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    I've looked everywhere and I can't seem to figure out what these stamps are. Does anyone have any idea?

    Also, what does the DMSZ stand for?

    Thanks.
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    This was an admistrative stamp used in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, starting on Feb. 15, 1943.

    Jay
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    Thanks! What exactly do you mean by administrative, though? How/where/by whom was it used?

    And do you know what the DMSZ is?

    Thank you.

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    The stamps were used by German officials when mailing letters between their offices, not by the general population. Sorry, I do not know what DMSZ stands for. I'd say it's a safe bet the "D" stands for Deutsch. This is the first stamp from the protectorate I've seen that had DMSZ. Someone should know.

    Jay

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    Oh, thank you for the information!

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    Quote by sitges1990 View Post
    The stamps were used by German officials when mailing letters between their offices, not by the general population. Sorry, I do not know what DMSZ stands for. I'd say it's a safe bet the "D" stands for Deutsch.
    Could be; but maybe not. I have another theory:

    Those "official mail" stamps are called Dienstmarken in German.
    Thus, the "DM" part may very well mean "DienstMarke".
    Now, I don't speak Czech, but an German-Czech online dictionary translates Dienst as "Služba " and Marke as "Známka".

    So, my personal guess is that "DM/SZ" is the bilingual abbrevation for the nature of this stamp.

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    Thank you for that post, HPL! That sounds like a very good guess.

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    I would say that's better than a guess, I think he's got the answer!

    Jay

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