POSTAL HISTORY  OF NORD
Small and large numeral cancels Local postage rate
1830-1878
German field post  in Valenciennes 1914-1918 Other  subjects

France-Belgium border postage during the numerals cancels period.

The Department Nord has a commun border wtith Belgium. Since before the stamp, it existed a privileged postal rate for mail circulating in a certain limit on both sides of the border. It's the postal convention signed on April 27th 1849, that definitively fixed the conditions of the border postage between the two countries. A letter (franked or not) posted in a French post offices bound to a Belgian town located within a maximum distance of 30 Km (in straight line from the French post office) took advantage of a lower rate than the common French-Belgian postal rate.

Extract fron the postal convention of April 27th, 1849, applicable on October 1st. 


The circular n°16 of September 20th,1849 gave a list of French post offices concerned by the border postage rate:
ANZIN, ARMENTIERES, AVESNES-SUR-HELPE, BAILLEUL, LA BASSEE, BAVAY, BERGUES, BERLAIMONT,  BOUCHAIN, CASSEL, COMINES, CONDE-SUR-L'ESCAUT, CYSOING, DENAIN, DUNKERQUE, ESTAIRES, FOURMIES, HAUBOURDIN, HAZEBROUCK, HONDSCHOOTE, LANNOY-DU-NORD, LILLE, MARCHIENNES, MOULINLILLE, MAUBEUGE, MERVILLE, ORCHIES, PONT-A-MARCQ, LE QUESNOY, QUESNOY-SUR-DEULE, ROUBAIX, ST-AMAND-LES-EAUX, SECLIN, SOLESMES, SOLRE-LE-CHATEAU, STEENVOORDE, TOURCOING, TRELON,  VALENCIENNES, WAZEMMES, WORMHOUDT.


This convention was renewed in December 1857, The 1st scale of weight went from 7.5 g to 10 g.
Extract fron the postal convention of December 3th,1857 applicable on April 1st, 1858.


Letter from Valenciennes to Peruwelz franked with 20 c (1/04/1858 Convention). "PD" Stamp  meaning "Payé jusqu'à destination" (paid to destination).
The distance from Crespin and Alost was more than 30 Km, a 20 c stamp couldn't be sufficient to cover the delivery of such letter. Nevertheless, this letter was not taxed. 
Letter from Seclin to Tournai. The post office of Seclin struck his "PD" stamp, but insufficiently.The rail road post office Lille-Paris had to stricke his own stamp once again. 
Letter from Condé-sur-l'Escaut to Tournai.

On February 27th, 1865, a new convention was signed, but the conditions for the border postage rate remainded the same. This convention was the last until the end of the numerals canncels.


Extract of the postal convention of February 27th, 1865 applicable on January 1st, 1866.

Less than 10 g letter from Maubeuge to Wasmes franked with 20 g (01/01/1866 Convention). 

Less than 10 g letter franked with 40 c from Escaupont to Wasmes. This letter was put in a mobile box carried by coach travelling between Valenciennes and Condé.

Letter from Solre-le-Château to Beaumont.
Letter from Estaires to Ypres.



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