This site is all about my passion for collecting the postal history involving the German emergency provisional issued stamps
from September - December 1923. Here you'll find information about my collection, and scans of items I've acquired over the
years. All catalogue numbers quoted are from Michel Deutschland Spezial Band 1. Clicking on images opens a new browser window
allowing a better scan of the cover being viewed.
OPD München issued 1 Milliarden Marks value used in Hamburg - Rastede dated 24.11.23. Bearing
two different upper sheet margins showing 2'9'2 and 1'11'1 Cylinder print markings. In this combined format
only a handful of used examples are known to exist.
Above is a parcel card sent from Wathlingen to Erfurt, canceled, 28.11.23. this being the period when stamps were sold at
four times face value. Face franking is 180 Milliarden Marks which when taken at four times face was actually 720 Milliarden
Marks. This was the correct rate for an Inland distance parcel up to 7 Kg weight & traveling up to 375 Km distance. Stamps
are from the OPD Hannover and are all Walzendruck. The lower margin attached is rare as Hannover was one of the OPD's which
removed all upper and lower sheet margins.
Examples of parcel cards from late November 1923 are very rare.
Postlager Ortsbrief / Post Restante Local Letter
Postlager or Post Restante is a service that was virtually unused throughout the inflation
period. Any mail including parcels could be sent to a Post Office and await personal collection. For this service there was
a fixed fee which could be paid by the sender in either stamps, or, as most often the fee was paid in cash upon collection.
Date of collection was marked and the cash amount collected was marked in blue crayon. Such mail was kept for two
weeks and if not collected then returned to sender. Who would then be charged for storage. Errors in the calculation occur
as postal clerks were not familiar with the rates due.
Above we have a local Cassel, OPD Hannover letter dated
29.9.23. The fee due was 12 Thousand Marks and should not have attracted any postage due. Addressee wrongly charged
the fee for insufficient postage. This was calculated as 1.5 times the missing amount. Hence 18,000 handwritten noted as having
been collected. Handwritten 14/10 denotes day of collection. I believe this to be the only recorded example of Postlager bearing
an OPD franking.
In this area, I have put a picture of one of my most prized possessions. How I came by this item is described
below. It is one of Inflations greatest rarities --Please note nothing shown on this site is for sale !
After a long time away I hope to start updating and adding new content to the site over the next few months. Please
|Largest known multiple franking of Michel 333 W.
This is the story about my most prized possession. It ranks as the highlight find of my career as a collector. (Everyone likes
to hear about those flea market finds!) You know the ones where you buy something and with a little research it soon becomes
apparent you have something special.
The story begins with a telephone call I received at 0530 one morning from a friend in Germany. My friend has some heart problems
and when he asked me to go online as fast as possible I feared he was having a heart attack. Within seconds I was online and
asked what was wrong ? But he simply was calling to ask if he should buy a cover for me he had seen at a "Flohmarkt", (flea
market). He had a cell phone picture but it was of poor quality. All I could make out was a mass franking and the date
of the cancel. None the less it was a cover from December 1923 and that period is always searched for. I decided to
take a chance and asked that he buy the cover at the best price possible. This he duly did and once purchased he sent me better
quality scans. Even now though I was unsure if the stamps were of the, "Plattendruck" (flat plate printing) or "Walzendruck"
(cylinder printing) type.
A high resolution scan soon enabled me to determine that the cover was indeed franked with 40 copies of the Walzendruck type
and each stamp alone was quite scarce and such a mass franking on cover should prove to be extremely rare.
Confirmation of this item being unique was confirmed by Herr Dieter Weinbuch, BPP who is a recognized German Inflation period