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French Zone of Occupation, issues for Württemberg


Definitive issues in years 1947-1949 were printed in multiple types that appear in the same sheet of stamps. In case of small denominations (up to 60 pfennig) types are arranged by columns. In case of large denominations (1 mark) types are arranged in distinct pattern.

Designs that were printed in multiple denominations may or may not have the same types. Details are described in tables below representing each type.

Presentation of types


HÖLDERLIN Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Höderlin, Types I and II
Types I and II
Type I:

  • hair curl next to the right cheek outlined.

Type II:

  • the curl is open on the left side.
Denomination Year Type I Type II
3 pf., brown 1947 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 2, 4, 7, 9
15 pf., dark violet 1947 1-10 none
45 pf., dark red 1947 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 2, 4, 7, 9
6 pf., dark brown 1948 1-10 none
15 pf., blue 1948 1-10 none
5 pf., blue green 1948 1-10 none
6 pf., dark brown 1948 1-10 none

CITY GATES IN WANGEN Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Stadttor Wangen, Types II and I
Types II and I
Type I:

  • gutter on the roof thick.

Type II:

  • the gutter on the roof thin.
Denomination Year Type I Type II
10 pf., dark blue 1947 1, 2, 4-7, 9, 10 3, 8

MONASTERY BEBENHAUSEN Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Kloster Bebenhausen, Types I, IV and II
Types I, IV and II
Württemberg postage stamp: Kloster Bebenhausen, Types V and VI
Types V and VI
Württemberg postage stamp: Kloster Bebenhausen, Types III and VIII
Types III and VIII
Type I:

  • fountain base white (without raster).

Type II:

  • fountain base with shadowed (with raster).

Type III:

  • thick horizontal line on fountain base.

Type IV:

  • horizontal and a vertical line on fountain base.

Type V:

  • fountain base without outline below,
  • outline on the fountain bowl broken on the right.

Type VI:

  • outline below clearly visible,
  • outline on the fountain bowl broken on the right.

Type VII:

  • fountain base on the right outlined by a curved line.

Type VIII:

  • sloping line outlining the fountain base on the right longer.

Type IX:

  • short thick line on the right outline of the fountain base.
Denomination Year Type I Type II Type III Type IV Type V Type VI Type VII Type VIII Type IX
16 pf., dark olive green 1947 1-4, 6-9 5, 10
24 pf., red 1947 3, 8 1-6 5, 10 2, 4, 7, 9
16 pf., dark violet 1948 1-10
24 pf., dark green 1948 3, 8 1-6 5, 10 2, 4, 7, 9
4 pf., dark violet 1948 1-4, 6-9
fields 5, 15
5, 10
fields 4, 14
40 pf., olive brown 1948 4, 9 1, 6 2, 5, 7, 10 3, 8

SCHLOSS LICHTENSTEIN Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Lichtenstein, Types I, II and III
Types I, II and III
Type I:

  • four fir trees on the slope below the castle.

Type II:

  • three fir trees on the slope.

Type III:

  • white area on the rock face below the castle larger.
Denomination Year Type I Type II Type III
84 pf., dark green 1947 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
84 pf., lilac red 1948 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 Fields: 2, 6, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 42, 44, 48, 50 Fields: 4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
90 pf., dark red 1948 1-10

CHURCH IN ZWIEFALTEN Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Zwiefalten, Types I, III and II
Types I, III and II
Type I:

  • thick horizontal line on the upright pillar, left from the entrance.

Type II:

  • thin horizontal line on the pillar,
  • breach in outline on church facade.

Type III:

  • thick horizontal line on the upright pillar, left from the entrance,
  • point indicating Madonna’s toe missing.
Denomination Year Type I Type II Type III
1 M., brown 1947 Fields: 11-20, 31-40, 43, 44, 49, 50. Fields: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 42, 46, 48. Fields: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 41, 45, 47.
1 M., blue 1948 Fields: 1, 2, 5-8, 21-30, 41-50. Fields: 4, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 32, 36, 38, 40. Fields: 3, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39.

CITY HALL IN WALDSEE Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Waldsee Rathaus, Types I and II
Types I and II
Type I:

  • vertical line of the flag pole thick.

Type II:

  • vertical line of the flag pole thin.
Denomination Year Type I Type II
8 pf., dark blue green 1948 1-4, 6-9 5, 10

SKI CHAMPIONSHIP 10 pf. Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Ski championship, Types II, I and IX
Types II, I and IX
Type I:

  • stamp without special markings.

Type II:

  • two dots in the cloud below inscription DEUTSCHE,
  • dot next the numeral 1 in denomination on the left side.

Type III:

  • dot next to the letter D in DEUTSCHE, on the left.

Type IV:

  • dot inside zero in denomination (between inner borderline and shading).

Type V:

  • shading missing on the right side from numeral 4 in denomination.

Type VI:

  • white line in shading below letter U in DEUTSCHE (lightning).

Type VII:

  • dot in shading inside zero in denomination.

Type VIII:

  • dot between letters S and C in DEUTSCHE.

Type IX:

  • dot in shading next to the ski pole on the right,
  • lower part of the numeral 9 in 1948 not curved.
Denomination Year Type I Type II Type III Type IV Type V Type VI Type VII Type VIII Type IX
10 pf., dark green 1949 6, 8 1 2 3 4 5 7 9 10

SKI CHAMPIONSHIP 20 pf. Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Ski Championship 1949, 20pf., Types V, I and III
Types V, I and III

Type I:

  • stamp without special markings.

Type II:

  • horizontal line of the plus sign concave on the right.

Type III:

  • two lines of shading next to the skier’s head on the right broken.

Type IV:

  • the first vertical line of the letter N in ISNY short.

Type V:

  • letter G in ALLG. damaged on the lower left side.

Type VI:

  • colored dot between letters H and E in DEUTSCHE.
Denomination Year Type I Type II Type III Type IV Type V Type VI
24 pf., rose 1949 3, 5, 6 1 2 7 4 9

GERMAN POSTAGE STAMP CENTENARY 20 pf. Description
Württemberg postage stamp: Centenary of German postage stamp, 20pf., Types I and II
Types I and II

Type I:

  • roof rack detached from the roof.

Type II:

  • roof rack attached to the roof of the bus.
Denomination Year Type I Type II
20 pf., brown 1949 Columns: 3, 5 and Fields 1, 6, 21, 26, 41, 46 Columns: 2, 4 and Fields: 11, 16

Varieties


May 1947 – February 1948. Definitive set: scenery and famous persons from Württemberg (I). Denomination in Reichmarks, printed in photogravure.

Constant varieties

3 pf., brown Position in a sheet
I Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Lower right frame aslant, letter G in WÜRTTEMBERG thin. Lower right frame aslant, letter G in WÜRTTEMBERG thin. 20
24 pf., red Position in a sheet
I Württemberg postage stamp plate error: Big white dot above the first letter E in WÜRTTEMBERG Big white dot above the first letter E in WÜRTTEMBERG 81
45 pf., cerise Position in a sheet
I Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot at the base of letter T to the right, letter G with additional stroke. Colored dot at the base of letter T to the right, letter G with additional stroke. 79
II Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Numeral 5 of denomination touching letter R in WÜRTTEMBERG: Numeral 5 of denomination touching letter R in WÜRTTEMBERG:
60 pf., deep orange Position in a sheet
I Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Spike on right shoulder. Spike on right shoulder. 92
84 pf., blue green Position in a sheet
I Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  White spot on hill below the castle. White spot on hill below the castle. 5
1 m., dark brown Position in a sheet
I Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  The first letter E in WÜRTTEMBERG broken in the middle. The first letter E in WÜRTTEMBERG broken in the middle. 4 (partially)
II Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot to the right from the cross, top curved protective rail to the right broken.
Another example
Colored dot to the right from the cross, top curved protective rail to the right broken. ?

 

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in available literature)

2 pf., gray
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Circle above head in upper right corner (the moon). Circle above head in upper right corner (the moon).
3 pf., brown
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot above letter R in WÜRTTEMBERG. Colored dot above letter R in WÜRTTEMBERG.
2 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Thin colored line on medallion frame above letters T and E in WÜRTTEMBERG. Thin colored line on medallion frame above letters T and E in WÜRTTEMBERG.
15 pf., purple
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored spot below letter W in WÜRTTEMBERG. Colored spot below letter W in WÜRTTEMBERG.
20 pf., blue
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot above the roof of the left building. Colored dot above the roof of the left building.
45 pf., cerise
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot below numeral 4. Colored dot below numeral 4.
2 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot next to the nose. Colored dot next to the nose.
60 pf., deep orange
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Letters E and M in WÜRTTEMBERG connected. Letters E and M in WÜRTTEMBERG connected.
2 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Barely any shading around letter Ü in WÜRTTEMBERG. Barely any shading around letter Ü in WÜRTTEMBERG.
3 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Additional hairline on forehead. Additional hairline on forehead.
4 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Letter E in SCHILLER deformed, looks like B: SCHILLBR. Letter E in SCHILLER deformed, looks like B: SCHILLBR.
5 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored smudge below letter B and a dot inside letter G of WÜRTTEMBERG. Colored smudge below letter B and a dot inside letter G of WÜRTTEMBERG.
75 pf., bright blue
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot next to the statue to the right. Colored dot next to the statue to the right.
2 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  First letter R in WÜRTTEMBERG open on top. First letter R in WÜRTTEMBERG open on top.
84 pf., blue green
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot between numeral 4 and letter P of PF. Colored dot between numeral 4 and letter P of PF.
2 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Thin horizontal line and a whitening above the second fir tree below the castle. Thin horizontal line and a whitening above the second fir tree below the castle.
1 m., dark brown
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot inside letter R of WÜRTTEMBERG. Colored dot inside letter R of WÜRTTEMBERG.

 

Probably coincidental varieties

Dotted lines around the frame
Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error Hoelderlin dotted lines

 

June – August 1948. Definitive set: scenery and famous persons from Württemberg (II). Denomination in German Marks, printed in photogravure.

Constant varieties

15 pf., blue Position in a sheet
I Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot above right eyebrow. Colored dot above right eyebrow. 11

 

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in available literature)

6 pf., violet brown
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot to the right from the numeral 6, above letters R and T in WÜRTTEMBERG. Colored dot to the right from the numeral 6, above letters R and T in WÜRTTEMBERG.
8 pf., blue green
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot below letters E and R in WÜRTTEMBERG. Colored dot below letters E and R in WÜRTTEMBERG.
12 pf., crimson
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot on forehead above left eyebrow. Colored dot on forehead above left eyebrow.
2 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Curved part of numeral 2 enclosed. Curved part of numeral 2 enclosed.
15 pf., blue
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Letter R in HÖLDERLIN short, umlaut above O missing. Letter R in HÖLDERLIN short, umlaut above O missing.
84 pf., carmine
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Upper right branch of the tree broken. Upper right branch of the tree broken.
2 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  White dot in embankment above the road. White dot in embankment above the road.

 

Probably coincidental varieties

Dotted lines around the frame
Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error Hoelderlin dotted lines Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error Hoelderlin dotted lines Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error Hoelderlin dotted lines

 

November 1948 – July 1949. Definitive set: scenery and famous persons from Württemberg (III). Without “PF”, printed in photogravure.

Constant varieties

2 pf., deep orange Position in a sheet
I Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored spot on left collar. Colored spot on left collar. 20

 

Possible constant varieties (not mentioned in available literature)

5 pf., blue
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored spot below first letter E in WÜRTTEMBERG. Colored spot below first letter E in WÜRTTEMBERG.
8 pf., rose brown
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored dot right from the flag pole. Colored dot right from the flag pole.
10 pf., dark green
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  White dot on letter M in WÜRTTEMBERG. White dot on letter M in WÜRTTEMBERG.
20 pf., cerise
1 Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error:  Colored smudge on the left side of the top frame. Colored smudge on the left side of the top frame.

 

Probably coincidental varieties

Dotted lines around the frame
Germany Wuerttemberg postage stamp error Hoelderlin dotted lines

 

Bibliography


  1. Michel Deutschland-Spezial 2005, Band 2: Ab Mai 1945 (Alliierte Besetzung bis BRD), Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, ISBN 3-87858-145-9