Old German States, German Empire, Foreign Post Offices, Colonies, Occupation Issues of WW I and II, Plebiscite Areas (with Saar), Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, Field Post Stamps, Local Issues, Allied Occupation (joint issues, Berlin and Brandenburg, Soviet Occupation Zone, French Occupation Zone, American and British Occupation Zone), GDR, West Berlin, Saarland, FRG
|The first edition of the MICHEL Junior catalogue only contained the highly popular German collection areas. However, it was the first catalogue with colour photos, and boxes next to the prices also served as a checklist for missing items. Needless to say that the 50th anniversary edition also presents all stamps in colour; it features all German collection areas, and even the checklist for missing issues has been part of it again since 2020 – yet in the form of a separate booklet that does not interfere with the cataloguing.
The Junior has included the French Zone from the start, and of course Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has always made his appearance repeatedly on the catalogue pages (in all colours, sizes and featured from every angle). MiNo. 47 to No. 49 on the occasion of his 200th birthday still enjoy great popularity even in 2021: The price revision has shown a higher value of all three issues of the set.
Whether it is Goethe or our Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt – classics never go out of style!
Photo: French Zone Baden MiNo. 47-49
The Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 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.
Stamp collectors specialized in stamps of Germany, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
Title: Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt 2022
Edition: 50th edition, in color
Format: 115 mm x 188 mm, paperback
With flaps on cover, list of missing and existing items and extra magnifying glass
Publisher: Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH
Publication date: 03 December 2021
At first glance, there is no close connection between the old coat of arms of the State of Thuringia, a postal station sign of the Royal Mail of Wurttemberg, the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) in Munich and Lake Wannsee in Berlin. And yet there is a connection. These four stamp motifs embellish the cover of the first edition of the MICHEL Junior catalogue, which celebrates its fiftieth edition under the name of MICHEL Germany Compact in 2021.
The first edition of the Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt was a rather moderate volume, consisting of 196 pages and containing the collection areas of German Reich, joint issues, French Zone, Bizone, Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany – those areas that, according to the preface of the first edition, were “mostly collected”. Boxes next to the price quotations of each issue served as a checklist of missing issues as well. And: the stamps of the featured areas were depicted in colour for the first time.
Today the Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt consists of nearly 700 pages and well over 9000 colour pictures, presenting all of Germany’s collection areas from 1849 until today. The checklist for missing and existing items has become a separate publication with over 100 pages and a coloured price code, and since 2020 the flaps on the inside of the cover provide a perforation key that allows for precise perforation measurements.
The 2022 Edition lists the first-day sheets of self-adhesive stamps issued by the F.R.G. for the first time; they complement the first-day sheets of wet-glue postage stamps. The collection themes of botany and fairy tales have been categorized; the nomenclature of plants has been adapted to the latest state of botanical research. And of course detailed market studies were conducted again so as to keep the price quotations updated – the most vivid price fluctuations were found in the collection areas of Old Germany, the German Reich of the 1930s, Sudetenland, occupation during World War II, local issues starting with 1945, French Zone and Bizone.
On the occasion of the fiftieth edition, the 2022 Michel Catalog Deutschland Kompakt comes with a magnifying glass that helps us to get us as close as possible to our collection items – be they the coat of arms issues of the years 1925 to 1929, the Berlin sceneries or the Church of Our Lady stamps of the building series of 1948.
Schwaneberger Publishing House
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||11.5 × 18.8 × 2 cm|
115 mm x 188 mm, paperback
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