Search the Collection

Search the collection by several criteria

The search page allows you to search within the collection by one or more of several criteria.  The search page can be accessed by clicking the button below, or the link in the blue, circular button menu at the upper right of the browser window.

 

Browse the Collection

Menu

To browse to a specific page, select the collecting area from the main menu that can be found at the top of all sub-pages or immediately above these instructions.

This will take you to the main page for that collecting area.  A submenu can then be found at the upper right of the page.

From the submenu, you can then select the specific issue or set to open its individual page.

PMGS Products

Software & album pages developed by GermanStamps.net

PMGS StampFix

Automatically rotate & crop stamp scans

PMGS StampFix is an app that rotates and crops scans of stamps.  It can process single stamps, batch process multiples at once, or extract multiple stamps from a single scan.

From version to version, additional features have been added, but at the cost of higher memory requirements.  Multiple versions are therefore available to allow reversion to earlier versions if the later version will not run properly on your computer.

Full package (bundled with Java Runtime Environment, JRE, which is required for the app to run)

Light package (no JRE bundled with the app — for use only if you already have JRE installed)

From version to version, additional features have been added, but at the cost of higher memory requirements.  Multiple versions are therefore available to allow reversion to earlier versions if the later version will not run properly on your computer.

Full package (bundled with Java Runtime Environment, JRE, which is required for the app to run)

Light package (no JRE bundled with the app — for use only if you already have JRE installed)

PMGS Reveal

Apply filters to a stamp scan to reveal hard-to-see details

PMGS Reveal is an app that allows you to perform basic color manipulations on a stamp scan to reveal hard-to-see details, then save the resulting image.

Full package (bundled with Java Runtime Environment, JRE, which is required for the app to run)

  • 1.03 (49MB exe file)

Light package (no JRE bundled with the app — for use only if you already have JRE installed)

Full package (bundled with Java Runtime Environment, JRE, which is required for the app to run)

  • 1.03 (47MB dmg file)

Light package (no JRE bundled with the app — for use only if you already have JRE installed)

PMGS Stamp Album Page Generator for Scribus

Generate custom stamp boxes on pages made with Scribus publishing software

The PMGS Stamp Album Page Generator for Scribus allows you to quickly build stamp boxes for album pages using Scribus, a free, openly-available publishing software.

Stamp Album Page Generator

  • 1.4.5 (3.1 MB zip file)

Scribus & LibreOffice versions are very specific.  The SAPG may not work correctly with older or newer versions.

Scribus

LibreOffice

GermanStamps.net Album Pages

Download PDF copies of the custom album pages used by the GermanStamps.net collection

Pages are made available as they are completed.  Eventually, all will be available in several formats, including combinations of the following:

  • With & without stamp photos
  • Specialized and basic
  • Letter & A4-sized

Additionally, Third Reich-era pages will be available in StGB-compliant versions for German users.

Collecting Aids

Philatelic aids developed by GermanStamps.net

Cost Comparison of German Collecting Areas

A study of the relative cost of collecting German-related areas

This is a comparison of the cost of collecting Germany and related areas based upon a compilation of data from the Michel catalog.  For a detailed description of the method used to calculate the data, as well as instructions on how to use the tables, click the link below.

Cost Comparison of Worldwide Collecting Areas

A study of the relative cost of collecting worldwide areas

This is a comparison of the cost of collecting wordwide areas based upon a compilation of data from the Michel catalog.  For a detailed description of the method used to calculate the data, as well as instructions on how to use the tables, click the link below.

Feldpost Number Database

Feldpost numbers of WWII

This is a compilation of feldpost numbers used by German forces during World War II.  The table allows searching or filtering by specific feldpost number, date range, or unit.

Germania Identification Aid

Germania issues of 1900 - 1922

This is a compilation of the Germania issues of 1900 - 1922.  The table allows filtering by specific criteria to allow easy identification of these issues.

Google Earth Map

Post Offices in the German Colonies & Post Offices Abroad

In an effort to assist collectors of the German Colonies and Post Offices abroad in learning more about the philatelic history of these areas, I put together a Google Earth map containing estimated locations of all colonial post offices.  The map also includes basic information on dates and cancels used.

Colonial Frame & Center Types

Guide to the frame/center types of the Mark-value Yachts

This is a visual aid to assist in understanding the frame and center types found on the Mark-value yacht issues of the German Colonies.  It also includes a chart of which types can be found in which colonies.

German Colonies Collectors Group

Resources for members of the GCCG

About the GCCG

The GCCG is a study group of the U.S.-based Germany Philatelic Society, an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society, and an associated group of the U.K.'s Germany and Colonies Philatelic Society

The resources below are available only to GCCG members.  To join and get access to these areas, visit the GCCG's website.

GCCG members login below to access the members-only areas.  Login information can be found on p. 4 of the June 2020 issue (#192) of Vorläufer.

Vorläufer

The Complete, Searchable Archive of the Journal of the German Colonies Collectors Group

The Vorläufer archive allows members of the GCCG to instantly access all archived volumes of the group's journal, back to the first volume in October 1967.  The archive also includes a searchable, linked index, allowing the user to search by topic, then instantly open the relevant volume and page.

Friedemann Translations

English-language translations of Friedemann's master work

The Friedemann archive allows GCCG members to access the English-language translations of Albert Friedemann's Die Postwertzeichen und Entwertungen der deutschen Postanstalten in den Schutzgebieten und im Ausland (The Stamps and Cancels of the German Colonies and the German Post Offices Abroad).  The translations are available by colony/office abroad or by searchable topic.

The Atoll Posts

Manuscript Cancellations of the German Marshall Islands

GCCG members can access a copy of Dr. W. Laup's The Atoll Posts or Manuscript Cancellations of the German Marshall Islands, as translated by Dr. David C. Robertson.

German East Africa Census

Census of known used copies of MiNr. 38 I A b

The GCCG census of used copies of MiNr. 38 I A b was started in 1973, and updates have been posted to Vorläufer as new copies have been discovered. This page contains a consolidated listing of all known used copies with photos, if available, and information on provenance.  It also includes links to the relevant Vorläufer issues, if applicable, that discuss each issue and its provenance.

 GCCG members are also encouraged to see the

Guide to Colonial Frame/Center Types

and the

Google Earth Map of Post Offices in the German Colonies & Post Offices Abroad.

As these resources are publicly available to all visitors, they are not in the limited-access GCCG section.