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German-Austrian Feldpost, Zeppelins, WWI-WWII, Sudetenland #170

[Under construction until March 9] I've been working hard to get my website changes finished before I head back to Germany but I don't think I'm going to make it, so my big chanegs will have to wait another month. Meanwhile, I've added a bunch of material, mostly lower-middle priced from the German and Austrian Empire to 1945 time frame (I know that's a huge surprise).

First off I have more new Feldpost from both wars, as well as a bunch of General Hindenburg patriotics (both used and unused) plus others from WWI. There are also a few WWII propaganda uses from both Germany and Italy, some of which I just found from years ago that had gotten misplaced when I moved -- being my own boss I've put off doing inventory now for, well, over a decade...

This month also sees the last of the new German Colonies material purchased in 2014, excpet for a few other oversize pieces. There are some Marineschiffsposts, a little more China, some more DOA railroad cancels, etc. Hopefully by my next sale I'll have a fresh batch...

I also unearthed both new and old Zeppelin material, some of which, again, had been misplaced for years. Whoops. I have a bunch more waiting in the wings, but I won't get to it at least until April, if then. When I die I shudder to think what my kids will do with my 'trash'.

Did I ever tell you that the finest V1 Propaganda leaflet collection in the world (at the time) was going to the rubbish bin when a dealer (not me) who'd stopped by to look at some other stuff said: "Hey, wait a minute, that might be worth something." Emphasis on the 'might'.

That's a true story; the moral being: if you're a collector, tell your kids to box up all your philately and send it to auction or dealer 'XXXX'. Better that than the trash can. Because since postal history doesn't come with a screen or a keyboard, they're not likely to care about it and out it will go.

OK, enough preaching. My sale this month winds up with: Austrian Rohrpost, more Sudetenland covers, some Austrian, Italian, and German stamps here and there, and a little bit of other stuff you'll just have to dig for,

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German Colonies, Feldpost, Zeppelin Ephemera, Sudetenland #169

I'm getting ready for my next buying trip, but I'm still not done with last year's boxes: so, this month I'm continuing the German Colonies bounty with more German China stamps, a plethora of German East Africa railroad cancels, several covers, and other odds and ends which are likely to please Colonies fans.

From the big Zeppelin postcard collection I purchased at the end of last year I have all of the better photos, including rare, unpublished images of some early military airships and their crashes. Also a bunch of inexpensive Zeppelin litho postcards with a focus on the early empire Luftschiffhalle at Dresden-Kaditz.

Sudetenland: I'm also continuing the Sudetenland liberation cancel offerings with the next set of cities -- several smaller towns as well as larger, better known origins such as Aussig and Asch. There are a few minor propaganda itmes in here as well.

Lastly, as usual, I have a decent group of Feldpost, this time with a large number of Austrian WWI as well as a smattering of German Air Force uses. To top it off there are: WWII Legion private stamps, several POW covers with fees paid for additional services, Stalingrad returned feldpost, a couple SS items, and a few mid-range Austrian stamp sets from the '30s.

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German Kiautschou, DOA, Zeppelins, Feldpost #168

New year, big sale -- over 500 new items sourced from old-time Europe collections, most of which haven't been on the internet before. And, for a change, there are a couple hundred stamps. Not that I'm going back to stamps from covers, but every now and then I get a good collection of both. Like right now.

This offer contains well over 100 Kiautschou Briefmarken, with a large number of forerunners and 'Mitlaufer' used stamps, many on piece -- all but a handful have already been expertized (I love collections like that). Most are under $50.

Next, I have several dozen German East Africa stamps collected for their cancels, though there are a few large yachts as well. Of special note are the dozen or so wartime usages. Few if any are over $50.

Zeppelins? Did you ask about Zeppelins? From a collection ca 225 flown covers we've had the best scanned (the rest going into my show boxes) and the whole group is available now: the focus is on mid-range German flights, with 90% under $100 and including numerous Bordpost usages. And it doesn't end there: Zeppelin pioneer photos (I've really been pursuing early aviation source material), Zeppelin Real Photo Postcards, and even a number of propaganda-ish items.

Lastly, Feldpost. WWII. I purchased a really astounding V2 unit collection and have posted the first few, including a rare Weimar-Buchenwald Paketkarte from the underground Mittelbau V2 construction site -- this one has marked for contents "Gut der Waffen SS" / "Goods of the Waffen SS". There are also numerous other units including Abwehr and Kriegsmarine.

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German Colonies, Zeppelins, WWI Aviation, Propaganda #167

We're closing in on Christmas, and I'm squeeeeaking in this last sale before my wife's cookies make it impossible for me to reach the keyboard. I'll diet. First thing next year.

I have another installment of German colonies, with a good bit of German East Africa as promised, and more Kiautschou, among others (but mostly these two).

Next, I have yet another group of early Aviation, with a bunch of cool pictures of WWI fighters, crashed planes, and some captured enemy guns/tanks.

I also just uploaded a group of Zeppelin Real Photo postcards, with a variety of pioneer airships and then a big load of Graf Zeppelin LZ127 items. No flights, just postcards. I did get a nice lot of flown covers too, but those will be in the next sale.

Lastly, I didn't get many WWII propaganda cards these last two trips, but I did pick up a few, and they're all in this sale.

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German Colonies, WWI Aviation, Private Ganzsachen #166

I decided to avoid Cyber Monday and go for Cyber Wednesday instead: for those in the US I hope you had a great Thanksgiving; in Germany perhaps a good Erntedankfest, and for those elsewhere, just a nice weekend. I'm struggling to balance work with family through the holiday season, and am trying to get my backlog done before I shut down for the Christmas holiday. So many covers and so little time...

I have the next installment of German colonies up with a little something from each one but especially a plenitude of Kiautschou and a few good German Africa items; the rest of the DOA covers should be up in my next sale, hopefully in 10 days or so.

Next, the newest group of WWI Aviation is in, with a number of Sanke cards and a variety of feldposts from all sorts of aviation units: Jasta's, Kasta's, Schweinwerfer, Flugabwehr, Fliegerabteilungen, etc. There are even a couple of premium autographed items: one from famed ace Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke and another from the most successful Austrian WWI avaiator, Leutnant Banfeld; both are on genuine feldpost usages -- none of those suspicious signed-on-the-front-in-magic-marker blanko pieces.

For something a little different (as far as my website is concerned) I've added over 100 private Ganzsachen / postal stationery entire cards. None are particularly expensive but many are quite scarce, since they often had print runs of 1000 or less. All are pre-WWII, are notable for their above-average condition, and there was a distinct preference on the part of the collector for stamp shows and stamp dealers from the Weimar era. If you collect these, it's a good opportunity since they don't make it to the States very often, aren't expensive enough to justify an auction listing, and so are often hard to find online, even in Germany. Stamp shows still rule for some things. (Don't see any 2 Euro boxes online, either!)

Lastly (and not for sale): I'm working on a couple articles from my last trip. I took along my father-in-law and got to bum around some parts of Germany I've not spent much time in before -- most notably the Harz region of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia, which were all remarkable. Who knew the DDR was so awesome? I think Quedlinburg is the neatest old town I've visited in Germany, and is actually a lot more interesting than Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, which usually gets all the press for being the quaintest medieval-era town in the country. I also went to the Panzermuseum in Munster, which was incredible for entirely different reasons. I'll post more information as soon as the articles are ready, for those who are interested.

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Germany and Colonies plus WWI-WWII Postal History #165

Back from my second trip to Germany in as many months, I arrived to find the lots from my October trip already waiting for me.

For the first time in a long time I as able to purchase some great lots of colonies covers, the first group of which I've just posted, with some good China (four Petschili covers), Kiautschou, a number of African (DOA,DSWA,Morocco,DNG); this bunch is remarkable for the number of registered usages it contains -- many of which are properly franked to pay the rate (though not the large yachts, of course, since you'd have to add a zero or two for those).

I also have a number of Sudetenland provisionals with many colorful items, and a small but decent group of other WWII propaganda -- the cards are getting harder and harder to buy; I only saw one good collection in all of the auctions that took place while I was there (which was *all* of the biggest ones) and while I was the underbidder, I wasn't too disappointed to let it go; the price was too high.

Rounding out this week's lot are WWI feldposts from Germany and Austria, as well as interesting picture postcards from the war as well. Plus a few more Rohrposts (including French entires), WWII Volunteer feldposts (one Russian!), etc.

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Germany, Austria in WWI with Zeppelins and Rohrpost #164

This sale features: a group of Zeppelin photos and related ephemera including one rare, large format photo of the Schuette Lanz SL14 in its hangar, and the set of barometric charts from the first flight of the LZ39 in April 1915; the LZ15 only flew until Decmber of that year, when it was shot down at Rowno, Ukraine. There are also menus, advertising brochures, schedules. This particular collector wasn't picky about condition, so many of these are faulty, which means cheap. If you're interested.

More Rohrpost. Mostly Austria, with a couple of better pieces and a huge batch of inexpensive cards I've listed for those who collect the cancels. I don't look these up so there are bound to be some better ones.

WWI Postcards: there are a few really nice Patriotics: I especially like the one with the Gas mask and the one that says 'The War Will Be Won by Those with the Strongest Nerves', though I think they should have said 'The war will be won by those with the best supply lines and massive numerical superiority.' The Central Powers inflicted a lot more casualties than they received, for all the good it did them.

For General Hindenburg collectors there are over 100 different cards of him.

And what else: Austrian 1930's mint/used semi-postals, I believe all well under 1/2 of Michel catalog. A series of 1920's original (mostly private) flight photos, including several interesting 1924 Zugspitze Segelflugzeug / Glider competition pictures. A few better Notgeld. Some Feldpost. 1920s Reichstag voting ballots with the NSDAP listed, headlined by Freiherr von Epp.

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Germany, Austria, Rohrpost, and Early Flight #163

The last group of WWI Aviation from the big lot earlier this year (but, in the time since my last mail sale, I bought another nice group, so more is in the wings.)

A nice group of 1938-9 Sudetenland 'Befreiungsstempel' or 'Liberation' cancels on cover, with many philatelic but also some genuine commercial usages (Bedarfspost).

Continuing on with the estate of a renowned Rohrpost collector (died far too young, in his 50's), I have another several dozen pneumatic mail items, mostly from Austria this time, but also including a couple of interesting Italian items -- one proof, one freak, and one rarer set cover. Also in the Austrian area are the rest of the imperfs and part perfs from last month's collection of such.

There are also Weimar Inflation meters with many high values, first and last days, and some illustrated. Interesting if that's your area. There are a number of inexpensive Zeppelin postal stationery's, some WWI feldpost, and a few other odds and ends to while away the time until my next big shipment comes in.

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