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GPS audio-visual programs are available to GPS members, interested individuals, and stamp clubs within the United States. These programs have been successfully converted to DVD format. As a result, the slide portion of the library is permanently closed. The original slide programs have been archived at the main GPS Library in Baltimore as of June 2014. They will be on reserve for future researchers at the library but will not be loaned out. Programs S1-S12 and S16-S31 are now only available for purchase as DVDs. Programs S14 and S15 had no audio and were not converted to DVD. They are available as a slide show on one of the compilation programs and on this site. Video (VHS) programs are also being converted to DVD. We hope to have programs VP09 and VP14 in English by the end of 2015. For the moment, however, none of the original VHS programs are available due to the conversion.


Each chapter has been provided with a set of the DVDs. If you are not part of a chapter and wish to purchase a single program or the entire set, prices are as follows. Programs S1 through S12 and S16 through S31 cost $5 each. The following compilation videos are available at $10 each. Video 1, Programs S1 to S4; Video 2, Programs S5 to S8; Video 3, Programs S9 to S12 plus slide shows of Programs S-14 and S-15 without audio; Video 4, Programs S16 to S18; Video 5, Programs S19 to S22; Video 6, Program S23 to S26; Video 7, Programs S27 to S31. The set of compilation videos costs $70. US Postage is included in the price.

Contact the Sales Center to order. If you are interested in ordering from a non-US address, please contact the Sales Center first for more information. Foreign postal charges will be an extra cost.


 

 

Slide Programs

S1
Currency Reform in Action by H.C. Schultz. Program illustrates the effects of the monetary changes of 1948 on the postal system; the one-tenth devaluation; overprints; the postal war; the Berlin Air Lift, etc. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S2
Berlin Use of Revalued Postal Issues of 1948-9 by Ken Mears. A study of the posthorn, BERLIN, and hand overprints as well as the one-tenth devaluation and the postal war in Berlin. [60 slides, narrative and cassette].
S3
German Postal Stationery, Part I by H.C. Schultz. A collection of stationery from the Old German States and Germany proper from 1844 to 1949. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S4
German Postal Stationery, Part II by H.C. Schultz. This covers stationery printed to order, colonies, occupations, and Stadtpost. [36 slides narrative and cassette].
S5
Gebühr Bezahlt Markings of 1945-6 by H. C. Meier. Emergency postage paid (Gehühr Bezahlt) markings from post-WW II Germany. [40 slides and cassette].
S6
Postwar Zonal Cards. After the war, Hitler's portrait and Nazi symbols were not permitted on postal stationery. This program shows examples of the ways postal cards were changed before sale to the public. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S7
Postwar Berlin by Harry Meier and Dick Zerbe. Some of the political problems between East and West are shown here. Mail from the Western Zones going into the Soviet Zone often was refused, creating an interesting facet of modern postal history. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S8
Postmaster's Provisionals of 1945-46 by Al Heinz. To overcome the scarcity of stamps and cancels in war-ravaged Germany, many postmasters began to improvise, creating their own stamps and cancellers. Many scarce examples are shown here. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S9
Postmaster's Provisionals of Grossräschen by Al Heinz. The retreating Germans removed supplies and equipment from the Grossräschen post office. The industrious postmaster prepared his own stamps and cancellers, creating the gems shown here. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S10
The City Posts of the 19th Century by H.C. Schulz. An interesting collection of stamps, cards, and covers from the days when many local city posts were privately owned. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S11
Provisional Cancellations of 1945-46 by H.C. Meier. Allied powers ordered all Nazi symbols removed from cancellations. Existing cancels were modified, or new ones were created. This program shows many interesting examples of these "de-Nazified" markings. [36 slides, narrative and cassette].
S12
Russian Zone Hand Overprints of 1948. During the postal reforms in the Soviet Zone, postal districts were instructed to apply their district number to the face of each stamp. Shown here are many examples, including forgeries. [34 slides, narrative and cassette].
S14
Germany Issue of 1889-1900,Specialized, Part I. Artists drawings, essays, proofs, specimens, forgeries, errors, and postal usage. [30 slides, no narrative]. (This set of 30 slides can be found in the Exhibit section.)
S15
Germany Issue of 1889-1900, Specialized, Part II. Shown is usage in Post Offices Abroad, the Colonies, and in foreign countries. [64 slides, no narrative].
S16
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by GPS Chapter #23 revised in 1999. The turbulent years of world history that began with the naming of Hitler as Chancellor are shown. Follow this era through postal and philatelic material to its eventual downfall. [80 slides, narrative and cassette].
S17
Rome-Berlin Axis by GPS Chapter #23. Cards, covers, and cancellations depicting the alliance of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. [ 80 slides, narrative and 45 minute cassette].
S18
The Life of Martin Luther in Philately. By GPS Chapter #23. Examples of postal stationery, cards, stamps and postmarks relating philately to the life of Martin Luther. Interesting and fast moving. [112 slides, narrative and cassette about 23 minutes].
S19
Germania by Victor Hanson,Jr. Characteristics of the three different Germania issues are outlined. Included is a study of the varieties of gum, paper and printing qualities. Of special interest are the distinct characteristics of the early "peace" and later "war" printings of the watermarked Germania. [originally 37 slides].
S20
SA and SS Issues. A look at the last postal issue of Hilter's Third Reich. Was there genuine postal usage of these stamps? This program raises many interesting questions on the validity of these seldom seen covers. [37 slides and cassette].
S21
Stamps, Showcase of a Nation, Part I by Henry G. Deutsch. Presenting a new view of German history, from Bismarck through the SA and SS issues. 19 slides and 20 minute cassette].
S22
Propaganda and Espionage Forgeries, Part I. A comprehensive presentation of the stories behind these interesting issues of the WW II era. German and American forgeries are covered here. [38 slides and cassette].
S23
Propaganda and Espionage Forgeries, Part II. Continuing the study of these issues, British, French and privately produced emissions are shown. [42 slides and cassette].
S24
Mail Censorship in the Third Reich by M.C. Gilhousen. Following Riemer's handbook on the subject, this program illustrates the various rubber stamps and sealing tapes used throughout Nazi occupied Europe. [37 slides and narrative].
S25
Plate Flaws of Germany 1872-1945 by Bob Strother. Various plate flaws listed by Michel and others are illustrated. [60 slides and narrative].
S26
Philately of the Graf Zeppelin LZ-127 by GPS Chapter 35, Dallas,Texas. Covers, cards and cancellations from Germany, Treaty States, USA etc. [56 slides, narrative and 11 additional slides of covers].
S27
Nürnberg Rallies, by GPS Chapter #23 (1999). Postal stationery, stamps, propaganda cards and map of route marches which chronicle the Nazi Party assemblies. [74 slides, narrative, cassette].
S28
Germany's Colonies, Pride and Rage, by Dr. Jason Manchester, GPS Chapter 20,(2003).Display of colonial items on the fringe of philately: labels, seals souvenir cards, picture postcards, colonial revenue stamps, private post stamps, private postal stationery, emergency banknotes, etc. [50 slides, narrative and cassette].
S29
Germany's Colonies, Hope and Memories by Dr. Jason Manchester, GPS Chapter 20,(2004). This program documents German colonization by displaying colonial items that emerge from the fringe areas of philately: labels, seals, souvenir cards, picture postcards, private postal stationery and others, including some traditional philatelic items. [44 slides, narrative and cassette -25 minutes].
S30
The Blue Flea: The Notopfer Surtax Stamps of Germany: 1948-1956. Donated by the Notopfer Study Group (79 slides, narrative, and cassette).
S31
German Pacific Island Colonies: Intra- and Inter-Colonial Mail. By Wolfgang Belau, originally presented at Chicagopex ‘88. (26 slides, narrative, and cassette).

 

 

Video Programs

Video programs V17 and V19 are copies of the same numbered slide programs in VHS format. Therefore the clarity of these programs suffers in comparison to the originals. Program V100 is an original video production.
 
V100
Forgeries from all Around the World by Dr. Werner Bohne and Wilhelm Van Loo. This video primer on the various ways stamps and covers have been forged and "doctored" contains a large percentage of German material, but it would be interesting to any serious philatelist. [48 minutes]. Note: GPS Board of Directors has requested a rental fee of $13 for this program to help pay for its purchase.
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German Language Videos
GPS has acquired a series of VHS format programs by BDPh-Bund Deutscher Philatelisten listed below. All programs are narrated in German language only! Volunteers are sought to prepare an English language translation of these excellent programs. Contact the A/V Librarian to volunteer.
VP01
Transit Postal Service Connections in the 17th &18th century by James van der Linden. Routes through Germany from west to east and back. [47minutes]. German language edition.
VP02
Explanations of Postal Service Markings by Rolf-Dieter Jaretzky. The meaning of markings and supplemental marks on letters for a postal service history collection. [45 minutes]. German language edition.
VP03
"1945, The end and a new beginning of an epoch of postal history in Europe" by Dr Heinz Jaeger. [58 minutes]. German language edition.
VP06
Danzig-Port Gdansk Postal Service Historical Documentation. (In memory of Karl Kniep and Siegfried Stoye), [53 minutes]. German language edition.
VP09
Free City of Danzig 1920-1934. A stamp-using country because of the Versailles Treaty. (In memory of Karl Kniep and Siegfried Stoye). [52 minutes]. German language edition. A written English paraphrase will be available in May.
VP14
German East Africa with the post offices of Lamu and Zanzibar. (In memory of Reinhold Siebentritt BPP). [46 minutes]. German language edition. See a review of this program in the "German Postal Specialist" Aug-.Sept 2003. A written English translation and German script are now available.
VP16
German Empire-Inflation and an excursion into forgeries,Infla-Berlin by Günter Bechtold and Rolf Tworek. [[62 minutes]. Plate flaws, cancellations and varieties. German language edition.
VP21
Postal History Themes of the New Period since 1945 by Heinz Jaeger. [44 minutes]. German language edition.

 

 

 

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