Richard Wagner Issues

Third Reich Postage Stamps

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Watermark 4
Swastikas

This series was issued on 1 November 1933 to support the Deutsche Nothilfe charity program.

The stamps feature representations from the works of Richard Wagner:

  • 3+2 Pf — Tannhäuser
  • 4+2 Pf — Flying Dutchman
  • 5+2 Pf — Rheingold
  • 6+4 Pf — Meistersinger
  • 8+4 Pf — Valkyries
  • 12+3 Pf — Siegfried
  • 20+10 Pf — Tristan and Isolde
  • 25+15 Pf — Lohengrin
  • 40+35 Pf — Parsifal

The “A” varieties are from sheets, and feature K14:13 perforation (20:15 perfs).  The “B” varieties are from booklets, and feature K14 perforation (20:16 perfs).

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Germany issued several sets of stamps to benefit the Deutsche Nothilfe and Winterhilfswerke charity programs. In conjunction with these issues, the Reichspost posted advertisements depicting the stamps and encouraging patrons to purchase them for the benefit of the charity.