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Norway Kahrs 10 Ýre Rare Find

Reported in the Meter Stamp Society Quarterly Bulletin, Spring 2007

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Spitsbergen Postcard with Kahrs 10
Ýre and other stamps.
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Spitsbergen Postcard, 1900

The Spitsbergen postcard dated 1900 in itself is quite an item.  The green 5 Ýre Spitsbergen local post makes it all the more special.  However, the red Kahrs 10 Ýre postage meter imprint is the only known postally used example.  One example is known as a proof in Norway postal archives.

This card was only available during the 1900 Hapag Line polar voyage.


Spitzbergen Local Post Stamp with Kahrs 10
Ýre Meter Stamp
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Kahrs Red 10 Ýre postage

 meter imprint

To the right is a photographically cropped enlargement of the Spitsbergen local post stamp with the Kahrs postage meter imprint.  It is thought that the postcard was posted at Spitsbergen on a Hapag Line polar voyage of 1900.  The Kahrs imprint was probably added when the card was presented by the cruise line to the post offices in Christiania, Norway.


Reverse Side of Spitzbergen Post Card
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Spitzbergen Post Card

This card was only available during the 1900 Hapag polar voyage.

Spitzbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway.  There are several local post stamps of Spitzbergen dated 1896.



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