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Postage stamp, 50 zloty, featuring the Town Hall Tower, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland

Object | Accession Number: 2005.375.25

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    Postage stamp, 50 zloty, featuring the Town Hall Tower, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland


    Brief Narrative
    Postage stamp issued by the General Gouvernement, the civilian ruling authority established by the Germans in southwestern Poland in 1939. This area was ceded to Germany under the terms of the German-Soviet Pact and it would be occupied by the Germans until 1944. It was divided into four administrative districts with seats in Krakow, Warsaw, Radom, and Lublin. There were several issues of stamps featuring historic landmarks of the region that the Germans claimed were of ancient German origin. This stamp depicts the Town Hall Tower in Krakow.
    issue:  1941-1941
    issue: Poland
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Terry Friedman
    front, bottom, white text on blue background : GENERALGOUVERNEMENT

    Physical Details

    German Polish
    Exchange Media
    Postage stamps
    Physical Description
    Rectangular paper stamp with perforated edges; on the recto is a graphic design in blue ink. It features an illustration of a large square tower surrounded by peaked roofed buildings and an arched arcade. In the top right corner is a dexter eagle with outstretched wings, perched atop a pedestal holding a swastika in its talons. The denomination 50 is printed in large type beneath the eagle. German text is printed along the lower border. The faint outlined of a circular cancellation stamp in black ink can be seen in the edges. The verso is covered with aged yellowed adhesive
    overall: Height: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Width: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive
    front lower right, cancellation stamp, black ink : illegible text

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    Administrative Notes

    The postage stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Terry Friedman.
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    2024-01-05 14:36:58
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