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Thurn & Taxis, North and South

29th January 1852

German States 10 & 11

TT1
TT42
  Northern District Sc1 Southern District SC42  

Imperforate, no watermark, typographed.
Printed by C. Naumann, Frankfurt in black on variously coloured papers

Description Year issued Scott SG Mi Y&T
Thurn & Taxis Northern District
¼ silbergroschen black on red brown
1854
1 1    
⅓ sgr on buff
1858
2 2    
½ sgr on green
1852
3 3, 4    
1 sgr on dark blue
1852
4 5    
1 sgr on light blue
1853
5 6, 7    
2 sgr on rose
1852
6 8, 9    
3 sgr on brownish yellow
1852
7 10, 11    
Thurn & Taxis Southern District
1 kreuzer black on light green
1852
42 51, 52    
3 kr on dark blue
1852
43 53    
3 kr on blue
1853
44 54, 55    
6 kr on rose
1852
45 56, 57    
9 kr on brownish yellow
1852
46 58, 59    

For both Districts, Gibbons distinguishes and numbers more shades.

The Counts of Thurn and Taxis ran a private postal service covering many parts of Europe starting in the 15th century but by this time many of the areas once covered had set up their own, state-owned monopoly services. T&T introduced its own adhesive stamps in 1852, those for the northern area denominated in silbergroschen and those for the south in kreuzer.

From 1st July 1867 T&T used the stamps of Prussia, from 1st January 1868 those of the North German Postal District and from 1st January 1872 the stamps of the German Empire.

Click here for an overview of the German States issues.

Sources:
James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Pt.7, 9th edn., 2011
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003

Images from David Olson.

FI ref: 38, 39 Page credit: NB

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