Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Germany - Berlin - Museum for Communication
During my visit to Berlin in February 2017 I visited the Museum für Kommunikation in the Leipziger Straße. It is an enormous building with a wonderful collection of stamps, letterboxes, communication devices and a large exhibition on the history of writing and communication.
In the museum shop on the ground floor there is a letterbox where you can post a card or letter to be stamped with the special museum postmark. The museum website does not mention this postmark, so most people discover the mailbox when they visit the shop. Some time ago I discovered in an old edition of the German postmark news (on the website of Deutsche Post) that you can also order that postmark and some others directly from the Sonderstempelstelle in Berlin. And of course I did that immediately.
The postmark has the words Museum für Kommunikation, the place 10117 Berlin and an image of the Brandenburger Tor and in front of it a signal mast from the Prussian semaphore system (1832-1849).
For this postmark I used the normal 90 cent definitive from the flower series.
Website of the Museum für Kommunikation in Berlin (in German): mfk-berlin.de.
Date sent: 20 April 2017
Date postmark: 27 April 2017
Date received: 3 May 2017
Number of days: 13
Envelope in collection: 26