Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands
Cancel Forgeries of 1915
by Dirk H.R. Spennemann
Soon after the loss of the German colonies in World War I, the market for German colonial stamps, and in particular used examples, increased dramatically. As a result, forged cancels started to appear as early as mid-1915. The falsified cancels bear the date 10.1.01 and were applied to all four Mark value stamps. According to the contemporary press, the forged cancels are recognisable by a slightly untidy arrangment of the letters, and also the fact that the impressions of the edges and curves of the letters are not crisp but washed out and often spotty. It was suggested that a rubber stamp was used. The colour of the cancel was deep-black, almost sooty in appearance.
'Achtung vor falschgestempelten deutschen Kolonialmarken (Schiffsttype)! Illustriertes Briefmarken-Journal, vol. 42(12), 1915, p. 293.
Bibliographic citation for this documentSpennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands. Cancels--Cancel Forgeries of 1915
Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O.Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia.
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