Today in Postal History

Iceland to Germany

March 23, 1899

This Icelandic postal reply* card was postmarked at Reykjavik on its way to Georgenthal bei Gotha.
(You'll be interested in this Reykjavik link, I was.)
The 10A. indicia received a clear strike of the CDS.
This is the proper postal card rate abroad.*

One of the surprising things about this item is that normally
one expects postal reply cards to be sent back to the sender.
Had this one come with a two part card from Germany, it would have been a German card.
However, it would be expected to be from Iceland originally.
It is, of course possible that the sender just bought such cards
to provide a supply of postal cards or had a leftover and used both sides himself.
This appears to be another of life's little mysteries which has no answer.
Only the matching card could answer the question.

The card arrived at its destination as shown by the receiving mark on April 1.

Georgenthal is about 100 km southwest of Leipzig and about 10 km from Gotha (just as addressed).
There doesn't appear to be another Georgenthal from which it must be differentiated by its address.
The bei Gotha probably just reflects how small the town was.
The association is, however, noted in the receiving mark.
Gotha was probably a distributing post office for the area.
(Georgenthal does seem to have an interesting hotel, however.)

The message appears to be "thanks for your letter.
I'll try to get an answer off in the next post. Best wishes."
In any event, Bjarin Janssan did not appear to have much to say at this time.

*Thanks to Knud-Erik for the input on the postal reply card.
He adds, "
If the second line (UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE) is
36mm long it's from 1892 and issued in 2000pc. (complete doublecards).
If it's 37mm long it's from 1896 and issued  in 10000pc. (complete doublecards).
The card[ stock] is glazed.
In either event, there weren't many of these made.
I would expect that this is the 1896 issue as I cannot make the measurement.


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