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    Posted: 27 December 2017 at 16:15
This is a useful information sheet from Doc's Local Post which I think makes a good introduction to the subject of Rocket Mail. I have some covers and Cinderellas which I will post subsequently.

Rocket Mail by Spicer57, on Flickr

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Starting with one of the most famous rocketeers, Gerhard Zucker. Not the greatest but achieved both fame and infamy. This is a good batch of Gerhard Zucker's earliest rocket mail stamps from 1933 in a variety of colours both perforated and imperforate. Produced for a cancelled flight in Duhen, Germany. Flights took place on 31st August 1933 in Hasselfelde and in Stiege on 4th November 1933.

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A couple of covers from 1933 sold as souvenirs but not flown (this display page was not written by me). Almost all flown covers from this era are expensive to very expensive, In themselves, the stamps are interesting and more affordable as many collectors seek only flown covers. I've picked up some nice stamp rarities this way.

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This is the second lot of Gerhard Zucker's rocket mail stamps from later in 1933. For these, as with the previous stamps shown above, Zucker used printers Meisenbach, Fiffarth & Co. in Berlin. They depict a rocket in front of Ursa Minor with the Pole Star. He would also ensure there there were limited edition rarities, in this case with switched values.

The top two blocks are half sheets, below are singles with lighter shades, the next part sheet has one of the switched values. Finally, an unflown souvenir cover.

Flights took place on 6th and 10th November 1933 from Stiege.


This next lot show a different format which was a puzzle to me at first until I came across  the cover at the bottom. These sheets are little known and rare. next to the red sheet is another rare switched value (in red) and imperforate. Again, the cover was a souvenir item only and not flown, it shows that the sheet was perforated and cut into 4. Zucker seemed to like multiple products for each flight.

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At some point in 1933 Gerhard Zucker gave a presentation with a 13 foot rocket to a crowd of Nazi officials claiming his rocket to be 'the largest rocket ever built'. In a photograph that Zucker would use in his next rocket mail flight, Zucker can be seen gesturing towards his rocket lying on a carriage and in the background can be seen a lineup of jack-booted Brown-shirts. Zucker was seeking backing for his alternative bomb carrier. This picture is shown here as a flown postcard on this next rocket mail flight on 28th January 1934:

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For this particular flight, at Hextanplatz, Zucker was promoting the National Socialist German Workers' Party Winter Relief Fund. Three new stamps were produced on honeycomb watermarked  paper by Duvel in Hamburg. They were the 1/2 mark in red-brown, 1 mark in olive green and 3 mark in silver. This is the other of the above postcard:


Here are the stamps as a perforated set, the reverse showing the noneycomb watermark and imperforate pairs:

Scan_20200808 by Daniel, on Flickr

There were also very limited edition colour variant stamps produced for covers and these, and other, unwatermarked colour variants which were either sold at the time as souvenirs or produced much later:

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While I am not a collector of Rocket Mail, I acquired the cover below for my variant airmail border collection, i.e. the red and blue rockets in-flight along the left and bottom edges.  The cover has the added collecting point of two different cinderella stamps commemorating Austrian rocket science researcher Friedrich Schmiedl, which makes the cover appropriate for this thread.

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