Philatelic Society of Lancaster County
The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society
Chapter 118 of the American Topical Association
Exhibit: An Ounce of Prevention: The Ins and Outs of Condom’s Postal History, by Richard Colberg
Background: Condom, France is located in the southwestern corner of the country. It is known for its production of Armagnac. There are two 13th century chateaux there. The population has been very steady for the past two centuries: 6,117 in 1799 and 6,816 in 2016.
A post office was established there in the 17th century.
The earliest known postal marking dates to 1723.
Condom is in the Department of Gers, whose number is 31. (Changed to 32 ca. 1877)
The department name and/or number will be seen in most of the postal markings.
Department numbers were assigned to be effective on January 1, 1792.
Numbered lozenge markings date from 1852. Small number for Gers (935) 1852-1862: large number (1107) 1863-1895.
This exhibit will show most of the postal markings known used at Condom between 1791 and the last half of the 20th century. CDS type numbers are Pothion numbers. Enjoy!
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