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Adrian Keppel  |  Nov 04, 2010  |  0 comments

The Germania 80pf black and red on rose from the 1899-2000 ‘Reichspost’ printing A group of stamp designers waited on tenterhooks in the hall, each displaying his artwork for a new definitive stamp.

Eventually the door was flung open, and in burst Kaiser Wilhelm II, looking extremely annoyed at having to attend to such a trivial matter.

He dashed past each of the hopefuls before storming back towards the door, only to turn around, point at one design and mutter: ‘This one’.