-Le Havre
On 10/10/1914 the Belgian government obtains the permission to settle itself in France in Le Havre.
Mister Dufayel,owner of the 'great shops Dufayel ' from Paris, was the promotor of Nice-Havrais where he constructed a large building for his workers to use as a holiday resort. Here were a hotel,villa's and a large building.The Belgian minister and his family stayed in this "Hotellerie du Nice-Havrais" , place Fr‚deric Sauvage nr 4,with a Belgian post-office on the ground floor, who started its work on 14/10/1915. Before this date the Belgian post-office was situated in the assistant-post office of Nice-Havrais, beside the French post office, avenue des Régates.

 
 
 
       

-FIRST TYPE OF POSTMARK:
A worn out cachet of Le Havre,donated by the French central post office of Le Havre, with a fractured ring above the E of LE, which is not rectangular,but slanting towards the E. The our is indicated on the first line, followed by a star with six arms.
This postmark was in use from 18/10/1914 until 22/10/1914, and was then send back to the French post-office.

-SECOND TYPE OF POSTMARK
Departing from 23/10/1914 one uses a special for the Belgian office fabricated postmark:LE HAVRE (SPECIAL) SEINE INFre. This was used until 14/10/1914.
Three models:

Why these different types? 1) and 2) could be used by two different groupes of employ‚es , 3) could be of a later date. These postmarks can have several differences: without a line between day and month; without the hour ; without the month-indication; the line between month and day is interrupted.

-THIRD TYPE OF POSTMARK
Departing from 15/10/1915 one uses the postmark "SAINTE-ADESSE / POSTE BELGE / BELGISCHE POST until 22/11/1918.
This postmark consisted of three lines:
  1] Hour of departure placed beside a star with six arms, placed on two points. A point (.) between SEINE and INFre. The distances between the words who form the lines are not important. Cross section: 27 mm (French type)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

2] Hour of departure without a star next to it. A point (.) between SEINE and INFre. The distances between the words who form the lines are not important.

 
 
 
 
 

3] The hour of departure is replaced by a star. A connection line (-) between SEINE and INFre re of INFre is greater than in model 1) and 2) The distances between the words are more pronounced.

  - The hour of departure
- The date
- The year
Two models:
  1) Hour of departure without a star
Month in Roman figures, seperated from the day by a point.
A line drawn through the B of BELGISCHE crosses the D of ADRESSE.


2) Star with six arms, placed on two points, adherent to the hour of departure.
Month in Arabic figures, seperated from the day by a line.
A line drawn through the B of BELGISCHE crosses the R of ADRESSE.


-COMMEMORATION POSTMARK
Probably in January 1915 a likely postmark of the first postmarks of LE HAVRE SEINE INFre was used, but without the defect in the ring and with the date 18/10/1914 . This was done to commemorate the opening of the Belgian post-office in Le Havre. The Belgian government had asked for the original postmark, but received another.
The postmark does not mentions the hour of departure, which is replaced by a star with six arms, placed on a point.