World War II Propaganda and Titanic Letter. Extremely rare 1915 “Prisoner of War Camp/Knockaloe. I.O.M.” (2d) reds and World War II Propaganda Forgeries and Parody material headline at the Stanley Gibbons Stamps and Postal History of the World auction.
The impressive John Palmer collection of World War I and World War II Propaganda Forgeries and Parody material, issued mostly by Great Britain, Germany, the USA and Russia as well as very rare items relating to the Isle of Man ‘Knockaloe Internment Camp’ with a range of the ‘stamps’ and postcards will be offered at auction by Stanley Gibbons on 30th and 31st July 2014.
Amongst those on offer are lots 943 (Est. £1,000-1,200) a ‘Deutsche Reichspost’ telegram dated 1941 January 19 from Adolf Hitler to Frau Geheimrat Anna Himmler (the mother of Heinrich Himmler) to wish her a happy 75th birthday, and lot 953 (Est. 3,400-4,000), an extensive collection of 245 German patriotic and propaganda postcards including anti-Churchill, battle scenes, flags and banners, ‘S.S’ Types, personalities (incl Hitler) and Feldpost usages.
Other propaganda lots include Lot 1023 (Est. £1,000-1,200), the German parody of the British 1935 ½d green Jubilee stamp ‘THIS WAR IS A JEWSH WAR’ in an unused block of twelve and Lot 1024 (Est. £8,000-10,000) the original hand-painted artwork in lilac-brown and white on card, of the German parody of the British 1937 1½d Coronation stamp, inscribed “SSSR BRITANNIA/TEHRAN 28.11.1943”, below “ERSTELLT: VI F 4 NOACK 44” inscription which is stated to be “probably unique.”
Lots 1050 to 1086 comprise Overprinted Definitives issues incl lot 1062 Series III “AAAO Invasion”, ½d green overprinted “AAA O/ENGLAND/HAS LOST/THE WAR” and there are 20 lots (1140-1159) of Russian Anti German Propaganda Postcards (many of which were dropped over German lines probably in 1943) incl Lot 1146 (Est. £200-240) depicting Hitler crawling out from under a helmet that is being shelled and with a quote from the Crimea Conference.
The Knockaloe material is of particular interest. The Isle of Man was used as a base for Alien Civilian Internment camps in both WWI (1914-18) and again in WWII (1939-45). During the First World War the British government interned male citizens of the Central Powers, principally Germany, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Turkey and a very large camp was established at Knockaloe, on the west coast near Peel.
It was originally intended to house 5,000 internees but by the end of the war some 24,500 were held there. It was built from wooden huts, covered 22 acres, split into 23 compounds divided between 4 camps each of which had its own hospital, theatre etc. The camp was such a significant settlement that a railway branch line was constructed to bring in supplies etc. The General Post Office established a branch post office at Knockaloe Camp and this was supplied with a steel date stamp and printed registration labels. It remained the only British post office ever to function within a British prisoner of war camp.
A (2d) red ‘stamp’ on ungummed paper and perforated 11 depicting the camp fence and huts with three legged symbol in each corner was apparently designed and printed within the camp but withdrawn by the camp authorities before use.
A sheet of twenty-one is held in the Manx museum, but before 1981 no other examples had been recorded. In 1981 eight used examples were discovered by the daughter of a deceased camp guard in his papers and in 1982 a single unused example was discovered in Spain, this is believed to be the only recorded unused example of this stamp in private hands.
Stanley Gibbons are offering five of the eight known used and the only known privately held unused stamp in the sale, including Lot 1091 (Est. £1,200-1,400) the unused single stamp, Lot 1092 (Est. £1,300-1,500) A used vertical corner pair from the lower right of the sheet being imperforate at right and at foot, each with circular framed ‘KNOCKALOE/CAMP’ cancellation, Lot 1093 (Est. £1,200-1,400) A used vertical pair each with circular framed ‘KNOCKALOE/CAMP’ cancellation, and Lot 1094 (Est. £500-600) A single used example with circular framed ‘KNOCKALOE/CAMP’ cancellation.
Stanley Gibbons Public Auction of Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, to be held on the 30th and 31st July 2014 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction’s Mayfair office, 24 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP.
Viewing will be at Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand from July 14th.