The German word ‘Feldpostmarken’ means ‘Field Post Cancel’ and was applied to all military mail posted, often during a war. Here the word ‘luft’, meaning ‘air’ has been added in script, indicating an air-mail service was required. The envelopes also have a red crayon diagonal cross applied by hand indicating an ‘Express” service, the mark typical of the period, although in peacetime it was also usual practice to apply a vignette printed with the word.
These two German ‘Deutsches Reich’ envelopes are typical of ‘Luftfeldpost’, and bear a slightly unusual stamp depicting a Junkers Ju 52 bomber, the front one cancelled on May 18, 1942, which according to OnThisDay.com “NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II.” Whatever, the stamps are unusual in that they don’t have a ‘value’ indicated. Their use was only for within the military services, and simply indicated that a set fee had been paid for posting a letter. In 1942 it would have been used to send mail from Field Posts across much of occupied Europe to families back home in Germany.
I cannot discern the code on the postmark, but the official violet ’Einheit / Der Feldpostnummer 15324’ mark will indicate the unit’s location, although it isn’t listed on this postal history site dealing with subject.
My "Michel Deutschland-Spezial" catalogue introduces the stamp as (roughly translated)… ”The stamp No.1 for air field post postage and cards was issued for the restricted mail quotas applied to soldiers whose units were connected to fronts in the East, in the Balkans and in Scandinavia, and were valid for traffic from the front to home, and home to the front.”
However, whilst very few stamps before the war had no value or price indicated, since 1995 the Universal Postal Union has approved the use of ‘non-denominated’ stamps for both domestic use and on much international mail.
From Wikiwand… ’NVI’ (non-value indicated), ‘Permanent’ and ‘Forever’ stamps are non-denominated postage intended to meet a certain postage rate that retains full validity for that intended postage rate even after the rate is increased (from year to year as is often the case nowadays). It does not show a monetary value, or denomination, on the face, so in many English-speaking countries, it is called non-value indicator (NVI) postage. Introduced to reduce the cost of printing large issues of low-value stamps to ‘top-up’ old issues, NVI stamps are used worldwide, including in the United States and several European countries.
Image / words © Ed Buziak 2016.
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