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Forgery of Camp Post Hanau charity seal

Forgery of Camp Post Hanau charity sealHere is another interesting piece I have lately added to my collections… After the 2nd world war, Europe and especially Germany had millions of displaced persons that were left adrift. As an establishment to bring order into chaos and help people in return to their homes, the governments (and allied forces) started to gather these persons into camps by nationality. Many of these camps provided local postal services. And this is where my item of the day, Camp Post Hanau stamp, comes along. Hanau was an Estonian-Latvian DP camp about 25 km east of Frankfurt am Main. ...(256 words,1 images, 8 comments)

Milan 1906 World Fair cinderella stamp

Milan 1906 World Fair cinderella stampIMHO it's kind of funny, that it's usually cinderella items that cause more research and headache than real postage stamps. Here's one my all-time favourite cinderella items from Italy. I have owned this vignette over an decade, but only recently have I managed to decipher some of it's background. IMHO the design is Art Nouveau on it's best. ...(233 words,2 images, 0 comments)

A French mystery stamp (Exportation Qualité Réglementée) - export quality control stamp

A French mystery stamp (Exportation Qualité Réglementée) - export quality control stampBack-of-book issues are always fun to receive, as you usually have to do some detective work to find out details and history of the item.  Below is a mystery item I assume to be from France.  I hope that french collectors could help me with this one as I have run to an dead end. ...(130 words,1 images, 19 comments)

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