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1888-1893 Forerunners (Vorläufer in German): stamps of Germany used in Lamu, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanga etc.

Examples: 'Zanzibar Kaiserl. Deutsche Postagentur':

20 p of Germany used in Zanzibar

The first German post office was opened in November 1888 in Lamu. A second one was opened in August 1880 in Zanzibar. Other post offices exist in Bagamoyo, Dar-es-Salaam and Lindi.


The first cancel used in Dar-Es-Salaam; in use from 4th October 1890 to October 1892,
with inscription 'KAISERL. DEUTSCHE POSTAGENTUR'

2 Mk of Germany used in Dar-es-Salaam 'Dar-es-Salam' cancel
Second cancel of Dar-Es-Salaam, used from December 1892 to 22 July 1902


1893 Stamps of Germany surcharged in 'PESA'

On number issue of Germany:

2 pesa on 3 p brown 3 pesa on 5 p green

  2 pesa on 3 pf brown
  3 pesa on 5 pf green

On eagle issue of Germany:

'5 PESA 5' on 10 p red 10 pesa on 20 p blue 25 pesa on 50 p brown

  5 pesa on 10 pf red
  10 pesa on 20 pf blue
  25 pesa on 50 pf brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 p on 3 p***R 
3 p on 5 p****** 
5 p on 10 p**** 
10 p on 20 p*** 
20 p on 50 p****** 

 

1896 Stamps of Germany surcharged 'Deutsch-Ostafrika' and value in 'PESA'

On number issue of Germany:

2 pesa on 3 p brown 3 pesa on 5 p green

  2 pesa on 3 pf brown
  3 pesa on 5 pf green

On eagle issue of Germany:

5 Pesa on 10 p red 25 p on 50 p brown

  5 pesa on 10 pf red
  10 pesa on 20 pf blue
  25 pesa on 50 pf brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 p on 3 p** 
3 p on 5 p** 
5 p on 10 p** 
10 p on 20 p** 
25 p on 50 p**** 

 

1900 German colony type (ship), inscription 'DEUTSCH-OSTAFRIKA'

Small size, value in 'Pesa':

5 pesa red 40 p red and black

  2 p brown
  3 p green
  5 p red
  10 p blue
  15 p orange and black
  20 p red and black
  25 p violet and black
  40 p red and black on red

Small size, value in 'heller':

4 h green 20 h orange and black on yellow

  2 1/2 h brown
  4 h green
  7 1/2 h red
  15 h blue
  20 h orange and black on yellow
  30 h red and black
  45 h violet and black
  60 h red and black on red

Large size, value in 'Rupie

1 Rupie red 3 R red and black

  1 R red
  2 R green
  3 R red and black

All these stamps are perforated 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Value in 'PESA', no watermark
2 pcc 
3 pc* 
5 p** 
10 p** 
20 p**** 
25 p***** 
40 p***** 
Value in 'RUPIES', no watermark
1 R***R 
2 R**R 
3 RRR 
Value in 'HELLER', no watermark
2 1/2 h** 
4 h** 
7 1/2 h** 
15 h** 
20 h**** 
30 h**** 
45 h****** 
60 h****** 
Value in 'HELLER', watermark 'Lozenges'
2 1/2 hc* 
4 hcc 
7 1/2 hcc 
15 hc* 
20 h*** 
30 h** 
45 h**** 
60 h***R 
Value in 'RUPIES', watermark 'Lozenges'
1 R**-Non-issued
2 R**-Non-issued
3 R***R 

Forgeries:

I have seen genuine stamps with forged cancels of this issue.


(Fournier forgeries)

Fournier has made forgeries of the small ship design. For more information on forgeries of the German colonies click here.

Bogus issue (?):


(Manual overprint 'G R Mafia JDM')

I have also seen the 2 1/2, the 4 h and the 15 h with the same overprint.


Two other unlisted 'Mafia' overprints on stamps of German East Africa

 

1916 Non issued stamps

2 1/2 h lilac 7 1/2 h red


Image obtained with permission from http://www.sandafayre.com/gallery/stamp_1676.htm

  2 1/2 h lilac (2 types '2' different)
  7 1/2 h red (2 types, '7' different)
  1 R red (larger size)

These stamps were prepared for an anticipated shortage of stamps due to World War I. However, they were never issued.


(2 types of the 2 1/2 h stamp)


(Types of the 2 1/2 and 7 1/2 h, images obtained from http://magazzuphil.com )

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 h***- 
7 1/2 h***- 
1 RRRR- 

Forgeries:


(I've been told that this is a forgery!)

 

1892 Non issued private issue of the Schulke Mayrs company, inscription 'AFRIKANISCHE SEEEN POST Unter Contract mit dem Kaiserl. Gouvenement in DEUTSCH OST AFRIKA'

Genuine

  5 c red
  10 c orange
  25 c blue
  50 c green
  1 Dollar brown

Fiscal stamps

Examples:

Overprinted 'Kai-Gebuhr' and value:

I have also seen the values 5 h on 12 1/2 h brown (overprint red), 10 h on 25 h green, 20 h on 25 h orange and 1 R on 1 R blue.

The 'Statistik des waarenverkehrs' stamps exist also overprinted with 'Lagergebuhr' (=storage fees) in the values: 5 h on 25 h red, 10 h on 25 h orange, 25 h on 25 h green, 50 h blue, 75 h on 25 h olive, 1R on 1 R violet. These stamps were issued in 1914.

The 'Statistik des waarenverkehrs' stamps exist also overprinted with 'O.H.B.M.S. MAFIA' in a circle. They were issued during the British occupation of the island Mafia. A similar overprint can be found on a 25 h 'Ubersetzungs-Gebuhren' fiscal stamp. They are very rare. Example:


(Statistik des waarenverkehrs with 'O.H.B.M.S. MAFIA' overprint in a circle)


'Woermann Linie Deutsche Ost-Afrika-Linie Kaigeld'

More information on the Woermann line (founded 1890) can be found at: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/woermann.htm.


Local envelopes

Some provisional envelopes were issued in Morogoro in 1916, they consist of a seal with the German eagle and 'KAISERL. POSTDIREKTOR DEUTSCH-OSTAFRIKA' and a red 'Frankiert mit 7 1/2 H', example:

These envelopes were prepared since stamps were no longer available due to the British blockade of this country.


Literature:

For later issues (Tanganyika) click here.


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