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WWI Era German Helmet... Mailed With US Stamps!

 
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Posted 01/14/2020   2:12 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I just ran into this listing on eBay... what appears to be a WWI era German helmet that was mailed with US stamps... The stamps are either missing or in very bad condition, but I have never seen something like a helmet put into the mail-stream with stamps!

LINK ----------->> https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-WW...283742940131



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Posted 01/14/2020   2:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ringo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
How do we know the item was mailed? I don't see a delivery address. Maybe the stamps were just stuck on for some other reason?
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Posted 01/14/2020   2:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Lots of odd things got mailed that way. I see no reason to doubt it went through the mails, although the condition of the philatelic remnants is quite poor. Lacking some of the stamps, it is not surprising it is lacking the address portion also, which may have been on a tag.
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Posted 01/14/2020   2:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 01/14/2020   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add TheArtfulHinger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good luck fitting that in a cover album. Wonder what the catalog value is for used on helmet?
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Posted 01/14/2020   6:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
https://missourioverthere.org/explo...tage-stamps/

Piles of German Helmets being mailed:

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Posted 01/14/2020   7:31 pm  Show Profile Check KRelyea's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KRelyea to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This ones been for sale for months in NYS, better price too.




https://albany.craigslist.org/clt/d...1811107.html


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Posted 01/14/2020   8:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From what it looks like the U.S.Post Office accepted war souvenirs to be mailed home from the troops ,kind of a special service for them .
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Posted 01/14/2020   9:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In WWI it was acceptable. That all changed in WWII.
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Posted 01/15/2020   4:25 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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That all changed in WWII


Oh? Do go on ;-) I assume it had something to do with the fact a large portion of such souvenirs were taken from dead soldiers?
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Posted 01/15/2020   6:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"While the Germans fight for world domination and the English for the defense of England, the Americans fight for souvenirs." - John Steinbeck
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Posted 01/15/2020   6:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nells - Below is an in depth look at the issue of war souvenirs and looting by American Forces during WWII. As with most everything it is a complex topic. I hope that you enjoy it!

https://etd.ohiolink.edu/!etd.send_...ition=inline

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Posted 01/17/2020   12:55 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
rogdcam - Probably not a topic to get into on this forum, so check your email ;-)
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Posted 05/29/2021   01:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The dealer who had the helmet shown in the OP coined the term "dimensional philately" for such items.


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Good luck fitting that in a cover album.


You are thinking of the wrong cover holders, not letter covers but head covers.

For mounting:




Individual cover holder:


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