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In 1935 the F.I.P (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie") officially agreed to sanction a "Day of the Stamp" and on 7th Jan 1936 Germany issued the first special postmark to mark the event. Germany continued to issue special postmarks annually thereafter but it was not until 1941 that Germany would issue its first commemorative stamp. However an advertising label was used in Jan 1937. The "Ka-Be" printers bought 3,000 sheets of 3Pf Hindenburg Medallion stamps and these were 'modified' by overprinting every other stamp with white ink in the form of one of two inscriptions. The modified text read "Tag der Briefmarke 10.1.1937" or "Ka-Be Briefmarken Alben allen voran".
(Tag der Briefmarke)
MICHEL 643 to 645
These stamps (Michel 643 to 645) were issued in sheets of 100 on 3rd March 1937 and were valid through 31st December 1937. The stamps depict an air raid warden of the Reichs Luftschutz Bund (National Air Defence League) holding a protective shield which sybolises protecting the community.
4th ANNIV of LUFTSCHUTZ
(Civil Defence Union)
These engraved stamps were based on a poster by Prof. Hohlwein (see the righthand pane) and were produced on sheets (10x10) on unwatermarked paper and were Perf K14.
dark to blackish-pink
There was no special postmark or postcard issued to mark this event in 1937, however in 1938 a special postmark and slogan postmarks were used to mark the 5th Anniversary.
MICHEL BLOCK 7
Issued on the 5th of April 1937 this minisheet (Michel Block 7) was used to commemorate the 48th Birthday of Adolf Hitler. The inscription reads "Whoever wants to save a people must think heroically" and is a quote from one of Hitler's speeches. This is the first time Hitler appears alone on an official stamp. The design is by Prof. Richard Klein and has a swastika watermark that covers the entire reverse of the minisheet. The sheets were initially printed 147mm x 105mm but there are many available that have been trimmed. The stamps Michel 646 are Perf K14.
ADOLF HITLER's 48th BIRTHDAY
In addition to the regular city/date cancellations there were 4 special postmarks used in Berlin, Berchtesgaden, München and Nürnberg.
MICHEL BLOCK 8
Issued: 16th Apr 1937. Michel 647 (Block 8), was issued just over a week after Block 7 and is of the same design except this issue was imperforate and again the watermark is a swastika watermark that covers the entire reverse of the sheet. This sheet was issued at the 1st National Stamp Exposition entitled "The German Postage Stamp" in Berlin.
1st NATIONAL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION
The exhibition was staged from 16th to 18th April 1937 in Berlin and a special postmark was issued to coincide with the event. During the first few hours of the event opening there was a mix-up and the organisers mistakenly cancelled these sheet "1936" instead of "1937", however they soon realised the mistake and all further cancellations were correctly dated.
The same minisheet was again used from the 17th to 20th April at another exhibition, "The Life and Work of the Führer", held in Hamburg. This event also has a special postmark depicting the Edelweiss flower.
BREAKING NEWS: 6th May
In the United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flames when mooring to a mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirteen passengers, 22 crew and one member of the ground crew were killed.
BREAKING NEWS: 7th May
Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion arrives in Spain to assist Francisco Franco's forces. The German Army uses the war to develope its Blitzkrieg techniques which will become the cornerstone of their early success in World War II.
MICHEL BLOCK 9
Michel 648 (Michel Block 9) was issued on 10th June 1937 and like the two previous minisheets it has a swastika watermark that covers the entire reverse of the sheet. This minisheet differs from the earlier design in that it has an additional inscription that reads "25RPf inclusive of Culture Fund donation".
HILTER's CULTURE FUND
These sheets were initally issued to coincide with the 2nd National Socialist Party Rally in Hamburg from 10th to 13th June 1937 and there was a special postmark used at the same time. After the event these sheets were made more widely available, even as far as Austria.
GET to KNOW GERMANY
In July 1937 a series of 9 official postcards themed as "Get to Know Germany" was issued coded as 37-97-1-B1 through B9. These cards have a 5Pf green Hindenburg Medallion indicia stamp and each one features a scene or landmark somewhere in Germany.
(Sixth Hindenburg Series)
MICHEL BLOCK 10
Issued: 1st Aug 1937 - This minisheet, Michel block 10, fetures the same stamp, Michel 649, as a minisheet used in 1936 for the previous year's race. However this issue has a red overprint "1 August - 1937 - München - Riem" across the stamp and the minisheet itself has a watermark inscribed "MÜNCHEN - RIEM - 1936". There are known forgeries of this sheet where the overprint is inverted and these are much cheaper than the real minisheet.
BROWN RIBBON of GERMANY
A special postmark indentical to the previous year's special postmark was also used on the 1st August, race day.
MICHEL BLOCK 11
Michel 650 was used on this minisheet (Block 11) issued on 3rd Sep 1937. It is almost identical to the Culture Fund minisheet (Block 9) but with the addition of extra text on the left and right sides of Hitler's head. The left side reads "Reichsparteitag" and the right side reads "Nürnberg 1937".
9th NÜRNBERG REICHSPARTEITAG
(Nazi Party Rally)
From the 6th to 13th Sep the 9th Nazi Party Congress is held in Nürnberg and is titled the "Rally of Labour" (Reichsparteitag der Arbeit) to highlight the reduction of unemployment in Germany since the Nazi rise to power.
These minisheets were first made avaliiable at the "Collecting in your leisure time" Exhibition in Berlin from the 3rd to 5th Sep 1937. A Special postmark and an official postcard were also released. In addition to this postcard there was also a series of 8 more postcards with 6PF Hitler Head indicia stamps issued to coincide with rally.
1st Oct 1937
Although no stamps were issued to commemorate the 'Day of Thanks' there was an official postcard and a special cancel used in Bückeberg.
"DAY of THANKS
MICHEL 651 to 659
Michel 651 Through Michel 659 were issued on 4th Nov 1937 to mark the Winter relief Fundraising event of 1937. this series of 9 stamps were designed by von Axster-Heüdtlass and were engraved by the state printing works in Berlin. Each stamp features a ship and they were issued on sheets of 100 (10x10). There are two varities, type 'x' with vertical gum rippling and type 'y' with horizontal gum rippling. The stamps are Perf K14.
(Winter Relief Fund)
blackish orange brown
Bremen (lifeboat) 1931
Burgemeister Oswald (lightship)
dark emerald green
darkish grey green
Wilhelm Gustaff (liner)
darkish yellow red
blackish brownish red
blackish carmine brown
Schwerin (train ferry)
blackish red lilac
There was a special postmark used by a "touring post office" that visited 12 towns to advertise the fundraising event. In addition to the postmark there was also a special postcard made available.