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Europe/Great Britain : 1940 postcard mailed by German internee in the UK

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Rhinelander
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02 Jan 2009
05:22:55pm
Here is another interesting piece of postal history. This post card was mailed from a German -- presumably Jewish girl -- interned in Camp Rushen, Isle of Man, at the outbreak of WWII.

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My question: I believe that Internee Mail was postage free (like POW mail). The two pence postage seem to contradict this assumption. Correct? Or is this just the additional postage for airmail?

There is a lot of history to this card (mostly based on what we can assume). I only have a couple of WWII mail items from internees, although millions of people were interned during the war in all belligerent countries.
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Boston_bob
02 Jan 2009
08:18:55pm
re: 1940 postcard mailed by German internee in the UK

An interesting piece of history which now makes me wonder if there were any similar types of letters/postcards emanating from the Japanese internment camps here in the U.S. during WWII.

Does anyone know if there have ever been any exhibits based on this or similar themes?

Ever curious,
Bob

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Teisler
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03 Jan 2009
04:04:27pm
re: 1940 postcard mailed by German internee in the UK

the airmail rate at the time was 3.5p, but Royal Mail automatically uprated any surface mail to air mail without surcharge IF there was space available on an aircraft to the States. I don'tknow whether a German citizen would be familiar with the intricacies of Royal Mail rates. I don't know what the surface rate was at the time. I also assume that GB postal rates are similar to US APO rates in that service members get free first class mail but pay for any other service (air mail was 6c for most of the period, and one didn't pay the difference between 3c 1st class and 6c airmail; one paid it in its entirety). Maybe one of our UK rate people can help on this.

I realize I'm making enormous assumptions, but it's a start...

David

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