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German Democratic Republic (DDR)
(East Germany)
Stamps of 1956

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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 510 and 511
"200th Anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart"

Issued: 27th Jan 1956, Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Mi 510
10Pf
blackish grey green
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Mi 511
20Pf
brown red
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Michel 512 to 515
"Opening of civil aviation in the DDR"

Issued: 1st Feb 1956. Perf: 13x12½. Designed by Eigler to commemorate the opening of civil aviation in the DDR.

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Mi 512
5Pf
multicoloured
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Mi 513
10Pf
blackish opal green
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Mi 514
15Pf
blue
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Mi 515
20Pf
brown light red
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Michel 516 and 517
"100th Anniversary of the death of Heinrich Heine"

Issued: 17th Feb 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the death of Heinrich Heine.

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Mi 516
10Pf
blackish blue green
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Mi 517
20Pf
brownish red
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Michel 518 and 519
"Leipzig Spring Fair"

Issued: 25th Feb 1956. Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Gruner to celebrate the Leipzig Spring Fair.

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Mi 518
20Pf
dark brownish red
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Mi 519
35Pf
dark lilac ultramarine
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Michel 520
"70th Birthday of Ernst Thälmann"

Issued: 16th Apr 1956. Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Eigler and issued to commemorate the 70th Bitrthday of Ernst Thälmann.

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Mi 520
20Pf
multicoloured
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Michel Block 14
"70th Birthday of Ernst Thälmann"

Issued: 16th Apr 1956. Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Eigler and issued to commemorate the 70th Bitrthday of Ernst Thälmann.

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Michel 521 and 522
"International Friendship Day"

Issued: 30th Apr 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Petersen to celebrate International Friendship Day 1956.

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Mi 521
10Pf
dark grey green
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Mi 522
20Pf
magenta
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Michel 524 to 526
"750th Anniversary of Dresden"

Issued: 1st Jun 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Götze and issued to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the City of Dresden.

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Mi 524
10Pf
black opal green
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Mi 525
20Pf
carmine red
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Mi 526
40Pf
black purple violet
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Michel 527
"10 years of State Owned Enterprises"

Issued: 30th Jun 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Petersen and issued to commemorate 10 years of State Owned Enterprises.

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Mi 527
20Pf
dark rose
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Michel 528 and 529
"100th Anniversary of the death of Robert Schumann"

Issued: 20th Jul 1956. Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Eiger and issued to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the death of Robert Schumann.

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Mi 528
10Pf
darkish green
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Mi 529
20Pf
red
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Michel 530 to 533
"German Sports Festival, Leipzig"

Issued: 35th Jul 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Petersen and issued to prommote the German Sports Festival in Leipzig.

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Mi 530
5Pf
dark grey green
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Mi 531
10Pf
blackish violet blue
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Mi 532
15Pf
darkish lilac purple
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Mi 533
20Pf
darkish rose red
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Michel 534
"Death of Thomas Mann"

Issued: 13th Aug 1956. Perf: 13x12½. Designed by Bengs and issued to commemorate the death of Thomas Mann.

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Mi 534
20Pf
blue black
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Michel 535
"100th Birthday of Jakub von Bart-Cisinski"

Issued: 20th Aug 1956. Perf: 13½x13 and designed by Eigler to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Jakub von Bart-Cisinski.

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Mi 535
50Pf
dark violet brown
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Michel 536 and 537
"Leipzig Autumn Festival"

Issued: 1st Sep 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Hoepfner and issued to celebrate this year's Leipzig autumn Fair.

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Mi 536
10Pf
dark green black
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Mi 537
20Pf
red carmine black
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Michel 538
"Building National Memorials"

Issued: 8th Sep 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Weiß to celebrate Naational buildings.

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Mi 538
20 + 80Pf
carmine red
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Michel 539 and 540
"Melbourne Summer Olympics"

Issued: 28th Sep 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Zethmeyer to celebrate the summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

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Mi 539
20Pf
brown red
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Mi 540
35Pf
dark grey blue
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Michel 541 and 542
"100th Anniversary of the death of Robert Schumann (II)"

Issued: 8th Oct 1956. Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Eigler and re-issued (slightly different design) to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the death of Robert Schumann.

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Mi 541
10Pf
dark green
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Mi 542
25Pf
red
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Michel 543
"500th Anniversary of the University of Greifswald"

Issued: 17th Oct 1956. Perf: 13x13½. Designed by Bengs and Skribelka to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the University of Greifswald.

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Mi 543
20Pf
lilac carmine
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Michel 544
"Stamp Day"

Issued: 27th Oct 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Hohler to celebrate Stamp Day 1956.

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Mi 544
20Pf
brown light red
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Michel 545 to 547
"110th Anniversary of Karl Zeiss Jena"

Issued: 9th Nov 1956. Perf: 12½x13. Designed by Bengs and Skribelka and issued to commemorate the 110th Anniversary of Karl Zeiss Jena.

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Mi 545
10Pf
blackish olive green
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Mi 546
20Pf
brown red
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Mi 547
25Pf
blackish violet Ultramarine
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Michel 548 to 550
"Human Rights Day"

Issued: 10th Dec 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Bengs and Skribelka and issued to commemorate Human Rights Day.

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Mi 548
5Pf
dark grey olive
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Mi 549
10Pf
dark red brown
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Mi 550
25Pf
black ultramarine
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Michel 551 to 556
"Berlin Zoo"

Issued: 14th Dec 1956. Perf: 13x12½. Designed by Bengs and issued to commemorate Berlin Zoo.

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Mi 551
5Pf
green black
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Mi 552
10Pf
blackish green
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Mi 553
15Pf
dark brown violet
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Mi 554
20Pf
dark brown lilac red
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Mi 555
25Pf
blackish ochre brown
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Mi 556
30Pf
dark violet ultramarine
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Michel 557
"Help for Hungry"

Issued: 20th Dec 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler to help raise funds for Hungry.

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Mi 557
20+10Pf
dark rose red
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Michel 558
"Help for Egypt"

Issued: 20th Dec 1956. Perf: 13½x13. Designed by Eigler to help raise funds for Egypt.

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Mi 558
20+10Pf
dark rose red
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Michel 1 to 5
"Service stamps for administrative mail"

Issued: 1st Apr 1956. Perf: 13x12½. Official stamps available on sheets (10x10). Type I watermark Wz 2XI, Type II watermark Wz 2XII

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Mi 1
5Pf
blackish grey
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Mi 2
10Pf
blackish grey
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Mi 3
20Pf
blackish grey
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Mi 4
40Pf
blackish grey
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Mi 5
70Pf
blackish grey
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