On May 30, 2006, a discussion arose concerning inscriptions used by the various German postal administrations following World War II.
Colin Judd wrote the following information and made the accompanying illustration.
Examples of stamps issued by the 15 different
postal administrations in Postwar Germany.
The numbers used in the following refer to the
examples in the
image above. The italicized word in parenthesis is the
inscriptioin used by that postal administration.
The Soviets issued stamps for various sub zones: 3. Berlin Brandenberg (Stadt Berlin), 4. Saxony, Halle province (Provinz Sachsen), 5. West Saxony, Leipzig Province (Deutsche Post), 6. East Saxony, Dresden Province (Post), and 7. Thuringia, Erfurt Province (Deutsche Post).
France was added as an occupying power and they issued their own stamps: 8. 1947 general issue – (Zone Francais) and Provinces, 9. (Baden), 10 (Rheinland Pfalz), and 11. (Wurttemberg).12. From 21st Sept 1948 the former British, American and French Zones issued unified stamps (Deutsch Bundespost) and, as Berlin was also divided, 13. the Allied Zone issued stamps (Deutsch Bundespost Berlin).
14. Stamps were issued in the Russian Zone by its client state, East Germany, (DDR - Deutsch Demokratische Republic)
15. When Germany was unified in 1990, stamps for the nation were issued (Deutschland).