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Polish stamp query

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Trevor Bishop 131/07/2015 18:15:10
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image.jpgHi there , 

I'm wondering if someone can help with this stamp ? I can't find it either in my Poland or German catalogues .



Edited By Trevor Bishop 1 on 31/07/2015 18:17:19

Billy Broadland31/07/2015 19:40:01
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Not my field but I think the stamp is from a 1921 Red Cross set. Can't translate the German but have found a couple of sets with the same overprint for sale on

Carmen03/08/2015 14:42:15
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Would it not be something from around war time maybe? Following the invasion?

Adrian03/08/2015 21:31:05
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German value equals 70 pfennig. Vote German!

That's what it says, anyway. Never seen them before.

Adrian04/08/2015 10:46:02
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I've done a bit of research because they quite intrigued me. This is what I found on a German forum:

In the run up to the Upper Silesia plebiscite on 20 March 1921, both Polish and German factions engaged in vigorous propaganda. Loads of commemorative cards, cinderella and other (not) philatelic material was produced. This included German copies of contemporary Polish stamps. These 'forgeries' were overprinted with Deutscher Wert / gleich ... Pfg. / Wählt Deutsch! The quality of these imitations is usually of a lesser quality than the originals. The propaganda stamps were not intended for franking mail. Their basic aim was to plead the German case in the upcoming plebiscite.The imitations were produced in the values from 1 to 20 marks. A total of seven different German values are known (7, 10.5, 14, 21, 42, 70 and 140 pfennig). One can distinguish three types of overprint:

a) Overprint at an angle of 17 degrees, printed in black (21pf in red), medium to thin paper;

b) Overprint at an angle of 16 degrees, printed in black, thick paper;

c) Overprint at an angle of 21 degrees, printed in black, medium paper.

You can find the complete list here: **LINK**

Your stamp, Trevor, is from the third group.

Trevor Bishop 104/08/2015 10:48:35
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Thanks Adrian, for the translation

The stamp is similar to the one of Poland 1919 .

So I'm wondering if this is a propaganda stamp , but is a bit late for the war .

I looked through the Michel specialised catalogue and couldn't find it .

Interesting though .


John Degner11/09/2018 21:18:08
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The photo is low res, but the overprint looks forged.

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