Here are a few neat pieces of German postal ephemera I thought I'd share.
But as usual, first a little background...
In 1924, Germany began issuing stamps to benefit the Deutsche Nothilfe (German Emergency Aid) social welfare program. The surcharge on each stamp went (theoretically) to benefit the needy of German society, including the elderly, children, and the infirm. Each year, the German government would issue one or two sets for this purpose. This program continued through 1935, and in 1936 was replaced with the similar Wintehilfswerk (Winter Relief) program.
Normally, these stamps were purchased from the window at the post office. However, in order to accommodate large, special, or collector orders, they could also be purchased using order forms. These order forms had blanks for each stamp value, plus blanks for booklets (Markenheftchen) if they were issued in that manner, and postcards (Postkarten) if one was issued for the same occasion.
The order forms normally took the form of postcards.
And here's an ad that isn't part of the Deutsche Nothilfe/Winterhilfswerk series -- a 1937 ad for Michel Block 7, which was issued to commemorate Hitler's 48th birthday. The ad is A3 size (11.7" x 16.5"), and it reads, "If you want to help the Führer in supporting the cultural programs, then buy the Führer commemorative stamp. On sale for a limited time at the counter."
Thanks very much for sharing these! A fascinating area!
I collect Japan, and it causes me to wonder what kind of promotion their post office did, especially pre-WW2. I have a feeling I'm going to have to delve into some Japan-based (Japanese-language only) auctions and see what I can uncover.
Again, thanks very much for the mind expansion! Chilling but beautiful material.