Thursday, 25 May 2017

Germany - Weiden in der Oberpfalz - Sonderstempelstelle

Germany has two special centres where postmark collectors can send their request for special postmarks to: Berlin and Weiden. Each centre carries its own permanent postmark and they both have their own special datestamp.

The special postmark for Weiden shows the old Rathaus (town hall). It was built between 1539 and 1548 as seat for the local government. It was renovated between 1914 and 1917 that preserved its historic charm. Especially the ceiling of the grand hall is very impressive. In the facade of the building there is a carillon, installed in 1983, that plays every day at 11.35 h. and 16.35 h.

There is now a new town hall in Weiden, but once a year the mayor invites the local council for a special session in the old hall. Also the building houses the tourism office, some small shops and restaurants. Furthermore the old Rathaus is used for special cultural events.

For this postmark I used the normal 90 cent definitive from the flower series.

Information about the Sonderstempelstelle Weiden: philatelie.deutschepost.de/Stempelstellen.

Date sent: 20 April 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 23
Envelope in collection: 45





Germany - Bonn - Sonderstempelstelle (datestamp)

Germany has two special centres where postmark collectors can send their request for special postmarks to: Berlin and Weiden. Each centre carries its own permanent postmark. There used to be a fully functioning Sonderstempelstelle in Bonn (the former capital of West Germany) but that now only functions as a counter where collectors can go to for first day of issue postmarks. For each new German stamp there are two different first day postmarks, from Bonn and Berlin.

Bonn is still considered a Sonderstempelstelle so it has its own pictorial postmarks. While Berlin and Weiden have only one, Bonn has two. One with the Post Tower, the Deutsche Post Headquarters building, and one with the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The Sonderstempelstelle Bonn also has a special datestamp.

The datestamp differs from the ones normally used at post offices. It has the text Deutsche Post / Philatelie, two small Deutsche Post emblems and a letter s on top.

For this postmark I used the normal 90 cent definitive from the flower series.

Information about the Sonderstempelstelle Bonn: philatelie.deutschepost.de/Stempelstellen.

Date sent: 20 April 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 23
Envelope in collection: 44




Germany - Weiden in der Oberpfalz - Sonderstempelstelle (datestamp)

Germany has two special centres where postmark collectors can send their request for special postmarks to: Berlin and Weiden. Each centre carries its own permanent postmark and they both have their own special datestamp.

The datestamp differs from the ones normally used at post offices. It has the text Deutsche Post / Philatelie, two small Deutsche Post emblems and a letter s on top.

For this postmark I used the normal 90 cent definitive from the flower series.

Information about the Sonderstempelstelle Weiden: philatelie.deutschepost.de/Stempelstellen.

Date sent: 20 April 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 23
Envelope in collection: 43




Germany - Bonn - Sonderstempelstelle (Beethoven)

Germany has two special centres where postmark collectors can send their request for special postmarks to: Berlin and Weiden. Each centre carries its own permanent postmark. There used to be a fully functioning Sonderstempelstelle in Bonn (the former capital of West Germany) but that now only functions as a counter where collectors can go to for first day of issue postmarks. For each new German stamp there are two different first day postmarks, from Bonn and Berlin.

Bonn is still considered a Sonderstempelstelle so it has its own pictorial postmarks. While Berlin and Weiden have only one, Bonn has two. One with the Post Tower, the Deutsche Post Headquarters building, and one with the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The Sonderstempelstelle Bonn also has a special datestamp.

This envelope shows the special postmark with composer Ludwig van Beethoven postmarking a letter, something he probably never did during his lifetime. It can be obtained by collectors by sending an stamped self-addressed envelope to the Sonderstempelstelle in Weiden.

For this postmark I used the normal 90 cent definitive from the flower series.

Information about the Sonderstempelstelle Bonn: philatelie.deutschepost.de/Stempelstellen.

Date sent: 20 April 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 23
Envelope in collection: 42




Germany - Bonn - Sonderstempelstelle (Post Tower)

Germany has two special centres where postmark collectors can send their request for special postmarks to: Berlin and Weiden. Each centre carries its own permanent postmark. There used to be a fully functioning Sonderstempelstelle in Bonn (the former capital of West Germany) but that now only functions as a counter where collectors can go to for first day of issue postmarks. For each new German stamp there are two different first day postmarks, from Bonn and Berlin.

Bonn is still considered a Sonderstempelstelle so it has its own pictorial postmarks. While Berlin and Weiden have only one, Bonn has two. One with the Post Tower, the Deutsche Post Headquarters building, and one with the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The Sonderstempelstelle Bonn also has a special datestamp.

This envelope shows the special postmark with the Post Tower. It can be obtained by collectors by sending an stamped self-addressed envelope to the Sonderstempelstelle in Weiden.

For this postmark I used the normal 90 cent definitive from the flower series.

Information about the Sonderstempelstelle Bonn: philatelie.deutschepost.de/Stempelstellen.

Date sent: 20 April 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 23
Envelope in collection: 41




Germany

With all my effort to get pictorial postmarks and datestamps from Germany I almost forgot that I needed an ordinary country envelope from Germany in my collection. On 10 May I was in Essen so I bought a recent 90 cent stamp (international tariff), put it on the envelope and left it with the post office.

Three days later it arrived home. The envelope went through the central sorting centre in Essen and got a machine cancellation. The image shows a map of the postal district of Essen. All postal codes there start with 45.

Before the unification of Germany in 1871 some German states issued their own stamps. From 1871 the Reichspost took over the postal services until 1945. After the war the allied powers took care of the mail and issued stamps for that. In 1949 Germany was split into two countries that issued their own stamps. In West Germany the Deutsche Bundespost was established from 1949 to 1995. In East Germany (the German Democratic Republic it was the Deutsche Post (DDR) from 1949 to 1990. There were also separate stamps from the Bundespost for West Berlin (1949-1990). A few years after the reunification the Deutsche Post AG was formed.

Website of the philatelic service of the Deutsche Post (in German): philatelie.deutschepost.de.

Web page of Deutsche Post with the postmark bulletins (in German, every two weeks, also archive from 2008): philatelie.deutschepost.de/Info-Blatt-Stempel-u-Informationen.

Date sent: 10 May 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 3
Envelope in collection: 40




Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Germany - Essen - Philatelie-Shop (datestamp)

Deutsche Post has established special philately windows in 26 major post offices throughout the country. Each uses a datestamp with the letters 'ps' in it to distinguish it from normal datestamps. The letters ps stand for Philatelie-shop.

I wanted to have all 26 of these postmarks so before I went to the Briefmarken-Messe in Essen in May 2017 I prepared 26 envelopes to send to the different post offices. The reason I sent requests to all 26 Philatelie-Shops at the same time was because since I was in Germany I could send letters for the national postal tariff of 70 cents instead of the Dutch international tariff of 1,33 euro, a difference of 63 cents per envelope.

For the envelope I used the new definitive 90 cent stamp from the flower series, issued on 11 May 2017 that I bought at the Philatelie-Shop in Essen on the first day of issue.

The lady behind the counter had a rough day. Not only was it her first day in the Philately-Shop (the colleague that normally was there was on holiday), but it was also the first day of issue of five series of stamps. This meant she got a lot of stamp collectors that wanted single stamps, horizontal pairs, vertical pairs, block of four, sheets of ten. And then there was me with a list of stamps from the last three years. The next day I saw her again sitting in her normal place. She had survived the stampede and was still smiling.

She cancelled my envelope and kept it to send to my home. It arrived there only two days later, the first of the 26 to make it to the Netherlands. 

The Philatelie-Shop can be found in the central post office, located opposite the central station (Hauptbahnhof). The address for postmark requests is: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 45127 Essen, Germany. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 8.30-19.00 h., Sat 9.30-15.30 h.

Date sent: 11 May 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 2
Envelope in collection: 39




American Samoa

The Samoan Islands are a group of islands in the South Pacific, first sighted by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen in 1722. The western part of the archipelago eventually became a German protectorate and is now the independent state of Samoa. The eastern islands became a territory of the United States after the Second Samoan Cilvil War and the Tripartite Convention of 1899. In 1925 Swains Island was annexed and added to the territory.

Nowadays American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States. The head of state is the US president. The governor of American Samoa is the head of government. There is a territorial legislature, the Fono, that consists of a House of Representatives and a Senate. Capital of the territory is Pago Pago.

Since there are no American Samoan stamps, I chose for my envelope the four United States stamps that were issued with a Samoan theme. The most prominent is the issue of 17 April 2000 with the alia, traditional canoe, issued for the centenary of the islands belonging to the United States. Then there are the flag from the Flags of our nation series of 2009, the coral reefs issue of 1980 and the cardinal honeyeater from the tropical birds issue of 1998.

The coral reefs stamp was damaged during its voyage from the Pacific to the Netherlands, but the envelope remains a beautiful piece in my collection.

Date sent: 14 April 2017
Date postmark: 27 April 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 29
Envelope in collection: 38