Stamp Community Family of Web Sites
Thousands of stamps, consistently graded, competitively priced and hundreds of in-depth blog posts to read
Stamp Community Forum
 
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some stamps?
Our stamp forum is completely free! Register Now!

Wilhelmshaven Use-Up Issues Of The German Offices In China

 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous TopicReplies: 4 / Views: 301Next Topic  
Pillar Of The Community
United States
2603 Posts
Posted 07/05/2022   10:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add PostmasterGS to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here's another rare one to be on the lookout for — the Wilhelmshavener Aufbrauchsausgabe (Wilhelmshaven Use-Up Issues) of the German Offices in China.

From September - November 1901, an unusual event occurred for which there isn't a good historical record of why — the issuance of postage from the German Offices in China at the post office in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The stamps known to have been issued in this fashion were:

The 5- and 10-Pf "China" overprints of Germania Reichspost issues (German Offices in China MiNr. 16-17 / Sc 25-26) and possibly the 20-Pf value as well (MiNr. 18 / Sc 27):

And a single known copy of a diagonally-overprinted 10-Pf (either MiNr. 3 I or 3 II / Sc 3 or 3a, my references are unclear which).

At the time, German steamships and naval vessels were making far more trips from China to Germany than normal, as they were returning German troops that had been deployed to China for the Boxer Rebellion and subsequent punitive expeditions. It was initially speculated that the stamps could have come from the stocks carried by individual soldiers, as Wilhelmshaven would have been their disembarkation point. However, the quantities rule this out — eyewitnesses reported being able to buy full sheets from the counter at the Wilhelmshaven PO.

Now, they are believed to have come from the stocks carried by the on-board post office of one of the steamships transporting troops or of a returning German naval vessel. In his master work on German colonial philately, Albert Friedemann speculated that they were from the protected cruiser S.M.S. Irene, which made port in Wilhelmshaven on 22 September 1901 and turned over its postal equipment to the Wilhelmshaven PO.

Regardless, the stamps are known with cancels from the Wilhelmshaven PO, as well as from Münster. The Münster stamps are believed to have also come from the Wilhelmshaven PO's supply. Current Michel CV is €1,000 used, €3,500 on cover/postcard.

I recently received these two items which I won at auction, both cancelled in Münster. One is a cover from the wife of a German sailor to her husband, and as the other is a newspaper wrapper addressed to the same, in the same handwriting, and mailed from the same PO, I suspect it's also from her.

The first is a cover sent from Münster to Tsingtau, China.

It translates as follow:

Quote:
Herr Schürnich, Naval Chief Paymaster
Tsingtau (China)
Third Sea Battalion

From Mrs. Naval Chief Paymaster Schürnich
Blümenstrasse 22, Ground Floor, Münster

The second is a newspaper wrapper sent from Münster to Tsingtau, China.

It translates as follows:

Quote:
Herr Schürnich, Naval Chief Paymaster
Tsingtau (China)
Imperial Post Office Berlin
 
Printed material!
Send note to Staff
Presenting the GermanStamps.net Collection - Germany, Colonies, & Occupied Territories, 1872-1945
Edited by PostmasterGS - 07/05/2022 11:02 am

Valued Member
Romania
494 Posts
Posted 07/06/2022   02:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cupram to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you @PostmasterGS.
These posts are very interesting.
For me (very unlikely to buy such stamps or envelopes) these posts are an incentive to search for similar information on the net.
I saw the cancellation expertise mark (ARGE?) and still I found on the net a Berlin C 1 Marine Postbureau cancellation on which the hours are also indicated ( the expertise is not mentioned)..
Both are from November 1901.
Were different obliteration devices used simultaneously?

Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
2603 Posts
Posted 07/06/2022   09:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Marine Postbureau cancel was introduced into use at the Berlin C 1 post office in August 1900. A canceller with the time slug was used on incoming mail, and one without time slug was used on outgoing mail. Beginning some time in 1906, the practice was changed, and a canceller with time slug was used exclusively.

In January 1910, responsibility for the Marine Postbureau mail was moved to the Berlin C 2 post office, so mail after that date received a Berlin C 2 Marine Postbureau cancel with time stamp.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Presenting the GermanStamps.net Collection - Germany, Colonies, & Occupied Territories, 1872-1945
Edited by PostmasterGS - 07/06/2022 09:15 am
Valued Member
Romania
494 Posts
Posted 07/06/2022   2:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cupram to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
United States
2603 Posts
Posted 08/04/2022   09:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I received another of these recently. It's a postcard that was sent from a man named Rudolph in Wilhelmshaven to his cousin Edmund Praël in Lautenthal, Germany. It reads:

Quote:
September 26, 1901

Dear Edmund! Unfortunately, my wife had to postpone her trip to Lautenthal this time. But postponed is not abandoned!

Warm greetings to Anna and Maria and you. Yours faithfully, your cousin Rudolf

Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Presenting the GermanStamps.net Collection - Germany, Colonies, & Occupied Territories, 1872-1945
  Previous TopicReplies: 4 / Views: 301Next Topic  
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.


Go to Top of Page
Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Stamp Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2022 Stamp Community Family - All rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Stamp Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Privacy Policy / Terms of Use    Advertise Here
Stamp Community Forum © 2007 - 2022 Stamp Community Forums
It took 0.18 seconds to lick this stamp. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05