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GERMAN EMPIRE
POSTCARDS
1908

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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.

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MICHEL P76 to P79

MICHEL P76
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA

Issued 1908. Shape change. 'Postkarte' on the top left and no central dividing line. No other text. Short address lines (86mm), address lines without any notes or graduation, Watermatk 3.

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Michel P76
2Pf slate grey stamp


MICHEL P77
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA

Issued 1908. Shape change. 'Postkarte' on the top left and no central dividing line. No other text. Short address lines (86mm), address lines without any notes or graduation, Watermatk 3.

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Michel P77
3Pf brown stamp


MICHEL P78
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA

Issued 1908. Shape change. 'Postkarte' on the top left and no central dividing line. No other text. Short address lines (86mm), address lines without any notes or graduation, Watermatk 3.

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Michel P78
5Pf green stamp


MICHEL P79
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA

Issued 1908. Shape change. 'Postkarte' on the top left and no central dividing line. No other text. Short address lines (86mm), address lines without any notes or graduation, Watermark 3.

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Michel P79
10Pf carmine stamp


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MICHEL P80 to P82

P80 to P82 similar format to P76 to P79. Difference is these are reply card unlike the postcards above. Text on top left-hand side reads 'Postkarte mit Antwort | Carte Postale avec réponse payée' but no other text.

MICHEL P80
(REPLY CARD)
GERMANIA

Issued 1908. Text on top left-hand side reads 'Postkarte mit Antwort | Carte Postale avec réponse payée' but no other text. Stamps are two 3pf, brown, Hindenburg Medallions, one on each side of the card.

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Michel P80
2x 3Pf brown stamp


MICHEL P81
(REPLY CARD)
GERMANIA

Issued 1908. Text on top left-hand side reads 'Postkarte mit Antwort | Carte Postale avec réponse payée' but no other text. Stamps are two 5pf, green, Hindenburg Medallions, one on each side of the card.

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Michel P81
2x 5Pf green stamp


MICHEL P82
(REPLY CARD)
GERMANIA

Issued 1908. Text on top left-hand side reads 'Postkarte mit Antwort | Carte Postale avec réponse payée' but no other text. Stamps are two 10pf, carmine, Hindenburg Medallions, one on each side of the card.

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Michel P82
2x 10Pf Carmine stamp


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MICHEL P83 to P87

Increase in the reduced local postage in Württemberg. Upgrading of previous cards to 2Pf, old Watermark. additional printing of a value stamp to 3Pf with otherwise unchanged form. These cards have the word 'Postkarte' on the top left-hand side of the card. Below this and to the left is the word 'An'. There are three dotted address lines and a single solid address line. The last dotted line and the solid line are preceeded by the word 'in'. Below the 'in' is the inscription 'Wohnung | (Straβe und Hausnummer)'.

MICHEL P83
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA

The same design as Michel P57 with an additional 3Pf stamp and the 2Pf stamp cancelled with 4 horizontal solid bars.

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Michel P83 - 3Pf brown and 2Pf grey stamps


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MICHEL P84
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA

The same design as Michel P63 with an additional 3Pf stamp and the 2Pf stamp cancelled with 4 horizontal solid bars.

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Michel P84 X
3Pf brown and 2Pf grey stamps


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MICHEL P85
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA

The same design as Michel P76 with an additional 3Pf stamp and the 2Pf stamp cancelled with 4 horizontal solid bars.

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Michel P85 - 3Pf brown and 2Pf grey stamps


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MICHEL P86
(REPLY CARD)
GERMANIA

The same design as Michel P60 with an additional 3Pf stamp and the 2Pf stamp cancelled with 4 horizontal solid bars.

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Michel P86 - Answercard
3Pf brown and 2Pf grey stamps


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MICHEL P87
(REPLY CARD)
GERMANIA

The same design as Michel P66 with an additional 3Pf stamp and the 2Pf stamp cancelled with 4 horizontal solid bars.

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Michel P87 - Answercard
3Pf brown and 2Pf grey stamps


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MICHEL RP15 and RP16
ROHRPOST-KARTEN

MICHEL RP15
(POSTCARD)
GERMANIA (DEUTSCHES REICH)

Issued 1908 and measuring 125 x 88mm. Inscribed 'Rohrpost=Karte' with a 25RPf Germania stamp inscribed 'DEUTSCHES REICH'. This card has a watermark. Similar design to the 1902 Michel RP13 and 1915 issue Michel RP17 .

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Michel RP15
25RPf yellowish-brown stamp


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MICHEL RP16
(REPLY CARD)
GERMANIA (DEUTSCHES REICH)

Issued 1908 and measuring 125 x 88mm. Inscribed 'Rohrpost=Karte' with two 25RPf Germania stamps inscribed 'DEUTSCHES REICH'. This card has a watermark. Similar design to the 1902 Michel RP14 and 1915 issue Michel RP18 .

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Michel RP16
2x 25RPf yellowish-brown stamp


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XI GERMAN GYMNASTICS FESTIVAL
(PP27-C-97-02)

Issued Jul 1908 to commemorate the 11th German Gymnastics Tournament In Franakfurt (MAIN).

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PP27-C-97-02


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