Thursday, January 19, 2017

Germany [4th Post]

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today I have some stamps from early 1900's and 2 or 3 series from the III Reich...

the first group of stamps I want to show today is from the 1st German Pictorial series...there are 4 or 5 main designs that are repeated until 1920 with some light differences... in 1899 these designs were issued for the first time with values from 1M to 5M... in this first issue we have the label "REICHPOST" in all this high value the stamp above , You can see that the label is "DEUTSCHES REICH"... there are differences among the stamps issued in 1899 , but let's focus only on the stamps I have to show... in 1901 we had another issue of this designs, and in both these first 2 issues, the stamps don't present wmk... fortunately , in these stamps the wmk  is clearly visible and so we can see (in the examples abobe)  a net of lozenges ...we can now conclude that this stamp is the deep blue or Bright Blue  2M and the Violet black 3M stamps of 1905...we can now  list a group of procedures to classify these pictorial stamps that were issued along with the famous Germania Definitive series...
A) search for the "REICHPOST" or "DEUTSCHES REICH" labels...
B) search for the presence of wmk's
C) search for correct perforation 
I just want to say one more thing about these pictorial series... in general I don't walk around through auctions to find the most beautiful stamp, in perfect conditions;  the stamps appear right in front of me, and in most cases are part of larger European or World stamp lots... so , the only ones I can get are these stamps full of Postmarks... it damage the visibility (always remember to click the pictures)  but in the end I like them...!! they are beautiful stamps and beautiful postmarks... to finish with these two stamps, I like to say that the designs were made following paintings of the Allegory of the Union of South and North Germany (2M) and the William I Memorial in Berlin (3M).....
1905 "Germania and Pictorial High Values" (16) [Engr (Prof. W. Roese)][Recess] Sc(93,94)

This is the complete 1920 issue...the first 3 values (1M,1.25M,1.50M) present us the same design representing the General Post Office in Berlin....all the 2 designs are re-drawn and present some differences from the original.. but I don't want to talk about them , because I think there is no need...this is an offset Printing , so any resemblance with the original [Recess] issues is pure coincidence... the printing is far less detailed (I had to take 300ppp scans instead of the usual [Recess] 600ppp)..The stamps are Wmk with lozenges...
1920 "Pictorial High Values" (4) [Offset][Sc(111,...,114)


Let's now enter the domain of the III REICH stamps...

A beautiful Train series for the Topical collectors... very nice work of Design and engraving...
1935 "Centenary of the German Railway" (4) [Des (Karl Diebitsch)][Recess] Sc(459,...,462)

these are two of the stamps from a series of 9... I could say that I became very surprised with this series, specially with the simplicity of the engraving.... very , very beautiful stamps..!!
1936 "Winter Relief Fund" (9) [Des/Engr (G. Fritz)][Recess] Sc(B95,B98)

Another beautiful series, commemorating the National Games in Breslau...
1938 "16th German Sports Tournament, Breslau" (4) [Des (G. Fritz)][Recess] Sc(486,...,489)

a stamp commemorating the Zeppelin's inventor...
1938 "Birth Centenary of Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin" (2) [Engr (Axster-Heudtlass)][Recess] Sc(C59)

1942 "73rd Hamburg Derby" (1) [Des (L. Holhwein)][Recess (Vienna)] Sc(B204)
1942 "Brown Ribbon of Germany" (1) [Des (R. Klein)][Recess (Vienna)] Sc(B205)

well,I talked a little about the first stamps, but the 2nd part was almost a display of the REICH stamps... Hope you like them!!


Friday, January 13, 2017

France [11th Post]

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For some of You , a post dedicated only to Portrait stamps could be an excess and easily lead to a state of profound "boredom" ... I do not include myself in this group and so I can say that it is with great pleasure that " I have today 3 French Portrait series"..I like this kind of stamps,because they always have an history behind, they are the reflex of the Artist skill and  they are the best  indicator of the Engraver's "Mastery" ... 
These 3 series are from 1956 and 1957 and as most of the French series of those days , they are a privileged window to the work of famous stamp designers and engravers... 
After having classified these series, I concluded that all the 19 stamps were designed or engraved by the same group of great Artists (some have participated in several stamps..) ... so I will just give here a 'letter' to each one of them and use it in the sections where are given credits to the Artists involved in the creation of the stamps...

A) Raoul Serres
B) Paul Pierre Lemagny
C) Albert Decaris
D) Charles Mazelin
E) André Spitz
F) Jean Pheulpin
G) Louis Muller
H) Charles Paul Dufresne
I) Henri Cottet
J) Jules Piel
K) Michel Ciry
L) Claude Hertenberger
M) Maurice Lalau
N) Robert Cami
O) Pierre Munier

 Left] Guillaume Boudé

                              Right] Jean Goujon

Left] Samuel De Champlain

                              Right] Jean Baptiste Chardin

Left] Maurice Barrés

                                    Right] Maurice Ravel

I have remembered many times the viewers to click the pictures to get a more detailed image because a suitable appreciation of each of the stamps can only be made with such larger images... the details of a good engraving often escape to our appreciation but a good image 'free' all that is hidden from our sight...this way we can see many particularities of each of the Artists, and above all the different techniques of the great Art of Engraving...
Personally, I think that the most accomplished of these 6 stamps are without any doubts the 4th and 5th...the 4th stamp is based in a auto portrait of the painter himself , but in my opinion the engraver work is one of the the best of the 6 stamps...both these two stamps have the most realistic designs, almost like photos while the other 4 seem to me like more distant from the reality (they don't look like real persons, but more like paintings or like in Ravel's stamp, caricatures..) if I had to choose the better stamp of these series I would choose the 5th... (Great Design , Great Engraving..)...
1956 "Portraits of French Famous People" (6) [Des/Engr (B/D)(G/H)(C/C)(B/L)(E/F)(K/I)] [Recess] Sc(B303,...,B308)

Left] Jean De Joinville

                                     Right] Bernard Palissy

Left] Quentin De La Tour

                                   Right] Robert De Lamennais

Left] George Sand 

                                    Right] Jules Guesde

It is somehow curious to note the amount of information we can gather with time about the engraving techniques of some Artists.. for example if we pick the stamp nº4 of this series , designed and engraved by Charles Mazelin, we can notice some similarities with other works he have done, in this case for Morocoo.... I have here two stamps I want to share with You (they were already shown in the Blog) that present some similar characteristics with this one...

Now,if I had to choose one stamp in this series  it would be the Mazelin's stamp or Nº6...but in the end the Nº6 is much more complex , and it is a marvelous work... so, it is , Nº6..!!
 1957 "Portraits of French Famous People" (6) [Des/Engr (M/N)(G/A)(B/F)(D/D)(B/B)(I/I) [Recess] Sc(B312,...,B317)

I think that in this series there are two Excellent stamps... the Rembrandt and the Mozart's ...both are great works,each one with it's style, but I would choose the Nº6 (Mozart)
1957 "Portraits of Foreign Famous People" (7) [Des/Engr (J/J)(M/D)(C/C)(L/L)(M/O)(E/A)(B/L)][Recess] Sc(857,...,863)

well, it was not a very diverse post ,but I think it was the time to show these series... it was more a contemplative post, without many words but in the end I think it well worth the time...