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Europe/Germany : Dienstmarken der DDR / Official stamps of the DDR

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03 Apr 2020
01:43:29pm
Official stamps
From August 15, 1954, mailings from state organs, administrations and companies had to be franked with official stamps or franked using a sender-free form.
These stamps were not allowed to be handed over to the public during the course. After the suspension, various series were sold abroad by the state brand sales outlet DIA.
The official stamps were only valid within the GDR (including East Berlin).

1) Administrative post B
Official sheet cancellations for philatelic purposes (K):

Most stamps from MiNr. 1-33 were canceled for trading purposes by hand with daily cancellations, special cancellations (S), roller cancellations (R) or advertising cancellations (W) with official cancellations color. The cancellations were mostly placed in the middle of a block of four, but there are also major deviations.

Reprints:
In 1957 and 1958, almost all stamps in the Administrative Mail B were reprinted.
These sheets are not gummed and have 25 cliché cancellations (shiny color), which are attached in the middle of a block of four.
In contrast to the sheets of the original stamps, the row counters are 4 mm high in grotesque script (original 3 mm antiqua). The sheet edges have small or small comparable print comments and small brand-colored protective lines.
For this there are snorkels on the upper and lower edge of the sheet, which together form the words “invalid” and “worthless”. See figure 1

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03 Apr 2020
01:51:41pm
re: Dienstmarken der DDR / Official stamps of the DDR

2) Administrative post A
Central courier service

The introduction of a central courier service (from October 10, 1955 initially only for consignments to and from Berlin, from April 1, 1956 for the entire country) represented a measure to ensure the dispatch and delivery of the internal official mail from important authorities and industrial companies. Only ZKD participants were allowed to send ZKD items. The envelopes had to be destroyed by the receiving agencies after a certain period of storage and were not allowed to be handed over to collectors. Before that, the value strips should already be made unusable by cutting or the like. However, this order was sometimes violated. Letter clippings or full letters are therefore relatively rare. After the suspension, various editions officially went on sale; some are uni reprints for collectors' purposes.

Precursor:
ZKD shipments had to be marked as administrative post A, additional services such as B. Express deliveries, registered mail etc. were prohibited. In Berlin they had to be delivered to the post office O 17 (unfranked), there they received red "paid" stamps with various identification letters. At the place of arrival, these items were stamped on the back with an arrival stamp and had to be picked up by the post office.


Distinguishing features between originals and reprints

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Distinguishing feature between GW and DWD prints

1) Graphische Werkstätten

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2) Deutsche Wertpapieren Druckerei

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Issue value strips in ticket form

These strips were produced in three printing steps on endless paper strips:
• Printing the stamp image
• Printing the value bars and identification letters
• Impression of the control numbers using a numerator
Then the paper strips were separated into rolls with 1000 stamps each

The value levels were identified by one (10 Pf) or two (20 Pf) bars. The code letters denote the output districts (partially changed from Mi No. 24).
The information in brackets in the cataloging refers to the control numbers that have become known so far. There are reprints of many values; Distinguishing features see the individual editions!

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03 Apr 2020
02:05:38pm
re: Dienstmarken der DDR / Official stamps of the DDR

3) ZKD run control slip

Offices of the German People's Police and 80 companies belonging to the Association of State-owned Enterprises received these run control slips to help them check the number and duration of the ZKD broadcasts. The consignments were franked by means of a free or box stamp (the route control slips had no franking value).

Cards were added to the shipments with the following note: “Message for the recipient of this ZKD shipment. The envelope belonging to this ZKD shipment is required by the Ministry of the Interior for verification purposes. Please send the envelope to the local People's Police District Office at short notice. “Ministry of the Interior, Department ZKD / VS "

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Michel nr 1-15


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Michel nr 16-30 MNH
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Michel nr 16-30 canceled with UNGULTIG cancellation


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Michel nr 46-60


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03 Apr 2020
02:14:39pm
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4) For confidential official matters

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03 Apr 2020
02:17:21pm
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5) For shipments with a delivery certificate

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