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Michel Catalog Briefe Deutschland 2022/2023 Part I (1849–1945)

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Collecting postal covers continues to grow in popularity. Thus, after only two years, we can present a new edition of Michel Catalog Briefe Deutschland 2022/2023 Volume 1, which includes the period from 1849 to April 1945. Since all old German areas are provided with extensive information on "pre-philatelic postmarks", it is also possible to classify and evaluate covers before 1849.

In this edition, there were two special focal points in the revision: The Bavarian issues of the time after the introduction of the Mark currency and the local issues of the inflation period, mainly from the year 1923, during which time many new discoveries were reported. Particularly the valuations of the Bavarian covers have been revised, which has led to a number of remarkable higher valuations. At the same time, however, the letter valuations have been further broken down by franking type, making this reference book more convenient for collectors than previous editions.

This first volume therefore contains the period between 1849, the year the first stamp of any German state was issued in Bavaria, and the end of World War II in April/May of 1945 when the German postal service was discontinued for the time being. The second volume, which will feature the time period from the summer of 1945 to now, is projected to be published in 2023.

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Content of Michel Catalog Briefe Deutschland 2022/2023:

Cover valuation for the areas Old German States, North German Confederation, German Empire, Local Issues of 1923, Foreign Post Offices, Colonies and Ship Post Abroad, Occupation Issues of World War I, Plebiscite areas, Belgian military mail in Rhineland, Eupen and Malmédy, Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, Occupation Issues of World War II, Field Post Stamps

Award Winner Catalog Gross Vermeil 2012 @IPHLA, Gross Vermeil 2014 Rang I

Description:

  • Detailed cataloguing of German covers from 1849 to April 1945 including comprehensive information on "pre-philatelic postmarks" in the old German areas
  • Main focus of the new edition: Bavarian issues after the introduction of the Mark currency and local issues of the inflation period with many new discoveries.
  • Review and update of all price quotations with particularly significant price increases for Bavaria
  • Numerous other editorial additions such as the further breakdown of letter valuations by franking type, additional or supplemented descriptions of the covers and other improvements make the new volume even more informative
  • Over 5000 illustrations and approx. 30,000 price quotations

The catalog is organized according to collection areas. Cataloging within these sections is chronological, based on issue date. Special stamp types, like official stamps, are located at the end of a collection area section. In order to assist collectors organize their stamps, numerous illustrations are provided, as well as information on similar stamps to help avoid possible mix-ups.

Postal covers continue to be an up-and-coming field of collecting. Beautiful and colourful covers with well-preserved, centrally cancelled stamps on them illustrate postal history particularly well. They also have been in great demand at the major auctions in the two years since the previous edition of the MICHEL covers volume.

However, the new edition of this catalogue shows not only that inconspicuous pieces can write postal history, they also prove to be particularly valuable. The German local issues at the end of the inflationary period have 20 exciting new discoveries in this year's edition.

One of them is this fee slip from Cologne 1. A postmark and a handwritten note of the fee amount result in this case in a valuation of 1700 euros.

Photo: Local issue cologne 1 MiNo. 3

Target Group:

Stamp collectors specialized in stamps of Germany, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers

Additional Information:

21st edition, in colour
624 pages
155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
On sale: 4 November 2022
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-95402-434-6

Press Release:

Collecting postal covers continues to grow in popularity. Thus, after only two years, we can present a new edition of Michel Catalog Briefe Deutschland 2022/2023 Part I (1849–1945), which includes the period from 1849 to April 1945. Since all old German areas are provided with extensive information on "pre-philatelic postmarks", it is also possible to classify and evaluate covers before 1849.

In this edition, there were two special focal points in the revision: The Bavarian issues of the time after the introduction of the Mark currency and the local issues of the inflation period, mainly from the year 1923, during which time many new discoveries were reported. Particularly the valuations of the Bavarian covers have been revised, which has led to a number of remarkable higher valuations. At the same time, however, the letter valuations have been further broken down by franking type, making this reference book more convenient for collectors than previous editions.

We mention these areas in particular, but the other sections of this volume have also been carefully revised both in terms of valuations and textual information. This has led to numerous price changes, but also to new or supplemented descriptions of the covers. These changes should be taken into account, as they facilitate the evaluation of a given specimen.

Many contributors have again helped to further improve MICHEL Covers Germany Volume 1. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their help and commitment.

In the past two years, a number of very beautiful and sought-after covers came onto the market, which were also reported on by media outside the philatelic world. It is important to have reports outside our hobby, even if it may give the impression that you have to be a millionaire to collect stamps. We know that this is not the case. Quite the contrary, it is often possible to acquire an interesting piece surprisingly cheaply. We hope that this new Michel Catalog Briefe Deutschland 2022/2023 Part I (1849–1945) will help you to acquire the necessary knowledge to do so.

Schwaneberger Publishing House
The Editorial Team

ABOUT MICHEL

MICHEL provides top-quality information for collectors

Thanks to decades of experience and constant revision, the MICHEL catalogs are unmatched in terms of lay-out, comprehensiveness, accuracy and production. MICHEL catalogues provide all key information on stamps, postal stationary and coins. The systematic collection of data on collectable items, a well-organised system and detailed illustrations ensure easy use and a quick way to find required information. Each new edition of a MICHEL catalog is completely revised, updated and expanded so that it always reflects the latest situation on the market.

Users of the MICHEL catalogs value the comprehensive and detailed listings of collectable items. The MICHEL catalogs are among the best in the world when it comes to details, comprehensiveness and illustration. MICHEL products have been awarded well over 600 medals (including 31 gold), diplomas and honorary prizes in the course of the company’s history. The expertise of the Schwaneberger publishing house’s staff is outstandingly represented in the MICHEL catalogs.

The colourful, varied range of products includes standard and special-edition catalogues for Germany, Europe and overseas. There is also philatelic literature, the MICHEL-Exklusiv album, the MICHEL Colour Guide, the MICHEL-Lux examination lamp and the MICHEL-Rundschau monthly magazine. More than 85 different products in total.

MICHEL also enjoys a good reputation in electronic publishing thanks to various software programs, websites and e-catalogs. It is no wonder that the MICHEL catalogs have been known for years as the “philatelists’ bible”. However, bearing this accolade brings with it the responsibility of always remaining at the top with regard to quality.

The 669,000th MICHEL catalog number was issued recently. A look at the most important of the 85 different MICHEL catalogs reveals that the catalogues for Europe and overseas alone make up some 25,000 catalog pages. They contain 314,000 pictures and 1,800,000 price quotations. Most of this information is stored in powerful picture and text databases and is consulted, revised and corrected for each new edition of a MICHEL catalog. And of course that also applies to each individual page, irrespective of which MICHEL catalog it comes from. MICHEL goes to great lengths on its customers’ behalf. MICHEL’s editorial team spends an average of 45 minutes on research for each new set of stamps. Around 18,000 new stamps appear each year, which are then catalogued and published in the MICHEL-Rundschau, as well as in the relevant MICHEL catalog and online catalogue.

100 years of the MICHEL catalogue

It is more than 100 years since the stamp dealer Hugo MICHEL from Apolda in Thüringen published the first MICHEL stamp catalogue in 1909. He thereby created a product that would be continually be improved, but never surpassed. In the same year, publisher and philatelic editor Hugo Schwaneberger founded a publishing company that bore his name. The philatelist, who was well known in his field, created the Schwaneberger Album, the first album to adopt a scientific approach.

Owing to the great demand for MICHEL catalog, Hugo MICHEL was no longer able to dedicate himself to his career as a stamp dealer. He therefore sold the rights to the publisher Schwaneberger. The catalogue, which had only covered Europe until that point, was expanded by the new publishing house to include overseas countries.

Hugo MICHEL continued to edit the catalogue supplement, which is today known as the MICHEL-Rundschau. The company was then bought by the publisher Eugen Berlin. He moved it to Munich in 1950 where he came across a company, the Carl Geber printing works (now the Gerber Satz und Gerber publishing house) that was able to draw up the complicated catalogue typesetting. The publishing rights went to the Hohenester/Gerber families who assigned them to the publishing house, now trading as the “Schwaneberger Verlag”.

At the turn of the century other stamp catalogues had already appeared, but the remarkable success of the MICHEL catalog was attributed to its sophisticated and comprehensive cataloguing system. The stamps were numbered successively from the first number for each country, yet at the same time organised according to various sub-categories and genres, and described as fully as possible. This system was refined over the years and adapted where necessary - but never had to be changed! In fact, the MICHEL numbering system has become standard in Germany. This is underscored by the numerous licence contracts that the Schwaneberger Verlag has concluded with other publishers. All stock lists of German dealers are organised according to the MICHEL numbering system. Collectors exchange, buy and sell using MICHEL numbers.

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 11.8 × 19 × 2 cm
Country

Germany

Accessory Type

Catalog

Interest

Philately, Postal History, Stamps

Publisher

Michel

Pages

640

Format

155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover

ISBN

978-3-95402-434-6

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