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DANUBE (Donau) STEAM SHIP COMPANY

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The Danube Steam Ship Company issued its own stamps from 1866 to 1880. It didn't only serve the cities along the Danube (Donau), but also Constantinopel (nowadays called Istanbul) and other towns near the Black sea.

1866 Inscription ''Erste k.k.pr. Donau Dampfschiffahrt- Gesellschaft.'

  10 k lilac
  10 k green
  10 k red
  17 k red

ATTENTION: most of these stamps are forgeries or reprints (made in 1877, with perforation 10 or imperforate), by they way I'm not sure if the above stamps are genuine! The genuine stamps should be perforated 9 1/2.

Are the following stamps reprints or forgeries?:

Could the following cancels be genuine, 'AGENTIE D.D.S.G I. MAGURELLE' in an ellipse?:

Genuine?

And a cancel with 'AGENTIE D.D.S.G. ?OM-PALANA':

Stamps with black bars are probalby the cancellation of the remainders.

I think the next block of stamps are Spiro forgeries, the '7' is quite different in '17':


(Reduced sizes)

I have seen a block of 5x5 10 c green stamps with the same cancel, a line, in that forgery there is no dot behind the '10'.

Some primitive forgeries:


(Forgeries)

Other, more sophisticated forgeries made by the forger Fohl:


(Forgeries with overprint 'Falsch!'; Fohl forgeries)

I don't know what the following stamps were used for:

In the above design I have seen: 10 red, 20 blue, 30 lilac, 40 green, 60 orange and 80 yellow.


(What is this?, I only know that it was issued in 1875)

I have also seen some 'D.D.S.G. Gepack Control Marke', (parcel stamps) in the value 40 bani, one in red with inscription 'Galaz Braila' and a green one with reversed inscription 'Braila Galaz'.

Literature: "Danube Steam Navigation Company" by. E.F. Hurt and Denwood N. Kelly, American Philatelic Society Handbook Series, 1950 (64 pages with), contains company history; postal agencies, stamps, forgeries and cancels.


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