Brief History Of German Postage Stamps
German Postage Stamps has a unique history in the sense that it covers a time period from the year 1849 in Bavaria, right up to the reunited Germany since 1990. There is a very interesting tit bit about German Postage Stamps that very few know about. The German Democratic Republic once issued a stamp made entirely of synthetic chemicals, a phenomenon which is quite rare.
The first time a postage stamp was ever issued and produced was way back in the year 1849. This too was due to a regulation of King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It came to be known as the 'Bayern-Einser black' and is considered to be the first stamp from Germany, making it a landmark in the history of German Postage Stamps. Another interesting aspect is that shortly afterwards one got to see the values - three and six Kreuzer. Something very unique was that the paper used for printing these stamps contained silk threads to prevent any sort of duplication or forgery.
German Postage Stamps went through a very difficult period during inflation in 1923. Many stamps issued from the period beginning April 1st 1921 up to December 1st 1923 are worth far more used than unused. The reason being they could only be used for the said period, after which they became almost worthless because of gross inflation. This period fascinates most postal historians.
The return of the Saar to German control was commemorated by a special stamp on 1st January 1957 and was followed shortly by stamps with a profile of President Theodor Heuss. These stamps had both, "SAARLAND" and "DEUTSCHE BUNDESPOST" printed on them. The last postage stamp of the Saar was a single 15-franc issue honoring Alexander von Humboldt and was put up for sale on 6th May 1959. Thereafter Saarland used regular German stamps, concluding a very important period of 'German Postage Stamps'.
Women too play an important role in German postal history and appear on some definitive stamp series in German Postage Stamps. This series called "Frauen der deutschen Geschichte" in German, was first issued in the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin from 1986 to 1990 and continues in reunited Germany since 1990. Each stamp represents a portrait of a well-known and accomplished German woman, the two notable exceptions being a couple of Austrian women, namely Lise Meitner and Bertha von Suttner. The name of the country on these stamps has also changed with time and according to German history.