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The Red Imprints

The use

Sincs 1931, on the occasion of a change of tariff, the Postal Stationerys were sometimes sold to the public provided with a red imprint. Because of a change of tariff, the stock of the offices was locally surcharged or send back to the Main Office of the Provincial Management, if there were no franking machines present. This was only done with bigger stocks with a minimum of 100 Postal Cards. Since the last increase of tariff in 1984, the use of red imprints was abolished.

01-11-1938: Increase of the domestic tariff , from 35ct to 40ct.
5ct P 010 ( type Flier )

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The red imprints that were used the most are those beginning with a P (e.g.: P010). This is the number of the franking machine that was available at each Main Office of the Post.
The red imprints between 1931 and 1941 e.g. originated from :
"B001" Anwerp
"B002" Liège
"B003" Brussels
"E001" Liège
"P010" Bruxelles
"P011" Antwerp
"P013" Charleroi
"P017" Verviers
This is only a small part. We now know hundreds of different Postal Cards with red imprints because of the many changes of tariff in the following years and the big diversity of Postal Stationarys.

The red imprints were used, not only for increase but also for reduce of the tariffs.
They were used for the reduce of domestic tariff on 1st february 1935, from 50ct to 35ct.
The tariff abroad of 1 BEF remained.

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