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Envelopes for local postage

1853 Ellipse in upper left corner with inscription "STADT POST AMT BREMEN", key and crown in the center, in the left bottom corner of the envelope "FRANCO"

Envelope, (reduced size)
(Envelope, reduced size)

  (1 Grote) on white paper
  (1 Grote) on bluish paper

The point of the arms must be between the first "E" and "M" of "BREMEN". Two types exist of these envelopes differing in the "A" of "AMT", the "P" of "POST" and the "R" of "BREMEN".

Warning: these envelopes have also been forged! Reprints also exist of these envelopes. Any whole envelopes with the ellipse placed in the upper right hand side are forgeries. The next stamps are forgeries:


The next items are forgeries, they are cancelled with a "220" numeral cancel (=Thurn and Taxis cancel for Frankfurt a/M?). The words "STADT POST AMT" are too small. Note the impossible existance of sheets of 20 and blocks of these impressions:

Francois Fournier also made forgeries of this envelope (only the cutout I presume), he offers 2 varieties as first choice forgeries in his 1914 pricelist for 2 Swiss Francs (I presume the two different paper colours). I think that the "R" of "BREMEN" is placed too far to the left; a prolounged line from the left side of the shield would not touch the "R" in these forgeries. Also, the point of the shield is situated above the first leg of the "M" of "BREMEN".

Possibly a Fournier forgery

Forgeries taken from a 'Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries' (reduced sizes)

Fiscal stamps

1863 Declarations - Abgabe

(Reduced size, 'Declarations - Abgabe')

With coloured background (rouletted)  
  1 g red
  2 g red
  6 g red
  12 g red
  36 g red (larger size)
  1 T red (larger size)
  5 T red (even larger size, other design)

With lined background (1865, rouletted)
  1 g red

With white background (1866)
  1 g red (rouletted or perforated)
  3 g red (rouletted or perforated)
  6 g red (rouletted or perforated)
  12 g red (rouletted or perforated)
  36 g red (rouletted or perforated, larger size)
  1 T red (perforated, larger size)

Value in 'Pfennig' or 'Mark' (1872, perforated)
  1 p blue
  5 p blue
  10 p blue
  20 p blue
  50 p blue
  1 M blue
  5 M blue
  20 M blue



  1 g orange
  3 g orange
  6 g orange
  12 g orange

Other larger design
  36 g orange
  1 T orange

Value in 'Pfennig' or 'Mark' (1872)

  1 p green
  5 p green
  20 p green
  50 p green
  1 M green (larger size)


1873 "FEUER-VERSICHERUNGEN" (fire insurances, 22 values)

In a small design were issued: 5 p, 10 p, 15 p, 20 p, 30 p and 50 p (all in colours orange and black). In a larger design (see picture above) were issued: 1 M, 2 M, 5 M, 10 M, 20 M and 30 M.



(Reduced sizes)

The following values exist: 2 g blue, 4 g red, 6 g green, 8 g lilac, 10 g orange, 4 g black on red, 34 g green on green, 36 g brown, 54 g violet and orange, 1.2 T red and brown and 1.22 T black and orange on blue.
In the new Mark currency were issued in 1874 the values (colour green, value in black)
3 p, 6 p, 9 p, 12 p, 15 p, 30 p, 1.20 M, 2 M, 2.70 M and 7.20 M.


1874 "STEMPEL ABGABE", arms in a circle in the center

In the above design were issued: 25 p, 40 p, 50 p, 80 p and 1.50 M (all in colour grey).


1895 New design, arms in an ellipse in the center

The following values exist: 10 p, 20 p, 30 p, 40 p, 50 p and 80 p (all in colour red), 1 M grey, 2 M grey, 5 M grey, 10 M grey, 20 M green, 20 M grey, 30 M lilac, 30 M grey, 50 M red and 50 M grey. I have seen the values 40 p and 50 p with overprint 'GOLD' (probably issued in 1923 to indicate the gold-currency).


New design, value in the center arms at the sides (date of issue unkown to me)

I have seen the values 1 M grey, 2 M brown, 3 M brown, 10 M red, 20 M lilac and 20 M blue.


Other fiscal stamps exist for Bremen, for example "URKUNDEN" (1885, 3 p, 6 p, 9 p, 12 p, 15 p, 30 p, 1.20 M, 2.70 M and 7.20 M), "PROTESTEN".


Local stamps

The following local stamps of Hamburg were also used in Bremen, in the small design 2 p blue, 10 p red and 1 M green (text instead of woman in center) and 2 p olive in the larger design:

Stamp of Hamburg Stamp of Hamburg


1896 Local issues for Bremen, inscription "Privat Brief Beforderung Bremen"

  2 p brown
  3 p blue
  5 p green
  10 p red

Postcard in the same design:

(Reduced size)

1899 Postage due stamps, inscription "PRIVAT - BRIEFBEFORDERUNG BREMEN NACHPORTO", imperforate

(Reduced size)

  1 p red
  3 p red
  4 p red
  5 p red
  6 p red



It seems that some stamps with inscription "PACKETFAHRT BREMEN" with a horse exist in 5 blue and 10 p brown and postage due stamps ("NACHPORTO" in 5 p black and 5 p blue.

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