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GERMANY 1945 local stamps issued in the Russian occupation zone

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(For the city of Berlin and Brandenburg), Berlin bear

Two stamps with zig-zag perforation in between

  5 p green
  6 p violet
  8 p red
  10 p brown
  12 p red
  20 p blue
  30 p green

These stamps exist with normal perforation but also with so-called zig-zag perforation (see some examples above).

All values exist with overprint 'Sowjetische Besatzungs Zone' (1948, on perforated stamps).

Various local overprints exist, examples:

Stadt Storkow +10 overprints

Fredersdorf overprint (see there)

Stamps with overprint 'Berlin im Aufbau' (in three lines) are bogus issues.

Besides these local issues for Berlin, many local stamps were issued in the 19th century, see under Germany local stamps.

THURINGEN (Thuringia)

(Thuringen 'WIR BAUEN BRUCKEN'; 'we build bridges')

Note that the backside of the above stamp has so-called 'spargummu', circular spots which don't have any gum (because of the after-war conditions, not much gum was availalbe). The following values exist in this serie (4 values: 10 p + 60 p violet, 12 p + 68 p red, 16 p + 74 p blue and 24 p + 76 p brown).

Other stamps issued for Thuringen are: a posthorn with letter (6 p green, 8 p orange), a tree (3 p brown, 4 p grey and 5 p green) and famous persons (12 p red, 20 p blue, 30 p grey):

(4 p tree, 6 p posthorn with letter and 20 p Goethe)

I've seen the values 3 p, 4 p and 5 p in a mini-sheet with inscription 'WEIHNACHTSSPENDE 1945 FUR DIE OPFER DES FASCISMUS'.



Various designs:

'6 PFENNIG' no other inscription; this stamp exists in black on green and lilac on green.

Ploughing; this stamp exists in brown, red on lilac, black on lilac, black on green, red on yellow and lilac on blue.


The above 12 p stamp exist in the colours: brown, red, and red on lilac.


1945 Inscription '21.10.1945' and various persons

  6 p + 14 p green (Breitscheid)
  12 p + 28 p red (Thalmann)
  8 p + 22 p violet (Klausener)


1945 Land reform, inscription 'JUNKERLAND IM BAUERNHAND', various designs with farmers

  6 p + 14 p green (ploughing)
  8 p + 22 p brown (sowing)
  12 p + 28 p red (harvesting)


1945 Child aid, various designs, inscription 'MECKLENBURG VORPOMMERN Helft den Kindern'

  6 p + 14 p orange
  8 p + 22 p blue
  12 p + 28 p red

I suspect that the above stamps are cancelled to order (they all have identical cancels). Forgeries also exist of these stamps.


1946 Inscription 'MECKLENBURG VORPOMMERN' at the bottom

  3 p brown (houses, imperforate)
  4 p red-brown (dear in forest, imperforate)
  4 p blue (dear in forest, imperforate)
  5 p light green (ships, imperforate)
  6 p lilac (farmer, perforated)
  6 p blue (farmer, perforated)
  8 p orange (windmill, imperforate)
  15 p brown (ploughing, perforated or imperforate)
  12 p red (perforated)
  15 p brown (ploughing with tractor, perforated)
  20 p blue (building, perforated)
  30 p green (industry, perforated)
  40 p lilac (weaving, perforated)

West-Saxony (Dresden)

Inscription 'POST' only:


The following values exist: 
  5 p brown
  6 p green
  8 p violet
  10 p dark brown
  12 p red
  15 p yellow
  20 p blue
  25 p blue
  40 p lilac

  3 p brown
  5 p green, 
  6 p blue
  6 p violet
  8 p orange
  12 p red

  3 p black
  4 p grey 
  5 p brown
  6 p green
  6 p violet
  8 p violet
  10 p grey
  12 p red
  15 p yellow
  20 p blue
  25 p blue
  30 p yellow
  40 p lilac

A very rare 12 p red with inscription 'POST' and Russian inscription 'POUTA' exists. It was redrawn very rapidly after its introduction and replaced with the above stamps.

(Genuine stamp)

The next stamp is a forgery of this stamp made by the forger Peter Winter.

(Peter Winter forgery)

I've also seen a forgery of Peter Winter of the 6 p black value (without Russian text).



  6 p + 44 p green (Dresden Zwinger)
  12 p + 88 p red (Dresden Rathaus, townhall)

West Saxony (Leipzig)

Inscription 'DEUTSCHE POST':

In the above design exist: 3 p brown, 4 p grey, 5 p green, 6 p violet, 8 p orange, 10 p grey, 12 p red, 15 p brown, 20 p blue, 30 p olive, 40 p lilac and 60 p brown. The values 5 p, 6 p, 8 p and 12 p also exist imperforate.
I've seen the value 12 p with inscription 'DEUTSCHE POST' in a block of four with overprint 'ROSSWEIN 1376 1946' in a octagonal with an image of a horse in the center. Click here for an image.

'DEUTSCHE POST Musterschau LEIPZIGER Erzeugnisse'; a 12 p red also exists in this design.

Inscription 'LEIPZIG DEUTSCHE POST' with arms of Leipzig; a 4 p grey in the above design also exists.

In another design (buildings in Leipzig) exist: 5 p green, 6 p blue (design as 5 p), 8 p orange and 12 p red (design as 8 p).


1946 Leipzig fair, inscription 'DEUTSCHE POST LEIPZIGER MESSE 1946'

  6 p + 14 p violet
  12 p + 18 p blue
  24 p + 26 p light brown
  84 p + ? p green

The values 6 p, 12 p and 24 p also exist imperforate.



Inscriptions 'Gegen Volksnot Volkssolidaritat DEUTSCHE POST'

The following values exist in the above design: 3 p brown, 4 p grey, 5 p green, 6 p violet, 8 p orange, 10 p grey, 12 p red, 15 p brown, 20 p blue, 30 p green, 40 p violet and60 p red.

Saxony (Halle)

Inscription 'PROVINZ SACHSEN', arms:

(Reduced size)

In the above design exist: 
  1 p grey
  3 p brown
  5 p green
  6 p violet
  8 p orange
  10 p brown
  12 p red
  15 p brown
  20 p blue
  24 p brown
  30 p green
  40 p violet

The values 1 p, 3 p, 5 p, 6 p, 8 p, 10 p and 12 p also exist imperforate.


Inscription 'PROVINZ SACHSEN', ploughing farmer

(Reduced sizes)

Two values exist in this design 6 p green and 12 p red. They also exist printed on extremely thin paper.


Inscription 'PROVINZ SACHSEN WIEDERAUFBAU' (reconstruction)

  6 p + 4 p green (building house)
  12 p + 8 p red (building bridge)
  42 p + 28 p blue (train workshop)


With 'Dessau' overprint

The above three stamps are more common without the 'EILENBURG' and 'Dessau' overprints. Without this overprint they exist perforated or imperforate. I have seen a sheet of paper with inscription 'FUR DEN WIEDERAUFBAU DER KULTURSTADTTEN DER STADT DESSAU', with the above stamps with 'Dessau' overprint (all imperforate) pasted on it with cancel 'DESSAU 30.4.46 - 12'.


Click here for older issues of Saxony (before 1900).

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