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1912 Air mail, inscription 'ERSTE DEUTSCHE LUFTPOST'

Genuine

  10 p brown on yellow
  20 p brown on yellow
  30 p green on yellow

Overprinted 'Gelber Hund'

  '- 1 M. -' on 10 p brown on yellow

Overprinted 'E.EL.P.'

Genuine

  10 p brown on yellow
  20 p brown on yellow

These stamps are perforated 11 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 p**R 
20 p***** 
30 p***** 
'Gelber Hund'
1 M on 10 pR*** 
'E.EL.P'
10 p***R 
20 p***R 

On envelope:

Forgeries:


(Peter Winter forgeries)

Both stamps with 'E.E.L.P.' overprint and the one with 'Gelber Hund' have been forged by Peter Winter. In all his forgeries that I have seen the word 'COPY' is printed at the bottom of the stamp. I have also seen a postcard with one of his forgeries:


(Forged postcard adressed to: 'Walter Kunath Leipzig C1 Humboldsstrasse 2a')

The position of the stamp, cancels and adress varies from forgery to forgery.

I have also seen forgeries without the word 'COPY' at the bottom (from the same source?).

I have also seen modern Hialeah forgeries of these stamps, made with a scanner and printer. The quality of these forgeries is very bad.

 

1919 Airmail issue

10 p orange 40 p green

  10 p orange (posthorn with wings)
  40 p green (aeroplane)

These stamps are perforated 14 1/2.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pvcc 
40 pvcc 

 

1922 Air mail, dove ('Holztaube'), inscription 'Deutsche Flugpost'

50 p orange
(Reduced size)

 

  5 p green (1924)
  10 p red (1924)
  20 p blue (1924)
  25 p brown
  40 p orange
  50 p violet
  50 p orange (1924)
  60 p red
  80 p green
  100 p lilac (1924)
  200 p blue (1924)
  300 p grey (1924)
 
Larger size (some with coloured underprint)

  1 M dark green and green
  2 M red and grey
  3 M violet and grey
  5 M orange and yellow
  5 M orange
  10 M lilac and red
  10 M lilac
  25 M brown and yellow
  25 M brown
  100 M olive and orange
  100 M olive
  200 M violet

These stamps have perforation 14 (Pfennig values) or 13 x 13 1/2 (Mark values). The watermark is 'Crossed Lines' (Waffeln).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Small sizes
5 p*c1924
10 p**1924
20 p**1924
25 pc* 
40 pc* 
50 p violetc* 
50 p orange****1924
60 pc* 
80 pc* 
100 p******1924
200 p******1924
300 p***R1924 Exists imperforte
Large size
1 Mvcc 
2 Mvcc 
3 Mvcc 
5 M orange and yellow vccYellow underprint
5 M orangecc 
10 M lilac and redccRed underprint
10 M lilacvcc 
25 M brown and yellow ccYellow underprint
25 M brownvcc 
100 M olive and orangeccOrange underprint
100 M olivevcc 
200 Mvcc 

The above overprint is unlisted 'Frankfurter Fruhjahrs Fluge 1925'. It might be a private overprint. I have also seen the 10 M lilac with this overprint.

 

The next airmail stamps were issued in 1926 (eagle ready to take off) in the values 5 p to 3 M (7 values)

Famous are also the so-called Zeppelin stamps with inscription 'DEUTSCHE LUFTPOST', example:


(Zeppelin issue)


Semi-Official Airmail (Halb amtliche Flugpost)

1912 Flugpost Gotha

  10 p violet

I have seen this stamp on a postcard with handstamped 'G. Schlegel' (supposed to imitate the pilot's signature), used on 25th July 1912. Only 500 stamps are known to have been used.

 

1913 Bork-Bruck


(This label has an empty space in the middle for a normal postage stamp, inscriptio 'FLUGPOST BORK BRUCK')

Only 90 of the above lables were issued.


(inscription 'Lufverkehr Bork-Bruck Verkehrs-V.Bork')

Forgeries exist (both perforated and imperforate), example:


(Forgery, reduced size)

Besides the two above labels, another label seems to have been issued picturing a letter with wings and inscription 'DURCH DIE LUFT VERK - VER - BORK'.

Leipzig 1912


'MARGARETEN VOLKSFEST LEIPZIG 18 MAI 1912 FLUGPOSTMARKE 50 Pf', probably genuine

I have also seen the above stamp with perforation.

 

1924 Junkers - Luftverkehr Berlin - Angora


(Genuine stamp)


(Forgery of this stamp)


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