Berlin Germany postal stations?

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  1. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    A question for those who have some knowledge of Berlin's post offices or postal stations:

    As some of you know, I maintain a collection of cancels on stamps. The scan below is of three from one of my Germany pages. The three stamps shown appear to have been canceled at the same postal station years apart. Can someone tell me where in Berlin the SW 77 or SW 11 station is. The third stamp, canceled much later, no longer has SW in it, but does include the 77 or 11. Just curious as to what part of the city this post office is located.



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  2. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    "ich bin kein Berliner" !
    Just type in Berlin SW 11 and you will find several articles about
    that post-office in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
    Same with Berlin SW 77,also in Kreuzberg.(Although in another
    article it says Schöneberg.)
    Possibly both is correct.
    But,I have never been to Berlin and likely will never go there.
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  3. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator


    I have an interesting link, unfortunately in German, but I suppose you could get a webpage translator for it. The interesting thing is all the photo links for post offices in Berlin. I thought you might be interested.
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  4. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    Interesting reading Hoch, tho out of my field of interest. Google translated it quite well.
  5. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    My favourite "Berlin" cancel:
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  6. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    A very nice socked on the nose cancel Werner. Nice stamp too!
  7. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Thank you Werner and Hochstrasse. The cancels, indeed, are from Kreuzberg (Berlin), a little south and west of central Berlin. There seems to be several post offices (postal stations) in Kreuzberg. SW 77 is one and SW 11 (now postal code 10963?) appears to be another. I copied the following blurb about Kreuzberg from an online source:

    "Sprawling Kreuzberg is home to students, artists and a large Turkish population, with many restaurants around Kottbusser Tor. The quirky Bergmannkiez area is known for thrift shops, laid-back cafes and the landscaped Viktoriapark. The gritty area near Görlitzer Park offers street art, casual bars and food stalls at Markthalle Neun. Shaded pathways along the Landwehr Canal attract walkers, cyclists and loungers."

    Further reading in another source indicates the above quote is on the mild side. Gorlitzer Park seems to be a thriving drug market and the place to go in Berlin for a quick fix. This source says Kreuzberg is home to many unemployed immigrants who make their living selling drugs. Viktoria Park, on the other hand, is described as a delightful, picturesque, and restful place, one of the best parks in Berlin.

  8. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator


    Lots of good info in this link. I found SW 11 with the great photo of the post office, but did not see a reference to SW 77. Maybe there is no 77 and that was the way 11 got printed in the time period of the cancels. Anyway the info available satisfies my curiosity about these cancels. Thanks.

  9. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator


    That is a nice cancel. Nice stamp too. However, it opens another puzzle. I can't find a Berlin in Canada. Google maps takes me to Kitchener, Ontario. Maybe it was an area within Kitchener at one time, or more likely, a DPO (discontinued post office). Any Canadians or Canada postal experts know where Berlin, Canada, is or was, or where Werner's stamp might have been canceled?

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  10. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Hi Don,

    You sort of answered your own question. The city of Kitchener, Canada used to be Berlin, Canada from 1854 to 1916. That puts the usage directly in that time period.
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  11. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    The solution is very simple:
    In 1916 patriotic circles initiated a change of the name of Berlin
    in Ontario to Kitchener.I guess this is something typical in times
    of war: the other side is not just an adversary but an ennemy
    and any memory of that enemy has to be eliminated.
    Just think of the Royal House of Britain what was renamed
    from Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor.
    By the way,I am not 100% sure,that my stamp was cancelled
    in Berlin/Kitchener.Because there is another Berlin in Canada.
    But it is a small place in Nova Scotia and I do not believe,chances
    are big,that it is "my" Berlin.Curios: Berlin in Nova Scotia is made up by two parts West- and East-Berlin ! Sounds funny,but is
    simply due to the location of both parts.
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