Monday, February 15, 2010
Gandhi 1969 Germany FDCs
Hello Gandhi collectors,
Today’s blog-post has an overview of the various FDCs prepared for the Gandhi Germany stamp (2nd October 1969).
As you know,
had been one of the most violent nations during the World Wars, especially during Hitler’s regime. After their defeat at the hands of the Germany USA led forces, had to forego its arms and had to pay a huge sum in lieu of its war excesses. All these factors led to Germany getting transformed into a peaceful nation which started to focus on rebuilding its economy. Germany
It was thus no surprise that
decided to join various nations in honouring Mahatma Gandhi, the Apostle of Peace, on his birth centenary (2nd October 1969) by issuing a commemorative stamp. With a denomination of 20 Deusche Mark (the foreign airmail rate at that time), the single green coloured stamp looked pretty ordinary. Germany
What perhaps made up for this simplicity were the various First Day Covers (FDCs) prepared for this Gandhi issue. These FDCs were prepared by various philatelic organizations, publishers and dealers. Given below are scans of the different FDCs for the German Gandhi issue (upto the best of my knowledge):
The last FDC has been postmarked on a later date (26th October), and I am on the lookout for a copy postmarked on the issue date.
This is on the lines of the multitude of FDCs prepared for the set of 2 Gandhi stamps issued by
on 26th January 1961 under the series “Champions of Liberty”. Personally, I find the German FDCs much more colourful and attractive when compared to the ones from USA . USA UK and also have various FDCs for their Gandhi issues. Suriname
As I mentioned, the above list might not be exhaustive. If anyone has come across any other variety of FDC issued to commemorate the Germany Gandhi Centenary stamp, please keep us informed.
Nikhil Mundra (15/02/2010)