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Norway to Germany
May 3, 1923

This registered cover was posted in Stabekk.
Stabekk is an urban area on the water to the west of Oslo.

This philatelic cover has 10 different Norwegian stamps.

There are 1920-29 posthorns: 1 pale olive, 2 pale brown,
3 orange, 5 green, 10 green, 12 purple, 15 indigo, and
25 carmine rose (Scott 74, 75, 76, 77, 81, 82, 84, and 88).

There are also two posthorns with surcharges.
There is an 1888 2 on 12 yellow brown (Scott 46)
and a 1922 5 on 25 red lilac (Scott 99).

The total franking was 80 which was exactly the rate
for international (40
) plus registry (40 ).
The rate had been doubled February 1, 1921,
as a result of inflation and currency weakness.*

Registration was completed by a boxed handstamp and a stamped serial number 78.

There are five Stabekk CDS.

The destination was Cottbus which is a little more than 100 km southeast of Berlin.
Cottbus describes itself as "THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD" with
"no earthquake, no dangerous animals, no volcanos, no hurricanes, no avalanches."

The arrival CDS there is dated May 7.

The seal on the back is for an international philatelic club based in Stuttgart.

This cover probably included some new stamps being exchanged.

*Thanks to Bjorn Munch for this helpful information on the rate for this cover.
Thanks, too, for his correction concerning the spelling of Stabekk.


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