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German Democratic Republic (DDR)
(East Germany)
Stamps of 1955

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East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische, DDR), was a country that existed from October 1949 until 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. It described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state" and the territory was administered and occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II — the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the DDR.

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Michel 447 and 448
"Leipzig Spring Fair"

Issued: 21st Feb 1955, Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Gruner to celebrate the Leipzig Spring Fair.

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Mi 447
20Pf
dark violet purple
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Mi 448
35Pf
dark lilac ultramarine
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Michel 449
"Help for the high water damage"

Issued: 25th Feb 1955. The same as Michel 431 but with cancelled denomination and overprint with diffferent value and donation.

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Mi 449
20+5Pf
black olive green
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Michel 450 and 451
"International Friendship Day"

Issued: 1st Mar 1955. Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Gruner and issued to International Friendship Day 1955.

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Mi 450
10Pf
black light green
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Mi 451
20Pf
red
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Michel 452
"International Conference of Civil Service Workers
in the World Trade Union Confederation."

Issued: 15th Mar 1955. Perf: 13x12½. Designed by Gruner and issued to commemorate the International Conference of Civil Service Workers in the World Trade Union Confederation.

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Mi 452
10Pf
black brown red
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Michel 453 to 458
"Five Year Plan Issue (IV)"

Issued: 22nd Jan to 15th Aug 1955. Perf: 13x12½. Designed by Gruner and re-issued with different colours and denominations.

Note the 20Pf, 40Pf, 50Pf and 70Pf have the designer's name 'GRUNER' inscribed on the lower left and 'K.WOLF' inscribed on the bottom right of the stamp. The lower denominations 10Pf and 15Pf do not have any inscription on the lower left or right.

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Mi 453
10Pf
dark turkish blue
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Mi 454
15Pf
blackish blue violet
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Mi 455
20Pf
dark brown red
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Mi 456
40Pf
violet purple
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Mi 457
50Pf
dark cobalt
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Mi 458
70Pf
sienna
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Michel 459 and 460
"International day of liberation from fascism"

Issued: 9th Apr 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler and issued to commemorate the International day of liberation from fascism.

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Mi 459
10Pf
dark lilac ultramarine
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Mi 460
20Pf
dark carmine lilac
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Michel block 11
"International day of liberation from fascism - Minisheet"

Issued: 9th Apr 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler and issued to commemorate the International day of liberation from fascism.

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Mi Block 11 Minisheet
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Michel 463
"10 years of liberation from fascism"

Issued: 15th Apr 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designer by Eiger and issued to commemorate 10 years since the liberation from fascism.

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Mi 463
20Pf
dark red lilac
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Michel 464 to 466
"150th Anniversary of the death of Friedrich Schiller"

Issued: 30th Apr 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eiger (Michel 464), Götze (Michel 465) and Schoner (Michel 466) and issued to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the death of Friedrich Schiller.

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Mi 464
5Pf
black grey green
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Mi 465
10Pf
dark blue
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Mi 466
20Pf
black sienna
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Michel block 12
"150th Anniversary of the death of Friedrich Schiller"

Issued: 30th Apr 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eiger (Michel 464), Götze (Michel 465) and Schoner (Michel 466) and issued to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the death of Friedrich Schiller.

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Michel 470 and 471
"International Cycling Event - Prag - Berlin - Warsaw"

Issued: 30th Apr 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Petersen and issued to commemorate the International Cycling Event - Prag - Berlin - Warsaw.

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Mi 470
10Pf
dark green blue
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Mi 471
20Pf
lilac red
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Michel 472 to 478
"Leaders of the German labor movement"

Issued: 20th Jun 1955. Perf: 13x12½. Designed by Eigler and Petersen and issued to celebrate leaders of the German labor movement.

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Mi 472
5Pf
dark blue green
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Mi 473
10Pf
dark ultramarine
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Mi 474
15Pf
dark blue violet
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Mi 475
20Pf
dark rose red
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Mi 476
25Pf
blackish blue
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Mi 477
40Pf
lilac red
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Mi 478
60Pf
dark brown
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Michel 479 and 480
"Liepzig Autumn Fair"

Issued: 29th Aug 1955. Perf: 13x13½ and designed by Gruner to celebrate the 1955 Leipzig Autumn Fair.

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Mi 479
10Pf
blue
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Mi 480
20Pf
dark green olive
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Michel 481 to 483
"10 Years of land reform"

Issued: 3rd Sep 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Petersen and issued to celebrate 10 years of land reform.

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Mi 481
5Pf
dark grey green
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Mi 482
10Pf
lilac ultramarine
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Mi 483
20Pf
carmine brown
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Michel 484
"10 Years of National Solidarity"

Issued: 10th Oct 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Hohler and Schreiber to celebrate 10 years of national solidarity.

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Mi 484
10Pf
black grey blue
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Michel 485 to 490
"60th Anniversary of the death of Friedrich Engels"

Issued: 7th Nov 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Thomas and issued to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the death of Friedrich Engels.

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Mi 485
5Pf
black light Prussian blue
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Mi 486
10Pf
black lilac ultramarine
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Mi 487
15Pf
black blue green
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Mi 488
20Pf
dark brown
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Mi 489
30Pf
brown orange blue green
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Mi 490
70Pf
olive black rose
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Michel block 13
"60th Anniversary of the death of Friedrich Engels"

Issued: 7th Nov 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Thomas and issued to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the death of Friedrich Engels.

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Michel 491 to 496
"Restoration of Historic Buildings"

Issued: 14th Nov 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler and issued to commemorate the restoration of historic buildings.

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Mi 491
5Pf
brown black
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Mi 492
10Pf
dark grey green
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Mi 493
15Pf
brown violet
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Mi 494
20Pf
lilac red
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Mi 495
30Pf
black red brown
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Mi 496
40Pf
black blue
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Michel 497
"400th Anniversary of the death of Georgius Agicola"

Issued: 21st Nov 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler and issued to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Georgius Agicola.

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Mi 497
10Pf
dark brown
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Michel 504 to 509
"From the Soviet Union
Paintings from the Dresden Gallery"

Issued: 15th Dec 1955. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Gruner and issued to commemorate paintings from the Dresden Gallery.

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Mi 504
5Pf
red brown
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Mi 505
10Pf
dark orange brown
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Mi 506
15Pf
brown lilac
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Mi 507
20Pf
black orange brown
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Mi 508
40Pf
black green olive
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Mi 509
70Pf
dark blue
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