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Does The Overprint Say Heil Or Hell?

 
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Posted 11/03/2011   10:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add fifia to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just found that stamp in one of my stockbooks.

Does it say heil or hell? It looks like hell.....
Anybody has a stamp like this? Thanks.







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Posted 11/03/2011   10:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Heil"
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Posted 11/03/2011   10:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jimjamtwo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looks to me more like 'Hell' than 'Heil.'

Either some ink seems to have run between the dot and the rest of the 'i' or the dark area is an illusion created by the darker lines in that area on the background stamp.

I've come up against this problem time and time again with postmarks, i.e., I can't read the postmark clearly because the appearance of a letter or number is affected by the appearance of the background stamp.
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Posted 11/03/2011   11:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think it's just some smudging or smearing of the ink, as jimjam suggests. But surprisingly appropriate, no?
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Posted 11/04/2011   12:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jimjamtwo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No.
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Posted 11/04/2011   08:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add warrehouse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It appears to be "Hell" the l's or il look to simular to be an ink smear.
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Posted 11/04/2011   10:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fifia to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everybody for your comments. It does look more like hell then heil but then again I do not think "they" would have stamped it hell.
After all it was in 1938. I put them in my special album.
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Posted 11/04/2011   5:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nethryk to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
fifia - It looks very much like a "Heil Hitler" Sudeten "Liberation" provisional cancel to me. See: http://sudeten.bizland.com/sudetenland9.htm for an explanation and for more examples. - nethryk
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Posted 11/04/2011   7:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fifia to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
nethryk,

thanks for the link. Interesting stuff.
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