a rural municipality:
the municipality to the post office:
Letter given to the mailman during his round in FELLERIES
(Stamp OR) to AVESNES.
The postmark "Après le Départ " is also locally
Letter put in mailbox of the place called “ BASSIN
(letter-stamp I) for BOUCHAIN. This letter weighing more than 7,5 g was
franked with 20 c. In spite of the fact that the postage
were to be cancelled with the small figures cancel and not a date stamp
(reserved for printed-matter), the post-office employee initially
cancelled the 20 c stamp with the small figures cancel 445
masked it with the print of the date stamp.
The BASSIN-ROND was a widened part of canal where the barges could
stop, discharge and make half-turn. An edge of the canal was served by
BOUCHAIN the other by the post office of IWUY.
Between to rural municipalities:
Letter given to the mailman during its round in the village of COUSOLRE.
The letter was franked and bound to the village of BOUSIGNIES where the
mailman moves. In this precise case the mailman can directly deliver
the letter with the postage stamp having beforehand cancelled
with the "OR" stamp.
cancellation of the postage stamps being on letters collected hand to
hand and being able to be given in the course of round by the mailman
was prone to interrogation since the emission of the 10 c postage
stamp in September 1850. The circular n° 56 of
1851 answers this interrogation: the postage stamps must obliterated by
the OR stamp of the mailman.
The circular n°75 of December 22, 1851 takes again the terms of
circular n° 56 and specifies ink amongst other things to be
cancel the postage stamps.
paid letters circulating between two Rural Districts of the same Postal
a post office station and a main post office in the same Postal
Postage paid letter from HALLUIN to TOURCOING. The post
station of HALLUIN did not serve any municipality, it depends
nevertheless on the main post office of TOURCOING.
In 1849, there was no yet postage 10 c stamp. If one wanted to frank a
letter, it was necessary to pay the postage in cash.
On this letter, one can note an erroneous use of the C.D stamp
(Correspondence of Distribution) which was to be affixed only on the
letters circulating within the rural district of the post office
station and not on the letters circulating between a post office
station and a main post office on which it depended. It is in addition
curious that this post office station was equipped with this mark,
because it did not serve any rural municipality.
|1853: Letter from SOMAIN to
MARCHIENNES franked with a 10 c Présidence stamp.
|1860: Less than 7.5 g letter
from HAUTMONT to MAUBEUGE.
Between a main post
office an a rural village attached to a post office station:
Postage paid letter (stamp P.P.) from AVESNES to EPPE-SAUVAGE.
This village depends on the post office station of TRELON.
The sender has paid as follow
- 10 c for the local postage;
- 10 c of additional rural décime tax, because this letter
circulated between 2 rural districts and were intended for a
municipilaty without post office.
Letter posted in AVESNES to the village of TAISNIERES-EN-THIERACHE.
This village depended on the post office station of MAROILLES.
It should be noted that the 10 c stamp presents a perforation carried
out by the machine of the brothers SUSSE of PARIS. It is not very
current to find this kind of perforation on stamps used in Departements.