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GERMAN EMPIRE
POSTCARDS
1901

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For postcards of the German Empire the cardboard was supplied by multiple sources and in order to keep a check on the quality, a system of dots was used from 1876 onwards, which enabled tracing of the source. Initially a gap was added to the left-hand or the right-hand end of the 4th address line. From 1879 onwards the system was enhanced by removing dots from either the left-hand or right-hand side at the 5th, 15th, 20th, 25th or 30th position on the 4th address line. From 1890 the dot position also corresponded to the letter following the print date at the bottom right-hand corner, e.g. 5th dot = 'a', 15th dot = "b" etc.

From 1894 the control data for the 5Pf cards was changed from dots to a watermark. The watermark also contains data for the print factory and date of printing. The month of printing is determined by dots in the first and second lines of the address.

For the 2Pf cards the paper factory could initially be determined by dots in the lower right-hand corner, however this was dropped in 1900 when all control data was removed.

From 1906 until 1914 the watermark was used to determine year of printing as well as the paper mill (Roman numberal) for 2Pf and 5Pf cards.

Note there are also gaps in the address lines that do not appear to have any meaning.

MICHEL P55
(REPLY CARD)



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Michel P55
2x 2Pf slate-grey stamp


MICHEL P56
(REPLY CARD)



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Michel P56
2x 5Pf green stamp


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KARTENBRIEF
LETTERCARD

MICHEL K10
KARTENBRIEFT *

There are only two Kartenbrief with a 10Pf Germania stamp inscribed "REICHSPOST", see also K9.

Distinguishing features:
i) Carmine 10Pf REICHSPOST Germania stamp and
ii) Measures 140 x 90mm, (K9 measures 141 x 96mm) and
iii) 'Kartenbrief' is directly below 'Deutsche Reichspost' in the centre of the card.

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Michel K10
10Pf carmine stamp


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MICHEL A17 and A18
POSTANWEISUNGEN
(POSTAL ORDER)

MICHEL A17
(GERMANIA - REICHSPOST)

Issued 1901. "Postanweisung", this time as a single word without a break, '-' or '=' as in previous cases. With a 10Rpf Germania 'REICHSPOST' carmine stamp.

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Michel A17
10Pf carmine stamp


MICHEL A18
(GERMANIA - REICHSPOST)

Issued 1901. "Postanweisung", this time as a single word without a break, '-' or '=' as in previous cases. With a 20Rpf Germania 'REICHSPOST' blue stamp.

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Michel A18
20Pf blue stamp


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ROHRPOST-KARTE

MICHEL RP12
ROHRPOST-KARTE

Issued 1901 with the same design as the 1900 issue RP10 featuring a 25Pf, Germania "REICHSPOST" pre-printed stamp. RP12 can be identified by the open 'K' in Ruhrpost-Karte.

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Michel RP12
25Pf brown-yellow stamp


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06-Dec-2020 01:49