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"Germany" Overprint On WW1 Era US Stamp

 
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Posted 10/11/2021   5:41 pm  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add docgfd to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I suspect this has come up before, and if so, I can't find it, so can someone speak as to the origin of the "Germany" overprint found on this one-cent GW stamp on cover? Interesting manuscript cachet on this one, too.

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Posted 10/11/2021   6:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hmm. Docgfd, are you sure that whomever wrote the notation understood what the overprint really meant?

It could possibly represent a kind of protest against the USA getting involved in a war in Europe in which young Americans would die and our postal rates would be raised.

Also, it appears that there is a letterpress printing on the back of the envelope.

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Posted 10/11/2021   6:45 pm  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The back is blank. You might be noticing the envelope's watermark.
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Posted 10/11/2021   8:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is not an "overprint" but rather a hand stamp. Given that the one cent was essentially a tax to pay for the war effort it was likely a statement made by whomever used the stamps that that one penny was paying to defeat Germany.
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I would agree with rogdcam. I would see it more as a novelty than anything else. One man's war against the Germans in WWI, if you will. I suspect others followed suit, so there are probably others out there to be found. Does anyone know who Herman Loeb was? I wouldn't rule out a philatelic cover.
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Posted 10/21/2021   09:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Chevelle to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, mootermutt, it is a philatelic cover. The addressee, Percy Mc G. (McGraw) Mann, was the publisher of the Philadelphia Stamp News and I think he was also a stamp dealer. The sender of the cover, Herman Loeb, most likely had philatelic ties, too. I'm guessing that the one cent stamp was overprinted "Germany" by Mr. Loeb.
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Posted 10/21/2021   2:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I suspect this has come up before, and if so, I can't find it, so can someone speak as to the origin of the "Germany" overprint found on this one-cent GW stamp on cover? Interesting manuscript cachet on this one, too


He was not the only one to do this. See: http://goscf.com/t/65331&whichpage=1& [On cover example are pricey]

Notice that these "pre-war tax" items are dated before 11-2-17. Some where used after the change in rate as well.
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Edited by Parcelpostguy - 10/21/2021 2:31 pm
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