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NAZI GERMANY
STAMPS
1939

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STAMP DAY
(Tag der Briefmarke)

There were no special stamps issued to commemorate the day of the stamp in 1939 however it was 'celebrated' from the 7th to the 9th of January and featured the Winter Relief 'Ostmark and flowers' series from 1938 on a souvenir sheet. There were also 2 special Postcards and a series of special postmarks used during this event.

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MICHEL 686 to 688
INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE
and MOTORCYCLE EXHIBITION

Three stamps were issued on 17th February 1939 to commemorate the International Automobile and Motorcycle Show in Berlin. Designed by Meerwald and engraved on coated sheets (5x10) of swastika watermarked paper and Perf K 14.

There was also a special postmark used for the duration of the show, 17th Feb 1939 to 5th March 1939 in Berlin.

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Mi 686
6Pf+4Pf
black bluish green
The First Automobiles by Benz (1885) and Daimler (1886)
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Mi 687
12Pf+8Pf
blackish pink red
Race cars by "Auto-Union" and "Mercedes-Benz"
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Mi 688
25Pf+10Pf
violet ultramarine
Volkswagen - 'The Peoples Car'
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The stamps were originally limited to two sets per person at the exhibition in Berlin and then later distributed from 17th Feb to 5th Mar from the special post office and selected distributors at the exhibition as well as at the exhibition booths. From 15th Feb they were also available from the Reich Automobile Industry Association Berlin-Charlottenburg 2.

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INTERNATIONALE AUTOMOBILE
UND MOTORRAD
AUSFTELLUNG BERLIN
(Coin Wrappers)

Coin wrappers were also issued by the same 4 banks to advertise the show. As with the stamps themselves there were 4 versions .Below you can see those from the Deutsche Bank, there are also versions from Dresdener Bank, Vienna Lӓnderbank and the Austrian Credit Agency Vienna Bank.

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Mi 686
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Mi 686
Reverse of coin wrapper
'Deutsch Bank' version
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Mi 687
Front of coin wrapper
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Mi 687
Reverse of coin wrapper
'Deutsch Bank' version
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Mi 688
Front of coin wrapper
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Mi 688
Reverse of coin wrapper
'Deutsch Bank' version
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BREAKING NEWS: 22nd Mar
After an ultimatum of 20th Mar, Nazi Germany takes Memelland from Lithuania.


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BREAKING NEWS: 25th Mar
German troops occupy the remaining parts of Bohemia and Moravia; Czechoslovakia ceases to exist.


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MICHEL 689 & 690
APPRENTICE'S VOCATIONAL CONTEST

These two stamps, 6 RPf and 12RPf were issued on the 4th April 1939 and were valid to 31st December 1940. No special postmark was used to commemorate this event. The design, by Meerwald, features the Reich's Adler with outstretched wings holding a cog (symbolising industry) emblazoned with the swastika. Behind the Reich's Adler is a wreath symbolising vistory. Despite the name of the event this was not only for apprentices as it also attracted many older competitors. The stamps were perf K 14 on coated, swastika watermarked paper (10x10).

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Mi 689
6Pf
black-bluish-green
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Mi 690
12Pf
black-pink
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MICHEL 691
50th BIRTHDAY of ADOLF HITLER

This commemorative stamp was issued on the 13th April 1939, a week before Hitler's 50th Birthday. Special postmarks and postcards were also issued to commemorate the event and the stamps expired on 31st Decemeber 1940. The stamp design is derived from a Heinrich Hoffman photograph taken in Braunau, Austria after the Anschluss (the only time Hitler is known to have returned there). Braunau was Hitler's birthplace and is recognised by one of the special postmarks. The spire in the background is St. Stephan Church where Hitler's parents were married in 1885. The stamp is inscribed "DER FÜHRER in SEINER GEBURTSSTADT BRAUNAU 12/3.38" translated as 'THE LEADER IN HIS BIRTH CITY BRAUNAU'. The stamp was engraved on unwatermarked sheets (10x5) and Perf K 14.

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Mi 691
12+38Pf
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MICHEL 692 & 693
REICHS-GARTENSCHAU IN STUTTGART

These two stamps were issued on 22nd April and were valid to 31st December 1940. Both stamps depict a pavillion at the Stuttgart horticultural exhibition as well as the Stuttgart Coat of Arms. A Special postmark and a slogan postmark were also used for the duration of the exhibition from 22nd April to the 8th October 1939 as well as an official postcard. The stamps were printed Perf K 12¾ on sheets (10x10) on non-watermarked paper at the state printing office in Vienna.

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Mi 692
6+4Pf
black-grey
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Mi 693
15+5Pf
dark brown-lilac
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MICHEL 694
LABOUR DAY

On the 28th April 1939 the stamp shown below was issued to commemorate National Labour Day. The design, once again is from a photograph by Hitler's personal photographer Heinrich Hoffman and depicts Hitler during his "German Day" speech earlier in the year on January 30th. A Special postmark and a postcard were also issued to celebrate this National holiday. The stamp is Perf K 14¼ x 13½ on coated, swastika watermarked paper (10x5).

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Mi 694
6+19Pf
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MICHEL 695 to 697
NÜRNBERG RACES & HITLER'S CULTURE FUND

Same as Michel 686 to 688 with Overprint "NÜRBURGRING RENNEN". This set of 3 stamps was issued on 18th May 1939 and was valid to 31st December 1940. These stamps are identical to Michel 686 to 688 used for the Berlin Autoshow except for the addition of an overprint inscribed "Nürburgring-Rennen" - 'Nüburgring-race'. In addition there were 2 Special postmarks.

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Mi 695
6+4Pf
black-bluish-green
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Mi 696
12+8Pf
blackish-pink-red
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Mi 697
25+10Pf
violet-ultramarine
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BREAKING NEWS: 22nd May
Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.


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MICHEL 698
70th ANNIV of the GERMAN DERBY

The 70th Anniversary of the German Derby was commemorated by the issue of a single Prof. Hadank designed stamp on 18th June 1939. The stamp was Perf K 14 and was produced on unwatermarked paper on sheets (5x10) and was valid for use until 31st December 1940. The horse featured on the stamp was the first winner of the race back in 1869 named 'Investment'. A Special postmark depicting the Hamburg City Coat of Arms was also used on the 18th, 21st, 23rd and 25th June (raceday). The stamp itself was only sold n Hamburg.

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Mi 698
25+50Pf
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MICHEL 699
BROWN RIBBON of GERMANY
& HITLER'S CULTURE FUND

This stamp was issued on 12th Jul 1939 to commemorate the 6th running of the Brown Ribbon of Germany horse race. The validity period was just under a year with expiry on 30th June 1940. There was a Special postmark used on 30th July 1939, the day of the race. A slogan postmark advertised the race meeting itself (12th to 30th July). Two additional postmarks can be found that commemorate International Amateur Riders Day, 23rd July and the Brown Ribbon of Jumping held on the penultimate day of the meeting, 29th July. This stamp was designed by Prof. Klein and features a horse trainer. It was engraved on unwatermarked sheets (5x10) and Perf K 14.

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Mi 699
42+108Pf
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MICHEL 700
GERMAN ART DAY

This stamp was Perf K 14 and produced on coated paper on 12th July on (10x10) on swastika watermarked sheets and was valid until 31st December 1940. The design depicts a young Venetian woman from a painting by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). There was a Special postmark as well as a slogan postmark used to accompany the issue of this stamp.

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Mi 700
6+19Pf
blackish bluish green
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5th NATIONAL CONGRESS of the KdF

18th Jul 1939. No stamp was issued to commemorate this event however there was a Special postcard as well as a Special postmark.

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EAST GERMAN FAIR
(königsberg)

8th Aug 1939. The East German Fair at Königsberg was held in August 1939. No stamps were issued to commemorate this event but there were two Special postcards as well as a Special postmark which marked the occasion.

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MICHEL 701
11th NÜRNBERG REICHSPARTEITAG

This stamp was issued on the 25th August along with a Special postcard both of which were to commemorate the 11th Nuremburg Party Rally. The stamp design is derived from a photograph of Adolf Hitler taken by his official photographer Heinrich Hoffmann. The stamp is identical to the Labour Day stamp issued earlier in the year except that this stamp has an inscription "Reichspartietag 1939" which is not on the earlier stamp. The rally was planned to run from 2nd to 11th September 1939, however the German invasion of Poland on the 1st September meant the rally was cancelled, therefore no special postmark was used for this event. Ironically this rally was to be called the "Peace Rally".

The stamp was engraved on sheets (10x5) on coated, swastika watermarked paper and is Perf 14¼ x 13½.

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Mi 701
6+19Pf
black brown
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BREAKING NEWS: 23rd Aug
Germany and Russia sign the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact agreeing to divide Europe between themselves in the event of war.


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MICHEL 702 to 713
KAMERADSCHAFTSBLOCK DER DEUTSCHEN REICHSPOST

This series of stamps were introduced to acknowledge the important role played by the German Postal Service employees. The surtax on these stamps was for the postal workers fund. As can be seen from several of these stamps the colours and shades can vary quite significantly. There was no special postmark accompanying this issue. These stamps were designed by Axster-Heudtlass and were produced on unwatermarked, coated paper (5x10) and were Perf K 13½ x 14¼.

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Mi 702
3+2Pf
dark orange brown
Postal Employees Rally in Deutschland Hall, Berlin.
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Mi 703
4+3Pf
dark grey blue
Post and Telegraphic Scientific Advancement Week
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Mi 704
5+3Pf
darkish yellow emerald green
Vocational Contest for young postal employees
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Mi 705
6+4Pf
dark blue green
Hoisting the Flag parade at the camp in Zeesen
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Mi 706
8+4Pf
dark red orange
Gold Flag Winners
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Mi 707
10+5Pf
blackish sienna
Selecting the best, efficiency contest winners
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Mi 708
12+6Pf
dark carine red
Postal Employees Cross-Country Race
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Mi 709
15+10Pf
dark carmine lilac
Female postal employees activities
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Mi 710
16+10Pf
black grey green
Postschutz Post Office Security
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Mi 711
20+10Pf
bright ultramarine
Glider construction Course
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Mi 712
24+10Pf
black olive
Postkutschen Post Coach
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Mi 713
25+15Pf
blackish lilac ultramarine
Convalescent home for postal employees
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BREAKING NEWS: 1st Sep
German troops invade Poland whilst the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein bombards a Polish military base outside of Danzig.


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BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Sep
After ignoring demands to withdraw her troops from Poland, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany.


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MICHEL 714 & 715
REINTEGRATION of DANZIG

Having invaded Polish territory on the 1st of September 1939 the German Army quickly occupied the free city of Danzig (modern day Gdansk). These two stamps issued on 18th September were in celebration of Danzig returning to the Reich. There is quite a large variation in shades for these two stamps.

There was a special 'Liberation Postmark' that exists in black, violet and blue-violet, some of them did actually go tot the postal system but the majority exist as C.T.O (cancelled to order) specimens aimed at stamp collectors. There is another less common postmark that is usually found with a normal city-date cancel. These stamps were produced on coated, swastika watermarked paper (10x5) and were Perf K14.

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Mi 714
6Pf
black-opal-green
St Mary's Church, Danzig
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Mi 715
12Pf
blackish-orange-red
Crane Gate, Danzig
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MICHEL 716 to 729
DANZIG STAMP with
'DEUTSCHES REICH' OVERPRINT

On the 28th September, following the occupation of Danzig by German forces the 14 exisiting 'Free City of Danzig' stamps were overprinted with the words 'Deutsches Reich' and a new value in Reich's Pfenning or Reichsmarks was added. These stamps were produced in sheets of 100 for the RPf values and sheets of 50 for the RM values and all were valid until 31st December 1940. There were 3 postcards that are associated with this issue.

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Mi 716
3Pf on 3Pf
reddish brown
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Mi 717
4Pf on 35Pf
ultramarine (shades)
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Mi 718
5f on 5Pf
mid yellowish red
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Mi 719
8Pf on 8Pf
greenish olive
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Mi 720
10Pf on 10Pf
dark bluish green
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Mi 721
12Pf on 7Pf
yellow green (shades)
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Mi 722
15Pf on 15Pf
bright red (shades)
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Mi 723
20pf on 20Pf
black turquoise grey
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Mi 724
25Pf on 25Pf
dark pink red to lilac red
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Mi 725
30Pf on 30Pf
dark bluish violet
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Mi 726
40Pf on 40Pf
blackish lilac ultramarine
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Mi 727
50Pf on 50Pf
bright blue / cinnabar red
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Mi 728
1 RM on 1G
yellowish red black
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Mi 729
2 RM on 2G
magenta grey black
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BREAKING NEWS: 8th Oct
Following the Polish surrender, Germany annexes Western Poland whilst Stalin takes the east.


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MICHEL 730 to 738
WINTERHILFSWERK
(Winter Relief fund)

This set of stamps and associated postcard was issued on 27th October 1939 and was valid to 30th June 1940. The stamps are Perf K 14 and were produced on sheets (5x10) on unwatermarked paper and also in booklet form. There were also 5 related special postmarks .

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Mi 730
3+2Pf
blackish brown
Elbogen Castle
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Mi 731
4+3Pf
black blue
Drachenfels
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Mi 732
5+3Pf
blackish yellowish green
Goslar Castle
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Mi 733
6+4Pf
black grey green
Clocktower Graz
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Mi 734
8+4Pf
dark orange red
The Romer, Frankfurt
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Mi 735
12+6Pf
dark carmine red
City Hall, Klagenfurt
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Mi 736
15+10Pf
black lilac brown
Ruins of Schreckenstein Castle
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Mi 737
25+15Pf
dark lilac ultramarine
Salzburg Fortress
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Mi 738
40+35Pf
black lilac purple
Hobentweil Castle
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WINTERHILFWERK VIGNETTE



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OCTOBER
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NOVEMBER
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JANUARY
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MICHEL Z738 & Z739
NEWSPAPER STAMPS
(Zeitungsmarke)
(Paperboy runs across the Globe)

These two 'newspaper stamps' were issued on 1st November 1939 and were valid to the end of the war. They were for the express purpose of sending newspapers to the post from Germany to locations outside of Germany. It was not obligatory to use these stamps when sending newspapers however it was prohibited to use these stamps on regular postal items. These stamps were only available to publishers and newsagents to ensure their proper use. It is rare to find genuine used examples of these stamps on the original newspaper wrappings. The stamps were produced on swastika watermaker paper in sheets (5x10) and were Perf K 14.

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Mi Z738
5Pf
black emerald green
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Mi Z739
10Pf
dark red brown
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