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South West Africa Postal History

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Lot 4436
1914-1920 Hüttenhain correspondence, comprising 32 envelopes, 11 cards and two telegraph forms, constituting a correspondence between Heinrich Hüttenhain, a farmer in Okahandja, and his wife, who was in Europe during World War I. The correspondence shows the difficulty of mail connections with enemy countries, with a wide range of usages, including censorship, incoming, redirected and "Friedensbureau" mail; also included and reflected in the above counts are covers from other correspondence that complement the display, as well as a 1905 field postcard written by Hüttenhain in South West Africa and collateral material, a Fine-Very Fine collection providing historical and personal insights about the period and the impact of events on German settlers, as well as magnificently illustrating the related postal history.
Estimate 2,500 - 3,000

Heinrich Hüttenhain originally came to South West Africa as a German soldier during the Herero Rebellion and settled there as a farmer in Okahandja. At the outbreak of World War I, his wife returned to Europe and did not come back to South West Africa until the 1920s. The circumstances and postal history of this period are comprehensively detailed in Berichte No. 120 (February 2005).

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Lot 4437
1916 collection showing use of German registration labels, consisting of seven envelopes and one parcel form, including Keetmanshoop (2, one with Deutsch crossed out), Swakopmund (3, one with Deutsch crossed out), Windhuk (2) and Usakos, Very Fine.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 4438
1916-1917 group of four printed parcel forms, franked with 1s block (2), 1s and mixed franking of 1s and 2s 6d, respectively, Very Fine.
Estimate 800 - 1,000
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Lot 4439

1915-1921 balance of the South African-period collection, including 20 covers, two forms and one international reply coupon, including telegraph usages, avis de reception, instructional markings, official mail with 1916 official envelope showing "Outjo P.O." negative seal and seaposts, as well as ½d pair on piece with "Hatsamas" dated manuscript cancel, nearly all Very Fine, a very interesting and scarce group.
Estimate 4,500 - 6,000
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