Memphis Stamp Collectors Society

Memphis, Tennessee

This stamp was issued to celebrate Hitler's 51st Birthday on the 20th April 1940. The design was by Prof. Richard Klein from a photograph by Hitler's official photographer Herman Hoffmann and was a popular propaganda subject showing Hitler adoring a child.

​A German "Hitler Head" stamp overprinted for use in occupied Austria.

Over seventy years after the end of World War II, the Third Reich continues to fascinate collectors. Nazi propaganda, in particular, has been the topic of countless books, as have the personalities involved in the German propaganda machine. The regime used postal materials as a tool for expressing its propaganda message. As official documents of Nazi Germany, these stamps, postcards, and even postmarks used during the time provide a picture of the types of propaganda messages every German was expected to see and act upon on a daily basis.

This minisheet, postmarked Nuremberg, was issued on 10th June 1937 and has a swastika watermark that covers the entire reverse of the sheet. This minisheet differs from an earlier design in that it has an additional inscription that reads "25RPf inclusive of Culture Fund donation"

This example shows usage of regular postage for airmail

The top stamp was issued in Feb 1945 to celebrate the Part Militia or "Volkssturm" and depicts 3 Volkssturm members protecting the fatherland.  Issued: 21st Apr 1945, the bottom pair were the final Nazi issues and were produced just weeks before the German defeat in World War II. They feature party organizations: Storm Troopers or 'SA' and the 'SS'.   

German Stamps of the Third Reich, 1933 - 1945

These 2 stamps were issued on 15th March 1935. Hans Schweitzer designed these 'steel helmets' in remembrance of the dead from the First World War. Memorial Day was previously observed on November 13th each year but Hitler changed the name of the day from "War Memorial Day" to "War Heroes Memorial Day"

Postage ​Stamps... What are they?  

Stamps have helped us "reach out and touch someone" for more than 170 years. Long before phones and computers, these glorious examples of art and craftsmanship, seemingly, mere little blobs of ink on paper, have been part of our human history spanning the globe. Do you collect? How, and what, do you collect? They provide a constant stimulus for the inquisitive mind and lover of history. Come Join Us! Please see the MSCS Grant page under "School Grants & Recipients".  

"German-Italian Fraternity in Arms" Issued: 30th Jan 1941featuring Hitler and Mussolini. This Prof. Richard Klein designed stamp was produced on swastika watermarked paper in sheets of 50 stamps (10x5) and was valid until the end of 1942.

The postmark design on this block of six shows the eagle's head facing to its left when used as a Nazi Party symbol. The eagle's claws grasp a wreath of oak leaves surrounding a swastika

This post card, postmarked October1940 shows Adolph Hitler at his peak of power.. 

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This semi-postal souvenir sheet went on sale 9th May 1936 in honor of the 11th Olympic Summer Games in Berlin.

Issued in 1934, these two airmail stamps feature German aviation pioneers, Otto Lilienthal and Ferdinand Count von Zeppelin.

Issued 20th Mar 1942, the top stamp was designed by Prof. Dachaur and was engraved by the State Printing Office in Vienna on sheets (5x10). The cover is a return receipt for registered or certified mail.

Issued 14th Apr 1944, this stamp was released a week before Hitler's 55th Birthday on the 20th of April, 1944.  By this stage of the war, Hitler had become more and more a recluse so an older photograph was used for the portrait.

These stamps, issued in 1942, commemorate the European Postal Congress,  

From the collection of Ron Williams, MSCS

This cover, mailed from Nuremberg in 1938, bears stamps issued to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the election of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. The stamps depict a tourch bearer and was designed by A. Kolb. The torch is meant to indicate the Nazi's leading Germany into the 'light' and the oak leaf cluster in the torch bearer's left hand is the sign of victory