Heligoland Cinderellas

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  1. Dick Eassom

    Dick Eassom New Member

  2. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

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    I took a brief look at the original listing.They are nice-looking but are cinderellas,as stated in the description.Looking at feedback and where the stamps come from,I would be very hesitant to purchase .
     
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  3. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    I briefly looked at the Ebay store this seller has and found that he seems to specialize in replicas, cinderellas and such. Further down the page of the Heligoland Jubilee set there was the line saying "We can offer a very good reprint and cinderellas of stamps. Our stamps are made on high-quality professional equipment in printing press, WITH GUM !!!! Paper also specifically chosen for various parameters." I have to surmise that this set is modern and that this seller possibly makes them. The list of 44 colonies that participated in the 1935 silver jubilee stamp sets does not include Heligoland and there is absolutely nothing I could find on the Web about such a set. While this may not a definitive answer to your question, it will as always let you know caveat emptor.
     
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  4. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

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    I took a brief look at the original listing.They are nice-looking but are cinderellas,as stated in the description.Looking at feedback and where the stamps come from,I would be very hesitant to purchase .
     
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  5. RichardBabcock

    RichardBabcock Active Member

    It use to be part of Germany but was taken by Great Britain in the second world war, Britain released them to be proud of there war prize.I have a small book of stamps. title. Peace and victory issues of the British Empire 1945-1947 A footnote to World War Two 1940-45 Scott Publications. I should add that set to the book. All stamps in my book are not used and not hinged, It even includes Canada, Just one stamp A ten cent Special Delivery.
     
  6. Dick Eassom

    Dick Eassom New Member

    Thanks everyone. I assumed they were cinderellas, and judging by the appearance, new rather than contemporaneous. Not considering them for my 1935 Silver Jubilee collection, but just curious.
     
  7. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    A good reason to re-edit a former post:
    Germany received the rock-island of Heligoland from Britain,in
    exchange for Zanzibar and Pembar,formerly islands belonging
    to German-East-Afrika.
    Seemed to to be a bad deal for Germany,to give those two
    valuable islands in the Indean Ocean and receive in return Heligoland,
    a rock with no more than some 2307 often unwillingly german inhabitants,located in the German Bay.But strategicly Heligoland
    was an "unsinkable warship",shielding the german coastline.
    During WW I civilians were evacuated from the island and it was
    used as a military fortress.
    In WW II the military installations had been enforced,but due
    to the progress in modern warfare,the island was rather sidelined.
    However shortly before the end of the war,the R.A.F. attacked
    Heligoland on April 18th and 19th,1945 with about 1000 bombers,
    dropping more than 7000 bombs onto the island.All houses were
    destroyed,285 people were killed (amongst them 12 civilians).
    But the majority had survived unharmed in the vast bunker system.
    After the war ,the British tried to destroy the military installations
    on the de-populated Heligoland (all civilians were evacuated by
    Germany after the April-bombing-raid) and hopefully the complete
    island by the,at the time,biggest ever convential explosion.
    Although badly damaged Heligoland withstood.From then on
    Heligoland was used by the British as a training target for bombers.
    After the german parliament had asked the British unanimously
    to give the island back (even the GDR did join in),Britain agreed
    and gave Heligoland free.The population was allowed to go back
    in 1952.
    Today live around 1300 people on Heligoland,making theirs
    livelyhood mainly by (duty-and tax-free) tourism.
    In the last years Heligoland has become a service- and
    administration-centre,for wind-parks (electricity generation)
    in the North-Sea.
    Stamps,I can think of,featuring Heligoland:
    AH 1.jpg Heligoland,50 years part of Germany,issued Aug.9th,1940
    AH 2.jpg
    Heligoland liberated (from british occupation),issued Sept.6th,1952

    AH 3.jpg
    Tourism-series,issued Oct.20th,1972 (50 years after liberation from
    british occuation)

    AH 4.jpg
    Defintive,issued June 21st,1990 (100 years part of Germany)
    A near idential stamp,what I do not own,was issued for (West-) Berlin.

    I do not have any stamps of Heligoland under british rule (1807-1890),what were issued between 1867 and 1889.
    They are a minefield of forgeries.
     
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