Danish West Indies
This postcard is of great significance to the bisected 4 cent Postal History.
Some Postcards sent from DWI to Denmark were receiving a postage due penalty by the Danish Postal Authority. This postcard shown above is one of only four postcards being mentioned in several documents related to the reimbursement of Mr Riise for wrongful postage due assessment of postcards carrying a bisected 4 cent. As you can see from the documents below - which were all retrieved from the Danish Rigsarkivet - there were correspondance between several authorities on this matter. The conclusion was that Mr. Riise (and others who might claimed reimbursement) was fully compensated and the Danish Postal Authorities was now acknowledging the use of bisected 4 cents on incoming post from DWI.
Please pay attention to the file numbers on the bottom part of both the front and the back of the postcard. They are perfect matches with the file numbers mentioned in the official documents related to this case - clearly tying this postcard (and the other known postcard shown below) to this postal historical event.
Many thanks to Peter Kjersgaard Rasmussen for passing on these incredible postcards to me.
The second postcard mentioned in the correspondence. Both postcards were travelling along side to Denmark. This one is addressed to the sister of Mr. Riise, Gerda Riise.
Please also note the file number in the bottom part of the postcard. The card has an obvious tear - but regardless a very important postal item.
St.Thomas February 7 - 1903. Picture postcard properly franked with a 4 cents bisect to England (Isle of Wight) to pay the UPU 2 Cent rate. It was not accepted by postal authorities in England and the postcard was stamped “Contrary to Regulations 723” and postage due “2d”. Denmark had failed to notify England about the authorized use of bisected 4 cents stamps.
Apparently, The postal authorities in St.Thomas failed to give advance notice to the Danish General Directorate of Post and the Universal Postal Union about the use of bisected stamps and mail with their valid use arriving in Denmark and England was charged postage due. After many complaints and an explanation to the public - the Danish postal authorities granted reimbursement upon request to those who had paid postage due as mentioned above.
This postcard and the postcard below could very well be 2 of the 16 postcards mentioned in the document above.
Shipped from St. Thomas to Liverpool on 2x.01.03
Arrived at Liverpool on 20.02.03 -Distributed on 21.02.03
Refused by receiver maybe due to punishment postage (most likely)
Arrived at Liverpool return office on 21.02.03 - Arrived at London return office on 23.02.03
Returned for some strange reason via Korsoer (12.04.03) to St. Thomas. Arrived St. Thomas at 30.04.03.