Drechsel, Edwin.


Pall Mall Stamp Co., for Christie's-Robson Lowe Ltd., Bournemouth, 1st ed., 1987. 114 pp., profusely illustrated with franks, envelopes, photographs, and a map. D.j., 25 x 19cm. Dust-jacket slightly chipped o/w V.G.+. Sea and Ship Posts as they began in 1886, continue today as a German postal institution, one of three basic ways of handling mail posted on the High Seas. In addition to this UPU-regulated method, a second way, Paquebot Mail, was established in 1894 and is still going strong thanks chiefly to collectors rather than passengers. This is mail posted at sea but with no shipboard handling other than to bundle them together and hand them in at a port where they receive the Paquebot cancel. The final way is High Seas Mail by which letters receive a shipboard mark with the ship or line's name. The author has compiled a fascinating pictorial catalogue and history on German merchant ship posts, profusely illustrated.

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