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Alsace and Lorraine

10th September 1870

left German Occupation Issues 3

  Alsace and Lorraine Sc-N1  

perf 13½x14½, no wmk, typographed
Printed by the Prussian State Prinng Works, Berlin

Description   Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T# Notes
1 centime bronze green   N1 17     'points up'

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Issued by the North German Confederation, these stamps were used generally in occupied France during te Franco-Prussian Was, but are particularly associated with Alsace and Lorraine. Mackay [1] notes the diplomatic use of French on the stamps. Germany invaded these areas and issued occupation stamps again in 1940.

Mackay goes on to describe the stamps as "the first of that modern phenomenon, the war stamp" although he suggests elsewhere that the issues for Schleswig and Holstein during the Seven Weeks’ War of 1866 were the first occupation issues.