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Europe/Germany : Another Karl Hennig Cover

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Stampme
02 Nov 2016
10:08:57pm
Here is an example of stamp dealer and Nazi Party member Karl Hennig using an occasion much publicized during the Third Reich to garner some philatelic sales.

The cover franked with stamps from San Marino was intended to commemorate Hitler's second visit to Italy, meeting with Mussolini during the week of May 3-9 and sent via air to Germany.

This visit in 1938 unlike the first one in 1934 featured pomp and circumstance to the maximum effect that fellow dictator il Duce could display for der Führer who during the passing years had eclipsed Mussolini's power. The cover is appropriately colorful to reflect the times and propaganda effect of the visit.

There is a small rectangular boxed handstamp at the lower left: Führer Dux (leader in German and the Roman equivalent word for the Italian il Duce) with the words on either side of the fascist fasces symbol.

Variations of this franking and cover cachet exist.

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Ningpo
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02 Nov 2016
10:29:52pm
re: Another Karl Hennig Cover

Bruce, I've seen numerous Karl Hennig covers in the past but not that very interesting one. Are Hennig covers regarded with any esteem by collectors, or are they just considered to be rather elaborately contrived novelties?

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Stampme
02 Nov 2016
11:47:40pm
re: Another Karl Hennig Cover

Karl Hennig covers are in the realm of controversial and for the most part when they are not being pilloried as fakes, Hennig's covers are considered to be philatelic (in the extreme) dealer-created material, recognized as such by for example, Linn's.
Some people believe that Hennig's massive holding of covers were supplemented by efforts to make more of them from his postwar home in the Caribbean, using canceling devices and the many handstamps found on his various covers he took out of Germany.
We know the holdings of covers, etc. was massive because Mr. Hennig continued to market his covers and postcards of Hitler for decades after the end of WWII--including now, as his son Werner still sells on eBay or possibly a grandson.
It is possible that the well is running dry as many of the Third Reich covers mention only x amount left but that too could be clever marketing intended to entice purchases. For example, if I say there are only 10 left of a cover, does that mean that there are only 10 left from my dwindled stock or 10 left in this offering?
While aware of the controversy, I still pick up an occasional Hennig cover.
Bruce

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16 Oct 2020
03:27:52pm
re: Another Karl Hennig Cover

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