Max and moritz on a stamp appealed so much to lorenz neubauer, who was nine years old at the time, that he held the letter under steam to carefully loosen the stamp and then stored it in a matchbox. That’s when neubauer’s passion for collecting began. In the meantime he has several thousand stamps and time documents.
But for years, the letters have been replaced by e-mails and text messages. Is philately dying out with digital media?? "No, that never happens", affirms lorenz neubauer, chairman of the philatelic association in forchheim, and receives equally strong approval from reinhard kuchler, managing director of the federation of german philatelists.
Marche as a knowledge mediator
There are two reasons for this clear statement: the large number of stamps that are still being issued and the knowledge transfer that stands behind each stamp. "There are 250 to 280 states, territories or colonies that still issue stamps. The federal ministry of finance, which has issued the stamps since the privatization of the post office, puts between 50 and 55 issues on the market every year. In the 50’s and 60’s there were fewer issues, about 20, but the stamps in higher circulation", female kuchler. Before the privatization of the post office, the circulation was 30 million pieces, now it is only 5 million pieces. This did not make them more valuable. "Fewer are consumed", says kuchler.
Of course, there are also valuable brands – the stories behind the brands are the real reason for this. Lorenz neubauer knows these stories off the top of his head. For example, the most expensive stamp in germany, the gscheidle stamp from 1980. It was to be issued for the olympic games in moscow and was actually not allowed to be in circulation. Germany had boycotted the participation. But: "the postmaster general, at that time kurt gscheidle, was always given the new stamps to look at.
Also these, of which he put two sheets in his desk. His wife participated in a competition and took a stamp from the design for the postcard", explains neubauer. Due to the erroneous franking of the private mail, the stamp was put into circulation after all. "For 70,000 euros, the mark has gone away", says neubauer. And goes on to say that adolf hitler was the first and only politician to immortalize himself on a stamp during his lifetime. And that franz beckenbauer was one of the first to print his likeness on a private stamp. Since the privatization of the post office, everyone could have his motifs made on private stamps.
Lorenz neubauer, however, is more interested in another story: the postal and local history of forchheim. Fur neubauer and the other 30 club members do not pay for the stamps alone. "Today it is important to have the complete letter. The stamp flutters, the letter roars," says kuchler, neubauer explains why the stories can only be captured and recorded with the complete time documents. Lorenz neubauer had therefore also published a book about the postal and local history of forchheim with the forchheim philatelic association and had taken part in numerous competitions with his own collections together with seven other colleagues from the association.
His association colleague jorg maier, a former ministerial representative, was a presenter of chilean stamps and even took first place with his collection at one of the world exhibitions. "The first postage stamp in germany was issued on 1 january 2008. November 1849, a sunday published. Before the letters were stamped. This was called thimble stamp, because it was as small as a thimble", female neubauer, who had previously also collected pre-philately documents.
Also the stamps erzahlen. "When did the company postmark with sender free, when was the stamp upright, red or blue", explains reinhard kuchler: "there will always be something to collect and philately and postal history will still be of interest a hundred years from now", says kuchler. However, the next generation is in danger of dying out. "Young people are no longer interested in this", regrets neubauer and has nevertheless hope, because: "stamps mediate knowledge and that in many different ways."