Saturday, 27 May 2017

Germany - Berlin 21 - Philatelie-Shop (datestamp)

Deutsche Post has established special philately windows in 26 major post offices throughout the country. Each uses a datestamp with the letters 'ps' in it to distinguish it from normal datestamps. The letters ps stand for Philatelie-shop.

In the request for a postmark on my envelope I always ask for a second cancellation, in German a 'Blankostempel', on the left side of the envelope. Somehow the postal worker in Berlin misunderstood and put a second cancellation on the card inside the envelope.

The Philatelie-Shop in Berlin 21 can be found in the Moabit quarter in the western part of the city. The address for postmark requests is: Lübecker Straße 1, 10559 Berlin 21, Germany. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 9.00-18.30 h., Sat 9.00-13.30 h.

For the envelope I used the new definitive 90 cent stamp from the flower series, issued on 11 May 2017 that I bought at the Philatelie-Shop in Essen on the first day of issue.

Date sent: 11 May 2017
Date postmark: 12 May 2017
Date received: 16 May 2017
Number of days: 5
Envelope in collection: 50

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