Price quotations for covers with joint issues of the Allied occupation zones, Berlin and Brandenburg, Soviet Zone, GDR, Berlin (West), postal war, Saarland and OPD Saarbrücken, French Zone, American Zone and British Zone, Federal Republic of Germany
Award Winner Catalog Gross Vermeil 2012 @IPHLA, Gross Vermeil 2014 Rang I
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.
|Samples like this one are the perfect form of representation of stamps. Several extraordinary aspects make this letter, which was sent from Freiburg in the French Zone to Basle in June of 1949, a very special collector’s item: Being a registered letter with Weight Level 2 (21 to 40 g) sent to a foreign country, it was mailed with six identical 15-pfennig issues of French Zone MiNo. 19. The neat arrangement and the clear postmarks contribute to the beauty of this piece of postal history.
The value of such specimens is mainly based on their aesthetic attraction and is not suitable for any schematic classification. As a foundation for the classification and evaluation of such items, this new edition of MICHEL Covers, however, will be a very helpful assistant
to collectors of this – perhaps most beautiful – form of philately
Photo: French Zone Baden, registered letter mailed to a foreign country (Switzerland), 21 to 40 g, mailed on 5 June 1949. Private collection
Stamp collectors specialized in stamps of Germany, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
21st Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 6 October 2023
In the year of 1840, stamps were created to be put on letter envelopes. Thus, covers are the „natural environment“ of stamps. The most significant stamps are therefore issues used for the transport of the most common type of letters, which usually is an in-country letter of Weight Level 1. That’s how it was in 1840, and that’s how it still is today.
Even though initially covers were seen mainly as a source of cancelled stamps, they were soon kept and then collected as whole covers. The MICHEL Covers Germany, the second volume of which has now been published, serves as a guide that leads collectors through the wealth of options provided by various postal systems in the past and presence. Its focus is on the post- World-War-Two period.
Particularly the first years – from 1945 to about 1950 – are an intriguing period from the historical and postal historical point of view. Most text modifications and complements presented in this 21st Edition of MICHEL Covers Germany pertain to that period, particularly regarding AM postage stamps, the French Zone, the manually applied printings of the Soviet occupation zone as well as the bar shape and grid overprints of the Bizone.
The listing of new stamps issued by the German Postal System between the autumn of 2021and September of 2023 was also supplemented. Even though many mailing options have been discontinued by now, and the option to use stamps for mailing letters has been limited, collectors of covers will still find many opportunities to collect interesting prepaid mail.
We want to thank our large team of assistants for the meticulous work they put into the processing and improvement of this MICHEL edition. And we thank our readers who sent us suggestions for improvement in the past years. Their active commitment and support are essential for the continuous improvement of MICHEL Covers Germany.
At the IBRA in Essen a representative of Deutsche Post AG stated that the German Postal System still processes approximately 1.4 billion letters mailed with stamps annually. So collectors will not run out of material in the near future. And it isn’t hard to make your own contribution to the letter-writing culture.
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The Editorial Team
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.
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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|Dimensions||11.8 × 19 × 2 cm|
Philately, Postal History, Stamps
155 mm x 230 mm, Hardcover
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