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WWI POW Mail

WWI POW Mail

Following the Japanese capture of Kiautschou in 1914, over 4,600 German POWs were transported to Japan for internment.  Altogether, there were six camps: Aonogahara, Kurume, Nagoya, Narashino, Ninoshima and Bandō.

MSP Forerunners

MSP Forerunners

Because of the large naval presence in Tsingtau, however, it was common for naval personnel to post the cards at the post office in Tsingtau. This created an unusual situation with MSP cards were canceled with non-MSP cancels.

1905 / 1919 Yacht Issues

1905 / 1919 Yacht Issues

Beginning in 1905, Germany began phasing in the use of watermarked paper on its new issues. This practice led to the introduction of new Yacht issues which were similar to the 1905 issues, but featured a lozenge-shaped watermark.