"Cash on Delivery" illustrated
In a recent post entitled "Luzerner Landzeitung" I illustrated several Swiss items of mail which went through the system as Nachnahme (German language) or Abonnements (French) postcards issued basically for the collection of money for subscriptions to journals and magazines. They are not uniquely Swiss... enterprises from a few other countries issued them from the mid-19th century and for example a German-Austrian postal agreement, entered into force on 1 July 1850, speaks (in Article 63) of “Cash on Delivery” where the maximum amount collectable was 70 talers, 75 guilders or 87½ guilders of Rhenish currency. On all the earliest examples I have seen from around the 1850s the amount to be paid was simply handwritten on the envelope or folded letter sheet, away from the address, and usually included with the subscription fee the postal cost - the stamp on the mail - of sending the demand. Eventually COD for small amounts became a far more common practice around 1900 and so pre-printed postcards were issued by most publishing houses.
The reason I have approached this postal history subject again briefly is that I have just found for my collection a postcard which does literally illustrate the practice by showing a postman handing such a card to a woman householder opening her purse to pay for a journal subscription… in this case 7,70 Swiss francs for the "Schweizer Illustrierte Zeitung" (Swiss Illustrated Journal) from July to December 1923, the subscription being 7,50 francs and the postage cost 20 cents.
Image + words © Ed Buziak 2018.
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