Sunday, 29 July 2012

"Ne pas livrer le dimanche"



This delightful postcard of Ostende is dated as being written on 2 July 1902, although the stamp is cancelled on 2 August 1902.  I hope it didn't actually take a month for it to be sent as that might have messed up their plans.

"Dear Ella,
We will be home on Tuesday morning so will you go to the house and see Elizabeth is there all right - Willie"

The cancellation is quite nice if you're into postal history as it's Ostende (Station), the 22-23 would mean it was cancelled between 10-11pm.  What I like most is the extra on the bottom of the stamp - "Ne pas livrer le dimanche" - Not to be delivered on Sundays.   I haven't seen that before.

Edit: the extra tab on the bottom of the stamp was to encourage the observance of Sundays, so if you left it attached, then it meant 'don't deliver on Sundays' - thanks to the Philatelic database (link this page) for the explanation.


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15 comments:

  1. Its good they were arriving on a Tuesday rather than a Sunday:-) I do like old postcards with messages like this that tell us how quick and frequent was the post.

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  2. Hmm, just the idea of Sunday service is strange. And note the perforations - that little instruction can be separated from the stamp.
    Thank you for participaiting!!

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  3. Elizabeth could have had a long wait! I've never seen the delivery restriction before either.

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  4. If it's the UK Royal Mail it's not just "Never on Sunday." I suggest that it means there are no deliveries on Sundays.

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    1. Hi Bob, it's a Belgian stamp, and here's the link to the history of the extra bit on the bottom edge of the stamp
      http://www.philatelicdatabase.com/topicals-thematics/sunday-observance-the-story-behind-the-stamp/

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    2. Thanks for the link, Lisa. That explains it all.

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    1. my guess would be that she's the maid or housekeeper :)

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  6. was there another message on the back or did they just deface the front picture with their writing?!
    I have bvery vague memories of Saturday deliveries, but never on Sunday.

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    1. The postcard is one of the early ones, often referred to as having 'an undivided back', where you could only write the address on the reverse, so any message had to be written on the same side as the picture.
      I don't think there have ever been Sunday post deliveries in the UK, but in the early 1900s there used to be several deliveries per day. Now it is just one in most places. :)

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  7. A great story behind the stamp!

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  8. I love the extra tab. It's hard to imagine Sunday delivery, but then again they also probably had multiple deliveries on weekdays. Beautiful card too.

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  9. That no delivery on Sunday is such a good idea.

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