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Blogs on German Philately

These blogs cover aspects of building a German stamp and postal history collection. I hope to encourage your imagination! By the way, items given as examples, e.g. #026482, are our stock numbers, subject unsold, you can look them up on this web site. Just insert the six-digit number in the search box on our home page, and the item should spring up.


HOW REGULAR ARE REGULAR STAMPS?

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Published
11/02/22 10:39:00 AM

For Germany and Austria, we keep a good stock of "regular" stamps up to about 1950. These are stamps listed in the main catalogues like Gibbons and Michel. But do our customers collect them is a "regular" way?

WAYS TO SPECIALISE IN WWII GERMAN PHILATELY

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Published
10/02/22 12:21:00 PM

There is technical philately and there is social philately. This blog looks at different ways of applying these skills to the stamps and postal history of the III Reich. Some of the items (e.g. #026377) are from our stock. You can view these (subject unsold) by inserting the six-digit stock number in the query box on our home page (top left) and the item should spring into view.

GERMANY 1930s, DARKENING CLOUDS

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Published
10/02/22 01:52:00 AM

This blog aims to match history with the stamps. President von Hindenburg, seen as the grand uncle and father figure of the nation, presided over a nation which, from the late 1920s until 1932, still balanced between socialism, democracy, nationalism, and SA gang rule at street level. But more was to follow...see below....

SPECIALISING

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Published
19/06/21 12:24:00 PM

SPECIALISING....
There comes a point where a collection of regular stamps becomes virtually complete, but certain sectors have a special affection. This is the time when specialisation becomes an interesting and challenging way to continue the hobby.

If you are reading the second section of our Germany Part 2 list you have already begun. The stamps of Germany proper fall into three main groups for the period up to the end of WWI:

A JOURNEY

Published
11/06/21 09:08:00 AM

Germany's journey from Unification (1871) and rapid industrialisation, to loss of the Colonial Empire, defeat in WWI and abdication of the Kaiser (1918) took less than a lifetime. What a fascinating story in European history, which can be told by stamps and postal history featured in our Part 2 list.

HOW MANY GERMAN STATES WERE THERE?

Published
11/06/21 08:51:00 AM

Gibbons and Michel list sixteen states issuing postage stamps before the formation of the North German Confederation, plus Heligoland which was a British possession until 1890, and Alsace-Lorraine which was in military occupation from 1870. Like most things in history, the background was more complex.