1852 (20 Fevr) ‘Presidence’ 25c. blue close to large margins tied by ‘gros points’ on envelope to New Orleans with two strikes of framed ‘affrancht- Insuffisant’, a most unusual underfranked cover with this issue.
1858 mourning cover and 1875 cover front to France, both franked at 1d. rate with red and black INSUFFICIENTY/ PREPAID handstamps in red and black, an attractive pair
1865 (FE 28) cover to Reading, underfranked with Great Britain 1862-64 6d. tied A26 obliterator. Underfranked with fine example of Insufficiently Prepaid handstamp, manuscript “Deficient postage 6d/ fine 6d” and ‘1/-‘ handstamp at right. The Insufficient handstamp had just been delivered to the Gibraltar Post Office in January 1865.
1872 (Jun 26) 3c. postal stationery envelope to Montreux, Switzerland, uprated 1870-71 1c. ‘Franklin’ and 3c. ‘Washington’ cancelled by segmented cork handstamps, San Francisco despatch cds and New York Via England & Ostend transit, at centre straight-line ‘INSUFFICIENTLY PAID’ and ‘VIA OSTENDE’, blue manuscript “15”, red “35” charge on arrival (The U.S. 3c deficiency is equivalent to 15c and then a 20c. penalty added). Basel transit and arrival cds; some small tears repaired at top.
1896 Unfranked cover posted from Varna to Shumen, taxed on arrival by imperforated 30st/50st 1895 surcharged postage due issue. Very rare commercial usage of this imperforated stamp.
1907 (25 Avril) cover to Vatomondry franked at printed matter rate with 1900-01 Sage 5c. yellow-green tied by Tananarive cds, addressee no found and straight-line INCONNU and two-line RETOUR/ A L’ENVOYEUR hand stamps applied, as a printed matter rate item, the return postage had to be paid for, so triangular framed ‘T’ handstamp applied and framed AFFRANCHISEMENT/ INSUFFISANT with imperf 10c. Postage Due applied and tied Tananarive cds; fine and rare usage, Ex Grabowski.