Thursday, 25 May 2017

Germany - Weiden in der Oberpfalz - Sonderstempelstelle

Germany has two special centres where postmark collectors can send their request for special postmarks to: Berlin and Weiden. Each centre carries its own permanent postmark and they both have their own special datestamp.

The special postmark for Weiden shows the old Rathaus (town hall). It was built between 1539 and 1548 as seat for the local government. It was renovated between 1914 and 1917 that preserved its historic charm. Especially the ceiling of the grand hall is very impressive. In the facade of the building there is a carillon, installed in 1983, that plays every day at 11.35 h. and 16.35 h.

There is now a new town hall in Weiden, but once a year the mayor invites the local council for a special session in the old hall. Also the building houses the tourism office, some small shops and restaurants. Furthermore the old Rathaus is used for special cultural events.

For this postmark I used the normal 90 cent definitive from the flower series.

Information about the Sonderstempelstelle Weiden: philatelie.deutschepost.de/Stempelstellen.

Date sent: 20 April 2017
Date postmark: 11 May 2017
Date received: 13 May 2017
Number of days: 23
Envelope in collection: 45




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