Germany & Colonies Philatelic Society
The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first year of operation of the Germany & Colonies Philatelic Society following the amalgamation of the Germany & Colonies Stamp Club (established 1947) and the Stockton German Study Group (1960).

The G&CPS celebrated its inaugural year in 1964 with the first Germania Posta philatelic exhibition held in Stockton.

Title: Hamburg, Strassburg, + Others Privat Post
Posted By: Brian Priestley (
Posted On: 01/02/2020 at 14:05:26
Message: Hi Graham, I don’t collect the stamps but I do collect postal stationary of private postal companies operating in Berlin upto to 1900. The first two stamps in your image are from the Berlin Packetfahrt. The excellent Horst Muller catalogue on the postal stationary of this company runs to almost 600 pages. Established in Berlin on the 13th February 1884; the Berliner Packetfahrt-Gesellschaft was the largest of the private companies in Berlin. Initially they provided parcel transport and by the end of 1884 were also dealing with business orders for distribution of letters. While business increased rapidly it was initially limited to the distribution of shipments for large customers. This company joined with others in September 1885 to provide an inter-city parcel service named Express-Packet-Verkehr which included overseas deliveries. On the 12th January 1886 the name of the company was changed to the Neue Berliner Omnibus und Packetfaht Actiengesellschaft. A general mail service was incorporated in to the business in 1886. In June 1886 a competitor in Berlin, the Transport Institute Hansa, set up mailboxes and postal stationary including franked letters and postcards for carriage within the city. The ‘Berliner Packetfahrt’ quickly followed providing similar services and locating mail boxes and offices throughout the city, and later that year acquired Hansa. In 1894 the company ceased operating passenger transport services and changed its name to Berliner Packetfahrt Actiengesellschaft. Both the Berlin Stamps in your image relate to this period. With the cessation of private postal services in 1900 the compensation by the Reich Post to this company amounted 2.7 million marks for the owners and 932,616 marks for 521 members of staff. 344 staffs were transferred from the company to the Reich Post.
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Hamburg, Strassburg, + Others Privat Post Graham Commons 29/01/2020 13:03:35
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