STUDY and RESEARCH GROUP
Editor: John H. Bloecher Jr., 1743 Little Creek Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21207
Be sure to attend the GPS Convention at FLOREX on November 7th, 8th and 9th. The Danzig Study Group will be meeting. Check the Hospitality Room or bulletin boards for time and place! We are really looking forward to seeing old friends.
On Pg. 7 of the last Report there was a question of an unclear handstamp. Col. Halle was the first to get us out of bed with the answer: The word in question is NACHGEBÜHR, postage due collected at the receiving end. This ties in with the lower left stamp:”Portophilichtig”, meaning, Postage Due — Official Mail. The sender was the Neufahrwasser post office, but needed payment because it went to a private individual not within postal channels. Look for the DM overprinted stamps to be used in official correspondence!
Art Hecker writes: “The word should be Nachgebühr, indicating postage to be paid at destination. Apparently, some official German agencies charged postage to the recipient of answers to questions sent by mail. The script “15” in blue crayon was the amount to be collected. Red was used to indicate prepayment and blue to indicate C.O.D. The 2 postage due covers on Pg. 8 also show the script numbers 40 and 15 for the amounts to be collected...” Thanks to both gents for the information. Both will receive a set of commemorative iceman’s tongs for Siberian philately.
The article starting on Page 2 looked like a snap: just run a bunch of covers mailed to the NSDAP and sit back and relax. Then came the slogan cancels, then a look at the handbook, then came Rittmeister’s new discovery, then some of our cancels didn’t agree, with the handbook, and so on. The result is 12 pages and a tough time making the deadline. Now we’re ready for you experts to send in the corrections!
Danzig Report Nr. 28 - July - August - September - 1980, Page 1.
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