In 1902, the steamer Pisa of the Sloman Line ran short of 5 Pfennig postage and was forced to use provisional means to note the payment of the proper postage.
This dock fee stamps were used by the Deutsch Ost-Afrika Linie (German East Africa Line), also known as the Woermann Linie (Woermann Line), beginning in 1908. It was used to pay partial or additional fees.
In 1906, the Hamburg-Amerika steamship company initiated the Hamburg-Mexico Linie.
In September 1898, a German family boarded a steamship and sailed for German New Guinea, where they hoped the change in climate would alleviate their health problems. Throughout the journey, one family member, Fred, wrote numerous postcards to family and friends who remained behind in Germany.
This cover was sent from the German consulate in Seville, Spain, to a bank in Braunschweig, Germany. At that time, banks often acted as intermediaries for the mail. A note accompanying this cover indicated that the eventual recipient was assigned to a Coast Guard unit on the island of Norderney in the North Sea, and the sender was the recipient’s father who worked at the Consulate in Seville.