by Kristian Kyhl
On the official SNA Page, stamps of neighbouring regions are depicted. The two middle ones from German North Africa are clearly fake! The right one I will come back to, my studies only covers the prewar postal history of DNA so far.
The middle left stamp is actually
quite famous, as these fakes led to the downfall of the mayor in the German
town Bremen (*). In 1905 a rundown carpenter from Bremen, Ernst Schlick,
'manufactured' a number of these fake and extremely rare stamps for the
usual reasons (how many is not known). He went around town and sold some of
the stamps to different stamp dealers for a considerable amount of money.
When people do things like this it
often goes wrong; surprise revision! The cash deficit was discovered at once
and the only other one with a key to the box, the town treasurer had been
occupied in the south of Bavaria for quite some time. Scandal! The rather
right wing newspapers of the town (the mayor was Social-Democratic) got wind
of the story and the previous years stories of alleged visits to brothels,
connections with a Holsteinian underground Movement for the liberation of
'South Denmark' were blown up again (the former most probably utter
nonsense, the latter could be true, due to the mayor having studied in
The stamp is perforated; not likely, only one privately perforated is known (perforated 11x11, and can be seen at the Postal Museum in Berlin), they all came to DNA imperforated. Spelling error; it is called Deutsch Nord Afrika, and not Deutsche Nord Afrika.
The cancellation states Elbing. Right! There is a town in Germany called Elbing, so this is most probably stamped here. The little port of Elbing in DNA only used cancels where a "* (SNA) 1" was placed in the lower half of the ring, and the post office was first opened in 1904!!!!
Here is a link to a genuine cover, for all to see how the stamp ought to look: (link replaced by the image, V.M.)
Incidentally this cover was send by
the SNA consul Carlos Esteban, do any of you know why he used his SNA
address as return address?
11/19/01. Revised: 01/07/06.