Type VIII - Bridge cancel

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Bridge cancellers [See Dr Kainz’ article in Wurth VI p115; in German they are Radgangstempel] were introduced to the Viennese Post in 1904, those with counter letter "P●" being used at pneumatic post counters. [The actual dot is full-stop size but is shown here as ● for clarity.] At the top, the city & postal district numbers are before the WIEN, the pneumatic office number after it. In the centre is the day, month, year and time. The outer diameter varies from 28 to 30 mm, and the height of the bridge from 8 to 10 mm. The "P●" and its flanking stars vary; some cancels have no dot after the P; subtypes differentiated only by the size or shape of the stars have been amalgamated. In the 19nn column, the first date of usage as noted in Stohl section 'R' for any of the types lumped together is listed; '--' means the cancel is listed but no first-use is; blank means it is not listed at all.

Type Text Location, comment K/S 19nn ON
VIII-0021/1 WIEN 2 * P● *  R0006b062
VIII-0041/1 WIEN REICHSRAT * P● * R0001c08R
VIII-0061/1 WIEN 8 * 7a * Also 7bR0008a,b118
VIII-0081/1 WIEN 10 * P● * Also 6aR0009c,d0610
VIII-0101/1 WIEN 11 * P● *  R0010b0811
VIII-0121/1 WIEN 11 * 7a *  R0010c1411
VIII-0141/1 WIEN 11 * r *    11
VIII-0161 WIEN 11 * R/a * R0010d2511
VIII-0181/1 WIEN 15 * P● * Also P, 6aR0012f-h0615
VIII-0201/1 WIEN 15 * 7a *Also 7b, R●, R/aR0012i-l1415
VIII-0221 WIEN 15 * 7b *Also rR0012m,o3415
VIII-0242/1 WIEN 23 * P● *Also 7a, R/aR0013b,d,e0823
VIII-0262/1 WIEN 23 R R0013c0923
VIII-02820/2 WIEN 24 * P● *  R0014c0924
VIII-03020 WIEN 24 * P● *  R0014d1824
VIII-03220 WIEN 24 * R/b * Also 2b with & without *R0014f,g,h3324
VIII-03420 WIEN 24 * 1a *Also 2a, 3a  24
VIII-0362/2 WIEN 27 * P● *  R0015b0827
VIII-0382/1 WIEN 27 * P● * Post district altered (no dot?)R0015c0927
VIII-0402 WIEN 27 * P● * (no dot?)R0015d2727
VIII-0422 WIEN 27 P●(no dot?)R0015f3827
VIII-0442/2 WIEN 28 * P● *  R0016b0728
VIII-0462/1 WIEN 28 * R *Also P●, 1a, 1bR0016c-f1728
VIII-0482/3 WIEN 34 * 5d *also 9bR0017b1234
VIII-0502/4 WIEN 36 * P● *  R0018b1036
VIII-0522/1 WIEN 36 * P● * Post dist. altered. Also R, R-no-*R0018c,e,f,g2136
VIII-0543/1 WIEN 40 * P● *  R0019b,d0840
VIII-0563/1 WIEN 40 * 7a *Also 7bR0019c1340
VIII-0583 WIEN 40 * 7a *Also 7b, R/a, RR0019e-h2540
VIII-0603 WIEN 40 7b R0019j4040
VIII-0623 WIEN 43 4c R0021d3943
VIII-064WIEN 43 4c   43
VIII-0663/2 WIEN 45 * 7a *  R0022c1045
VIII-0683/2 WIEN 45 * R * R0022b0945
VIII-0703 WIEN 45 * R *Also R/a, 7aR0022f,g,h,j2545
VIII-0723 WIEN 45 R R0022i4345
VIII-0743/3 WIEN 49 * P● *  R0023b0649
VIII-0764/1 WIEN 50 * P● * Also PR0024b,c0550
VIII-0784 WIEN 50 * R * Also 7a, 7bR0024d,e,f,i1150
VIII-0804 WIEN 50 RAlso 7a, 7bR0024j,k,l3950
VIII-0824 WIEN 53 * P● *  R0025c1053
VIII-0845/1 WIEN 54 * P● *  R0026b0654
VIII-0865 WIEN 54 * P● *  R0026c--54
VIII-0885 WIEN 54 * 5b *   54
VIII-0905 WIEN 54 * 7a *also 7bR0026d1254
VIII-0925 WIEN 55 * 7a * R0027b1155
VIII-0945 WIEN 55 * R/a * R0027d3055
VIII-0965 WIEN 55 R/a R0027e3955
VIII-0986 WIEN 57 * P● * (no dot?)R0028c1057
VIII-1006 WIEN 59 * P● * Also PR0029c,d1459
VIII-1027 WIEN 60 * 7a *also 7b with, without *R0030c,d,e1260
VIII-1047 WIEN 63 * P● *  R0032d1563
VIII-1067 WIEN 63 * P * No dotR0032e1963
VIII-1087 WIEN 63 * R * R0032c,f1363
VIII-1107 WIEN 63 R R0032g4063
VIII-1209/1 WIEN 66 * P● * Also 7aR0034b,c0866
VIII-1229/1 WIEN 66 R R0034e3066
VIII-1249/1 WIEN 66 * R * R0034f4366
VIII-1269/4 WIEN 66 * P● *    66
VIII-1289 WIEN 68 * 9a *Also without *R0035e,f2768
VIII-1309/4 WIEN 69 * P● *  R0036b0769
VIII-1329/1 WIEN 69 * R/a * Post district number changedR0036e--69
VIII-1349/1 WIEN 69 * R * Also P●R0036c,d2969
VIII-1369/1 WIEN 69 RAlso R/a with, without *R0036f,g,h2569
VIII-1389/2 WIEN 71 * P * Later, no dot after the PR0037b1071
VIII-1409 WIEN 71 * P● * Also R/aR0037c,d2571
VIII-14410/1 WIEN 75 * P● * R0040a0875
VIII-14610 WIEN 75 * R *Also PR0040c,d,e,h2175
VIII-14810 WIEN 75 r Also RR0040f,g4275
VIII-15010/2 WIEN 76 * 8b *   76
VIII-152WIEN 76 t R0041k5276
VIII-15410/2 WIEN 77 * P● * Also 7aR0042b,c0877
VIII-15610 WIEN 77 * 7a *Also 7bR0042d,e1777
VIII-15810 WIEN 77 7aAlso 7b, oR0042g,h,i4177
VIII-16011/1 WIEN 79 * P * Also R with, without *R0044b,d,f1079
VIII-16212/1 WIEN 82 R/a R0044e3982
VIII-164WIEN 82 R/a   82
VIII-16612/1 WIEN 82 * P● *  R0044b1082
VIII-16812/1 WIEN 85 * P● *Also RR0045d,e2385
VIII-17012/1 WIEN 85 R   85
VIII-17212/2 WIEN 85 * P● *  R0045b0985
VIII-17413/1 WIEN 88 * P● * Also RR0046a,b0688
VIII-17613/2 WIEN 89 * P● *  R0047a1589
VIII-17813/1 WIEN 89 * Pb *  R0047c3289
VIII-18013/1 WIEN 89 Pb R0047d4089
VIII-18215 WIEN 101 * P● *Also 10a 10b R PR0048d-l21101
VIII-18415 WIEN 101 P R0048m38101
VIII-18616/1 WIEN 102 * R/a * R0049d29102
VIII-18816/2 WIEN 104 * P● *Also R with, without *R0050b-d,g07104
VIII-19017/1 WIEN 105 * P● * R0051c17105
VIII-19217 WIEN 105 * 6a *Also P, R, R/aR0051d-g14105
VIII-19417 WIEN 105 6aAlso R, R/aR0051h-j39105
VIII-19618/1 WIEN 110 * P● *Also R/1, R, R/a, PR0053c-g12110
VIII-19818/1 WIEN 110 RAlso R/a, R/1  110
VIII-20018/1 WIEN 110 6aAlso R, R/aR0053h,i,j39110
VIII-202WIEN 110 * R/1 *    110
VIII-20418/1 WIEN 111 * P *Also P●, R, R-no-*R0054b-f05111
VIII-20618/1 WIEN 114 * P● * In Genzler; no record of pneu service----- 114
VIII-20819/1 WIEN 117 * P● * Also R, R-no-*R0055b,c,g07117
VIII-21019 WIEN 117 R/aAlso with *R0055f,h35117
VIII-2129/1 WIEN 125 * R * Also P●, R-no-*R0056a,b,c13125
VIII-21414 WIEN 127 * 6a * Also * 6b *R0057d,e11127
VIII-21614 WIEN 127 * R/b *Also without *R0057f,g30127
VIII-2183/4 WIEN 128 * P● * Known in violet-redR0058b08128
VIII-2203/4 WIEN 128 R   128
VIII-2223 WIEN 128 * R * Also without *R0058d,e30128
VIII-22420 WIEN 129 * b *Also without *R0059e,g13129
VIII-2268 WIEN 64 * R *Also 7a 7b 4cR0033e,f,h,i1464
VIII-2288 WIEN 64 R R0033j3864
VIII-2308/1 WIEN 64 * P● *   64
VIII-2328/1 WIEN 64 P● Also P●R0033c,d0664
VIII-23617 WIEN 107 * 7a * R0052c37107
VIII-23817 WIEN 107 RAlso 7aR0052d,e38107
VIII-24015/1 WIEN 101 * 10a * R0048c08101
VIII-2421 WIEN 101 * 9g *Also 9hR0048n,o49101
VIII-24416 WIEN 102 * R/a * R0049g--102
VIII-24618 WIEN 110 * R/a * R0053h,i25110
VIII-24818 WIEN 110 R/a R0053j-m39110
VIII-2501/1 WIEN 1 *12b *Also 12c, RR0005a-f062
VIII-2521 WIEN 1 * 12a *Also 12b,c,d,eR0005h-l--2
VIII-2542/1 WIEN 28 1aAlso 1b, RR0016h-j3828
VIII-2562/1 WIEN 34 * 5a * R0017c2034
VIII-2583/4 WIEN 41 * P● * R0020c1241
VIII-2603 WIEN 41 * 5a *Also without *R0020e,f2741
VIII-2623/4 WIEN 43 * 4c * R0021a--43
VIII-2643 WEIN 43 * 4c * R0021c3443
VIII-2663/2 WIEN 45 ** 7a **4 starsR0022d1745
VIII-2683 WEIN 49 * R * R0023c,d1849
VIII-2706/2 WIEN 59 * P● * R0029b0759
VIII-2726 WIEN 59 * 5b *Also without *R0029f,g3259
VIII-2747/1 WIEN 60 * T * R0030b0660
VIII-2767 WIEN 62 * 10a * R0031c1162
VIII-2787 WIEN 62 * 7b *Also without *R0031e,f2762
VIII-2807/3 WIEN 63 * P● * R0032b1363
VIII-2829/4 WIEN 68 * P● * R0035c,d0668
VIII-28410 WIEN 75 RAlso rR0040f,g4275
VIII-286WIEN 76 raAlso rbR0041i,j4176

The question arose, when was the first bridge cancel recorded as used in pneumatic service? Sorting the above table by Stohl starting-year gives the answer: 1905.

Type

Text

Location, comment

K/S

19-

ON
VIII-0764/1 WIEN 50 * P● * Also P R0024b,c0550
VIII-20418/1 WIEN 111 * P *Also P●, R, R-no-* R0054b-f05111
VIII-0021/1 WIEN 2 * P● *   R0006b062
VIII-0081/1 WIEN 10 * P● * Also 6a R0009c,d0610
VIII-0181/1 WIEN 15 * P● * Also P, 6a R0012f-h0615
VIII-0743/3 WIEN 49 * P● *   R0023b0649
VIII-0845/1 WIEN 54 * P● *   R0026b0654
VIII-17413/1 WIEN 88 * P● * Also R R0046a,b0688
VIII-2328/1 WIEN 64 P● Also P. R0033c,d0664
VIII-2501/1 WIEN 1 *12b *Also 12c, R R0005a-f062
VIII-2747/1 WIEN 60 * T *  R0030b0660
VIII-2829/4 WIEN 68 * P● *  R0035c,d0668

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Examples of Bridge Cancels

6 Oct 1923, Station 82 to Station 36 1/1 WIEN 11 * 7a * arrival cancel PStat card + adhesives

 

Don’t cross that Bridge...

Not all bridge cancels with a P were used at offices with full pneumatic service. For example, Penzing (Wien 89) received its pneumatic service from the office at Rudolfsheim, as listed in the 1901 Instradirungs-Behelf and as shown on the first example below. By 8 November 1905, Penzing had been issued with a P-bridge cancel, Stohl R0045a, as on the second example. The pneumatic mail still came via Rudolfsheim; Penzing didn’t become a full pneumatic service office until 1912 and Stohl gives 1915 as the first recorded cancel from it (he doesn’t list this cancel in his ‘normal’ section, only under pneumatics).

Wien 15 to Wien 127 to Penzing normal Wien 15 to Wien 127 to Penzing pneu Fleischmarkt via Westbahnhof to Breitensee

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