First Issues - 1852 to 1854

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Netherlands SGM238 ScGY1
World's First
Floating Safe Stamp

1921 SG-M238 Sc-GY1

The Netherland's minor but imaginative postal innovation was the floating safe stamp. Introduced for the service to the Netherlands Indies, post with this stamp was stored in a special safe, designed to float if the ship sank. The service was launched in 1921 and discontinued in 1923 through lack of demand.

German States

These also delivered promptly with four issues in January 1852, bringing the total to eleven German states with stamps.

Brunswick SG5 Sc5 Oldenburg SG2 Sc1 Thurn and Taxis, North SG1 Sc1 Thurn and Taxis, South SG51 Sc42
Brunswick Oldenburg Thurn and Taxis, North Thurn and Taxis, South
[1st January 1852]
SG5 Sc5
5th January 1852
SG2 Sc1
29th January 1852
SG1 Sc1
29th January 1852
SG51 Sc42

Brunswick’s first 1 silbergroschen (1st January) is unaffordable, but the same design was used for five years and the 1856 SG5 is shown.

For Oldenburg (5th January), Gibbons and Scott disagree on the sequencing and dating of issues.

The catalogues are better coordinated for Thurn and Taxis, North and South (29th January) and both number them sequentially. In this case, it was not merely a state adopting adhesive stamps but an historic postal service, founded in the fifteenth century that at one time had covered much of Europe. By this time, the service was in decline as countries and smaller entities took control of their own posts and the residue of the service was sold to the Prussian post office in 1867.


page written May 2013