Mail for overseas countries

Introduction

Rates for overseas mail are extremely complex at the time of the stamp Marianne de Béquet. Actually, to calculate the postal charge of a mailing abroad, it is necessary to take into account:

  • Tariff changes, with eight modifications between January 4, 1971 and May 15, 1978 (some of them only concerning a single country however);
  • The geographical situation of the country addressee: besides the general case, there are special rates for the countries of the European Union, Canada, ... and the particular case of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime (roughly speaking, the former French colonies);
  • Whether air traffic is used or not, for the calculation of a surcharge fee linked to the weight of the mailing and to the existence of seven geographical areas named A, B, C, D, E, F and G and defined as follows:
     
    • area A : Europe, Turkey, the Azores, the Canary Islands, Madeira, Cyprus;
       
    • area B : Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia;
       
    • area C : the Afars and the Issas, Benin (formely Dahomey), Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guadeloupe, Guinea, French Guiana, Upper Volta, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Niger, Réunion, Senegal, Chad, Togo;
       
    • area D : the Comoros, Madagascar, Laos, South Vietnam , New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Khmer Republic, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Wallis and Futuna;
       
    • area E : Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, United Arab Republic, Syrian Arab Republic;
       
    • area F : Burma, People’s Republic of China, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, People’s Republic of Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor, Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, other countries of Oceania;
       
    • area G : other countries in Africa, in America and in Asia;
  • The type of mailing: letter, postcard, printed matter, registered mail, EXPRÈS mail, ...
  • The distinction between mainland France and the overseas territories for the place where mail is deposited.

In this article, we will distinguish three categories of countries: those of the general regime, those of the particular regime of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime and those benefiting from special rates. We will show a number of covers by explaining the reasons of the applied rate. We will also present a number of covers to Switzerland, in order to illustrate the complexity of rates over the period 1971 to 1978. Finally, a number of specific cases will be described in a last part entitled Miscellaneous.

We will describe the main postal rates in the form of numerous tables and will show a number of covers by explaining the reasons of the applied rate.

Evolution of international taxes
date
registered mailing
EXPRÈS mailing
declared value mailing
fixed fee
acknowledgement of receipt
insurance proportional cost by 350 F increment
minimum tax
maximum charge
requested when tabling
requested subsequently to the deposit
4.1.1971
3,00 F
1,00 F
2,00 F
3,50 F
0,90 F
3,00 F
7 500,00 F
16.9.1974
4,70 F
1,50 F
3,00 F
6,20 F
-
?
-
1.1.1976
-
-
-
-
1,80 F
?
10 0000 F
2.8.1976
5,50 F
2,00 F
4,00 F
7,50 F
-
?
15 0000 F
15.5.1978
6,50 F
2,50 F
5,00 F
9,00 F
2,00 F
?
-

 

It should be noted that the rates described in the above table are independent from the country addressee.

Airmail supplements from metropolitan France on 4.1.1971
area
letters, postcards, money orders, ... per 5 g increment
other items per 25 g increment
A
-
0,15 F
B
0,05 F
0,15 F
C
0,30 F
0,30 F
D
0,50 F
0,50 F
E
0,30 F
0,30 F
F
0,70 F
0,70 F
G
0,50 F
0,50 F

 

Airmail supplements from metropolitan France on 1.8.1971
group
letters, postcards, money orders, ... per 5 g increment
other items per 25 g increment
A
-
0,15 F
B
0,05 F
0,15 F
C
0,30 F
0,25 F
D
0,50 F
0,45 F
E
0,30 F
0,25 F
F
0,70 F
0,60 F
G
0,50 F
0,45 F

 

Airmail supplements from La Réunion island
date
letters, postcards, values to be recovered, … per 5 g increment
Other objects, packages, non urgent letters, newspapers and periodicals per 25 g increment
Madagascar, the Comoros
Mauritius
area A
other countries
Madagascar, the Comoros
Mauritius
area A
other countries
10.1.1970
5,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
20,00 F CFA
25,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
20,00 F CFA
25,00 F CFA
1.8.1971
5,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
20,00 F CFA
25,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
20,00 F CFA
25,00 F CFA
16.8.1974
5,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
20,00 F CFA
25,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
5,00 F CFA
20,00 F CFA
25,00 F CFA
1.1.1975
0,10 F
0,10 F
0,40 F
0,50 F
0,10 F
0,15 F
0,40 F
0,45 F

 

Area A consists of the following countries: South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, United Arab Republic, Rhodesia, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia

Airmail supplements from Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana
date
letters, postcards, values to be recovered, … per 5 g increment
Other objects, packages, non urgent letters, newspapers and periodicals per 25 g increment
liste number 1
liste number 2
other countries in the Americas , Saint Pierre et Miquelon
other countries
list number 1
list number 2
other countries in the Americas , Saint Pierre et Miquelon
other countries
10.1.1970
0,10 F
0,15 F
0,20 F
0,50 F
0,10 F
0,15 F
0,20 F
0,45 F
1.8.1971
0,10 F
0,15 F
0,20 F
0,50 F
0,10 F
0,15 F
0,20 F
0,45 F
1.1.1976
0,10 F
0,15 F
0,20 F
0,50 F
0,10 F
0,15 F
0,20 F
0,45 F

 

List number 1: the Antilles, the Venezuela, the Guiana and Suriname from Martinique and from Guadeloupe, Guiana and Suriname from the French Guiana

List number 2: the Antilles, Brazil and Venezuela from the French Guiana

General regime

In the general regime, the same basic tariff is applied to all the countries. Only additional costs due to airmail and to the type of shipping vary.

Rates on 4.1.71

International rates for the general tariff on 4.1.1971
letters
postcards
5-word postcards
printed matter
up to 20 g
beyond 20 g per 20 g increment
up to 50 g
beyond 50 g per 50 g increment
0,80 F
0,45 F
0,45 F
0,40 F
0,40 F
0,20 F

 

We may notice that this rate lasted only seven months, because the next tariff change took place at the beginning of August, 1971. Some covers illustrating these price rates will be presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Letter to Great Britain franked at 0,80F, no airway surchrage (Area A), tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to Japan franked at 2,90F = 0,80F letter + 3x0,70F airway surcharge (area F), tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to Israel franked at 1,30F = 0,80 letter + airway surcharge of 0,50F (area G), tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to the United States franked at 1,80F = 0,80F letter + 2x0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 4.1.71
 EXPRÈS letter to the United States franked at 5,80F = 0,80F letter + 3,50F EXPRÈS surcharge + 3x0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to Austria franked at 0,50F, taxed at 0,60F (converted in 2,70 schillings) because it should have been franked at 0,80F, tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to South Africa franked at 0,90F = 0,40F printed matter + AO (Other Objects) airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to Iran franked at 0,80F, no transport by air, tariff rate of 4.1.71

Rates on 1.8.71

International rates for the general tariff on 1.8.1971
up to
letters
postcards
5-word postcards
printed matter
books, newspapers, ...
20 g
0,90 F
0,60 F
0,40 F
0,40 F
0,20 F
50 g
1,60 F
-
-
0,55 F
0,28 F
100 g
2,00 F
-
-
0,70 F
0,35 F
250 g
4,50 F
-
-
1,10 F
0,55 F
500 g
8,50 F
-
-
2,00 F
1,00 F
1 kg
14,00 F
-
-
3,50 F
1,75 F
2 kg
23,00 F
-
-
5,80 F
2,90 F
3 kg
-
-
-
-
4,35 F
4 kg
-
-
-
-
5,80 F
5 kg
-
-
-
-
6,25 F

 

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Letter to Romania franked at 0,90F, no airway use
 Postcard to England franked at 0,60F, tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Great Britain franked at 0,90F, no airway surcharge (Area A), tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Great Britan franked at 1,60F, second weight step and no airway use, tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to German Democratic Republic franked at 0,90F, without airway use, tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to the United States franked at 1,40F = 0,90F letter + 0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to the United States franked at 1,90F = 0,90F letter + 2x0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Postcard to the United States franked at 1,60F = 0,60F letter + 2x0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Kenya franked at 1,40F = 0,90F letter + 0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Egypt franked at 1,50F = 0,90F letter + 2x0,30F airway surcharge (area E), tariff rate of 1.8.71 (note the presence of a strip of paper due to the censorship on the left of the envelope)
 Postcard to Israel franked at 0,50F, taxed at 0,20F because it should have been franked at 0,60F, tariff rate of 1.8.71

Rates on 16.9.74

International rates for the general tariff on 16.9.1974
up to
letters
postcards
5-word postcards
printed matter
books, newspapers, ...
20 g
1,20 F
0,80 F
0,70 F
0,70 F
0,35 F
50 g
2,20 F
-
-
0,90 F
0,45 F
100 g
2,80 F
-
-
1,20 F
0,60 F
250 g
4,50 F
-
-
2,30 F
1,15 F
500 g
8,50 F
-
-
3,10 F
1,55 F
1 kg
14,00 F
-
-
5,00 F
2,50 F
2 kg
23,00 F
-
-
7,00 F
3,50 F
3 kg
-
-
-
-
5,25 F
4 kg
-
-
-
-
7,00 F
5 kg
-
-
-
-
8,75 F

 

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Registered postcard to East Germany franked at 5,50F = 0,80 postcard + 4,70F right of recommendation, tariff rate of 16.9.74
 Registered letter to the United States franked at 7,90F = 1,20F letter + 4,70F right of recommandation + 4x0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 16.9.74
 Printed matter to the United States franked at 0,55F = tariff rate of 16.9.74
 Letter to the United States franked at 5,20F = 2,20F letter weighting between 20 and 50g+ 6x0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 16.9.74

 

Rates on 1.1.76

International rates for the general tariff on 1.1.1976
up to
letters
postcards
5-word postcards
printed matter
books, newspapers, ...
20 g
1,20 F
0,80 F
0,70 F
0,70 F
0,35 F
50 g
2,20 F
-
-
1,00 F
0,50 F
100 g
2,80 F
-
-
1,30 F
0,65 F
250 g
5,70 F
-
-
2,40 F
1,20 F
500 g
11,00 F
-
-
4,30 F
2,15 F
1 kg
19,00 F
-
-
7,00 F
3,50 F
2 kg
30,00 F
-
-
10,00 F
5,00 F
3 kg
-
-
-
-
7,50 F
4 kg
-
-
-
-
10,00 F
5 kg
-
-
-
-
12,50 F

 

Rates on 2.8.76

International rates for the general tariff on 2.8.1976
up to
letters
postcards
5-word postcards
printed matter
books, newspapers, ...
20 g
1,40 F
1,00 F
0,80 F
0,80 F
0,40 F
50 g
2,50 F
-
-
1,10 F
0,55 F
100 g
3,20 F
-
-
1,50 F
0,75 F
250 g
6,50 F
-
-
2,80 F
1,40 F
500 g
12,50 F
-
-
4,90 F
2,45 F
1 kg
22,00 F
-
-
8,00 F
4,00 F
2 kg
35,00 F
-
-
11,40 F
5,70 F
3 kg
-
-
-
-
8,55 F
4 kg
-
-
-
-
11,40 F
5 kg
-
-
-
-
14,25 F

 

Rates on 15.5.78

International rates for the general tariff on 15.5.1978
up to
letters
postcards
5-word postcards
printed matter
books, newspapers, ...
20 g
1,70 F
1,20 F
1,00 F
1,00 F
0,50 F
50 g
3,00 F
-
-
1,30 F
0,65 F
100 g
4,00 F
-
-
1,80 F
0,90 F
250 g
7,50 F
-
-
3,00 F
1,50 F
500 g
14,50 F
-
-
5,50 F
2,75 F
1 kg
25,00 F
-
-
9,20 F
4,60 F
2 kg
40,00 F
-
-
11,40 F
6,50 F
3 kg
-
-
-
-
9,75 F
4 kg
-
-
-
-
13,00 F
5 kg
-
-
-
-
16,25 F

 

Specific regimes

A number of countries (generally, the former French colonies) benefit from the regime of internal mail rate. This list evolved over years. On 4.1.71, that list included overseas territories, the Algerian Republic, the Federal republic of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the Republic of Ivory Coast, the Republic of Dahomey, the Gabonese Republic, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Malagasy Republic, the Republic of Mali, the Republic of Niger, the Republic of Senegal, the Republic of Chad, the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Upper Volta. Besides, for Cambodia, Guinea, Laos, Morocco, Tunisia and South Vietnam, the tax is 0,60F.

Evolution of international rates for specific regimes
date
letters
postcards
5-word postcards
up to 20 g
between 20 and 50 g
between 50 and 100 g
between 100 and 250 g
between 250 and 500 g
between 500 g and 1 kg
between 1 and 2 kg
1.8.1971
0,60 F
0,90 F
1,20 F
2,50 F
3,30 F
4,20 F
5,70 F
0,50 F
0,30 F
16.9.1974
1,00 F
1,40 F
1,90 F
4,00 F
5,00 F
6,50 F
8,50 F
0,80 F
0,60 F
2.8.1976
1,25 F
1,70 F
2,40 F
4,80 F
6,00 F
8,00 F
10,50 F
1,00 F
0,80 F
15.5.1978
1,50 F
2,10 F
2,90 F
5,80 F
7,20 F
9,60 F
12,80 F
1,20 F
1,00 F

 

Rates on 4.1.71

For Cambodia, Guinea, Laos, Morocco, Tunisia and South Vietnam, the tax is 0,60F.
 

Letter to Cameroon franked at 0,50F, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 4.1.71, without airmail surcharge as the weight of the letter is less than 20 g

 

Rates on 1.8.71

From metropolitan France

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Letter to Algeria franked at 0,60F, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 1.8.71, without airmail surcharge as the weight of the letter is less than 20 g
 Letter to Algeria franked at 0,50F, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 1.8.71
 Letter to Cameroon franked at 0,50F, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 1.8.71, without airmail surcharge as the weight of the letter is less than 20 g
 Letter to Morocoo franked at 0,60F, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 1.8.71, without airmail surcharge as the weight of the letter is less than 20 g
 Letter to Wallis and Futuna franked at 0,50F, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 1.8.71, without airmail surcharge as the weight of the letter is less than 20 g, tax stamps from Wallis and Futuna for Poste Restante
 Letter to New Hebrides franked at 0,50F, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 1.8.71, without airmail surcharge as the weight of the letter is less than 20 g, tax stamps from New Hebrides for Poste Restante
 Letter to British West Indies posted in Guyana with a military mail and a 0,50F Marianne de Béquet stamp, label of the mailman, tariff rate of 1.8.71 without airmail surcharge since mail from a military man

 

From overseas territories

 

Letter posted in the island of Réunion to Madagascar franked at 0,30F CFA, tariff rate of countries assimilated to the internal mail regime of 1.8.71, without airmail surcharge as the weight of the letter is less than 20 g

 

Changes on 16.4.1973 and on 1.8.1973

On 16.4.73, Morocco is no longer a specific regime country and moves to the general regime (however, air surcharges are exempted for the mailings of weight less than 20 g).

On 1.8.1973, Algeria moves from the specific regime to the general one.

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Letter to Algeria franked at 1,05F = 0,90F tariff rate of 1.8.71 + 3 airway surchages of 0,05F (letter posted after 1.8.1973)
 Letter to Morocoo franked at 0,50F, taxed since it should have been franked at 0,90F, tariff rate of 16.4.73
 Reverse side of the previous letter showing the moroccan tax stamps

 

Countries benefiting from special arrangements

On 4.1.71, countries benefiting from special arrangements can be classified in 5 areas which we are going to call areas A, B, C, D and E (but these areas have nothing to do with the areas defined for the air mail surcharges). These areas are the following ones:

  • area A: Canada and border rate (when departure and arrival offices are situated less than 30 km as the crow flies) for Belgium, Spain and Switzerland
  • area B: Germany and Luxemburg
  • area C: Belgium and the Netherlands
  • area D: Italy and San Marino
  • area E: Switzerland and Liechtenstein

The list of countries covered by these particular rates will vary somewhat over time, in particular with the limitation to only Spain of the border rate on 1.8.71.

From metropolitan France

Rates on 4.1.71
International postal rates for special regimes on 1.4.1971
area
up to 20 g
A
0,50 F up to 20 g and 0,40 F per 20 g increment beyond
B
internal regime fot letters up to 20 g and postcards
C
internal regime fot letters up to 20 g and postcards
D
internal regime fot letters, postcards and parcel post up to 100 g ; general regime beyond
E
general regime

 

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Letter to Luxembourg franked at 0,50F, price list of 4.1.71
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,50F, local border traffic rate of 4.1.71 (there is less than 30 km between Mulhouse and Basel)
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,80F, letter tariff rate of 4.1.71

 

Rates on 1.8.71
International postal rates for special regimes on 1.8.1971
area
up to 20 g
between 20 and 50 g
between 50 and 100 g
between 100 and 250 g
between 250 and 500 g
between 500 g and 1 kg
between 1 and 2 kg
A
0,50 F
0,90 F
1,20 F
2,50 F
3,30 F
4,20 F
5,70 F
B
0,50 F
0,90 F
2,00 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F
C
0,50 F
1,60 F
2,00 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F
D
0,50 F
0,90 F
1,20 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F
E
0,60 F
1,60 F
2,00 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F

 

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Letter to West Germany franked at 0,50F, letter tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Registered letter to West Germany franked at 3,50F = 0,50 letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 + 3,00F right of recommendation
 Printed matter to West Germany franked at 0,55F = tariff rate of 1.8.71 for printed matter with weight between 20 and 50 g
 Letter to Canada franked at 0,50F, letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 (sending without airway use)
 Letter to Liechtenstein franked at 0,60F, tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Postcard to Canada franked at 0,80F = 0,30F postcard + 0,50F airway surcharge (area G), tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Canada franked at 1,50F = 0,50F letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 + 2x0,50F airway surcharge (area G) and taxed of 2,00F = 0,33 cents because 2 airway surcharges are missing (the weight of the letter is 20 g)
 Letter to Italy franked at 0,50F, tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Canada franked at 1,00F = 0,50F letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 + 0,50F airway surcharge (area G)

 

Rates on 16.9.74
International postal rates for special regimes on 16.9.1974
area
up to 20 g
between 20 and 50 g
between 50 and 100 g
between 100 and 250 g
between 250 and 500 g
between 500 g and 1 kg
between 1 and 2 kg
A
0,80 F
1,40 F
1,90 F
4,00 F
8,00 F
13,00 F
20,00 F
B
0,80 F
1,40 F
2,80 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F
C
0,80 F
2,20 F
2,80 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F
D
0,80 F
1,40 F
1,90 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F
E
1,00 F
2,20 F
2,80 F
4,50 F
8,50 F
14,00 F
23,00 F

 

Rates on 2.8.76
International postal rates for special regimes on 2.8.1976
area
up to 20 g
between 20 and 50 g
between 50 and 100 g
between 100 and 250 g
between 250 and 500 g
between 500 g and 1 kg
between 1 and 2 kg
A
1,00 F
1,70 F
2,40 F
4,80 F
10,00 F
13,00 F
20,00 F
B
1,00 F
1,70 F
3,20 F
6,50 F
12,50 F
22,00 F
35,00 F
C
1,00 F
2,50 F
3,20 F
6,50 F
12,50 F
22,00 F
35,00 F
D
1,00 F
1,70 F
2,40 F
6,50 F
12,50 F
22,00 F
35,00 F
E
1,25 F
2,50 F
3,20 F
6,50 F
12,50 F
22,00 F
35,00 F

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Registered letter to Belgium franked at 6,50F = 1,00 letter tariff rate of 2.8.76 + 5,50F right of recommendation
 EXPRÈS letter to West Germany franked at 8,50F = 1,00F letter tariff rate of 2.8.76 + 7,50F surcharge EXPRÈS

 

Rates on 15.5.78
International postal rates for special regimes on 15.5.1978
area
up to 20 g
between 20 and 50 g
between 50 and 100 g
between 100 and 250 g
between 250 and 500 g
between 500 g and 1 kg
between 1 and 2 kg
A
1,20 F
2,10 F
2,90 F
5,80 F
12,00 F
18,00 F
28,00 F
B
1,20 F
2,10 F
4,00 F
7,50 F
14,50 F
25,00 F
40,00 F
C
1,20 F
3,00 F
4,00 F
7,50 F
14,50 F
25,00 F
40,00 F
D
1,20 F
2,10 F
2,90 F
7,50 F
14,50 F
25,00 F
40,00 F
E
1,50 F
3,00 F
4,00 F
7,50 F
14,50 F
25,00 F
40,00 F

 

From overseas territories

 

Letter to West Germany mailed from Martinique franked at 1,00F = 0,50F letter tariff of 1.8.71 + 0,50F airway surcharge

 

Specific Study of Switzerland

We will present a number of covers to Switzerland to illustrate the complexity of mail rates during the validity period of the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet, with tariff changes and the kinds of services provided by La Poste. It should be noted, however, that there is no air surcharge between France and Switzerland, except for D.O.M. and T.O.M.

Letters, postcards, parcel mails

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.


 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,80F, letter tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,50F, local border traffic rate of 4.1.71 (there is less than 30 km between Mulhouse and Basel)
 Postcard to Switzerland franked at 0,45F, postcard tariff rate of 4.1.71

 

We may note that the above covers can only be found during seven months with the correct fare, until the tariff change on 1.8.71.
 

 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,50F, and taxed of 40 cents as it should have been franked at 0,80F, letter tariff rate of 4.1.71
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,60F, letter tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 1,60F, tariff rate of 1.8.71 for letters with weight between 20 and 50 g
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 1,00F, and taxed it should have been franked at 1,60F, tariff rate of 1.8.71 for letters with weight between 20 and 50 g
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,50F, and taxed with a 10 cents stamp as it should have been franked at 0,60F, letter tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 0,50F, and taxed with a 10 cents postmark as it should have been franked at 0,60F, letter tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 1,25F, letter tariff rate of 2.8.76
 Letter to Switzerland franked at 1,50F, letter tariff rate of 15.5.78
 Postcard to Switzerland franked at 0,60F, postcard tariff rate of 1.8.71

 

Routing of mail services

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Registered letter to Switzerland franked at 3,80F = 0,80 letter tariff rate of 4.1.71 + 3,00F right of recommendation
 EXPRÈS letter to Switzerland franked at 4,30F = 0,80 letter tariff rate of 4.1.71 + 3,50F EXPRÈS surcharge
 Registered letter to Switzerland franked at 3,60F = 0,60 letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 + 3,00F right of recommendation
 Registered letter to Switzerland franked at 5,60F = 1,60 letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 for a weight between 20 and 50 g + 3,00F right of recommendation + 1,00 F delivery receipt
 EXPRÈS letter to Switzerland franked at 4,10F = 0,60 letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 + 3,50F EXPRÈS surcharge
 EXPRÈS letter to Switzerland franked at 5,10F = 1,60 letter tariff rate of 1.8.71 + 3,50F EXPRÈS surcharge
 EXPRÈS letter to Switzerland franked at 7,20F = 1,00 letter tariff rate of 16.9.74 + 6,20F EXPRÈS surcharge
 Registered letter to Switzerland franked at 6,75F = 1,25 letter tariff rate of 2.8.76 + 5,50F right of recommendation

 

Mail sent from overseas territories

 

EXPRÈS letter to Switzerland franked at 8,70F = 1,00 letter tariff rate of 16.9.74 + 6,20F EXPRÈS surcharge + 3x0,50F airway surcharge (sending from Martinique)

 

Miscellaneous

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Printed matter to Switzerland franked at 0,55F, tariff rate of printed matter with weight between 100 and 250 g of 1.8.71
 Cover to Switzerland franked at 0,80F, canceled on delivery by a linear Swiss mark
 Letter to Switzerland franked with a military mail, handwritten comment "inadmis" (inegilible) on the military mail stamp, label of the 2ème RIMa and addition of two 0,50 marianne de Béquet stamps cancelled one day after the military mail stamp. It shoule be noted that 0,60F would have been sufficient (tariff to Switzerland of 1.8.71) as indicated using a ball-point pen above the RIMa label

 

Miscellaneous

Prepaid postcard in international regime

 

 International regime reply paid postcard coming from New Hebrides
 Reverse side of the previous postcard

 

The above postcard was posted in Port Vila (New Hebrides) with a country’s stamp for France (1st image) and a New Hebrides’ stamp for return (2nd image), stamp franked on 19.1.71. This letter was forwarded from France on 13.4.71 with a registered fee of 3,00F. It arrived at Port Vila on 23.4.71, but was not able to be distributed for not adequate address. It is returned to Paris where it arrives on 21.7.71 and is distributed on 22.7.71.

It should be noted that this kind of postcard with prepaid answer in international regime was cancelled by an instruction of the Post Office on 1.7.71.

Suspended mail relationships

It happens that, for various reasons, mail relationships between France and a given country are suspended. Letters to these countries are then returned to their sender with a P. & T. label explaining the return.

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Letter to New Zeeland, returned to its originator for suspended postal relationships
 Letter to Cambodia, returned to its originator for suspended postal relationships
 Letter to Cambodia, returned to its originator for suspended postal relationships
 Reverse side of the previous letter showing the P. & T. label
 Letter to Vietnam, returned to its originator for suspended postal relationships
 Reverse side of the previous letter showing the P. & T. label

 

Inter-Antilles mail

There is a local inter-Antilles rate which puts the franking of a letter weighing less than 20g at the internal rate. The two above covers show a letter with this inter-Antilles rate and a second one with the international rate.

Here are two covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 

 Letter to British West Indies posted in Guadeloupe franked at 0,50F, inter-Antilles tariff rate of 1.8.71
 Letter to British West Indies posted in Guadeloupe franked at 1,00F = 0,90F letter + 0,10F airway surcharge, tariff rate of 1.8.71

 

Letters posted abroad with a French stamp

In principle, the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet is only valid to frank a letter posted in France. We will display below some covers showing that the reaction of abroad post-office employees (or franking machines) may be highly varied.

Here are some covers illustrating these price rates presented in the form of a manual slideshow.

 Postcard posted in Geneva with a french stamp Marianne de Béquet cancelled with a postmark
 Postcard posted in Geneva with a french stamp Marianne de Béquet, stamp non cancelled and framed by the postman, postcard taxed
 Cover with a French and an Andorran stamp cancelled at ANDORRE LA VIEILLE
 Postcard posted in ANDORRE LA VIEILLE with a french stamp Marianne de Béquet, stamp non cancelled, postcard taxed
 Letter posted in Trier (West Germany) with a french stamp Marianne de Béquet and cancelled by a german slogan
 Postcard posted in Baden-Baden with a french stamp Marianne de Béquet, stamp non cancelled and framed by the postman, cancelled at arrival by a linear mark