Moreover, the continuous search for even earlier documents by advanced collectors, automatically directs them to the Olympic issue of 1896. That first issue, therefore, is not just a motive for starting a collection, but has also become the basic element for the creation of philotelic interest, particulary among those collectors who deal and demonstrate the Olympic issues from 1896 till our present times.
A most interesting field in organising an Olympic stamp collection is the field of Registered Postage in the periods 1896 and 1906. It is fortunate for collectors that, the already existing information and material available, offer an opportunity for further study on the matter and presentation of such a collection.
Nevertheless, after a century of the first Olympic stamps issue, there has not been presented a specific study on Registered Postage for the period of circulation of the Olympic issues. This fact gave me the opportunity to study that particular field of Registered Postage.
Registered Postage (SYSTIMENON) is practiced with the payment of an extra fee for registration. In the period of the first Olympic Games of 1896 and up to the Olympics of 1906, the registration fee was equal to the first weight rate: 20 lepta for Inland, 30 lepta (25 lepta in 1906) for abroad and thus the fee for registered letter of first weight was double the letter rate.
A list of some of the rates for normal and registered mail is given below:
1λ./50gr. Newspapers, printed matters
2, 3, 5, 10λ Visit cards
10λ. - 5λ. Stationeries (with-without text)
5λ/50gr. Echantillons sans valeur
20λ. Registration fee
20λ. Avis de reception fee
Postage for abroad
5λ./50gr. Newspapers, printed matters
10λ./5λ. Stationery (with-without text)
5λ./50gr. Echantillons sans valeur
30λ. - 25λ. Registration fee
60-50λ. Registered (1st weight)
90-75λ. Registered (2nd weight)
1,20-1 Δρχ. Registered (3rd weight)
30-25λ. Avis de reception fee
Letters with Declared Value
Thus, the fees for registered mail change according to the weight, in multiples of the first weight rate (30 lepta for 1896, 25 lepta for 1906). There have been of course many cases of overfranked philotelic covers. How else could be explained cases, where postage equals the price of a complete 1896 Olympic issue, that is Drachmas 19, 83, or Drachmas 12, 86 for the 1906 Olympic issue?
Registered items, other than letters, are also interesting for examination, as for instance:
• Postage of 40 lepta 2x5 lepta + 25 lepta - paid as 30- as (registration fee) for item heavier than 50 gram, 1896 period collection L. Jonker (Picture. 1)
• Postage of 35 lepta for wrapper echautillon sans valeur as above, but 10 lepta +25 lepta, 1906 period collection N. Zafirakopoulos (Picture. 2)
On the occasion that the value itself of the posted matter is declared, the registration fee is unspecified but, anyway, much higher than the normal fee. (Picture. 3).
The indications for Registered Postage were marked as follows:
The registration of a postal item was made by putting a postmark and a registration number in latin (for international mail) or greek (for internal mail) characters.
They have rectangular shapes of various dimensions in black lettering on white paper. The dimensions of the frame are 14x37. (Picture: 14).
Soon after 1900 were used labels of a frame dimension 13,5x42,5mm. The frame colour was either blue or black, while the numbers were red. (Picture: 15)
A similar label was used in Patras, through a little shorter in length. (41mm.) (Picture: 16)
There are cases of letters mailed with a regular registration fee, however lacking altogether any sort of indication, such as a postmark or a label. In some of the above cases it appears a handwritten SYSTIMENON (REGISTERED). In some other cases (a few only) we couldnt even see the hand-written indication.
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