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This city is now called Gdansk and situated in Poland. It used to be german territory, it became isolated from the rest of Germany after world war I. After world war II it was ceded to Poland.
Private postal services existed in Danzig, click here for more details. Piece of an envelope with cancel of the 'Danziger Privatpost':
5 p green 10 p red 15 p lilac 20 p blue 30 p orange and black on yellow 40 p red 50 p violet and black Larger size 1 M red 1.25 M green 1.50 M brown 2 M blue 2.50 M lilac 3 M violet 5 M black and red Surcharged
'10' (red) on 20 p blue '25' on 30 p orange and black on yellow
1 M on 30 p orange and black on yellow 1 1/4 M (red) on 3 p brown 2 M (blue) on 35 p brown 3 M (green) on 7 1/2 p orange 5 M (red) on 2 p grey 10 M on 7 1/2 p orange
These stamps have an underprint of grey wavy lines.
2 p grey 2 1/2 p grey 3 p brown 5 p green 7 1/2 p orange 10 p red 15 p violet 20 p blue 25 p orange and black on yellow 30 p orange and black 40 p red and black 50 p violet and black 75 p green and black 80 p red and black on red
A 60 p violet and a 1 M red exist with the same overprint, but they are very rare. Also a 2 M blue with three 'DANZIG' overprints exists. They were used by the postal authorities (only a few thousend were used):
1 M on 40 p orange and black on yellow 1 1/4 M on 3 p brown 2 M (blue) on 35 p brown 3 M on 7 1/2 p orange 5 M (red) on 2 p grey 10 M on 7 1/2 p orange
40 p (blue) on 40 p red 60 p (red) on 40 p red '1 Mark' (blue) on 40 p red
Later issues, inscription 'FREIE STADT DANZIG':
(Postage due stamp of 1923, inscription 'VOM EMPFÄNGER EINZUZIEHEN')
(Fiscal stamp of Danzig, 'Urkundensteuer')
A region between Germany and France. After world war I, it was under french administration. In 1935 Saarland stopped issuing stamps for a while when it became part of the Third Reich. After world war II it became part of the french zone and more stamps were issued. In 1959 the last stamps of Saarland, as it was called now, were issued. It then became part of Germany definitively. Be careful with the cancels of Saar, some cancelling devices have ended up in wrong hands!
2 p grey 2 1/2 p grey 3 p brown 5 p green 7 1/2 p orange 10 p red 15 p violet 20 p blue 25 p orange and black on yellow 30 p orange and black 35 p brown 40 p red and black 50 p violet and black 60 p lilac 75 p green and black 80 p red and black Larger size
1 M red
Be careful, forged overprints exist! I have seen a forged overprints on the values 15 p, 30 p and 80 p stamps. Furthermore forged cancels exist, especially with a cancel that was only introduced in 1924 (with 24 hour indication instead of for example 3-4 Nm).
5 p green 10 p red 15 p red 20 p blue 25 p grey 30 p orange 40 p olive 50 p brown 60 p green 1 M brown 2 M violet 3 M red 5 M blue 10 M green
Be careful, forged overprints exist! I have seen a 1 M brown stamp with forged overprint. A similar overprint on stamps with value 2 p, 3 p, 7 1/2 p and 20 M exist. They were prepared for use, but only a few came into use. For example, only one cancelled stamp of the 20 m is known to exist.
5 p green 5 p brown 10 p red 10 p orange 15 p violet 20 p blue 20 p green 30 p orange and black on yellow 30 p blue 40 p red and black 40 p red 50 p violet and black 60 p lilac 75 p green and black Larger size
1.25 M green 1.50 M brown 2.50 M lilac Surcharged
'20' and stars on 75 p green and black 5 M on 15 p lilac 10 M on 15 p lilac
(Issue of 1924)
(Issue of 1927)
(Fiscal stamp of Germany 'DEUTSCHES REICH FRACHT-STEMPEL' with woman in the center overprinted '1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 2 M blue and yellow)
I have also seen a 3 M fiscal stamp in the same design (olive and grey) with a 'Saargebiet' overprint. Furthermore:
'1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 1 M green and red (two types, '1' and Fr.' very far apart or next to each other)
'1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 1 1/2 M red and lilac
'1 Fr.' (blue) and 'Saargebiet (black) on 3 M olive and grey
'1 Fr. Saargebiet' on 4 M blue and brown
Some other Frachtstempel stamps of Germany were also overprinted (woman on the left hand side, see image above) with 'Saargebiet' (at least two types of this overprint exist).
Inscription 'SAARGEBIET FRACHTSTEMPEL':
In the above design (woman facing to the right) I have seen: 5 c red, 10 c red, 20 c green (value red), 25 c brown (value lilac), 50 c orange (value violet), 50 c blue (value yellow) and 70 c green (value yellow). I have also seen '60 cts' (red) on 20 c green (value in red).
In this design (woman facing to the left) I have seen the values 60 c green (value red) and 1 Fr grey. Furthermore the following surcharges: 25 c on 10 c orange (all values in black), 25 c on 1 F green (all values in red).