1920 Scott 20 20pf on 25c blue Stamps of France, surcharged in black The French took over administration of the Memel territory for the Allies, and so French stamps were then surcharged. There were an initial issue of 12 stamps of French origin surcharged in 1920.
As one can imagine, stamp issues for Memel offer a copious number of overprints and surcharges on German and French stamps, as well as a variety of Lithuanian occupation issues. What fun! ;-) That, of course, was not the end of the history of Memel. On March 23, 1939, Lithuania was forced by ultimatum to return Memelland to the Third Reich. At the end of WW II, the lands were returned to Lithuania, but this time as a member of the U.S.S.R. 1922 Scott 97 10m on 2m on 45c green & blue…
1923 Scott N30 500m on Scott 99 Three of the previously issued French administration surcharged stamps were surcharged again; this time in green. Quite fascinating if one likes surcharged specimens. ;-)
1921 Scott C3 1m on 50c brown & lavender Overprinted "Flugpost" in dark blue Demand for air post stamps must have been high, as there were some 29 stamps of Memel overprinted for use. The initial five stamp issue is shown here. Note the small "m" in "mark".
Somaliland Protectorate 1951 King George VI Decimal Surcharged SG 133 Fine Mint
1922 Scott 54 20pf on 20c red brown Stamps of France, surcharged in black or red The "Memel" script changed with the 1922 issue stamps. This "sower" design is found on 14 stamps with a CV of <$1-$1+, except for two CV $7 stamps, including the one illustrated. ;-)
Memel, Michel 1cPOR - 5 Pf. Germania overprint stamp 1920 in good c colour, with upper margin, in perfect condition mint never hinged, with in detail certificate with color photo Huylmans (from more hysterical larger unit), superb in every respect (choice copy). M€ 600,-- plus 200 percent additional charge, therefore 1,800.-- Lot condition ** Dealer Veuskens Auctions Auction Starting Price: 450.00 EUR
1923 Scott N69 1 L on 1000m blue Thick Figures, Surcharged Out of the Blue Memel is, without a doubt, one of the more interesting post WW I territories with overprinted/surcharged stamp issues from three nations. Get Some! ;-) Note: For those that celebrate, have a wonderful Christmas Eve day! Note: Map appears to be in the public domain.