Forged Stamps of German East Africa

Deutsch Ostafrika

Imperial German Colony

1901. Kaiseryacht SMY Hohenzollern. 3 Pesa

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine

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Fournier forgery

1901. Kaiseryacht SMY Hohenzollern. 20 Pesa

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Genuine

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Fournier forgery

1901. Kaiseryacht SMY Hohenzollern. 40 Pesa

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Genuine

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Fournier forgery

1905-1919. Kaiseryacht SMY Hohenzollern. 7 1/2 Heller

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Genuine

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Fournier forgery

1905-1919. Kaiseryacht SMY Hohenzollern. 15 Heller

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine – 20 x 25 mm

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Genuine – Karrisimbi provisional – 30 x 40 mm

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Fournier forgery

1905-1919. Kaiseryacht SMY Hohenzollern. 60 Heller

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine

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Fournier forgery

Postal Stationaries

Forgeries

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Forged P18/J484

German_East_Africa_Postal_Stationary_P19

Forged P19/J483

German_East_Africa_Postal_Stationary_P22

Forged P22/J486

German_East_Africa_Postal_Stationary_P23

Forged P23/J485

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Fantasy Feldpostkarte between Danzig and East Africa

1892. Private Shipmail. Schülke & Mayr. 5 Cents

Genuine vs. Reprint

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Genuine

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Reprint

1892. Private Shipmail. Schülke & Mayr. 10 Cents

Genuine vs. Reprint

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Genuine

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Reprint

1892. Private Shipmail. Schülke & Mayr. 25 Cents

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1892. Private Shipmail. Schülke & Mayr. 50 Cents

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Genuine

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Reprint

1892. Private Shipmail. Schülke & Mayr. 1 Dollar

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Genuine

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Reprint

Forged Postmarks

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KIGOMA forged postmark. Notice the small ‘A’

WILHELMSTHAL DEUTSCH OST-AFRIKA 1/5 99

(Fournier)

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  • Forerunners: Albert Friedmann, The Stamps and Cancels of the German Colonies and the German Post Offices Abroad, pp.317,18.
  • 1-10. The Provisional issues of 1893 and 1896. Fournier forgery of basic stamp: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.105 (German Colonies). Fournier fraudulent postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.105 (German East Africa). For Fournier forgery of the basic stamps, see Germany, Design Types A9 and A10.
    3. 5pes on 10pf, 1893. Three forged surcharges. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (Michel German East Africa 3).
  • 5. 25pes on 50pf, 1893. Forged surcharge. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (Michel German East Africa 5).
  • 11-18, 22-29, 31-38. Small Yacht common design issues, 1900, 1905 and 1905-16. Fournier forgeries: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.110. Forgery of the Pesa issue: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (Michel German East Africa 11-18), reprinted in The German Postal Specialist, Vol. 28 (January 1977): 71; Franceska Rapkin, “Fournier Forgeries of the German Colonies”, Stamp Collecting, Vol. 125 (October 9, 1975): 287. Joseph M. Sousa, “Forgeries of German Colonies’ Hohanzollern Yacht Series”, Stamps (U.S.), Vol. 150 (February 28, 1970): 484,85. Joseph M. Sousa, “Forgeries of German Colonies’ Hohenzollern Series”, Vorläufer, No. 6 (October 1973): 9-12. Joseph M. Sousa, “Common Counterfeits And Their Detection”, American Philatelist, Vol. 79 (May 1966): 623,24. Lowell Ragatz, “Spying Eye” column, The S.P.A. Journal, Vol. 10 (August 1948): 699-701 (and Spying Eye Handbook on Philatelic Forgeries, pp.34-36). Italian forgeries: Albert Friedmann, The Stamps and Cancels of the German Colonies and the German Post Offices Abroad, 22,23. Fournier forgery: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.105 (German Colonies, second column). J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.78. H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 1, pp.142,43.
  • 19-21. Large Yacht (Rupee values), 1900. Forgeries represented to be proofs: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (Michel 19-21).
  • 22-29. Kaiser’s Yacht, 1905. Perforated and imperforate forgeries and fraudulent postmark: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (Michel German East Africa 22-25, 30-33).
  • —. 1 r.uunissued, pictured in Scott but not numbered.. Two forgeries of this unissued stamp: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (Michel German East Africa V).
  • —. Enlarged version of Small Yacht stamps issued by British for propaganda purposed. At least one set of the overprinted series has passed through the mail. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (German East Africa British Propaganda Issues on cover).
  • Genuine postmarks: John Kevin Doyle and Jürgen Fricke, “The Queen of German Colonial Philately”, The American Philatelic Congress Book 67 (2001): 53-72, at pp.63-72; Genuine cancellations: Albert Friedmann, The Stamps and Cancels of the German Colonies and the German Post Offices Abroad, pp.350-77.
  • Bernhard Friedrich and other fraudulent postmarks. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries,. Vol. 10, “German Colonies” (“German East Africa Cancellation Forgeries” and .”German East Africa Cancellations 1896-1911”).
    Fraudulent postmarks: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Part 11, Vol. 9. Dr. K. Pennycuick, “German East Africa”, The West – End Philatelist, Vol. 42 (May-June 1952): 33-35, continued at (July-August 1952): 51-53, at pp.51-53. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.105.
  • Mafia Island.
    NL89-98. Handstamped Indian Expeditionary Force stamps, three line sans serif italic type, 1916. Forged handstamp: Edward B. Proud, “Mafia Island“, The London Philatelist, Vol. 119 (April 2010): 70-85.
  • Genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Dr. Kenneth Pennycuick, “Mafia“, The London Philatelist, Vol. 89 (July-August 1980): 102-8. See 11-18,22-38, Small Yacht common design issues, above.
  • Pictures of overprints and postmarks: German Philatelic Society Expertizing Service, “Caveat Emptor”, The German Postal Specialist, Vol. 39 (December 1988): 413-16.
  • Rudolph Thomas fraudulent postmarks: Paul Larsen, “‘Greasy Dick’ Fake Colonies and Offices, Vorläufer, No. 15 (April 1975: 3-10. Chas. S. Thompson, “German Colonial Postmark Fakes …”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 35 (December 12, 1942): 329-31; Anon. Note, Stamps (U.S.), Vol. 38 (January 17, 1942): 102,3.
  • Forged postmarks: GPS Expertizing Service, “Caveat Emptor”, The German Postal Specialist, Vol. 36 (October 1985): 426,27.
    Dieter Bahrs forged postmarks: GPS Expertizing Committee, “Caveat Emptor – Still Another Forger Exposed”, The German Postal Specialist, Vol. 26 (March 1975): 90-92.
  • Pictures of forged postmarks, including those of forerunners: Anon., “Forgeries – Warning of Early Colonial Postmarks from Johannesburg” (translated by O. Winter, from Berichte Kolonialbriefmarken sammler), The German Postal Specialist, Vol.17 (April 1966): 172-76.
  • Forged overprints and cancellations by Dieter K. of Sittensen: Dr. Werner M. Bohne, “Caveat Emptor … 25 Million Marks in Forgeries? : A Special Report”, The German Postal Specialist, Vol. 33 (June 1982): 246-48.
  • False postmarks of various colonies made in Berlin (pictures reduced in size): Anon., “Another Forgery Establishment Put Out of Business”, Vorläufer, No. 14 (February 1975): 3,4.
  • Fournier fraudulent cancellations: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 7, p.156 and Vol.9, p.26.
  • Arrival postmarks. Required on letters until March 31, 1909 (except for a few months beginning “after 1873). Required on regestered and special delivery mail until termination of postal service, except for the period April 1, 1909 to December 21, 1909. Albert Friedmann, The Stamps and Cancels of the German Colonies and the German Post Offices Abroad.

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