The Office Wien 25

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First, look in Stohl. He lists Wien 25 as A2488 on page 966 and page 2822 with these details:

E –1892: TELEGRAPHENSTATION WIEN / HOTEL NATIONAL (STO Taborstraße 18), U 10.1.1892: 2/1 WIEN 25, A 31.12.1909, E 1.9.1913: 1/1 WIEN 25 (STO K.u.K. Kriegsministerium), A 8.4.1922
(ie Opened in 1892 as the telegraph station "Hotel National, Wien" at Taborstraße 18; upgraded into post office 2/1 Wien 25 on 10.1.1892; closed 31.12.1909; opened on 1.9.1913 as 1/1 Wien 25 at K.u.K. Kriegsministerium; closed 8.4.1922.)
Taborstrasse is in Leopoldstadt, Wien 2. The 1891 & 1910 Baedekers list the Grand-Hotel National at 18 Taborstrasse. The 1898 Postverordnungsblatt has office 25 as the Hotel National, providing telegram service only. Stohl lists the following Wien 25 cancels:

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A2488a1/1 WIEN 25 * a *6l201913-1918; bridge
A2488b1/1 WIEN 25 * b *6l201913-1922; bridge
A2488c1/1 WIEN 25 * c *6l201913-1915; bridge
A2488d1/1 WIEN 25 * d *6l201913-1922; bridge

Stohl’s ‘6l20’ – 6 ell 20 - has 1/1 WIEN 25 in the top arc and the letter a, b, c or d in the bottom arc flanked by asterisks, with the month and the time in Roman numbers. There are no WIEN 25 in any Stohl category other than A; in particular there are none in ‘R’ which is where he lists specifically pneumatic-post cancels. Stohl’s supplement merely adds the diameter and closing date to the ‘c’ cancel, and clarifies that the reopening was in the new War Ministry building. All this is consistent with it being a ‘normal’ post office.

In 1963, Erhard Görig of Vienna transcribed and arranged into order-of-office the records of cancellers (for places in today’s Austria) created or repaired by Joseph Schatz of Vienna 17 (an Official Canceller Repairer) between 1908 and 1938. There are four listed for 1/1 Wien 25 * # * on page 89 (# = a, b, c, or d); all were made on 28.VII.1913. This confirms Stohl’s data (unless it’s the source!). The format of the list would have shown a P, R, or R/a if there had been one. Görig’s Index of Offices has on page 155 "WIEN 25 Bis 31.12.1891 TST Hotel National, A 31.12.1909, Wiedereröffnet 1.9.1913, A 8.4.1922".

In an article in Wiener Ganzsachen Frei- und Poststempelsammlerverein issue 1/2004 page 7, Stohl says that he has examples of counter letters a and b, which are illustrated, and knows of c and d. He says that he "has never seen a Rohrpost cancel from 25; nor have Anton Lessig** or the Dutch pneumatic mail specialist van Duijsen." He concludes "According to my conjecture, we are looking at a perfectly normal post office, for which the two examples shown" (in his article) "give evidence." These are an envelope from Oct 1918 from the War Ministry, and one from 1921 with normal civilian use in the Regierungsgebäude. However, the 1918 specimen is registered, so wouldn’t have been sent pneumatically anyway until 1925.

** Lessig wrote a series of articles in Die Briefmarke (appearing between 1963 and 1966) under the general heading "Die Poststempel von Österreich 1883-1918" covering the cancellations of Vienna districts I to VIII. This should include any office at Stubenring; but Wien 25 isn’t mentioned at all.

On page 29 of Rundbrief 77 (June 2004) of the ArGe Feld- und Zensurpost is a picture of a late-WWI registered-and-express cover from Wien 25 to Olmütz. The bridge cancel is Stohl’s type A2488b, as explained above. There is no sign of pneumatic post, but again it was registered so couldn’t have been sent pneumatically until 1925.

Given dates of 1913-1922, we’d expect bridge cancels for pneumatic service, with text such as 1/1 WIEN 25 * P. * or perhaps T.A. 1 WIEN 25 * R/a * However, while cancels are known from WIEN 25 (including almost 40 in the Robish collection), none are of these pneumatic types. The solitary item of outgoing pneumatic mail has a normal-mail cancel.

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