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Helgoland The Early Hamburg Influence

The Early Hamburg Influence on Helgoland Postal System

In 1859 Hamburg was issued with its own stamps and these could be used to pre-pay mail coming from Helgoland up to the introduction of the first Helgoland issues in 1867. Only three Hamburg values are currently known to have been used to pre-pay Helgoland mail.

These are the:

  • 2 Schilling Vermillion issue of 1864 (MiNr: 13) first issued 26 August 1864
  • 3 Schilling Ultramarine issue of 1864 (MiNr: 15) first issued 26 August 1864
  • 4 Schilling Green issue of 1864 (MiNr: 16) first issued 26 August 1864

This article is the third in a series of ten relating to the stamps and postal history of Helgoland. #3/10

The Post and Passenger Steamer Services for Helgoland

During the development and delivery of the Helgoland postal services of 31 December 1851 to 10 August 1890 steamer services collected and delivered mail for Helgoland to and from Hamburg, Cuxhaven (Incorporating Ritzebuttel) and Geestemunde (Bremen). The Hamburg-American Packet Company (HAPAG) and the North German Lloyd Steamship Company operated the steamer services. The two companies merged in 1968 to form HAPAG-Lloyd.

Above: Early Postcard of Hamburg Shipping on the River Elbe

The Hamburg-American Packet Company (HAPAG)

HAPAG was founded in Hamburg in 1812 and provided links for Helgoland to Hamburg and Cuxhaven. It operated the steamers; Patriot, Elbe and Helgoland.

Above: The HAPAG Logo

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