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German post offices in Morocco


German post offices in Morocco

The German post offices abroad were a network of post offices in foreign countries established by Germany to provide mail service where the local services were deemed unsafe or unreliable. They were generally set up in cities with some sort of German commercial interest. In early use only the cancellation mark can identify their postal use abroad; such stamps are known as "Vorläufer" (forerunner) stamps.[1] Later stamps are identified by overprints even when not postally used. German abroad stamps started appearing in the late 19th century and reached their heyday at the beginning of the 20th century; they closed down during or shortly after World War I.

It was not unusual for countries to maintain such offices and Austria-Hungary, China, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States all did so. In the latter part of 19th century and into the 20th century, having extraterritorial post offices was one indication of a nation's international power.[2]

Stamps from German post offices abroad are popular with collectors and some are quite valuable. In a 2006 auction, a 40 Pfennig Germania hand-stamped "China" (Tientsin issue) stamp from 1900 realized 100,152 Euros.[3]


  • German post offices in Morocco 1
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4

German post offices in Morocco

German post offices in Morocco (German: Deutsche Post in Marokko) started to operate in 1899. German definitive stamps were used with overprints; after the first issue the valuta was changed to pesetas and centimos. German post offices closed in French-controlled Morocco in 1914, and in Spanish-controlled Morocco on June 16, 1919.):[4]

Morocco, 1905

Post offices existed in these towns (name per cancellation stamps):[5]

See also


  1. ^ German Colonies Collectors Group
  2. ^ Miller, Rick (11 August 2003). "Ottoman decay led to offices abroad stamps".  
  3. ^
  4. ^ Michel 1997: p. 378.
  5. ^ Michel 1997: p. 374.


  • Michel-Katalog Deutschland Spezial. Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH. 1997.  

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