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German Postage Stamps

German postage stamps represent visually the breadth and accomplishments of German culture, whether in literature, art, architecture, science, politics, philosophy, or music. Through both function and design they encourage contact between cultures. One stamp designer, Manfred Gottschall, captured this idea when he recognized “wie die Briefmarke weltweit Brücken spannt und nicht nur mit dem Ziel, eine Transportgebühr zu bezahlen, sondern auch durch ihren bildlichen und künstlerischen Inhalt Kontakte knüpfen kann” (“how stamps build bridges worldwide, not only with the goal of paying a transport fee, but also how they establish contacts through their visual and artistic content”).

The stamps found on this Web site are actual stamps used by the German Post Office and are reproduced here with permission of the Deutsche Post AG, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium der Finanzen), and the individual graphic designers responsible for each stamp (who own the copyrights to the ../images after 1968). We are grateful to the Deutsche Post AG, the German Federal Ministry of Finance, and especially to the numerous graphic designers for their generosity in allowing us to use the stamps. We also acknowledge the kind efforts of the Museumstiftung für Post und Telekommunikation, the Bund Deutscher Grafik-Designer e.V., the Allianz Deutscher Designer AGD, and the Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst in providing contact information for the numerous graphic artists represented here.

Below are the stamps found on this Web site with their title, Michel number (the classification system used by German philatelists), date of issue, and designer with copyright permiss

Stamp Title Michel Date Designer

150 Jahre Enzviadukt Bietigheim

N/A

2003

Grit Fiedler

100 Jahre deutscher Film

Block 33 (Bund)

06.09.1995

Professor Ernst and Lorli Jünger

Nobelpreisträger deutschsprachiger Literatur

Block 16 (Bund)

16.02.1978

Professor Gerd Aretz

1749 Goethe 1949

49 (Franz. Zone (Baden))

12.08.1949

k.A. (copyright permission by Deutsche Post AG)

Jakob Fugger / Der Reiche / 6. März 1459

307 (Bund)

06.03.1959

Ernst Gilbert (copyright permission by Deutsche Post AG)

Wohlfartsmarke 1967 / Frau Holle

311 (Berlin)

03.10.1967

Gyorgy Stefula (copyright permission by Deutsche Post AG)

Wohlfahrtsmarke 1960 / Rotkäppchen

340 (Bund)

01.10.1960

Hans Michel and Günther Kieser (copyright permission by Deutsche Post AG)

Deutsche Funkausstellung Stuttgart 1965

481 (Bund)

28.07.1965

Professor Heinz Schillinger (copyright permission by Deutsche Post AG)

Karl Marx *5.V.1818

558 (Bund)

29.04.1968

Herbert Kern (copyright permission by Deutsche Post AG)

Ricarda Huch 1864-1947

827 (Bund)

15.01.1975

Professor Gerd Aretz

Martin Buber 1878-1965

962 (Bund)

16.02.1978

Professor Gerd Aretz

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832

1121 (Bund)

18.02.1982

Elisabeth von Janota-Bzowski

Nofretete Berlin

1398 (Bund)

12.01.1989

Professor Fritz and Sibylle Haase & Knels

Deutsche Einheit 3. Oktober 1990

1478 (Bund)

03.10.1990

Paul Effert

9. November 1989 (Durchbrochene Mauer)

1481 (Bund)

06.11.1990

Manfred Gottschall

9. November 1989 (Brandenburger Tor)

1482 (Bund)

06.11.1990

Manfred Gottschall

Georg Chrisoph Lichtenberg 1742-1799

1616 (Bund)

11.06.1992

Professor Gerd Aretz

Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944

1619 (Bund)

11.06.1992

Professor Ernst and Lorli Jünger

George Grosz 1893-1959

1656 (Bund)

11.03.1993

Professor Ernst and Lorli Jünger

Internationale Funkausstellung 1993

1690 (Bund)

12.08.1993

Design by Hans Günter Schmitz

Miteinander leben!

1725 (Bund)

10.03.1994

Professor Fritz and Sibylle Haase & Knels

Leopold von Ranke

1826 (Bund)

09.11.1995

Elisabeth von Janota-Bzowski

Philipp Otto Runge

940 (Bund)

13.07.1977

Almir Mavigier

Nobelpreisträger deutschsprachiger Literatur [Thomas Mann]

Block 16 (Bund)

16.02.1978

Professor Gerd Aretz

Nobelpreisträger deutschsprachiger Literatur [Gerhart Hauptmann]

Block 16 (Bund)

16.02.1978

Professor Gerd Aretz

Franz Kafka 1883-1924

1178 (Bund)

05.05.1983

Design by Hans Günter Schmitz

150 Jahre Deutscher Bühnenverein

1857 (Bund)

03.05.1996

Professor Ernst and Lorli Jünger

Wolfgang Borchert 1921-1947

1858 (Bund)

03.05.1996

Professor Gerd Aretz

Europa / Vom Fischer und seiner Frau

1915 (Bund)

05.05.1997

Professor Ernst Kößlinger

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy 1809-1847

1953 (Bund)

09.10.1997

Annegret Ehmke

Europäische Zentralbank Frankfurt am Main

2000 (Bund)

16.07.1998

Paul Effert

Deutscher Fußballmeister 1998 / 1. FC Kaiserslautern

2010 (Bund)

10.09.1998

Lutz Menze

450 Jahre Sächsische Staatskapelle

2025 (Bund)

12.11.1998

Manfred Gottschall

Erich Kästner 1899-1974 / 100. Geburtstag

2035 (Bund)

18.02.1999

Gerhard Lienemeyer

1948-1949 / Berliner Luftbrücke

2048 (Bund)

04.05.1999

Angela Kühn

50 Jahre Europarat

2049 (Bund)

04.05.1999

Manfred Gottschall

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2073 (Bund)

12.08.1999

Ursula Maria Kahrl

Goethe-Institute

2181 (Bund)

05.04.2001

Frau Irmgard Hesse

Zeichen + Wunder GmbH

Lebenslanges Lernen

2209 (Bund)

09.08.2001

Professor Fritz and Sibylle Haase & Knels

Hilf mit Wohlfahrtsmarken

2221 (Bund)

11.10.2001

Antonia Graschberger

Kampagne für mehr Toleranz

2235 (Bund)

10.01.2002

Professor Peter and Regina Steiner

Olympische Winterspiele, Salt Lake City [Für den Sport]

2239 (Bund)

07.02.2002

Lutz Menze

Post!

2250 (Bund)

04.04.2002

Grit Fiedler

Museum für Kommunikation

2276 (Bund)

08.08.2002

Corinna Rogger

225. Geburtstag Heinrich von Kleist

2283 (Bund)

10.10.2002

Ingo Wulff

Sonderbriefmarkenserie "Für die Wohlfahrtspflege": Oldtimer

2292 (Bund)

05.12.2002

Professor Ernst and Lorli Jünger

Dauerbriefmarkenserie "Frauen der deutschen Geschichte": Annette von Droste-Hülshoff

2295 (Bund)

27.12.2002

Professor Gerd Aretz and Oliver Aretz,