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NAZI GERMANY
STAMPS
1933

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BREAKING NEWS: 30th Jan
Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg.


BREAKING NEWS: 27th Feb
The Reichstag, Germany's seat of Government in Berlin is set on fire. Hitler responds by arresting political opponents and issues and emergency presidential decree.


BREAKING NEWS: 22nd Mar
The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany


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MICHEL 479 to 481
OPENING SESSION of NEW REICHSTAG
(Potsdam)

Issued 12th April 1933: These 3 stamps show Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1712 to 1786) from a painting by Adolph von Menzel (1815 to 1905). These stamps were available on engraved sheets (10x10) and in stamp booklets. The stamps have a waffle/network watermark and are perf 14x14¼.

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Mi 479
6RPF blackish-bluish-green
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Mi 480
12RPf lilac-red
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Mi 481
25Rpf bright-lilac-ultramarine
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These stamps were issued in sheets of 100, the 6Rpf and 12Rpf stamps were also issued in booklet form. There were two separate issues and in both cases the stamps are identical except for variations in the respective colours from light to dark. These stamps were produced in unknown quantities and were valid until Dec 31st 1935.

An official postcard Mi P248 and an official postmark were issued to coincide with the celebration.

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MICHEL 482 to 495
HINDENBURG MEDALLIONS
(Changed colours and new values)

Issued 1933: These stamps were issued in Sheets of 100 throughout 1933 and were valid until the end of the war in May 1945. The 6RPf, and 8RPf values were also printed in booklet form. The 3RPf, 4RPf, 6RPf, 8RPf, 10RPf, 12RPf, 20Rpf, 30RPf and 50RPf values were also issued on coils of 100 or more stamps.

For help in determining the correct identification for the Hindenburg Medallions please use the Hindenburg Cross Reference table.

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Mi 482
brown
(May)
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Mi 483
dark-Prussian-blue
(May)
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Mi 484
blackish-opal-green
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Mi 485
yellowish-red
(April)
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Mi 486
dark-reddish-brown
(May)
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Mi 487
blackish-pink-red
(April)
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Mi 488
dark-brownish-carmine
(Aug)
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Mi 489
mid-blue
(May)
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Mi 490
dark-brownish-olive
(May)
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Mi 491
dark-lilac-purple
(Aug)
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Mi 492
blackish-green / grey-black
(July)
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Mi 493
dark-carmine-lilac / grey-black
(May)
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Mi 494
dark-cobalt / grey-black
(Jul)
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Mi 495
blackish-green / grey-black
(July)
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There are a few minor anomalies to look out for, for example Mi 482, the 3RPf stamp has a variant 482x which was produced with yellow gum. There are also examples of the 'D' in the word Deutschland having an 'open D' compared to the more usual 'closed D'. I have an example of Mi 485 with the 'Open D' in my collection.

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5th REICHSPARTEITAG NURNBERG
(Nazi Party Rally)

30th Aug to 3rd Sep 1933. The 5th Nazi Party Congress was held in Nuremberg and was called the "Rally of Victory" (Reichsparteitag des Sieges) in reference to the Nazi seizure of power. There were no special stamps released to commemorate the annual Nazi Party rally in 1933, however there was a special postmark that was used.

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Michel 496 to 498
World's Fair
'Chicagofahrt Weltausstellung 1933'

Issued 25th Sep 1933: Celebrates the 50th Crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by the airship 'Graf Zeppelin L.Z 127' whilst visiting the Chicago World's Fair. These 3 stamps, 1RM, 2RM and 4RM were valid through the end of 1937. They copy the design of the original 1928 and 1931 Zeppelin stamps but have an additional "Chicagofahrt Weltausstellung 1933" overprint. These stamps were printed on sheets of 100 and featured a waffle watermark.

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Mi 496
1 Mark
black-pink
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Mi 497
2 Mark
dark-violet-ultramarine
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Mi 498
4 Mark
black-brown
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There was a special postmark used for this flight. "Luftschiff Graf Zeppelin 50th ozeanüberquerung - Oktober 1933 - Südamerika-Chicago fahrt" - Airship Graf Zeppelin 50th ocean crossing - October 1933 - South America-Chicago flight.

BEWARE FORGERIES OF THESE STAMPS ARE COMMON



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MICHEL 499 to 507
WELFARE FUND
(Deutsche Nothilfe)
Richard Wagner

Issued 1st Nov 1933: This series of 9 stamps depict various opera's by Richard Wagner (1813 to 1883) and were the first stamps to feature a swastika watermark. This was one of the first steps in the Nazification of the postal system and it was a subtle sign of the Nazi's beginning to move into all aspects of German life, later on this progressed to Nazi Swastika and party symbols being more overtly displayed on postal materials.

These stamps were issued concurrent with an Emergency Aid postcard Michel P249 issued on the same day.

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Mi 499
3+2Pf
dark orange-brown
Tannhauser
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Mi 500
4+2Pf
dark blue
Flying Dutchman
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Mi 501
5+2Pf
emerald-green
Rhine Gold
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Mi 502
6+4Pf
blackish-green
Mastersingers of Nuremberg
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Mi 503
8+4Pf
orange-red
The Valkyrie
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Mi 504
12+3Pf
carmine-red
Siegfried
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Mi 505
20+10Pf
dark turquoise-blue
Tristan and Isolde
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Mi 506
25+15Pf
dark-ultramarine
Lohengrin
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Mi 507
40+35Pf
dark lilac-purple
Parsifal
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There was no special postmark for this series however a slogan postmark, issued on the 6th March 1933, is sometimes associated these stamps. There was also a Souvenir Sheet related to this stamp issue.


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MICHEL BLOCK 2
10th ANNIV of the WELFARE FUND

Issued 29th Nov, 1933: These stamps are a re-issue of the 1924 Nothilfe charity stamps now overprinted '1923-1933'. This sheet has a large watermark "10 Jahre Deutsche Nothilfe 1923-1933" and the stamps have a swastika watermark. The paper used to manufacture this sheet was handmade so these exist in varying thickness of paper. Only 64,000 of these sheets was ever produced so they are among the most expensive Nazi era postal mmemorabiliaand hence out of the range of many collectors.

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Mi508-511: Block 2 Minisheet
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Mi 508
5+15Pf
black bluish green
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Mi 509
10+30Pf
dark cinnabar red
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Mi 510
20+60Pf
dark blue
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Mi 511
50+150Pf
bright sienna
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MICHEL 512X to 528X
HINDENBURG MEDALLIONS

Issued 1933 to 1936: This re-issue of the Hindenburg Medallions was using Swastika watermarked paper. The issue dates for the individual values is difficult to determine as these stamps were issued as required. The 1RPf is an exception as it was a new value necessitated by the change in postal ttariffsand was issued on 4th December 1933. As these stamps were produced over a long period of time they do show significant variations in colour and shade. The 3RPf and the 10RPf also exist with inverted watermarks.

These Hindenburg Medallions were also issued as vending machine stamps and booklets.

For help in determining the correct identification for the hHindenburgMedallions please use the Hindenburg Cross Reference table.

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Mi 512
1Pf
black
(4th Dec 1933)
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Mi 513
3Pf
dark brown-oochre
(Jan 1934)
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Mi 514
4Pf
blackish-grey-ultramarine
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 515
5Pf
(yellow) emerald-green
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 516
6Pf
black (grey) green to black-opal-green
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 517
8Pf
yellowish-red to ccinnabar
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 518
10Pf
dark reddish-brown
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 519
12Pf
blackish-pink (red)
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 520
15Pf
dark to black-red-violet
(Apr 1934)
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Mi 521
20Pf
(bright) cyan-blue
(Apr 1934)
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Mi 522
25Pf
(a) mid lilac-ultramarine, (b) bright ultramarine
(Apr 1934)
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Mi 523
30Pf
dark brownish-olive
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 524
40Pf
dark lilac-purple
(Feb 1934)
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Mi 525
50Pf
black-green / grey-black
(May 1934)
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Mi 526
60Pf
dark carmine-lilac / grey-black
(May 1934)
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Mi 527
80Pf
dark-cobalt / grey-black
(Feb 1936)
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Mi 528
100Pf
blackish-yellow-orange / grey-black
(Sep 1934)
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There are also examples of Mi 517 where the 'D' in the word Deutschland has an 'open D' compared to the more usual 'closed D'. Mi516 exists imperforate and there are examples of Mi517 which are imperforate or imperforate on either the left or the right side.

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