Exhibition / Ausstellung. Hannover HABRIA Nov. 2011
Habria Exhibition Version 2
History and Background
Table of values from first OPD.
Table of values from second OPD.
Rates Table / Post Tarife
Period 18. 20 - 30 Sep 1923
Period 19. 1 - 9 Oct 1923
Period 20. 10 - 19 Oct 1923
Period 21. 20 - 31 Oct 1923
Period 22. 1 - 4 Nov 1923
Period 23. 5 - 11 Nov 1923
Period 24. 12 - 19 Nov 1923
Period 25. 20.- 25 Nov 1923
Period 26. 26 - 30 Nov 1923
Period 27. 1 - 31 Dec 1923
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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.

Latest Acquisition.


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 be patient

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 expertizer.

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