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1920s Covers From Memel And Danzig

 
 
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Posted 08/20/2019   3:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Turtle2900 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
My kids just picked these covers for me in a group of 20 or so from Memel & Danzig at an Estate Sale for a few dollars.
A few nice finds, especially in the first image.
I believe the blue and buff stamp with red Type I overprint is Memel Scott #32 on cover with a CV of $72. or is it #41 with Type II overprint font?
Along with #69, #77 (bottom left, green), #72 (horizontal).

On the 3rd image, I cannot make out the overprint on the "sower" small stamp in the center. It looks like 2 or 20 Marks on a 20c stamp, but I cannot find that combination in the Scott Catalog. Any suggestions ?

and the last image with Danzig, looks like ##68 on cover CV$13






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Posted 08/20/2019   4:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If nothing else, I really love the hand writing. The stamps are not bad either,

Peter
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I feel the same Peter. It's hard to tell in the scans but 2 of the envelopes have black borders.
A nice clean look with beautiful hand writing.
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Those with black borders from this period are termed "mourning covers," so you have a group of condolences sent to Frau Kretzel although it looks like multiple spellings of the surname were used. They are usually sold as singles so it's a bit unusual to see a group. Apparently the deceased was beloved so someone saved all of them ...
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Posted 08/20/2019   4:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Turtle2900 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting Cj I was not aware of the "mourning covers"
Thank you for the information
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Posted 08/20/2019   5:44 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The sower stamp is, I think, Yvert 80 from 1922. Don't know the Scott number.
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I think the sower stamp is Scott 94, which was overprinted and then re-overprinted, or surcharged. It was originally Scott 54, 20 pfennig on 20 centime red brown, issued 1922, but then, I presume because of the hyper inflation that was just beginning to occur in Germany, was surcharged later that year, with the value of 20 marks, or one hundred times the original value. On cover Scott values it at 11 dollars.
I think the lady's name is Martha (or Marta) Notzel (with an umlaut over the o)
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very helpful !
Thank you
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I think the lady's name is Martha (or Marta) Notzel (with an umlaut over the o)

Yep. "Nötzel" in all instances except the one where "ö" has been rendered as "oe", which is not uncommon.

Re the variation in the spelling of the first name, "Martha" and "Marta" are pronounced the same in German.
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Posted 08/21/2019   03:51 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These free pages illustrate all of the stamps - you'll probably need to open on a laptop/desktop, not a tablet

http://www.album.france-timbres.net/
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Thank you GeoffHa. Very helpful, the pages with images are very useful.
Almost like Rod's posts of his pages ;-)
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Posted 08/21/2019   12:12 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
But these talk like Bardot.

I've used these album pages in the past in non-illustrated form, but the illustrated ones are a good quick reference.
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Posted 08/21/2019   12:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice!
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