Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands
Cancel to Order of Non-German Stamps
by Dirk H.R. Spennemann

German Postal Officers were under instruction not to cancel any stamps to order or to hand back cancelled envelopes. Cancelling non German stamps was completely out of the question. This page compiles some examples where this actually occurred.

Tongan stamp cancelled to order with a German cancel from Apia. The image at right gives an impression of the cancel used.

Set of Samoan Palm Tree 'Provisional Government' stamps, cancelled on 10 January 1901, almost one year after they were no longer valid.[1]

Spanish Philippines stamp with a Saipan cancel (19 April 1901). The item is a philatelic creation made in Saipan, using a genuine cancel. Friedemann depicts such an example with the same date as well as the same stamp.[2]

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Bibliographic citation for this document

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands. Cancels--Cancel to Order of Non-German Stamps
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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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