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Vineta Provisional

Vineta Provisional

It’s not clear with whom the idea for creating the Vineta Provisional arose, but it is believed to have been either Chief Paymaster Wegener or Chief Postal Clerk Sanftenberg.  The plan was approved by Vineta’s Captain da Fonseca-Wollheim, so three sheets of 5 Pf Germania stamps were bisected and handstamped with a “3 PF” overprint.

Germania

Germania

In 1915, Germany began issuing this set of Germania issues featuring a lozenge watermark.  They are known as the “Kriegssdruck” or “war printing” to differentiate them from the 1905 Germania issues which are of the same face value and feature the same watermark, but have better quality printing, paper, and gum.

Germania

Germania

In 1915, Germany began issuing this set of Germania issues featuring a lozenge watermark.  They are known as the “Kriegssdruck” or “war printing” to differentiate them from the 1905 Germania issues which are of the same face value and feature the same watermark, but have better quality printing, paper, and gum.