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Postage stamps and postal history of German South-West Africa


Postage stamps and postal history of German South-West Africa

Overprint with hyphen, 1897.
5-mark "Yacht", 1906.

German South-West Africa was a German colony in Africa, established in 1884 with the protection of the area around Lüderitz and abandoned during World War I, when the area was taken over by the British.

The postal history of the colony started on 7 July 1888 at Otjimbingwe, when the regular postal service began using German postage stamps and postmarks reading OTYIMBINGUE. The service continued in this fashion for a number of years, eventually expanding to additional post offices in Windhoek (1891) and Swakopmund (1895).[1]


  • First stamps 1
  • Yacht issue 2
  • See also 3
  • References and sources 4

First stamps

The first stamp issue for the colony consisted of overprints applied to German stamps in May 1897, reading "Deutsch- / Südwest-Afrika" at an angle. On 15 November 1898, the overprint was changed to "Deutsch- / Südwestafrika" dropping the hyphen.

Yacht issue

In 1900, the omnibus cancellations.

See also

References and sources

  1. ^ Heinrich, Dirk (1 August 2012). "Vom einfachen Postläufer zu NamPost" [From simple postal messenger to NamPost].  
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