/revised 24 Jul 2005
Postage due items from USA to Sweden
1 Feb 1977 - 31 Jan 1978
US foreign surface letter rate 18 c
Swedish foreign surface letter rate 140 öre
US handstamp shows amount missing in US cents and US surface letter rate.
In Sweden the indicated fraction multiplied by 140 rounded up to next 5 öre and a handling fee of 100 öre were normally paid by affixing stamps on an advice card sent along with item by the Swedish post office. Items handed out at the window or by rural carriers may have the amount due affixed on the item.

Postcard with 9 cent. Correct rate 12 cent. Shortpaid 3 cent. US due handstamp shows deficiency 3 cent and INCORRECTLY the surface postcard rate 12 cent (instead of the surface letter rate 18 cent). Fraction 3/12 multiplied by foreign letter rate 140 = 35 öre and handling fee 100 öre, totally 135 öre have been charged in Sweden. The amont due has probably been paid together with the fees for other items.