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Posted 03/09/2021   08:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add tommtomm to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this riddle in a German stamp board - unsolved for 13 years.
I tried my best, but gave up already.

Maybe someone knows this stamp?
And sorry for the low picture quality.
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Edited by tommtomm - 03/09/2021 08:20 am

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United States
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Posted 03/09/2021   08:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Tommtomm...

Interesting. Thanks for sharing. This is a new one to me.

Can you tell us more about what is written across the sky? Is it letters? Symbols?



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Austria
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Posted 03/09/2021   08:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In my opinion either letters with dots (B.K.S.) or some kind of word "Be-Ko-So", "Ba-Ko-So" ...
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Edited by tommtomm - 03/09/2021 08:44 am
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France, Metropolitan
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Posted 03/09/2021   09:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There is a BKS bank in Austria.Name evolved over the years.
Bank für Kärnten und Steiermark.The Reichsmark (RM) was used in Austria from 1938-1945.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/BKS_Bank
???
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Edited by perf12 - 03/09/2021 09:15 am
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Posted 03/09/2021   09:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A bank in Austria?

Well, I think I should have stumbled upon this stamp in the past ... I am from Austria.

We've only had "RM" as currency in the time of German occupation, but only on German stamps, and such a building has never been built here. Definitely no track to follow ...
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Edited by tommtomm - 03/09/2021 09:24 am
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Posted 03/09/2021   09:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Perf12...

Well done. Agree with RM as Reichmark.

Could be some sort of savings book stamp.
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Austria
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Posted 03/11/2021   04:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The stamp was found! A German user solved the riddle, but it's been quite a challenge.
And I'm very happy, that it was no Austrian stamp ;-)

The stamp was issued in 1942 in Berlin, so Reichsmark is correct!, by the Belarusian Comittee for self-help "B.K.S." in Berlin (sorry for the translation).
It was used to pay membership fees or for donations, and shows the castle of Vilnius (Belarus). They had issues in red and green as well.

http://kamunikat.org/bek/marki.html#did14
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Posted 03/11/2021   06:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Tommtomm.

Thanks for sharing the results of your research.

Can you tell us anything about the "book" of stamps shown in your posting? Is it a catalogue? And if so, the name?

Thank you.
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Posted 03/11/2021   06:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nigelc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What an interesting label! Thanks for sharing it.

I would never have guessed what it was.

I know the story of the Polish occupation of Vilnius as the "Republic of Central Lithuania" but I've not seen anything like this reflecting a Belarusian claim.

Here's a view of the castle today from Wikipedia:

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Nigel
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Austria
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Posted 03/11/2021   06:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, the website is from the Belarus Institute of Science and Art, and it seem's that they have put together stamps and cinderellas connected with Belarus. They mention a Swiss catalog edited by

(sorry, the board doesn't like cyrillic letters)
as starting point for their online presentation.

Maybe a Russian speaking user could help, because the google translation of the website leaves quite some questions.
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Edited by tommtomm - 03/11/2021 06:39 am
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Posted 03/11/2021   06:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nigelc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Tommtomm,

I wonder if that reflects a misreading of the name of the Swiss catalogue publisher Zumstein as "Zustein"?
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Nigel
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Posted 03/11/2021   07:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Nigel.

Anything's possible.

As you are indoubtedly aware, quite a difference btwn the (original) Cyrillic and the work "Zumstein".

The mystery continues.
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Posted 03/11/2021   07:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vayolene to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I assume a M is missing
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Austria
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Posted 03/11/2021   07:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think they meant Zumstein, who published an Europe catalog in Switzerland.
I didn't know this name so far, but it's a quite possible explanation.
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