The local postage rate
The local postage rate from
1863 to 1878: the "Recette réunies" local postage rate
(joined main post offices).
Post Office concluded local agreements concerning reduced
rate letters circulating 2 main post offices (called "Recettes" in
1863).These post offices were to be bordering and the mail
traffic was to be important.
This rate was not other than the local one applied to two bordering
In the Department Nord there was 2 cases of joined main post offices
local postage rate:
- From the (central) post office of LILLE to the post offices of
WAZEMMES and MOULINLILLE (ended in May 1859).
- From the post office of VALENCIENNES to the post office of ANZIN
(ended in April 1878 in the end of the local postage rate).
LILLE-WAZEMMES-MOULINLILLE: Before May 1859, the post offices of
WAZEMMES and MOULINLILLE were 3rd class main post offices independent
from the post office of LILLE. With the annexation by LILLE of the
municipalities of FIVES, WAZEMMES, MOULINLILLE and ESQUERMES, the post
offices of WAZEMMES and MOULINLILLE lose their independence and become
additional post offices of the main office of LILLE. The joined main
post office postage rate between LILLE, MOULINLILLE and WAZEMMES lasted
less than 5 years. For the users, there is no difference between the
joined main post office postage rate and the local rate between the
central Office of LILLE and the additional offices.
Letter from MOULINLILLE to LILLE. At that time the two post offices are
still independent one of the other. Since July 1, 1854, the
Administration had granted in certain very limited cases the
possibility of setting up a local postage rate between two not very
distant main post offices.
Letter given to the mailman during its round in the village of
ESQUERMES depending on the post office of WAZEMMES to LILLE. Since July
1, 1854, the joined main post office postage rate between LILLE
and WAZEMMES was effective.
VALENCIENNES and ANZIN were two bordering towns and very industrial.
The important mail (in particular of the mines of ANZIN) could justify
the application of the joined main post office postage rate.
|1859: Letter from VALENCIENNES
towards ANZIN. These two cities have a main post office. The
local postage rate should not normally apply. However, here, the letter
is in postage due and the postage due stamp was affixed by an employee
of the post office of ANZIN. There cannot be an error. This
letter presents the case of the local postage of the "joined
post offices". To note finally, that the postage due stamp was printed
Closed envelope franked with 10 c from VALENCIENNES to
ANZIN. These 2 towns were joined main post offices.
Letter from ANZIN towards ST-SAULVE, rural community located in the
Postal District of VALENCIENNES.
|1873: Up to 10 g postage due
letter from VALENCIENNES towards ANZIN.