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San Juan/Charlotte Amalie censor?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:42 pm
by dmui
Here is an airmail cover postmarked April 3 1942 at Charlotte Amalie to Detroit. The return address is Haenen Genin of St Barth’s French West Indies. There are no transit, routing or receiving marks on the back. The cover was opened by an examiner and resealed with a distinctive label L1.2.1 with printed censor C 102 and amended by handstamp to 14200. This label is recorded in Mayo and Broderick’s catalog as used by San Juan examiners from December 1941 with provisional examiner numbers C 5 to C 64.

According to Mayo and Broderick a substation of the San Juan censorship office was established at Charlotte Amalie Feb 12, 1942 and closed August 31st 1942. Examiner numbers 14190 to 14300 were assigned in General Order 56 dated May 1, 1942 to Charlotte Amalie. General Order 24 of February 2, 1942 allocated examiner numbers 14001 to 14200 to San Juan, while General Order 56 of May 1, 1942 allocated numbers 14001 to 14189 to San Juan and numbers 14190 to 14300 to Charlotte Amalie.

This leads me to some questions

Has anyone owned or seen other L1.2.1 lables with amended numbers?
Could examiner 14200 have moved to Charlotte Amalie in April three weeks prior to the publication of General Order 56 on May 1?
Are there any L1.2.1 with provisional numbers higher than the 102 on this cover?

I would appreciate any answers or observations that members may provide on this cover Thanks.

Re: San Juan/Charlotte Amalie censor?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:16 pm
by legrell
Hello Dave,

Just a small comment (missing the point, sorry). Rémy de Haenen and Henry Génin were two French ship-owners. See, for instance (in French, sorry again): ... in&f=false ... 05945.html

(This website is interesting but unfortunately with a lot of typing mistakes).

Rémy de Haenen (1916-2008) was an adventurer, sailor, airman and a politician.

The airport in Saint-Barthélémy now bears his name.

Sorry for not being more helpful.


Re: San Juan/Charlotte Amalie censor?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:02 pm
by dmui

Thank you for the links to info on Remy de Haenen. All the additional info give added life to these remnants of mail from the past.

Best wishes and Happy New Year


Re: San Juan/Charlotte Amalie censor?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:19 pm
by jmgarcar

"Has anyone owned or seen other L1.2.1 lables with amended numbers? "

Hello all members

I have only one in my US censorship collection, dated 1942, March the 7th. Label L 1.2.1 with printed censor number C.7 (outlined) amended to 14200 (blue)

1942 Charlotte Amalie censor March the 7th.png

Best regards.
Jose M.

Re: San Juan/Charlotte Amalie censor?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:55 pm
by dmui

Happy New Year and Thank you for posting the image of the excellent cover in your collection.

I believe that I have seen one other several years ago so the number of reported/known items is slowly increasing.

Best wishes