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Publications by Dirk HR Spennemann
 

in press
Spennemann, Dirk H. R. and Claghorn, Bill (in press). Fournier Forgeries of Ger-man Stamps for Samoa. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 19, n 2
Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2004). An Annotated Bibliography of German Language Literature relating to the Postal Connections and Philately of the Mariana Islands 19001921. IV. General Sources on Postal Services and Shipping. Vorlufer. n 134 (March 2004). in press
Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2004). An Annotated Bibliography of German Language Literature relating to the Postal Connections and Philately of the Mariana Islands 19001921. V. Items on Marianas Philately. Vorlufer.n 135 (June 2004). in press
 

2006
Spennemann, Dirk HR (2006) A Micronesian Multiple First Day Cover. The Postcard that chronicles the German Take-Over of Micronesia. The Collectors Club Philatelist vol. 85 no 3, pp. 163-173.

Following Spain's defeat in the Spanish-American war of 1898 the Imperial German Government acquired the former Spanish possessions in Micronesia. The hand-over occurred between 12 October and 18 November 1899, with separated ceremonies in the Spanish, and now German, district capitals of Pohnpei, Yap and Saipan. The German officers were aware of the historic significance of their mission for German philatelists. They created a series of postal history items commemorating the event. The Reply Card described here carries the first day cancels of the German post offices on Pohnpei, Yap and Saipan.

 

2005
Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2005) The Atoll Post of the Eanijen Rakijen in 1909: A Contribution to the Postal History of the Marshall Islands. Berliner Protokolle Heft 75, Juni 2005, pp. 106-116

One of the most intriguing examples of Marshall Islands postal history stems from the German colonial period: handwritten cancellations made by captains of sailing vessels and by postal agents on several atolls. Ever since they were authorised in 1902, these cancellations have been sought after by collectors. Increased publicity of their existence in 1908, coupled with colonial fervour in the general press, created a strong demand among German stamp collectors. It is not surprising that enterprising expatriates in the Marshall Islands provided a philatelic 'service' catering for that market. Some of them, the philatelic literature has claimed, are outright falsifications that never saw real transportation aboard any of the island vessels. This paper will examine in detail the case of one set of these handwritten cancellations, those created in March and April 1909 aboard the schooner Eanijen Rakijen. It will demonstrate that the voyage indeed occurred, and that the cancellations are genuine, albeit most of them of a purely philatelic nature.

 
Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2005) Die Atoll Post der Marshall Inseln: Geplante Analyse und Vorl&auum;ufiger Katalog. Berliner Protokolle Heft 75, Juni 2005, 116
Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2005) Traditional and nineteenth century communication patterns in the Marshall Islands. Micronesian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences vol. 4 issue 1, pp. 25-51.

In the atoll world of Micronesia, any traditional communication between the populations within an atoll and especially between atolls relied on sea voyages by canoe. This paper considers the situation in the Marshall Islands, a group of atolls arranged in two parallel chains. The paper sets out the (re-)construction of communications networks based on graph theory and then provides a discussion of the evidence on communications in the early Marshall Islands. This draws together data as diverse as traditional stick charts, known voyages and their durations, as well as linguistics, epidemiology and biogeography. Based on a combination of these data a network model is proposed.

 

2004
 

2003
Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003). Hialeah Forgeries of German Colonial Stamps Vorläufer 130, March 2003, pp. 9–16.

Discussion of modern forgeries of German colonial stamps.

Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003). Mail Run Times between Micronesia and Germany: Request for Assistance. Vorläufer. n 131, June 2003, pp. 34.

Brief item of the mail times between Micronesia and Germany, presenting preliminary data on the Marshall Islands. The data are derived from an analysis of dispatch and arrival postmarks on letters and postcards contained in collections and offered on the philatelic auction market. The paper includes a request to assist in the data collection.

Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003). Postlaufzeiten zwischen Mikronesien und Deutschland: Gesuch um Hilfestellung. Berliner Protokolle n vol. 62, April 2003, p. 72.

German language version of previous item .

Spennemann, Dirk H. R. and Claghorn, Bill (2003). Fournier Setenant Pairs of German Yacht Issues. Vorläufer. n 131, June 2003, pp. 18-22.

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Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2003). Usage of Express Stamps on Samoa Times Newspapers. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 19, nª 1, pp. 8–11.

Discusses the presence of, and dates for, Samoa Express stamps encountered on copies of the Samoa Times newspaper.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2003). "Timing the Express" Mail Dates of the Samoa Times Express Postal Service. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 19, nª 1, pp. 4–7.

Provides a listing of all ships carrying mail from Samoa between 1877 and 1881 (as reported in the Samoa Times).

Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003). An Annotated Bibliography of German Language Literature relating to the Postal Connections and Philately of the Mariana Islands 19001921. I. Items on Postal Services and Rates. Vorlufer. 131 (June 2003, pp. 30-32.
Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003). An Annotated Bibliography of German Language Literature relating to the Postal Connections and Philately of the Mariana Islands 19001921. II. Shipping Connections and Time Tables Vorlufer. n 132, September 2003, pp. 17-22.
Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003). An Annotated Bibliography of German Language Literature relating to the Postal Connections and Philately of the Mariana Islands 19001921. III. Statistics on Shipping Connections and Postal Services. Vorlufer. n 133, December 2003, pp. 11-13
Spennemann, Dirk HR (2003). Jaluit Gesellschaft Mail Steamer Germania. Time Table & History of Service (1904–1914). Albury: Letao Press. A3.

First compilation and reconstruction of the time table of the Jaluit Gesellschaft Mail Steamer Germania running on a route between Sydney and HongKong, servicing the major islands in Micronesia. This time table allos for future reserahc into communications history as well as postal history.

 

2002
Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). 'Steam to Tonga and Samoa' The Norddeutscher Lloyd Mail Service 1886 to 1893. Albury, N.S.W. : Letao Press. 37pp. ISBN 1 876940 08 5.

A systematic treatise of the history of the first German steamship connection to Samoa. Steam to Tonga and Samoa discusses the history of the service and its implications on postal and transportation history. Contains the first reconstructed time-table of the steam ship service. The book is extensively illustrated with historic photographs and images of philatelic covers.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Hialeah Forgeries of G.R.I. stamps. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 18, nª 2, pp. 46–49.

Paper describing a series of modern forgeries of New Zealand occupation overprints of captured German stamp stock

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Palm Tree Provisional Government Stamps with German Cancels. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 18, nª 3, p. 69.

The paper describes a set of Samoan Kingdom Palm Trees stamps cancelled with a German date canceller.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). New Manufacture of Samoa Express, German Samoa and Samoa G.R.I. stamps. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 18, nª 4, p. 86–93.

An examination and documentation of newly created forgeries of various early Samoan stamps.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). The 1890s Market for Samoan Stamps. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 18, nª 4, p. 94–98.

A review of advertisements of stamp merchants in the Samoan newspapers of the 1890s, examining the nature an extent of the trade in the stamps of the Samoa Express and Davis Post.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. and Claghorn, Bill (2002). Fournier Forgeries of the 5 Pence Palm issue of 1893. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 18, nª 3, pp.66–67.
Spennemann, Dirk H.R. and Claghorn, Bill (2002). Fournier Forgery of an early Apia Date Cancel. The Samoa Express. Journal of the Fellowship of Samoa Specialists. vol. 18, nª 3, p. 68.
Spennemann, Dirk H.R. & Taylor, A.Lavar (2002). German Postal Services to Likiep Atoll, Marshall Islands. Vorläufer. in press

The postal history of Likiep Atoll is discussed, usuing examples of hand cancelled 'Atoll Post' covers, as well as other postal covers.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Shedding light on the missing years of the Samoan Postal Service 1881–1885. Philately from Australia. vol. 54, nª 4, pp. 93-98.

Discusses the history of the Samoan postal service between the end of the Samoa Times-operated Samoa Express mail service and the beginning of the private post of John Davis. Based on archival sources, this paper is the first serious attempt to illuminate this enigmatic period of Samoan postal history.
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Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Germany delivered first stamps in Marshall Islands. The Kwajalein Hourglass vol. 42 nª 50, 25 June 2002, pp. 4-5.

The paper describes the German colonial postage stamps made for use in the Marshall Islands and provides some information of German postal history.
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