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Posted 11/21/2019   1:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add sopotsopot to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Stamp Hong Kong SG 67 Wmk Crown CA with German cancel deutsche seepost asiatische hauptlinie. I have already encountered this stamp, but always only on stamps or postal German stationery.


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Posted 11/21/2019   4:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
sopotsopot -

Great stamp, with a very nice cancel. Thank you for sharing it with us. I have the reference book, "The Philatelic and Postal History of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports of China and Japan" by F.W. Webb, and on page 363, (see scan below) it explains the German sea post cancels. I also have encountered this cancel, as shown by the stamp below from my collection. Your stamp's cancel is definitely Type B, as the OST- is clearly there.

My stamp is Type A.

Linus




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Edited by Linus - 11/21/2019 4:43 pm
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Nice post Linus...saved.
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Here is a German 20 pf. "Crown and Eagle" stamp with the "Linie" cancel. It appears to have a 1900 date.

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A little history of the Ost-Asiatische Hauptlinie (East Asiatic Main Line), Ost-Osiatische Zweigline (East Asiatic Branch Line) and Ost-Asiatische Linie (East Asiatic Line).

The first ship of the Norddeutscher-Lloyd's Ost-Asiatische Hauptlinie, the S.S. Oder, sailed on 30 June 1886 for Shanghai.

S.S. Oder

On board were the incoming Postmaster for the German post office in Shanghai, and a shipboard postal clerk armed with the DEUTSCHE SEEPOST OST-ASIATISCHE HAUPTLINIE 'a' canceler.

Concurrent with the Oder's arrival in Hong Kong, the Stettin departed Hong Kong for Japan, opening the Ost-Asiatische Zweiglinie. The Stettin clerk carried the DEUTSCHE SEEPOST OST-ASIATISCHE ZWEIGLINIE 'a' canceler.

The Hauptlinie left every four weeks via Rotterdam to Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Colombo, Singapore, and Shanghai. At Singapore, the Hauptlinie connected to several other German sea lines, including lines to New Guinea and German's Pacific island colonies, as well as Australia. In mid-1899, it increased its frequency to every two weeks, and in late-1899/early-1900, it was extended to Yokohama and to Tsingtau, the German naval base in Kiautschou.

The Zweiglinie ran from Hong Kong to Japan from 1889 until 1899, when the Hauptlinie was extended to Yokohama, eliminating the need for the Zweiglinie.

The Hauptlinie used cancellers lettered 'a' through 'g'. The 'a' canceller was lost in 1887 when the Oder wrecked on Socotra Island, 550 miles east of Aden.

DEUTSCHE SEEPOST OST-ASIATISCHE HAUPTLINIE 'd' Cancel

The Zweiglinie used only one cancel, 'a'.

DEUTSCHE SEEPOST OST-ASIATISCHE ZWEIGLINIE 'a' Cancel

In 1899, new cancellers were issued due to the fact that with the termination of the Zweigline, the Hauptline wasn't really the "main line" anymore, it was the only line. So, new cancellers were issued with the words "OST-ASIATISCHE LINIE" replacing "OST-ASIATISCHE HAUPTLINIE". The 1899 cancellers were lettered 'a' through 'd'. Letters 'e' and 'f' were added in 1903, and 'd' was lost at sea in 1903.

DEUTSCHE SEEPOST OST-ASIATISCHE LINIE 'c' Cancel

Despite the switch to the new cancellers, the old "HAUPTLINIE' cancellers were still frequently used until the termination of the line in July 1914.

Source:German Colonial SeaPost, Part I: Introduction and Inter-Oceanic Routes, by E. Drechsel, Vorläufer, Vol. 173 (March 2014), 15-22.

PSA – Vorläufer is the journal of the German Colonies Collectors Group, an official study group of the Germany Philatelic Society and an affiliate of the APS. All back issues, to-date, over 190 issues dating back to 1973, are available online for members of the GCCG.
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Posted 11/22/2019   07:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sopotsopot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
More typical usage on German postal stationery. Nice extra cancel Penang Malaya



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Posted 11/22/2019   09:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, it is much more difficult to find one like this...



(not my stamp, image from eBay)
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