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MICHEL 529 to 539
Issued: 21st Jan 1934. These stamps were issued on the 21st Jan 1934 and were valid through 31st Dec 1939. The stamp design is interesting in that the lower denominations, which were primarily for domestic use, feature the Nazi swastika rising like the sun over the earth. The German eagle soars gracefully in the foreground and overall the impression is of a resurgent Germany looking forward to a bright future. As the Nazi party had only been in power for a year the two higher denominations, which would be primarily used on international mail, are more toned down and less political.
bright to middle violet
dark yellow-green and black
mid cobalt and black
There were two special slogan postmarks used with this issue.
29th Jan 1934
Issued: 29th Jan 1934. There was no special stamp issue for this occasion however there was an official postcard, P250, used to celebrate the anniversary.
1st ANNIV of SEIZURE of POWER
GET to KNOW GERMANY
Issued: Mar 1934. A series of 9 different postcards, P231 were issued to encourage Germans to travel around their country and see the historical places as well as the beautiful scenery that German had to offer.
GET to KNOW GERMANY
Issued: Mar/Jun 1934. This series of 144 different postcards, P232, followed on from the second issue earlier in 1934.
Issued: 30th Apr 1934. No special stamp was issued to celebrate the National Day of Work in 1934, however an official postcard, P251, was issued on 30th Apr and was valid for use until Dec 1935.
NATIONAL DAY of WORK
BREAKING NEWS: 30th Jun
The Night of the Long Knives. SA leader Ernst Röhm and other prominent figures are murdered in their beds by the Nazi's as Hitler tightens his grip on power.
MICHEL 540 to 543
Issued: 30th Jun 1934. This set of 4 stamps was issued on the 30th June 1934 and was valid until 31st December of the following year. The theme was famous German explorers and the stamps were issued in commemoration of the "Memorial Festival of the Lost Colonies" which referred to the loss of former German colonies to the victorious allies following the Versailles Treaty end of the First World War.
red brown and dark brown
Franz Adolf Eduard Lüderitz
dark blue-green and dark brown
Doctor Gustav Nachtigal
carmine-red and dark brown
Doctor Karl Peters
bright blue and dark brown
Hermann von Wissmann
GET to KNOW GERMANY
Issued: Jul 1934. This 4th series of dark-green on cream coloured postcards, P233, consists of 36 cards.
GET to KNOW GERMANY
Issued: May 1934. A fifth series of 1,218 different postcards, P236, pictured German scenes in brown on a cream coloured postcard.
BREAKING NEWS: 2nd Aug
President Paul von Hindenburg dies and Adolf Hitler declares himself Führer of Germany, becoming head of state as well as Chancellor.
MICHEL 544 to 545
On the 26th August 1934 these two stamps were issued to mark the Saar Plebiscite, a vote that was to held in January 1934 which would determine the future of the Saar region. The vote was intended for the people of the region to determine if they should be returned to Germany or to France. Over 90% voters opted for reunification with Germany, with 9% voting for the status quo as a League of Nations mandate territory and less than 0.5% opting for unification with France.
END of the Saar PROTECTORATE
The 6RPf stamp is a reference to the Saar regions main coal mining industry whereas the 12RPf stamp is meant to show the Saar region as a part of a new arising Germany.
There were 3 special slogan postmarks issued in conjunction with the two stamps.
MICHEL 546 and 547
Two stamps were issued on the 29th August as well as a postcard on the 1st September 1934. In addition an official postcard, P252, was also available.
(Nazi Part Rally)
The rally of victory
Held from the 5th to 10th Sep the 6th Nazi Party Congress took place in Nuremberg, attended by about 700,000 Nazi Party supporters. The Leni Riefenstahl film 'Triumph des Willens' is made at this rally.
A special postmarks was used from the 29th August until the 10th September. A slogan postmark was also used during the event.
MICHEL 548 to 553
On 5th September 1934 six of the Hindenburg Medallion issue stamps were reprinted with black borders as a memorial to Paul von Hindenburg who died on 2nd August 1934. In addition to these stamps, two postcards, P234 and P235, with black borders were also published.
In MEMORIAM - PAUL VON HINDENBURG
There was no special postmark issued but there are two related postmarks issued in Hohenstein.
Issued: Sep 1934. Although no special stamp or postmark was issued there was a special postcard, RP25, printed in red on salmon card. The postcard features a salmon coloured 55Pf Hindenburg Medallion indicia stamp valid until May 1945.
(Pneumatic Mail Service)
MICHEL 554 and 555
On the 8th November 1934 two stamps commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the birth of Johann Schiller (German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright), were released. The design of both stamps is the same, however the value and colour are different.
There were no special postmarks or slogans used with these stamps however Marbach, where Schiller was born, used two somewhat related postmarks which depict The Schiller Museum. A special slogan postmark was also issued in Stuttgart and used from 10th to 12th November 1934.
MICHEL 556 to 564
This interesting series of stamps, 9 in total and a related postcard, P253, were issued on 5th Nov 1934. These stamps were released in sheets of 100's as well as in booklet form.
GERMAN WELFARE FUND
Artist / Sculptor
MICHEL 132 to 143
These 'Officials' were available for Berlin W30 and Munich 2 Post Offices from 18th January 1934 onwards. These stamps were used by government departments to send official mail through the postal system. There are many different shades of paper, ink and gum available and they were perf K 14:14¼ on swastika watermarked paper on sheets (10x10). These stamps were re-issued in 1942 with different colours and no watermark.
(Swastika in Oak leaf Wreath)
dark Prussian blue
(a) dark rose-red or (b) strong red-carmine
dark brownish lilac
dark brownish olive