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Parcels, Inland and foreign rates, from 01-06-1888 to 31-12-1899

(Starting date was when stamps were first used on the parcel card accompanying the parcel.)


Weight tariff for distance zones of

75 km

150 km

375 km

750 km

1125 km

>1125 km

up to 5 kg

15 kr

30 kr

30 kr

30 kr

30 kr

30 kr

each additional kg to a limit of 50kg, except coin, 65 kg

3 kr

6 kr

12 kr

18 kr

24 kr

30 kr

Sendings which were not free of charge (e.g. COD), were charged an additional 6 kr to the recipient.

Parcel cards which were marked T’ = Törékeny (Fragile) cost 50% extra (Deszö Nagy, SoH June 1996) – check nature of contents. Labels were black on pale blue paper.

Parcel cards could also be markedT’ for Terjedelmes (Bulky), or T’ for Térti (Return), but in this case there will usually be an additional explanatory label, refused, unknown, gone away, etc.

Parcel cards with a V’ sticker implied insured goods. There is usually an additional charge identified for this. In 1902, 1300 k cost 36 f. The V is in red on yellow paper. (SoH, 141, June 2000, p26). Two ‘V’ labels might be used for very high value to draw attention to this.

Parcel cards with a greenZ’ on white paper are for very high value parcels which demand special treatment (SoH, 141, June 2000, p26).

Parcel cards withBstickers were used for something small and valuable, weighing not more than 100 g. The ‘B’ stands for Betét meaning enclosed, probably put inside a labelled bag to indicate this (SoH, No 137, June 1999, p21). On the other hand, István Gazda thinks it stands for Biztositva, (insured), but Paul de Leeuw van Weenen  shows three examples where there is no value declared (SoH 138, Sept. 1999).

Parcel cards with Mplabel in black on blue paper – unknown at this time? ‘Mozgoposta’ – railway? I.e. for transmission by train (but then most parcels were).