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Philatelic Story: First German Postage Stamp

by Daniel Schwarz new concept initiated by the (about one-half of an ounce, and may have earned up to 25 Thal-

This year marks the 170th English postal authority issuing delivery within short distances), ers a year during these years.
anniversary of the first Ger- postage stamps for pre-paying and the 6Kr brown for heavier The design of the 1Kr was
man postage stamps that were for mail delivery rather than hav- letters and longer distances. simple, yet artistic with the

issued in November 1849, in the ing the recipient pay for the mail Prior to German unification prominent double-line numeral

Kingdom of Bavaria. received, caught on quickly with the currency in southern Germa- of the stamp value. The numeral

Bavaria presently is one of other countries including the ny included Kreuzer (Kr), Gul- is decorated with arabesques and

the 16 German states and is lo- United States in 1847. den (G) and Thaler (T), where 60 set in a square frame highlight-

cated in the southeast part of the After the unification of Ger- Kr = 1 G, and 1 ¾ G = 1 T. ing the stamp value.

Federal Republic of Germany. many in 1871, Bavaria continued Craftsman such as shoe makers The numeral value of 1Kr is

Listed in postage stamp cata- to issue its own regular postage shown on all four corners, in the

logs under Bavaria as the first stamps (Briefmarken) until 1920, center, and again in the word The 1Kr stamp of Bavaria is

postage stamp of Altdeutschland when the stamps of the Weimar “EIN” and denomination among the elite philatelic

(Old German States), “The Republic were utilized. Bavaria “KREUZER” within the frame rarities of the world, and prized

Black 1-Kreuzer”, is known in issued their own postage stamps of the design. by collectors and investors.

Germany as “Der Schwarze Ein- longer than any of the other Old Printed across the top of the

ser”. German States. frame is the name of the German study of original authentic

The issuing of postage Shortly after the 1-Kreuzer State written in German, “BAY- stamps.

stamps actually began a few stamp was issued for use for lo- ERN”, and at the bottom the One of several unique design

years earlier in England in May cal and printed matter, Bavaria word “FRANCO” for stamp. features of the 1Kr is the squig-

of 1840, with the “Penny Black” issued the 3Kr blue for single Black ink was used due to gle letter “S” for the engraver

adhesive postage stamp. The letters weighing up to 1 loth being economical, and followed Max Joseph Seitz in the bottom

what England had done success- right within the squiggle design

fully. Also, this stamp as well as area and the frame. Another au-

others for several more years thentic design feature is a line in

were issued imperforated. This the form of a “W” found at the

meant they needed to be cut apart top center above the large figure

with a scissor from the sheet of “1”.

Bob Hartmann with his wife stamps. It is helpful to know several

Rita. The 1Kr stamp of Bavaria is of these characteristics, since

In Memoriam among the elite philatelic rarities some may be obliterated by the
of the world, and prized by col- postal cancellation of the stamp.

Robert R. Hartmann, lectors and investors. The rarity The form of cancellation was a

1936-2019 is because of the approximately rubber stamp with black ink of a

On March 13, 2019 Robert low printing batch of 850,000 in circular cog wheel with a large

R. Hartmann, Ehren Vice-Presi- two similar types. Not many number in the center represent-

dent of S.G.T.V. Edelweiss, Inc. were saved, and those saved in ing the town where canceled.

left this earthly world after a good condition are very scarce. Collecting postage stamps,

three year battle with cancer. To philatelists, condition, rarity, and placing them in albums ac-

Robert became a member of our mint (unused), and even clear cording to country of issue, has

Verein in 1967 and for the past clean cancellation contributes to been a hobby of many for gener-

52 years he was very active as an the stamp’s valuation. ations. From the earliest days of

Officer, Committee member and The reason for the limited stamp production, stamps have

Active Plattler. printing was that pre-payment of been a practical receipt for pay-

Roberts activities with the mailing was still optional. It was ment of mail services.

Verein included Vice-President, common practice at that time As a secondary benefit they

12 yrs.; Fahnenträger, 22 yrs.; that the recipient would pay for have been a slate for messages of

Entertainment Committee, 30 mail delivered. As you can imag- information, history, commemo-

yrs. Waldfest Committee, 8 yrs.; ine, the postal system was at the ration, and even propaganda.

Gaufest Committee, 3 yrs. and mercy of the mail recipients, so Many stamps have been noted as

Active Plattler 20 yrs., many of prepayment became inevitable pieces of art, and even paper

which were served concurrently. for postal authorities. gold for their investor value. As

“Bob” as he liked to be called As with many of the world’s a hobby, stamp collecting is fun,

was a very outgoing person with rare postage stamps, forgeries educational, and can be very re-

a very happy personality. He have long been a problem and laxing.

would talk to everyone and if he concern for stamp collectors and Even if you are not a stamp

didn’t know you he would intro- investors. Stamps of this caliper collector, try to notice the stamps

duce himself and made friends need to be expertized by profes- on your mail, and think about the

immediately. Bob was very sionals to assure that they are message that this little piece of

proud of his heritage as well as genuine. These expertisers paper is trying to convey to you.

being a member of our Verein would look at the stamp careful- Any questions, comments,

especially when his children and ly, under magnification, and look contact Dan at Lou1Dan2

grandchildren became involved for some distinguishing charac-

in Schuhplattling, starting with teristics known only after long

the Children’s Dance Group and

eventually joining the Senior

Group and prize dancing at


Bob was an amazing person

and he gave 100% of himself in

everything he was involved in.

He was a firefighter by profes-

sion, a Schuhplattler by desire

and a father who gave it all to his

family. He will be missed by his

many friends, especially his wife

Rita, his children and grandchil-


Ruhe in Frieden

- Walter Wieand, President

SCTV Edelweiss,Inc.
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