Karl Marx stampChemnitz, located in the German state of Saxony was, after Leipzig and Dresden, the largest city in the former German Democratic Republic (DDR). Chemnitz was a major railway junction and heavily bombed in the Second World War. From May 10, 1953 until May 31, 1990 the city was known as Karl-Marx-Stadt.

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Ich bin ein BerlinerOn June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy of the United States made a speech in Berlin. One that became notable partly because of the few German words that Kennedy used during the speech: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). Kennedy’s speech was made from the Rathaus Schöneberg, located at the Rudolph-Wilde-Platz. He visited the city to emphasise the United States’ support for the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Overprints on postage stampsThat stamps are issued with the name of the issuing country and the value is well known. Also that Britain didn’t place its name on stamps, just the image of its head of state. And the value of a stamp in many countries is now shown with a letter or number. But stamps with overprints, to change the original stamp intention, are not seen so much nowadays.

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Anne Frank on stamp IsraelDuring Postex, I saw on display by a stamp dealer an envelope on which was stamped a very familiar picture for a Dutchman: the statue of the Docker in Amsterdam. Why would you find such an image on an envelope issued by the Israeli postal service?

 

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