of Stamp Collecting Terms
D: 1: Pneumatic Post, (Italy) Scott catalogue
prefixes to identify stamps other than standard postage. 2: (With no
country name, with value and Queen's cameo) Great Britain pence, monetary
unit. 3: Colombia-Scadta consular overprint for Denmark,1921-23. 4:
Netherlands East Indies overprint. 5: US nondenominated stamp, valued
22¢, placed on sale Feb.1, 1985.
6: embossed with eagle and United States of America: Virginia Custom
House revenue seal, 1813-16. 7: abbreviation of devuelvase (Sp.),
to return, written on front of envelopes to be returned to sender. 8:
overprint of a white "D" in a black circle on 19th century
Netherlands stamps indicates it as an official stamp. 9: in three corners
of triangular 50th personal delivery; postage due of Czechoslovakia.
10: precedes the country code in addresses. 11: décime (Fr.) 10%
tax, 1830. 12: (Irish), used with "Post Paid" and "free" Dublin
1762 onwards. 13: disinfetto (It.) disinfected. 14: surmounted
by crown (Pol.) Dubno, city in Belorussia (Belarus), 1788-90. 15: 1D,
in circle, one décime (Fr.) additional 10% tax on rural
letters, 1834. 16: prefix used by Dittler Bros. located in front of
the plate number on its stamp production. 17: destinatario (It.) payed
by receiver. 18: auction abbreviation for document.
D: currency abbreviation for 1: Drachma (Greece). 2: Dinar (Algeria,
Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Montenegro,
Sudan, Tunisia, Yugoslavia). 3: Dalasi (Gambia). 4: Denar (Macedonia).
5: Dirham (Morocco, United Arab Emirates). 6: Dong (Viet Nam). 7: Dibra
(St. Thomas and Prince). 8: Dram (Armenia).
d', dkl': (Ger.) "dunkel" catalogue abbreviation for dark/deep.
Dabber: cloth pad, sometimes with an ink roller, which is used
by the printer to apply ink to a printing surface.
Dacca: now Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dachau Allach: local post, German displaced persons camp, 1945,
former concentration camp.
Daffodil Post: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Dag: registered trademark of Acheson Colloids Ltd. for their graphite,
Dagestan: bogus Russian Federation Republic; local overprint and
Dag Hamarsjöld: 1962 overprint on stamps of Afghanistan, in memory
of U.N. Secretary General.
Dahlak Islands: labels produced for scientific expedition to explore
Ethiopian coastal islands.
Dahomey: formerly part of French West Africa - New People's
Republic of Benin - located on west coast of Africa; currency: 100 centimes
= 1 franc 1889, Aug. 1: decree created Établissements française
du golfe de Benin, French area of the Gulf of Benin, 1894, June 22:
kingdom, annexed by France, incorporated into colony of Dahomey; 1895:
part of French West Africa, 1899: No.1, 1 centime lilac-blue, stamps
replacing Benin issues, postmarked 'Hait Dahomey,' 1904: became part
of the Federation of French West Africa, using its own stamps,1906:
first postage due stamp issued, 1915: first semipostal stamp issued,
1940: first air mail stamp issued, 1945: stamps of French West Africa
replaced Dahomey, 1946: made an Overseas Territory of France, 1958,
Dec. 4: became Republic of Dahomey within French Community, issued own
stamps, 1975, Nov. 30: name changed to People's Republic of Benin, 1990:
named changed to Republic of Benin;
Daimiel: local post, Spanish civil war, Republican, 1937.
Dai Nippon: (Jap.) Land of the Rising Sun.
Dai Nippon 2602: Japanese Year equivalent to 1942, overprint on
Malaya and States for Japanese Occupation.
Dairen: now known as Ta-lien, China, 1946: overprinted stamps of
Japan and Manchukuo; see: China, Regional Issues.
DAK: 1: Dakota Territory, when used in a postmark. 2: Indian States
term for mails, post. 3: Deutsch Afrika Korps.
Dakar-Abidjan: 1959, Mar. 21, inscription for former country of
French West Africa, used in Ivory Coast and Senegal.
Dakooa: Indian State term for man who attended to horses and the
couriers, as well as receive and exchange mails at post stops in India.
Dakota: U.S. territory March 2, 1861; cut from Minnesota and Nebraska
Daley's Express: local baggage firm serviced Newton, N.Y. and New
York City; used labels; 1850s.
Dalley's Galvanic Horse Salve: U.S. private die medicine proprietary
Dalley's Magical Pain Extractor: U.S. private die medicine proprietary
Dalmacija: bogus, Jugoslavia.
Dalmanacia: (Sp.) Dalmatia.
Dalmatia: former Italian enclave in Yugoslavia, northwestern
part of Balkan Peninsula; currency: 100 centesimi = 1 corona 1919, May
1: No. 1, 1 corona brown/green, stamps of Italy surcharged, issued during
occupation, 1921, Feb.: stamps of Italy overprinted in local currency
for Zaro, 1922: stamps of Italy used, 1945: became part of Yugoslavia,
1991: bogus overprint from Yugoslavia, Croatia.
Dalmatia, Austrian Limited Company of Steamship Navigation: lines
included Trieste-Metcovich, Trieste-Curzola, and 30 additional shuttle
service lines; started in 1908.
Dalmatien: (Ger.) Dalmatia.
Dalmazia: (It.) Dalmatia.
Dalton, Ga. Paid 5: see: Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals.
Dalziel, Commonwealth of: bogus, non-existent entity.
Damaged: flaw, resulting from external factors or defect printing
materials, such as where the stamp design has been cut into, rubbed or
seared, or paper is creased, thinned or torn.
Damaged label: USPS "Received in Damaged Condition" self-adhesive
label initiated Fall, 2000, can also be used to seal torn mail.
Damaged mail: mail damaged in transit; may have received a special
marking applied by the postal administration.
Damanhour: Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1864-84.
Dam Batai: bogus issue from Burma.
Damiette: Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1864-84.
Dampferpost: (Ger.) mail steamer.
Damp PostSkip: (Ice.) steam postal ship or mail steamer.
Dampskib: (Dan.) steamship, steamer.
Dampskip: (Nor.) steamboat, steamer, steamship.
Damus Patimus Que Vicissim: (Latin) we give and expect in
return, inscription on British Guiana one cent magenta.
Dán: (Hung.) Danish.
Dańado: (Sp.) damaged.
Da Nang: formerly Tourane, Vietnam.
Dan Chu Kong Hoa: inscription on stamps of independent republic
of South Vietnam; 1955, June 6.
D & B S. L. S.: see Constantinople & Danube Line of Steamers.
DANCON: Danish Contingent; see UNTAG.
Dandy roll: wire roller which bears down on the paper pulp as it
comes from the vats and gives the finished paper its watermark.
Dänemark: (Ger.) Denmark, field post of the Danish Legion,
German occupation, 1944. Danimarco: (It.) Denmark.
Danez: (Rom) Danish (adj.).
Dánia: (Hung.) Denmark.
Dänisch Westindien: (Ger.) Danish West Indies.
Danish Antilles: 1887: joined the UPU, 1916, Aug. 4 -Mar.
31, 1917: changed UPU affiliation to Islands with the USA.
Danish Colonies: 1877, Sep. 1: affiliated with the UPU,
Danish Antilles added later in 1887.
Danish Railway Stamps: first stamps in 1865 were issued by the
Jydsk-Fysenske Railways; used for parcels.
Danish West Indies: islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John,
former Danish territories; currency: 100 bit = 1 franc (1905), 100 cents
= 1 dollar (1917) 1840: Danish king issued Royal Grant to Royal Mail Steam
Packet Company to provide mail service to and from St. Thomas. 1856, Nov.
1: Danish West Indies post office opened, No.1, 3¢ dark carmine,
own stamps issued; 1865-79: British Post Office used British stamps on
packet letters, postmarked C51, 1877, Sept. 1: joined the UPU, 1902: first
postage due stamp issued, 1917, April 1: U.S. purchased the islands, now
known as the U.S. Virgin Islands, 1917, Sept. 30: Danish West Indies stamps
valid until this date.
Danish West Indies, forged issues: 1: 1874 crown and post horn,
Sc. 5-7, 9, 12. 2: 1902 postage dues, Sc. J1-J4. 3: 1905 postage due numeral,
Dankof: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1873-1016.
Danmark: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) Denmark.
Danmark Befriet 5 Maj 1945: overprint on stamps of Greenland for
Liberation of Denmark.
Danmörku: (Ice.) arrived cancel for uncanceled mail.
Danneggiato: (It.) damaged.
DANOR: troops from Denmark and Norway serving as United Nations
peacekeeping forces in Egypt area.
Dampskib: (Dan.) steamship, steamer.
Dansk: (Dan., Nor., Swed.) Danish.
Danska Västindien: (Swed.) Danish West Indies.
Danske skeppspost: (Swed.) Danish ship mail (ship post).
Danske skibspost: (Dan.) Danish ship mail (ship post).
Danske skipspost: (Nor.) Danish ship mail (ship post).
Danske statsbaner: (Dan.) (abbr. DSB) Danish State Railways.
Dánsko: (Czech.) Denmark.
Dansk Vestindien: 1. (Dan.) inscription on early stamps of
Danish West Indies. 2. (Dan., Nor.) Danish West Indies.
Dansk Vestindiske Oer: (Dan.) inscription on stamps of Danish West Indies, 1874-1901.
Dánsky: (Czech.) Danish.
Dans l'Inde: inscription on stamps of French India; became part
of India during 1949 to 1954.
Dantelat: (Rom.) perforated.
Dantelura, dantelurile: (Rom.) perforation, perforations.
Dantelura in linie: (Rom.) line perforation.
Dantelura in pieptene: (Rom.) comb perforation.
Dantelura in casete: (Rom.) box perforation.
Dantelurile mixte: (Rom.) mixed perforations, compound perforations.
Dantzig: (Fr.) Danzig. Danube Steam Navigation
(Packet) Company: founded in Vienna; 1829: secured contracts to carry
Austrian Consular Post to all countries on the Danube River, 1866: issued
Levant local post stamps, valid until 1880.
Danube Steam Navigation Company: the "Donau-Dampfschiffahrt-Gesellschaft" ("D.D.S.G.") was organized in Vienna in 1830, with ships sailing from Linz. Since the Vienna-Constantinople railroad was not completed until some 40 years later, the shipping line provided valuable services not only in the countries through which the Danube River flowed, but also for trade with the Turkish Empire, as well as for the Austrian public, military and consular post offices, as the Turkish authorities made no provisions for efficient communications. The D.D.S.G. was appointed an official carrier for the Austrian Post Office in 1846, but were allowed to carry private mail from the Austrian frontier eastwards from Orsova, Romania. In 1866, the Consular Post Office at Galatz (Rom. Galata) closed, becoming the D.D.S.G.'s agency. Several 10 and 17 Kreuzer local stamps were issued during 1866-1879 for use at that agency, but their use was extended to many of the D.D.S.G. offices in cities in various countries sharing the Danube River waterway. The D.D.S.G. postal services ceased in 1879 because the various countries sharing the Danube organized their own national postal services.
Danubian Principalities: Moldavia and Wallachia; 1850-post: Turkish
post offices handled mail, 1859: declared independence and united, 1861:
became principality of Romania.
Danville, Va. 5 cents, Paid 10: see: Confederate Postmasters'
Danzica: (It.) Danzig.
Danzig: Baltic seaport in northern Europe; currency:
100 pfenning = 1 gulden (1923), 100 pfennig = 1 mark 1657: included
in British Post Office Act of commercial important towns, 1854-55: base
of British Baltic Fleet during Crimean War, operated a postal service,
1872: incorporated into the German Empire, 1920: Free City created with
German stamps initially used, 1920, June 15: No. 1, 5 pfennigs green,
overprints for Free City and State of Danzig used, 1920, Sep. 29: first
air mail stamp issued, 1920s: mourning label issued by German stamp
dealer Sigmund Hartig, 1921: first official, semipostal, postage due
stamps issued, 1939, Sep.18: occupied by Germany, 1945: Danzig
awarded to Poland and renamed Gdansk; see Port Gdansk, Poland.
Danziger Verkehrsbureau: Danzig Travel Office.
Danzig, Exilregierunbg der Freien Stadt: bogus, Danzig for Free
State, exile group.
Danzig, Polish Offices: 1938: first commemorative stamp.
Danzig Study Group: Germany Philatelic Society section dealing
with stamps of Danzig.
Daphso Island: bogus issue for island in South China Sea.
Dara: Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1879-80.
Dardanelles: Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1871.
Dardanelles: overprint on stamps of Russia, Offices in Turkey,
Dar el Beida: also known as Casablanca, Morocco.
Darius-Girenas/New York-1933-Kaunas: overprint on air mail stamps
of Lithuania 1932 issue.
Darmstadtbrief: (Ger.) experimental cover of the postal
technical bureau of Darrmstadt.
Darmstadt label: proof of South Africa's Riebeeck's ship stamp
made on floral design watermarked paper as a demonstration of a new process
to the South African government.
Darnah: formerly Derna, Libya.
Darrah overprints: John Darrah, U.S. postmaster in Shanghai, used
a rubber stamp to "Shanghai, China" overprints on U.S. stamps.
Dashes, electric-eye: marks on sheet margins that activate machines
that perforates the stamps after they have been printed.
Dashkhovuz: bogus, not valid for postage.
Das Island: British post office in use Dec. 1960-Mar. 29, 1964,
used stamps of the British Postal Agencies of Eastern Arabia; see:
Data d'emissione: (It.) date of issue.
Datapost: British Post Office term for express mail service introduced
in 1971 with next-day delivery in any part of the United Kingdom.
Date cut: see Date marks.
Dated precancel: a U.S. precanceled stamp that includes a date
in the cancel.
Dated corners: several sheets of French area stamps have the date
printed in the margin, 1922.
Dated stamps: stamps that include the date of manufacture in their
Date marks: cuts in the Jubilee Line of some of the King Edward
VII British stamps show the year of printing; if under the last stamp
in the bottom row, it indicates stamp printed in 1912.
Date stamp: postmark that shows the date and sometimes the hour
of the cancellation.
Date stamp, earliest: devised by Henry Bishop, postmaster
general of Great Britain, who made it in reply to criticism of letters
delayed in the post. http://www.philatelicexporter.com
Datia: overprint on stamps of India for Duttia, 1897; see:
Datum: (Ger.) date.
Datum Vydání: (Czech.) date of issue.
Dauerausgabe: (Ger.) definitive issue.
Dauermarke: (Ger.) definitive series.
D.A.V.: Disabled American Veterans, major user of U.S. coil stamps
affixed to donation appeals.
Davaar: local post, Great Britain carriage label for island off
coast of Scotland, 1964-1973.
Davaar Authorized M.S.: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Davenport, Mason & Co.'s Express: local parcel firm serviced
Mass. towns and New York City; used labels, year unknown.
David Maxbrayne, Ltd.: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Davies, Turner & Co., Foreign Express: private delivery firm
that serviced all foreign points; used a corner card and labels; 1870-1900s.
Davis & Co.'s Express: local parcel express firm serviced Boston,
Providence and Pawtucket, Maine; used a label, year unknown.
Davis' Express-MA: local parcel firm serviced Boston and Waltham,
Mass.; used labels, year unknown.
Davis' Express-NJ: local parcel firm serviced Philadelphia, Pa.
and Camden, N.J., used a label, year unknown.
Davis, G.W.H.: see: U. S. Private die match proprietary
Davis's Penny Post: U.S. local post, Baltimore, Md., 1856.
Davis, Perry & Son: U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp.
Dawk: (Hindu) post; see Scinde Hawk.
Dayan Night Post: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Dayan's Delivery Service: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Day Dream Island: publicity label produced by Queensland hotel.
Day of the Stamp: started in 1936 by the International Federation
of Philately (FIP) for nations to celebrate "The Day of the Stamp" on
one Sunday each year.
Day's folly: the intentionally produced inverted issue of the Dag
Hammarskjold memorial stamp, refers to Postmaster General Day, who authorized
the invert reprint.
Dayton's Dies: envelopes manufactured by Mercantile Corp., Dayton,
Ohio from dies prepared by manufacturers instead of the government.
Dazio: (It.) tax or duty on letters and packages, used by
Venetian government, 1667-88.
D.B.: Destitute Board, South Australia official overprint, 1868-74.
D.B.L.: 1: overprint on stamps of Russia for Far Eastern Republic,
1920. 2: overprint with three additional bars on stamps of Russia for Siberia.
D B P: 1. (Ger.) abbreviation for Deutsche Bundespost, Federal
post office; 2. script monogram overprint on stamps of Russia for Far Eastern Republic, 1919-20.
D.B.S.R.: Danube and Black Sea Railway, local post.
D.B.S.R. Local Railroad Post: see Romania - D.B.S.R. Local Railroad Post.
DBZ: Deutsche Briefmarken-Zeitung, German language philatelic
DC: USPS abbreviation for District of Columbia.
D.C.: District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
DCDS: Double Circular Date Stamp.
DC/M from FC: boxed handstamps for diplomatic pouch mail indicating
Division of Central Services/Mail from Foreign Country.
D-Day: June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Europe in World
D.de A.: inscription for Department of Antioquia, Colombia, 1868-1904.
D.D.F.A.D.B.RHIN: Dusseldorf, Armée du Bas-Rhin (Fr.) 1760.
D.D.G.S.: Donau-Dampfschiff-fahrts Gesellschaft (Aust.) Danube
Steam Navigation Co.
D.D.P.O.: Dum Dum Post Office, India, 1843-46.
DDR: Deutsche Demokratische Republik, German Democratic Republic
D.D.S.G.: Donau-Dampfschiff-fahrts Gesellschaft (Aust.)
Danube Steam Navigation Co.
DE: 1: Germany, country code as used by UPU. 2: USPS abbreviation
for Delaware. 3. overprint on stamps of Ecuador for Tunguraugua.
Dé: (Fr.) die.
Deacidification: a chemical treatment that neutralizes the acid
Dead: term used when the stamp paper in nonreactive to
longwave Ultraviolet light.
Dead country: a country that has ceased existence as a political
entity, and no longer issues stamps.
Dead horse: U.S. Trans-Mississippi issue of 1898, showing a family
with wagon and a dead horse.
Dead letter: an item of mail that is undeliverable due to poor
address or addressee is deceased or untraceable.
Dead Letter Clerks: postal employees in Dead Letter Office; only
federal officials authorized to open and read mail without a court order.
Dead Letter Office (DLO): a post office branch that opens undeliverable
mail to ascertain the name and address of the sender, if possible.
Dead mail: mail that is undeliverable as addressed and cannot be
returned to sender, may be nonmailable, sender unknown, or the mail class
paid for does not provide return service.
Dear Doctor: a series of postcards, sponsored by Abbott
Laboratories in the 1950s, mailed to doctors in the US from various countries,
touting an anesthetic.
Deasupra: (Rom.) above.
Death mask: term given to Serbian commemorative series of 1904;
when stamp is inverted, the features of the previous assassinated monarch,
King Alexander, is revealed.
DEBRA: (Ger.) DEutsche BRiefmarken Austellung;
German stamp Exhibition.
Debrecen: city (capital) in Hajdú-Bihar county in East Hungary occupied by Romanian forces in 1919; occupation stamps issued during 1919-1920 are known as the "1st"and "2nd-Debrecen Issues."
Debreczin, S.S.: steamship of the Danube Steam Navigation Company;
1850s: built for Lower Danube lines, express mail service..
Deb's Colony Postage: fantasy from American Journal of Philately.
Début: (Fr.) beginning selling price of the lot;
can represent one bid over the second highest book bid, the highest book
bid or the reserve price for the lot.
Decal: design or text affixed to a cover to act as a cachet.
Decalco: (It.) offset.
Décalé(e): (Fr.) shifted, displaced.
Décaler: (Fr.) offset.
Decalomania: the study of labels and posters.
Decazeville: local provisional, France, 1944.
Décédé: (Fr.) deceased, dead.
Decembrie: (Rom.) June.
Décentré(e): (Fr.) off center.
Déchirure: (Fr.) tear.
Dechna: Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1879-82.
Dechromed: softened state of a printing sleeve, after the removal
of the chrome coating, so that the surface can be repaired and then rechromed.
Decimal denomination: a stamp whose value includes hundreth's of
a pound (e.g., £1.50) vs £/shilling/pence.
Decimal provisionals: provisional surcharges on the stamps of Basutoland,
Bechuanaland and Swaziland for the introduction of decimal currency in 1961.
Decja Posta: childrenâ€™s stamps; see Toy stamps.
Deckel: (Ger.) cover (booklet).
Deckle straps: papermaking term for straps on machine to keep the
pulp from flowing over the sides to maintain width of sheet.
Decoder: a clear acrylic lens sold by the USPS, that can be used
to find hidden messages as part of the design on recent U. S. stamps;
see: Encoded designs, Scrambled indicia.
Decorative banner: name given to the margin on top of some commemorative
panes; with no postal value.
Decorative watermark: usually a coat-of-arms or various ornaments.
Découpage: (Fr.) the cutout or built up "overlay" of the
printer to produce a better impression of the printed stamps; parts of
the printed sheet were "cut away" or scraped out, or pieces added to change
the pressure of parts of the printing plate to give a lighter or deeper
Découverte: (Fr.) discovery, find.
Decreto de 27 Juni'o 1870: decree overprint on Escuelas stamps,
Dedeagh: city in Greece; 1874, Jan.1: French post office
opened, seaport named Dedeagatch, 1874-93: French stamps used canceled
5155, 1893: No.1, 5 centimes green, stamps of France overprinted Dedeagh,
Offices in Turkey for city in Greece, 1912: overprints on stamps of
Greece and Bulgaria during Balkan Wars, 1913: occupied by Greece, 1915,
April 16: French Post office closed, 1919: ceded to Greece, called Alexandroupolis;
Dedesubt: (Rom.) below.
Deep edge: variety with excessive color along one, or more edges
of the design.
Def: abbreviation for definitive; see: Definitive.
Defaced plate: printing plates after end of usage are sometimes
marked or scratched as defacement to prevent misuse.
Defaced stamp: stamp marked with written, printed or stamped characters;
private perforations of a company is not considered defacement.
Défaut: (Fr.) defect, fault.
Defective stamp: a stamp with one or more major faults such as
a piece of the stamp is missing or a tear.
Defecto: (Sp.) defect, fault.
Défectueux: (Fr.) defective.
Defectuoso: (Sp.) defective.
Defekt: (Ger.) defect, imperfection.
Defensa Nacional: (Sp.) National Defense, postal tax stamps
Deferential cancel: cancellation designed so that the effigy of
the ruler is not defaced when canceled.
Deficiencia de Franqueo: overprint and inscription on postage dues
Deficiency: marking that indicates shortage of postage on item
and post due should be collected.
Deficiente: (Sp.) inscription on stamps of Ecuador, Nicaragua
Deficit: (Sp.) inscription and overprint on postage dues
stamps of Peru, 1874.
Deficit o Franqueo: inscription of first postage dues of Peru.
Defin.: abbreviation for definitive.
Définitif: (Fr.) definitive.
Definitive: a term used to distinguish a normal, everyday issue
of stamps; term developed after World War I to indicate the new stamps
made to replace the many temporary issues of new countries.
Definitivo: (It., Sp.) definitive.
Deflocculated: separation of ink pigment into very fine particles;
when inks dry, the particles join or flocculate.
Dega: (Sp.) Degovia, Spain, pre-adhesive postmark.
De Gaulle: common design on stamps of the French Community of Nations,
Degerö: (Fin.) local post, steamship carrying mail,
serving Finnish cities, late 1800s.
Degrain: painting by Munoz Degrain, known as "Isabella Pledging
Her Jewels: is depicted on the $1 Columbian stamps.
D Grill: grill used on US stamps in the 19th century.
Deh Sedang: cinderella for an imaginary postal state in Indo-China.
D.E.I.: abbreviation for Dutch East Indies.
Dekernes: Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1884.
Del: inscription on French Colonial stamps, Latin word for drew
followed by the name of the artist.
Del.: abbreviation for Delaware prior to Zip Code usage.
Dél: (Hung.) South.
Delacryl: secret printing process developed by de La Rue printing
firm that is supposed to combine four different printing methods, such
as the 1969 Great Britain post office set.
Dél-Afrika: (Hung.) South Africa.
Dél-Afrika Köztársaság, (Hung.) Republic of South Africa.
De la Rue paper: a famous British stamp printing firm; paper used
by New Zealand post together with dies and plates for printing their 1874
Délavé: (Fr.) washed out (color).
Delayed mail: mail held up in delivery and marked by means of a
label or cachet applied by a postal authority.
Delaware: 1: State Revenue issue, Oct. 1, 1793-Feb. 7, 1794. 2:
Federal Revenue issue, July 1, 1798-Feb. 28, 1801.
Delaware & Hudson Canal Co's Express: regional parcel firm
that serviced towns on the Delaware and Hudson Canal R.R., New York State,
issued labels, year unknown.
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Express: regional parcel firm
serviced stations on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad; issued
Del Canaveral: (Sp.) (place of canes) inscription on postal
stationery envelopes provided by the Cuban government for use by urban
residents transported each year to work in the sugarcane harvest.
Delegacoes: (Port.) Red Cross franchise stamps of
Portugal, issued 1926 in Lisbon, elsewhere in 1936.
De leon: (Sp.) control overprint for Ecuador to prevent
unauthorized use, 1902.
Delgado: (Sp.) thin.
Del Golfo de Guinea: (Sp.) inscription on stamps of Spanish
Deliberate error: mistake repeated by a postal administration;
such as the reprinting of the U.S. Dag Hammarskjold stamps with the background
DeliverAbility: Pitney Bowes name for their software
as a service that permits customers to purchase and print postage from their computer.
Delivery confirmation: provides date and time of delivery for Priority
Mail and Standard Mail for small fee; USPS term; see: Electronic option, Retail option.
Delivery grippers: mechanism that grips the paper between descent
of the perforation pins.
Delivery tax stamps: Spanish postage due labels issued in 1931,
but later used as ordinary postage stamps.
Delivery zone number: two-digit number included in mail addresses
immediately following the name of the city.
Delle: local provisional, France, 1944.
Deltiology: 1: study of post card collecting. 2: Ansichtskarte-sammler
(Ger.), Collection de Cartes Postales Illustrée (Fr.),
Collecione di Cartoline (It.), Colleción de Tarjeta Ilustrada
Délnyugatafrika: (Hung.) South-West Africa.
Deluxe sheets: usually ungummed and feature a single stamp; produced
mainly by French-area countries as a presentation piece.
Demandé: (Fr.) wanted, required.
Demarcacion postal: (Sp.) postal district.
Démenage: (Fr.) postal term for “gone
away” return to sender.
Demerara: province of Guyana, inscription on 1931 British Guiana
Demiansk: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1868-78.
Deming's Penny Post: United States local post, Frankford, Pa.,
Demnat Marrakech: local post, Morocco, 1906.
Demnin (Vorpommern): (Ger.) local post, Germany post WWII.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea: see Korea
Democratic Republic of the Congo: see Congo
Démonétisé: (Fr.) see: demonitized.
Demonetization: the Washington Star advertisement, Sept.
12,1861, read, "Notice is hereby given that all persons having in
their possession Postage Stamps of the old issue can exchange same for
stamps of the new issue for six days from the date, and not after that
time." On Sept. 28, 1861, the Star carried an ad staying that
the new stamps were ready.
Demonitized: term given stamps that are no longer valid for postage;
usually done by a government proclamation.
Demopolis, Al. Paid 5: see: Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals.
Denaro: (It.) money.
Denia: local post, Spanish civil war, 1937.
Denikin, General, Government of: 1919, Jan.: issued
imperf. stamps inscribed “United Russia,” 1919, April: stamps
issued by General Denikan, 1920, April 4: General Denikan resigned his
command to General Wrangel, 1921, July 1-pre: stamps of Russian and Russian
Levant surcharged; inscription reads “United Russia.”
Denis Hire Cars: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Denmark: on peninsula separating North and Baltic Seas; official
name of postal administration: Danmark Post currency: 96 skilling = 1
rigsbank daler, 100 ore = 1 krone (1875) 1624: royal mail service established,
1851, Apr. 1: No.1, 2 rigsbank daler blue, first stamps issued, numeral
in three concentric circles used to indicate town of origin, 1871: first
official stamp issued, 1875, July 1: joined the UPU; includes Faroe Islands,
Greenland. 1905: wavy line and figure denomination first used, still current,
1921, May 1: postage due stamps issued, 1921, June 17: first semipostal
stamps issued, 1925: first air mail stamp issued, 1940-45: Danish stamps
surcharged for Faroe Islands while occupied by Germany.
Denmark - 1911 Middlefart-Fredericia Flight: On 2 September 1911, pioneer aviator Robert Svendson flew a distance of ca. 8 miles from Middlefart (q.v.) to Fredericia (q,v.) by crossing the Little Belt, a strait between Fyn Island and the Danish mainland. The mail carried incl 200 photo postcards depicting the biplane, and signed by “Rob. Svendson”, with a further hand-written “Beltflyvingen 1911” inscription. The return flight to Middelfart carried 80 of these cards. The flight is credited as being the first postal flight in Denmark, and in Northern Europe.
Denmark - 1912 Hareskov Demonstration Flight: On 29 July 1912 during the High Summer Festival in Harestov, pioneer aviator Ulrich Birch demonstrated airplane flying. Postal cards exist with the framed rectangular “Hojsomerfesten / i Hareskov 1912” handstamp and Hareskov cancel, and also with an additional oval “FLYVEPOST / No. 1 / * ULRICH BIRCH * ” cachet. Contemporary sources do not document that these items were flown, but the oval cachet indicates that an airpost transportation had been scheduled; they are considered the second Danish airpost despatches.
Denmark - 1912 German Zeppelin “Hansa” Visit: The “Hansa” 19 Setember 1912 Copenhagen-Hamburg return trip was authorized to carry the Danish mails. These mails are considered the third Danish airpost despatches.
Denmark - 1912 International Balloon Despatches: On 22 September 1912 at the Århus International Balloon Competition, three balloons (representing Denmark, Germany, and the United States) each carried souvenir cards depicting a view of Århus from the air. The cards entered the regukar mails after the balloons landed.
Denmark - 1914 Copenhagen-Roskilde Flight: On 12 May 1914, Lt. Ussing, flying a “Henry Farman” biplane, carried a special airmail from Copenhagen to Roskilde, a city ca. 27 miles W of Copenhagen. Approximately 4,500 cards were carried.
Denning's Express: local baggage firm serviced the Erie Railway
depot in New York City; issued a label, year unknown.
Denominated Postal Cards: US postal cards printed by
vending machines, early 1900s.
Denomination: the face value appearing on a stamp.
Dent(s): (Fr.) perf(s).
Dentado: (Sp.) perforated.
Dentado de peine: (Sp.) see: Comb perforation.
Dentélé: (Fr.) perforated.
(non) Dentelé: (Fr.) (im)perforate
Dentellato: (It.) perforated.
Dentellatura a pettine: (It.) see: Comb perforation.
Dentelure en peigne: (Fr.) see: Comb perforation.
Denticulated, Dentilated: stamps with a series of small teeth,
or commonly called, perforated.
Dents: suggested term, 1800s, for perforations.
Denver & Rio Grande Express: private mail and parcel firm serviced
the Denver & Rio Grande Railway; issued free franks, labels and stamps,
Denver Eagles: nickname for Mexico issue of 1914, printed in Denver,
during Mexican civil war.
Den Waisen Sirotam: overprint on stamps of Italy, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
for German occupation, 1944.
De Oficio: (Sp.) overprint of stamps of Peru or El Salvador,
inscription on El Salvador for official usage.
Deok Sensor Oopgemaak: (Afrikaan) South African
D.E.P.: Députés (Fr.) Chamber of Deputies
Post Office, 1826.
Departmentals: official stamps intended for use in certain government
departments; official stamps used by all departments are known as "Service
Stamps" (e.g., War Dep't. in U.S.)
Departmento de Rezagos: (Sp.) Dead Letter Office.
Departmento del Tolima: inscription for Tolima, Colombia.
Department of Foreign Affairs: officials for Hawaii.
Department stamps: official stamps valid only on official mail
of a government agency, or their agents; when inscribed or overprinted
for specific departments, they are known as department stamps.
Dependency: area administered from a different location.
De Pinedo: Newfoundland's 1927 issue honoring Marchese de Pinedo,
DEP. Limit: Départements Limitrophes (Fr.) common
Deporte: (Sp.) sport topic or theme.
Depositado Despues de Salir el Expreso: (Sp.) Too Late marking;
item received after train departure.
Dépouillé(e): (Fr.) well-contrasted engraving.
Déprécier: (Fr.) to lose value.
Depredation: USPS Inspection Service term for robbery or pilfering
of funds from the mail.
Deprisa: private delivery firm labels, Colombia, S.A., started
2001, for delivery in Colombia and worldwide through FedEx.
Dept: USPS abbreviation in address for department.
Dept. of Agriculture, Interior, Justice, State: inscriptions on
Dept. of Foreign Affairs: inscription on official stamps, Hawaii.
Depto Zelaya: Nicaragua, Department of Zelaya.
Dept. of Agriculture, Interior, Justice, State: inscriptions on
Dept. of Foreign Affairs: inscription on official stamps, Hawaii.
Der Berliner Philharmonie: inscription, semi postal, Germany.
Derecho de Entrega: (Sp.) delivery fee in addition to normal
postage, collected by postman, except for mail from abroad.
Derechos de Firma: (Sp.) documents fee, revenue issue of
the Philippines, re-overprinted as provisionals, 1880-90.
Derecho Judicial: Judicatory Fee; revenue stamps of Philippines,
re-overprinted as provisionals, 1880-90.
Dereham Pirate Post: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Derna: now known as Darnah, Libya.
Derry, Free: fantasy from National Lampoon.
Deruluft: airline formed by Lufthansa and the Russian government
in 1922 to carry mail and passengers from Berlin to Moscow via Konigsberg
Des.: abbreviation for 'designed by.'
Descentrado: (Sp.) off center.
Deschis: (Rom.) light (as referencing the color of a postage stamp).
Descolorido: (Sp.) faded (color).
Desconocido: (Sp.) unknown at address indicated.
Descriptive filler: term for an insert placed inside the envelope
that may have additional information about the event being commemorated;
also known as a stuffer; may be illustrated.
Desde el Canaveral: see Del Canaveral.
Desember: (Nor.) December.
Deseret: a Mormon "state" created March 5, 1849; never
recognized by the U.S.; ceased to exist when Utah Territory created on
Sept. 9, 1850.
Desert Island: unissued Great Britain cinderella by David Horry,
De service: (Fr.) official (philatelic).
Design: artwork, printed portion of a stamp, that which is not
Design and Development Inc.: U.S. postage meter machine manufacturer,
1973 to current.
Designer: the person who creates the artwork that is eventually
used for a stamp.
Design error: errors in the printed design, such as wrong number
of stars on a flag, or misspelling of a name.
Desinfekteradt: (Swed.) disinfected handstamps by the Infectious
Disease Hospital, Stockholm, after 1900.
Desinfectado: (Sp.) disinfected (letter).
Desinfiziert: (Ger.) disinfected.
Deska: (Czech.) (printing) plate.
Desková Cislo: (Czech.) plate number.
Desková Vada: (Czech.) plate flaw, plate fault.
Desková Znacka Hvezdicka: (Czech.) "star" plate marking.
Desková Znacka Krízek: (Czech.) "cross" plate marking.
Deskovou Znackou: (Czech.) plate marking.
Desmit Rbl: desmit rubli, ten rubles overprint on stamps of Latvia.
Desmit Rub., Rubli: 1920-21; two rubles surcharge, stamps of Latvia.
Despatch Post: several U. S. locals are inscribed with this term.
Dessau: overprint on a surtax Province of Saxony stamp
is a fake.
Dessouk: Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1868-82.
Despacho: (Sp.) office.
Despues de la salida: (Sp.) too late markings, applied to
mail which was received after mail dispatch.
Dessin: (Fr.) drawing, see: Design.
Dessinateur: (Fr.) designer.
De status: (Fr.) rule.
Destinaire: (Fr.) one to whom anything is addressed.
Destinatario: (It.) "Carrier" inscription on Italian
tax revenue stamps.
Détaché(e): (Fr.) (stamp) off cover.
Detachment U.S.A.: bogus, overprint on stamps of Belgian Congo.
Détaillé(e): (Fr.) lot broken up for sale individually.
Det danske Kommando I Tyskland: (Dan.) the Danish
Command in Germany, post WWII.
Detmold: local post, German displaced persons camp, 1946.
Detroit River Service: established so that crews of lake vessels
could receive their mail without paying forwarding charges, Jule 17, 1895-June
Dette Publique: public debt; French Colony revenue inscription.
Deuda pública: (Sp.) public debt, overprint on fiscal stamps.
Deuil: (Fr.) mourning (letter), black bordered cover.
Deutlich Schreiben: (Ger.) "Write clearly" hand stamp.
Deutsche Abstimmungsgebiet: (Ger.) plebiscite
Deutsche Auslandpostämter: (Ger.) German post offices abroad.
Deutsche Besetzung Zara: (Ger.) overprint for German occupation
Deutsche Bundepost: (Ger.) postal administration of German
Federal Republic, from 1951-89.
Deutsche Demokratische Republik: (Ger.) inscription German
Democratic Republic (East Germany), Soviet occupation zone, 1949.
Deutsche Demokratische Republik Luftpost: (Ger.) imperforate
label for German Democratic Republic essay in various colors.
Deutsche feldpost: (Ger.) military field post, Germany.
Deutsche feldpost durch U-boot: inscription to frank soldiers
mail to be sent by German submarine from base on Hela Peninsula, 1945.
Deutsche Lufthansa (DLH): (Ger.) German airline
Deutsche Militaer-Verwaltung Montenegro: (Ger.) overprint
on stamps of Yugoslavia for Montenegro, German Occupation, 1943.
Deutsche National Versammlung: (Ger.) National Assembly,
inscription on the 1919 issue of Germany, called the Weimar Issue.
Deutsche Neu-Guinea: (Ger.) German New Guinea.
Deutsche Osterreich: (Ger.) Austria overprint for German
Deutsche Oestr. Postverein: (Ger.) German-Austrian
Deutsche Ostafrika: (Ger.) German East Africa.
Deutsche Post: (Ger.) inscription Allied sectors, Berlin,
Germany, 1948, Sept.-Sept.1949.
Deutsche Post Berlin: (Ger.) "Berlin" overprint for use in American, British and Frenchoccupied sectors of Berlin, Sepbemter 1, 1948.
Deutsche Post Osten: (Ger.) overprint on stamps of Germany
for Poland, German Occupation, 1939.
Deutsche Privat-Post Lloyd: (Ger.) local post, Berlin, Germany,
Deutsche Reich: (Ger.) 1920 overprint on Bavaria officials
and stamps of Germany.
Deurscher Raketenflug 1934: (Ger.) inscription, first German rocket flight to benefit the "Winter Relief," January 28, 1934.
Deutscher Schulhausbar: (Ger.) series of labels to raise funds to build schools; value 2 heller.
Deutscher Schulverein: (Ger.) series of labels to raise
funds for a school organization.
Deutscher Wehrschatz Sudmark: inscription on a German label, early
Deutscher Wert gleich 140 Pfg. Wählt Deutsch!: (Ger.) "German Value equals 140 Pfennig / Vote German" overprint on
Polish stamp (actually a label) printed as propaganda for plebiscite on
future of Upper Silesia, 1921.
Deutsche Seepost / Linie / Hamburg / Westafrika: (Ger.) 1. German Sea Post, Hamburg West Africa Line; staring operating in early
1880s. 2. Overprint on stamps of Bavaria, 1920; see Bohemia and Moravia. 3. Overprint on stamps of Danzig for Danzig.
Deutsches Reich: (Ger.) inscription for Germany Empire; see: Bohemia and Moravia.
Deutsches Reich General Gouvernment: (Ger.) inscription
on stamps of Germany for use in Poland, WW II occupation.
Deutsches Reich Post: (Ger.) 1: inscription for German Imperial
Deutsches Reich: (Ger.) 1: inscription on stamps of Germany,
1902-44. 2: overprint on stamps of Bavaria, 1920.
Deutsches Reich General Gouvernement: (Ger.) Poland, German
Deutsche Versicherungs Bank Berlin Wertbrief Beförderung Deurschland-America: (Ger.) on stamps of Germany for insured mail sent via U-Boat prior to World War II.
Deutschland: (Ger.) German World War I commercial submarine
that carried mail to the U.S.
Deutschland Amerkanische Zone: (Ger.) Germany, American
Deutschland Britische Zone: (Ger.) Germany, British Zone.
Deutschland Franzosische Zone: (Ger.) Germany, French Zone.
Deutschland Sowjetische Zone: (Ger.) Germany, Soviet Zone.
Deutsche Mark: (Ger.) (DM) German currency.
Deutsch-Neu-Guinea: (Ger.) overprint on stamps of Germany,
inscription for German New Guinea.
Deutsch Oestr. Postverein: (Ger.) German-Austrian Postal
union inscription on Thurn and Taxis, early Baden and Württemberg.
Deutsch Ostafrika: (Ger.) overprint on stamps of Germany
and inscription for German East Africa.
Deutsch Österreich: (Ger.) overprint, German Austria on stamps of Austria, 1918-1921.
Deutsch Sudwest Afrika: (Ger.) overprint on stamps of Germany,
inscription for German South West Africa, also Deutsch Südwest-Afrika.
De valor: (Sp.) valuable.
Devanagari: alphabet that appears on some stamps of India, Nepal
and Bhutan as an inscription.
Devant: (Fr.) front (of a cover).
Devastacion de la Ciudad de Santo Domingo: inscription, postal
tax on stamps of Dominican Republic, for destruction of city.
Development Bank: common design on stamps of the French Community
of Nations, 1969.
De Villayer, Jean-Jacques: may have operated a mail service in
Paris in mid-1600s, installed first mail boxes.
Devolucion: (Sp.) mail marking not accepted by addressee
and returned to sender.
Dewey's South Yuba Express: local private mail firm serviced the
Omega, Nevada County, Calif. area; issued a label, 1863.
DeWitt's Express: local baggage firm serviced Brooklyn, N.Y. and
New York City; issued a label, year unknown.
Dextrine gum: form of starch, when used in gum for stamps, is heated
in a solution alone, or with other chemicals, gets any color from the
heating temperature of the solution.
Dezentriert: (Ger.) off-center.
DF: 1. currency abbreviation for Franc (Djibouti). 2. David Finkelstein,
BEP employee initials, 1906-1928; see Plate Finisher, Siderographer.
DFB: "Dansk Frivillig Bataillon (Danish Volunteer Battalion)
Danish armed forces serving with Finnish forces fighting Russia.
DG: 1: catalog abbreviation for disturbed gum. 2: (Latin) By the Grace of God.
DGK: (Ger.) Deutschland-Ganzachen-Katalog, Michel
German Postal Stationery catalog.
D'Haiti: Republic of Haiti.
Dhaka: formerly Dacca, Bangladesh.
Dhar: India Feudatory State; 1897-1901: first local post stamps,
1901, Mar. 31: separate stamps discontinued, used stamps of British India,
then stamps of India.
Dhufar: bogus, anti-Omani, Arabia; in exile, propaganda labels
sold as stamps.
Dia de la Hispanidad: (Sp.) Spanish National Day, Oct. 12th.
Dia del sello: (Sp.) day of the stamp.
Diadem: circlet of gold and jewels forming Queen Victoria's headdress
on the earlier issues.
Diagonally laid paper: where wires, used in the papermaking process,
are laid diagonally across the paper.
Dial: circular portion of a postmark, usually containing the city,
date and time
Diamond Parcel Delivery Company: local package delivery firm; issued
a label, year unknown.
Diamond roulette: cuts that are X shaped, giving appearance of
diamond shaped perforations.
Diamante: (It., Sp.) diamond topical or thematic specialty.
Diamond Jubilee Label: name given to British charity labels made
in 1897-98 for the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria accession to the
Dia Mundial del Sello: (Sp.) World Stamp Day, May 6th.
Diana, Princess of Wales: common design of the British Commonwealth
of Nations, 1998.
Diapositive: thick photographic plate used for multiple repetitions
of the design, made from the master negative; also known as multipositive.
Dicitura: (It.) inscription.
Dick: (Ger.) thick.
Dickinson paper: continuous silk thread paper containing one or
more silk threads to make counterfeiting difficult.
Didactic: "educational, once used as the generic term for
topicals or thematics.
Die: 1: a block of metal that has been hand or machine engraved
from which plates are prepared to print stamps. 2: terms Die I, Die II,
etc. denote first and later states of the same die. 3: terms Die I, Die
II, etc. are also used to designate stamps printed from these dies.
Die crack: damage done to the original engraved die, before printing
plates are created.
Die cut: a mechanical process that cuts through the stamp paper
but not the backing paper that keeps the stamps together, is used to separate
most self-adhesive stamps; accomplished by crushing the stamp paper fibers.
Die cut missing: error on self-adhesive stamps where the die cut
is absent between the stamps.
Die cut size: the number of peaks of either side of a die cut stamp,
usually written as L10/R10; indicates 10 peaks on both the left and right
sides of the stamp.
Die Cut Gauge: tool that measures the total of peaks
or valleys within 20mm on die cut stamps.
Die essay: print made from a die engraved with an incomplete or
Die flaw: blemish or unusual mark on a die and shows on every stamps
reproduced from that die.
Diego Suarez: French naval base, northern part of Madagascar; currency:
100 centimes = 1 franc, 100centimes = 1 ariary (1976) 1885-pre: overprint
on stamps of French Colonies General Issues, 1890: No.1, 15 centimes blue,
first stamps issued as a naval base, 1891: first postage due stamp issued,
1892: stamps of French Colonies overprinted Diego-Suarez, 1896, May 30:
replaced by issues of Madagascar.
Diehard: nickname for a stamp dealer who has the knowledge to buy
and sell anything of a philatelic nature.
Die imprint: any item printed directly from a die.
Dienst: (Ger.) official.
Dienstbotenpost: (Ger.) official courier mail.
Dienstmarke: 1: inscription for officials of Bavaria, French Protectorate
of the Saar, Germany. 2: overprint for official use in Saar, Danzig, Liechenstein.
3: with numeral 21, Prussia. 4: overprint on stamps of Danzig, 1924-25,
for official use.
Dienstsache: Liechtenstein official overprint.
Dienstzegel: (Dut.) Netherlands official stamps.
Dientes: (Sp.) perforations.
Die plain: embossing without the use of color.
Die proof: a die made print or impression, usually in black ink on a smooth white card or fine-calendered or coated paper, inspected in
great detail, to show what a stamp design will look like.
Die-Reducing machine: makes a relief steel die in a smaller size.
Die sinkage: the impression of a die block which appears as a depression
in the cardboard of a die proof.
Die sinker: an engraver of dies used for stamping and embossing.
Diessbach C.G.: Diessbach Canton Glarus (Swiss).
Die stamping: raising of colored reliefs on an uncolored ground
using a recessed die in the stamping press.
Dietz & Nelson's Express: private mail delivery firm serviced
British Columbia, used labels, 1862-67.
Die Welt: (Ger.) The World, Germany overprint produced for "War Stamp Exhibition in London in 1915 as a jocular allusion to the much
vaunted German aspirations to rule the earth."
Die wheel: a wheel drilled with holes that accept the pins of the
Die Winterhilfe O/S ruft dich! Wir wollen helfen: (Ger.) "The Winter relief calls you. We want to help." Germany cancel,
Di favore: (It.) (It.) by favor (cancellation).
Difetto: (It.) defect, fault.
DIFF: auction abbreviation for different.
Digital postage: postage applied by a mechanical device such as
a printer attached to a computer.
Di gran valore: (It.) valuable.
Dijbouti: formerly Afars and Issas - East Africa; see
Afars and Issas.
Dilar: local post, Spanish civil war, Nationalist, 1937.
Diligence d'eau: (Fr.) water coach, carried mail on canals
in France; see: Canal Boat Mail.
Diligencia: (Sp.) stagecoach carrier issue of Uruguay, 1856-57.
Dimension: tax based on size of the document; French Colony revenue
Diminué(e): (Fr.) partly removed or thinned (gum), cut down,
Din: dinar, Yugslavia currency.
Dinamarca: (It., Port.) Denmark.
Dindings: 1874-1935, Feb.: used stamps of Straits Settlements.
Diner: U.S. presorted First-Class mail with nondenominated postage,
used by mass mailers, issued June 5, 1998, value 25¢.
Dinero: inscription on arms design, stamps of Peru.
Dinsin: (Ire.) Ireland postage due inscription.
Dios Patria Libertado: (Sp.) God, Fatherland, Liberty, inscription
on stamps of Dominican Republic.
Dios Patria Rey: (Sp.) God, Fatherland, King, inscription
on stamps of Spain, Carlist issue.
Dios, Union y Libertad: (Sp.) God, Union and Liberty, Honduras,
Diplomatic mail: correspondence transported by diplomatic pouch
or indicated diplomatic mail.
Dippoldiswalde: Bavaria, Germany post office burned, emergency
handwritten labels were created and used to cover the shortage of postage
Diptique: (Fr.) a pair of stamps of which the illustration
covers both stamps together.
Direcció Geral dos Trabalmos Geodesicos e Topograpnicos:
(Port.) advertising mapmakers of Portugal.
Dirección: (Sp.) the place to which mail can be sent.
Direct mail: 1: industry term for advertising mail sent to targeted
markets. 2: mail of the pre-Universal Postal union era that went direct
between countries; rate differences ceased when prepaid international
rate went into effect July 1, 1875.
Directory markings: postal markings that indicate delivery attempts,
Direct printing: any form of printing where the printing plate
is in direct contact with the paper.
Dirigere: (It.) the place to which mail can be sent.
Diriginte de posta: (Rom.) postmaster.
DIrlande du Nord: (Fr.) Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Disaster mail: mail being transported that was damaged in transit;
the post office usually puts special marking on the item to explain the
damage; also known as wreck mail.
Discontinued Post Office: a post office that is no longer
Discount postage: stamps sold by stamp dealers at a discount from
face value; usually denominations that are no longer current but valid
Discovery copy: first known.
Disegno: (It.) design.
Diseńo: (Sp.) design.
Disinfected mail: mail that has been fumigated so that the letter
will not be a carrier of disease.
Disinfection seal: see: Seal, disinfection.
Disney stamp: stamps issued by several nations with a Walt Disney
Dispensé d'affranchissement (de timbrage): (Fr.) free of
Display Division: American Philatelic Society term for exhibition
classification to include display exhibits and social philately.
"Disp prohibited by Order 19687": dispatch handstamp
prohibiting certain oversize or overweight parcels addressed to overseas
personnel, effective Jan. 7, 1943.
Diss Pirate Post: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
DIST: auction abbreviation for disturbed.
Distilled Spirits Excise Tax: inscription on U. S. Internal Revenue
Service tax stamps, 1950-59; usually found with staple holes or punch
cancels, indicating payment of excise taxes on distilled spirits.
Distinguished Americans: series of stamps issued by the U.S., renamed
Great Americans on July 20, 2000.
Distretto: (It.) district.
Distributeur automatique (de timbres): (Fr.) stamp vending
Districto: overprint on stamps of for Arequipaco, Peru, Cuzco provisionals,
District Overprints: during the classical period, stamps were sent from the main post office in Mexico City without district overprints. These stamps were not valid for postage. This was done to prevent the theft of stamps as they were shipped to the outlying districts. Once received in the districts, they were overprinted with the name of the district and thus validated into postage stamps, into as many as sixty districts.
Distriktsovertryk: (Dan.) district overprint, district surcharge, see Lokalovertryk, Lokaloverstempel.
Distrito: (Sp.) district.
Distrito sur de la Baja Cal: (Sp.) inscription on 1915 stamps
of Mexico; see Baja, Calif. (State in Mexico).
Disturbed gum: original gum on an unused stamp which has been altered,
usually by application of a hinge.
Dittler Bros.: private printer of U.S. postage stamps.
Divided back: postcard, allowing the message and address to appear
on the same side.
Dividing marks: circular floral ornaments on plates produced by
Perkins, Bacon on 1851; placed between rows J and K, helps placement to
cut sheets in half, replaced by an arrow.
Divi Rub: 1920-21; surcharge, stamps of Latvia.
Diwan: Indian States term for chief revenue officer of province.
Diwi Rubli: two rubles, overprint to change value, stamps of Latvia.
DJ: overprint on stamps of Obock for Djibouti, 1894-1902.
Djambi: local post overprint, Sumatra, Japanese occupation, 1942-45.
DJI, DJF: Djibouti.
Djibouti (Djibuti): Eastern Africa, formerly French colony of Somali
Coast and Afars and Issas; currency: 100 centimes = 1 franc 1888: French
constructed port on the Somali Coast at Djibouti, 1894-1902: French Somali
Coast overprint "DJ" or "Djibouti" on stamps of Obock
for Djibouti, 1902: French replaced this with stamps of Somali Coast as
a Protectorate, 1940, Aug. 6: Italy invades British and French Somaliland,
1941: Italy driven out, 1967, Mar.19: name changed to the French territory
of Afars and Issas, 1977: Afars and Issas stamps overprinted and surcharged
"Republique de Djibouti," 1977, June 27: Afars and Issas became
the independent republic of Djibouti, Republique de Djibouti stamps, 1977:
first air mail stamps issued, 1978, June 6: joined the UPU; see Afars and Issas, Benadir, Obock, Oltre Giuba, Italian East Africa, Italian Somaliland.
Djubaland, Republic of: cinderella, "Worldwide Fund for Nature"
uses WWF logo illegally.
Djup: (Swed.) deep (as referencing the color of a postage stamp).
Djupt lila: (Swed.) deep lilac (color).
Djupt klarröd: (Swed.) deep bright red, "high red" (color).
Djupt ultramarinfärget pĺtryck: (Swed.) deep ultramarine surcharge.
Djupt violett: (Swed.) deep violett (color).
DK: 1: Germany volume of the Michel catalogue, Deutschland-Katalog. 2: precedes the European postal code on addresses in Denmark, such as DK-2770.
DL: auction abbreviation for double line (cancellation).
DLDC: double line, double circle postmark.
DLH: see: Deutsche Lufthansa.
D.L.H.: (Ger.) Deutsche Luft Hansa Aktiengesellschaft; renamed Lufthansa, 1933.
D.L.O.: see: Dead Letter Office.
DLR: De La Rue; stamp printers, Great Britain.
D M: 1: Dienst Marke overprint on stamps of Danzig, 1921-23, for
official use. 2: Deutsche Mark, German currency June 21, 1948-Dec. 31,
2001. 3: Dominica, country code as used by UPU.
DMC: Daniel M. Clancy, BEP employee initials, 1906-1928; see Plate Finisher, Siderographer.
Dmitrief: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1871-74.
Dmitrof: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1874.
DMM: USPS term for domestic mail manual.
Dnieprovsk: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1866-95.
DNK: Deutschland Netto Katalog.
DNVP: letters on German stamps stands for Deutschnationale Volkspartei
(German National People's Party); looks like DNBB.
DO: Dominican Republic, country code as used by UPU.
Doane cancels: Doane cancels have a number in the killer bars to
the right of the circular date stamps; introduced in 1904.
Doar Ivri: (Heb.) Hebrew Post inscription on Israel's first stamps.
Dobbelt: (Dan., Nor.) double.
Dobbelt påtryk: (Dan.) double overprint, double surcharge.
Dobbeltsidig: (Dan.) double sided (front and back sides).
Dobbeltsidigt tryk: (Dan.) printed on both sides.
Dobbelttakning: (Dan.) double perforation.
Dobbelttryk: (Dan.) 1. double impression 2. re-entry.
Dobeln: local post, Germany, 1945.
Dobírka: (Czech.) payment upon delivery
Doble: (Sp.) double.
Doboj: local post, republic Serbska occupation issue for Bosnia,
Dobrudja: overprint in Cyrillic with dates "1916-1917" on stamps
of Bulgaria for use in this occupied territory of Romania.
Doc: abbreviation for document; physician.
Docket[ing]: a brief statement of when received and maybe when
answered, usually found on the outside of covers, legal or commercial
Dockwra's Post: private postal service covering London and its
suburbs established by William Dockwra; introduced his own distinctive
postmark in 1680; used from 1680-82.
Doctor blade: device used to wipe excess ink from a printing press
Documentary stamps: U.S. Inter. Rev. inscription; revenue stamps
that are applied to documents such as bills of lading, mortgages, wills,
Documents Philatelique Oficiel: (Fr.) Official Philatelic
Document; issued by France, include a copy of the issued stamp cancelled
on the first day, a monocolor engraving of the stamp, descriptive text
and a larger topical engraving with an embossed control seal.
Dodds Express: local baggage firm serviced Brooklyn, N.Y., New
York City, N.Y and Long branch, N.J.; issued labels, year unknown.
Dodecanese Islands, Greece: islands in the Aegean Sea
off the coast of Turkey; currency: 100 centesimi = 1 lira 1912-pre:
used stamps of Turkey, 1912-43: stamps of Italy overprinted "Egeo," 1924:
Turkey ceded islands to Italy, stamps of Italy overprinted with name
of island, 1943: stamps and postage due stamps of Great Britain overprinted "M.E.F." (Middle
East Forces), 1943, Sept.: Italy surrendered and islands proclaimed
union with Greece, 1943-45: Germany reoccupied islands, 1947-summer:
stamps of Greece used; see Aegean Islands, MEF, SDD.
Dodge & Co. Express: nationwide express firm that serviced
California, Boston and New York City; used a label, 1849-51.
Dogra: alphabet in the Indian language that appears on some stamps
of India as an inscription.
Dogs: hauled mail carts in Sussex, England, late 19th century.
Dog team mail: used to carry mail in Alaska and Quebec province,
Doha, Qatar: British postal service established in 1950 using stamps
of the British Postal Agencies of Eastern Arabia; now known as Ad Dawhah.
Doi: (Rom.) two (number).
Doisprezece: (Rom) twelve (number).
Doland: Donald Evans bogus issue, 1960-70.
Dollfus Issue: Austrian Dollfuss stamp, issued on July 25, 1936.
Dollar Error: wine revenue stamp for the $1.60 4/5 cents where
dollar is spelled "dolllar," 1951-54.
Dolní: (Czech.) down (side).
Dolores: local post, Spanish civil war, Republican, 1937.
Domain name: a name that identifies a computer or computers on the internet. These names appear as a component of a Web site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_site's URL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL, e.g. wikipedia.org.
Domestic mail: USPS term for mail transmitted, among, and between
the U. S., its territories and possessions, army and fleet post offices
and United Nations, N.Y.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM): directive that contains basic USPS
standards for domestic mail services.
Domestic stamp: also known as nondenominated stamp used for rate
increase period, not valid for international mail.
Domestogramme: Canadian version of the aerogramme, introduced Oct.
Domfil: Spanish publisher of thematic catalogues and albums.
Dominica: an island in the British Leeward islands group, became
part of the Windward islands; currency: 12 pence = 1 shilling, 20 shillings
= 1 pound, 100 cents = 1 Dollar (1949) 1858-60: British stamps used at
Roseau, with 'A 07' cancel, 1860: Dominica handstamp used, 1874, May 4:
No.1, 1 penny violet, own stamps with design similar to Tobago, 1890,
Oct. 31-1903: stamps of Leeward Islands used, 1903-40: Dominica used own
stamps again along with those of Leeward Islands, 1916: first War Tax
stamp issued, 1940, Jan. 1: Dominica became separate island, no stamp
issued, 1958, Apr. 22: joined the West Indies Federation,1968: became
an Associated State of Great Britain, 1978, Nov. 1: became independent
as the Commonwealth of Dominica with overprint "Independence / 3rd
November / 1978," 1980, Jan. 31: joined the UPU.
Dominica: essay, engraved and recess printed on white card, made
public in 1870 with no information as to its origin.
Dominicaine: (Fr.) Dominican Republic.
Dominical label (tablet): a small label attached by perforation
to the bottom of some Belgium stamps stating "Do not deliver on Sunday".
Dominican Republic: part of Hispaniola island in West Indies official
name of postal administration: Instituto Postal Dominicano currency: 100
centavos = 1 peso 1861-65: Spain used stamps of Cuba/Puerto Rico, 1865,
Oct. 18: No. 1, 1/2 reales rose, first stamps, 1868-71: British stamps
used in Puerto Plata with 'C 86' cancel, 1876-80: British stamps used
at Santa Domingo with 'C 87' cancel, 1880, Oct. 1: joined the UPU, 1901:
first postage due stamp issued, 1902, Feb. 25: first official stamp issued,
1916, May 5 - July 24, 1924: occupied by American forces, used Army post
offices, 1925, 1927: special delivery stamps copied from those of the
U.S., 1928, May 31: first air mail stamp issued, 1957, Feb. 8: first semipostal
Dominican Republic, forged issues: 1: 1879 coat of arms, Sc. 34,
34a, 35. 2: 1900 map, Sc. 111-19. 3: 1931-33 Solar, Sc. C10-C17.
Dominika: (Hung.) Dominica (West Indies).
Dominikai Köztársaság: (Hung.) Dominican Republic.
Dominikanska Republiken: (Swed.) Dominican Republic.
Dominikanske Republik: (Dan., Nor.) Dominican Republic.
Dominido: British Colonial Royal Wedding frames from "Surreal Stamps
and Unreal Stickers".
Dominikanische Republik: (Ger.) Dominican Republic.
Dominion Express Co.: private parcel firm operated over Dominion
Express Lines throughout Canada, used labels and stamps, 1882-1926.
Dominique: (Fr.) Dominica.
Dommagé: (Fr.) damaged.
Dom Pedros: Brazil's 1866-79 issue featuring portraits of Emperor
Donaldsons Despatch: S. Allan Taylor label, 1865.
Donaldson's Post: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Donau: (Ger.) Danube.
Donau Dampschiffahrt Gesellschaft: Danube Steamship Co. issued
stamps, 1866-74, for mail carried on the Danube River.
Don Cossack Government: republic in Southern Russia; 1917, Oct.:
leader was Hetman Aleksei Kaledin; formed republic proclaimed Russia “arms”
types surcharged at Novocherkask, Rostov and Taganrog, plus the “Ermak”
currency stamp which was valid for postage until Soviets reclaimed area
Donegal Railway Company: Ireland local post.
Donetsk: local post provisional, USSR 1990s.
Donez: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1879-90.
Dongola: Sudan, Egypt, see: Interpostal seals, 1872-82.
Don River Railway Society: Tasmania fantasy sheet.
Don Territory Government: 1918-19: stamps included used surcharged
Russian stamps; see Russia, South.
Doolittle, W.E.: see: Private die match proprietary stamps.
Dopis: (Czech.) letter (mail).
Dopisnice: (Czech.) postal cards.
Doplata: (Pol.) inscription on stamps of Central Lithuania and
Poland, postage due.
Doplatit, Doplatne: overprint/inscription labels on stamps of Czechoslovakia,
Dopis: (Czech.) letter (mail).
Doplatné: (Czech.) postage due.
Doplatni známky: (Czech.) postage due stamps.
Doporucené: (Czech.) registered, registered mail.
Doppeldruck: double struck.
Doppia stampa: (It.) double impression, re-entry.
Doppia Incisione: (It.) re-entry.
Doremus Machine Co.: manufacture of canceling machines used from
Doreset Village Mail: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Dorpat: also known as Tartu, now part of the USSR, WW I: surcharge
on stamps of Russia by occupying German forces, WWII: Germans issued specially
Dorso: (It.) back, as opposed to the front of a philatelic
Dorucní Známka: (Czech.) personal delivery stamp.
Dos: (Fr.) back.
Dospisnice: (Czech.) postcard.
Dospinice: (Czech.) postal card.
Dotisk: (Czech.) reprint.
Dotted paper: paper with small dots forming a greyish-appearing
Dottergelb: (Ger.) golden yellow
Dot in S: variety in the 5-cent U.S. Franklin stamp caused
by a small bit of metal adhering to the transfer roll during the “rocking
Douane(s): (Fr.) customs; French Colony revenue inscription;
overprint on stamps of South Africa.
Douazeci: (Rom) twenty (number).
Double cancels: covers with two separate postmarks.
Double centre: (Fr.) having the middle part of the design
printed twice on the same side of the paper.
Double comb perforator: perforates, in one operation, a single
row or column of stamps on all sides and perfs (the legs) between the
next row or column.
Double Deficiency: marking on mail that postage due is owed at
double the amount of short postage.
Double embossing: two impressions of embossed stamps on the same
piece of paper, one impression may be colorless.
Double flown: cover flown once, then readdressed and flown again.
Double frappe: (Fr.) re-entry.
Double Geneva: 1843 issue by the Swiss Canton of Geneva of a 10˘
stamp printed in a double design of two 5˘ stamps, each half being usable
as a 5˘ stamp.
Double grill: stamp showing two or more separate grill impressions.
Double gum: a second layer of gum was applied to the Egyptian issue
of 1887 when the Egyptian government complained that the original layer
was not adhering to envelopes.
Double heads: nickname for Rhodesia commemorative issue of 1910
depicting Queen Mary and King George V.
Double impression: two impressions of the design of a stamp; see: Double print.
Double joint line: a joint line that seems to be two parallel lines
on rotary press stamps; caused when the gap between two rotary plates
is wider than normal.
Double line watermark: term for the USPS watermark when it is made
up of double lines.
Double overprint: clear double impression of the entire overprint
due to the sheet having been passed twice through the printing press.
Double paper: a stamp printed on the overlapping portion of a paper
Double perforations: two sets of perforations caused by the sheet
being cut off center; found on early U.S. revenue stamps.
Double plate: two printing bases that are used to print a monochrome
or bi-colored stamp.
Double postal cards: postal cards with a paid reply portion.
Double print: two impressions of the same stamp done intentionally;
such as the 20 öre 1876 Sweden issue.
Double ring c.d.s.: circular date stamp contained within two concentric
Double roulette: rouletting applied twice to the same part or entire
Double security paper: safety paper made up of two layers bonded
together to discourage stamp cleaning and reuse.
Double strike: die molds where the registration varies slightly,
causing doubling of lines in the design.
Double surcharge: an error when a new denomination overprint is
mistakenly applied to a stamp twice.
Double transfer: this term is used for a stamp printed from a design
which in error was impressed, either wholly or partially, twice by the
master die in preparing the plate; can be identified by its "out of focus"
Dougerthy & Hesperies islands: bogus Pacific island group, 1966.
Dougherty, A.: U.S. private die playing card stamp.
Douglas City Dispatch: U.S. local post, New York, N.Y., 1879.
Douglas double paper: patented paper used 1881-82 in the U.S. to
prevent cleaning and re-use of used stamps.
Douanes: (Fr.) customs.
Dounane: customs duty.
Dove: add-on rate U.S. nondenominated stamp, valued 3˘, placed
on sale Dec. 13, 1994.
Down: any non-printing area within a design.
Downey heads: British stamps designed by W & D Downey showing a
three-quarter view of King George V.
Downs Dispatch: S. Allan Taylor label.
Down Under: refers to Australia, New Zealand and environs.
DO-X: international registration number of the German Dornier multi-engine
plane; 1932: first to fly the Atlantic from West to East.
D.P.: 1: (Fr.) "Dette publique" public debt overprint; 1925-26:
revenues of Syria and Lebanon for French occupation. 2: private overprint
by Daily Press newspaper to prevent misuse in Hong Kong.
DPO: discontinued, or dead post office.
D.P.O.: (It.) "debito pubblico Ottomana" Ottoman public
debt, see: A.D.P.O.D press: six-color offset and three-color intaglio
Goebel combination press used by the B.E.P.DPRK: abbreviation for North
Korea, 1977 to present.
D Press: a six-color offset and three-color Intaglio Goebel webfed
combination press used by the BEP starting about 1984; officially called
D.P.T.: Diligenze Postali Trasporti (It.) Diligence Postal
D.R.: Deeds and Registration, South Australia official overprint,
Dragonera: Greek island "stamps" repudiated by government in 1963.
Drake & Co's "Express": local firm that serviced
Providence, R.I, Taunton and New Bedford, Mass.; issued a label, year
Drake, P.H. & Co.: U.S. private die medicine proprietary stamp.
Drake's Island: Great Britain local carriage label, off Devon coast.
Drammen: Seaport and seat of Buskerud county, S Norway, at mouth of the Dramselva River on a branch of the Oslo Fjord ca.40 miles SW of Oslo. Site of 19th century local posts established by Borresen, Eckholdt, G. O. Ulleberg, I. B. Hagen, and J. Eriksen (q.v. individual local post entries).
Drammen - Borresen Local Post: Local post established by a Mr. Borresen, with the first 5 řre "Berresens / Bypost / Drammen" typeset red on blue paper local stamp issued 15 June 1888, and with several other handstamped or typographed "Bypost Drammen" or "Drammens post" local stamps depicting a posthorn issued through 1888.
Drammen bypost: Norway local bypost, 1869-88.
Drammen - Eckholdt Local Post: Local post established by a Mr. Eckholdt, with first 2 Skilling "By / Drammen / Post" handstamped blue and dull blue local stamps issued in 1875.
Drammen - G. O. Ulleberg Local Post: Local post established by G. O. Ulleberg, with first "Bypost / Drammens / Bypost" lithographed 2 Skilling pale green local stamp issued 4 May 1869, and with two different designs 1 skilling blue stamps issued later in the month of May. The local post was taken over by I. B. Hagen (q.v.) later in 1869.
Drammen - I. B. Hagen Local Post: Local post established by I. B. Hagen, with first 1 and 2 Skilling "Brevmćrke / fra / I. B. Hagen / Bybudkontor" typeset on colored papers local stamps issued in 1868, and numerous other designs typeset, handstamped, and lithographed stamps issued through 1887.
Drammen - J. Eriksen Local Post: Local post established by J. Eriksen, with the first elaborate design "Drammens / By & / Pakkepost // Joh. Eriksen" local stamps depicting a pigeon in flight with a letter issued 15 June 1887, and a later similar-design stamp set issued 1 October 1887.
Drapp: (Hung.) beige (color), see béz.
Drau, S. S.: steamship of the Danube Steam Navigation Company;
1870s; built for the middle Danube lines.
Draw out: printer's term for a piece of type "drawn" out of the
form by the printing roller, leaving a word with one letter.
Drazba: (Czech.) auction.
DR CDS: auction abbreviation for double-ring circular date stamp.
DRC: Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr.D.J. & S.: overprint on U.S. Proprietary revenue stamps
for Dr. D. Jayne & Son, Philadelphia, first issued July 1, 1898.
Dreierstreifen: (Ger.) auction term for strip of three (connected
Dresden: city in Germany; inscription on local post stamps, Germany
post WW II.
Dresdener Transport und Lagerhaus A.G.: (Ger.) local post,
Dresden, Germany 1898-1905.
Drift cards: specially printed Business Reply Card encased in plastic
envelopes sent adrift by the National Institute of Oceanography in Jan.
1954 to test Indian Ocean currents.
Drijvende Brandkast: (Dut.) inscription on Marine Insurance
stamps, Netherlands and the Netherlands Indies.
Drina, S.S.: steamship of the Danube Steam Navigation Company;
1870s: built for the Middle Danube lines.
D.R.L.S.: despatch rider letter service.
DRMcL: Donald R. McLeod, BEP employee initials, 1906-1928; see Plate Finisher, Siderographer.
Drobná: (Czech.) minor.
Drobny: (Czech.) very small, tiny.
Drobná Vada Lepu: (Czech.) minor gum fault.
Droits de l'Homme: (Fr.) human rights.
Droits des Pauvres: (Fr.) tax for the poor; French Colony
Droit fiscal: (Fr.) fiscal tax; French Colony revenue inscription
Droit judiciaires: (Fr.) judicial fees; French Colony revenue
Droit notarial: (Fr.) notary tax; French Colony revenue
Dronning: (Nor.) queen.
Dronning Elisabet den annen: (Nor.) Queen Elizabeth II (England), QEII.
Drop: USPS term for lobby slot or opening where customers deposit
Drop addresses: scheme used to circumvent restrictions on mail
between countries at war whereby mail from one country to another was
routed through a neutral country; address was crossed out and resent to
the true destination; also known as undercover addresses.
Drop letter: letter delivered from the same post office where originally
Dropped letter: 1: a missing letter in typesetting caused by letter
being lost of broken off during printing. 2: a letter which is out of
alignment with rest of letters; usually found in typeset overprints.
Dropped mail: mail dropped from the air for forwarding to destination.
Dropped transfer: an impression on an engraved printing plate occurs
when a transfer roll touches the blank plate before being positioned correctly.
Druck: (Ger.) printing.
Druckauflage: (Ger.) printing quantity.
Druckfehler: (Ger.) printing error.
Druckprobe: (Ger.) essay, proof.
Drucksache: (Ger.) printed matter.
Drucksachen & Circularbeförderung: Frankfurt, Germany
Druckvermerk: (Ger.) imprint.
Druk-Pu: bogus Bhutan overprint on stamps of India.
Drumso: (Fin.) local post, steamship mail, Finland, 1914-36.
Dryden Brothers: London manufacturer of an embossing press used
for cameo stamping.
Dry dock: Bermuda 1902 stamp design given that name because design
looks like a dry dock.
Dry print: stamp image or overprint deficient in ink.
Dry printing: printing method which allows the use of heavier,
stiffer paper creating a whiter, high-sheen printing surface.
Drying book: after a stamp is soaked from an envelope, the stamp
must be dried and pressed flat; the stamp drying book, made of blotting
paper, is used for this purpose.
Drzava, Drzavna: Yugoslavia overprint on stamps of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Drzava S.H.S.: Serbs, Hrvats (croats) and Slovenes; inscription
on stamps of Yugoslavia for Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1918.
DS: date stamp.
DSB: (Dan.) Danske Statsbaner (Danish State Railways).
Dschibuti: (Ger.) Djibouti.
D.S.I.L.: Diritto Sardo Italiane Lire, Italian accountancy mark
on mail going to an Austrian territory to indicate amount owed to the
Sardinian Post office, result of 1853 treaty between Austria and the Kingdom
DSK: (Ger.) Deutschland-Spezial-Katalog, Michel Germany
DT: abbreviation for double transfer.
DTP: Distinguished Topical Philatelist award from the American
Dual cancel: two related or unrelated cancellations on a cover,
each cancelling a stamp.
Dubai: Persian Gulf Sheikdom, member of United Arab Emirates; currency:
100 naye paise = 1 rupee, 100 dirhams = 1 riyal (1966) 1909, Aug. 19:
stamps of India used at Indian post office, 1909-47: stamps of India canceled "Dubai Persian Gulf," 1947, Oct.-Mar.31, 1948: used stamps of
Pakistan, 1948, Apr. 1-Jan. 6, 1961: used stamps of British Postal Agency,
1961, Jan. 7-71: used own stamps inscribed "Trucial States,"
1963, June: British postal agency withdrawn, 1963, June 15: No.1, 1 naye
paise blue/carmine rose, first pictorial, air mail, postage due stamps
1964, March: first stamps inscribed "Abu Dhabi," 1971, Dec.
2: became part of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubbel: (Swed.) double.
Dubbellinjer: (Swed.) double lines.
Dubbelprägling: (Swed.) re-entry.
Dubbeltryck: (Swed.) 1. double print. 2. re-entry.
Duben: (Czech.) April.
Dublin, Wicklow & Wexford Railway: Ireland local post.
Dublu: (Rom.) double.
Dubrovnik: formerly Ragusa, Yugoslavia.
Duc.di.Parma: inscription for Duchy of Parma, Italian States.
Ducie Island, Dependency of: Pitcairn Islands bogus overprint.
Due: (It.) catalogue name given by Stanley Gibbons to Portuguese keytype used for colonial postage dues.
Dues: postage due stamps.
Duckstad: bogus, Donald Duck's own country; from the Netherlands.
Duck stamps: U.S. Bird Hunting Permit stamps.
Due Grana: (It.) Italian States, Two Sicilies.
Dues stamp: 1: adhesive label to record postage due on delivery
because of insufficient payment. 2: stamp that indicates membership dues
or fees; may be considered a cinderella.
Duitschoost Afrika Belgische Bezetting: (Ger.) German East
Africa overprint on stamps of Belgian Congo, Belgian occupation, 1916-22.
Dukhovstschina: local post, Russian Zemstvo, 1873-82.
Dulac, Edmund: 1882-1953, designer of British stamps including
the 1973 Coronation issue.
Dull gum: water activated stamp gum having no light reflective
quality, incorrectly referred to as dry gum.
Dulwich mark: double arc dated postmark started in Britain in 1894,
used for many years.
Dumbarton & Balloch Railway: Scotland local post.
Dumb cancellation: postmark that shows neither the date nor place
Dumfries Pony Express: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Duminica: (Rom.) Sunday.
Dummy: term usually used for booklets with stamp and cover layout
in blank printed outline.
Dummy Stamps: stamp-like labels used for training and
test purposes; have no postal validity.
Dunblane Delivery: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Dundee Circular Delivery Co.: local post, Dundee, Great Britain,
Dunaburg: now known as Daugavpils.
Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway: Ireland local post.
Dundee & Arbroadth Joint Railway: Scotland local post.
Dundee Service: United Kingdom strike local post, 1971.
Dune countries: Trucial States or South Arabian issues, most not
listed by Scott.
Dungarpur: Indian State, 1933-47.
Dunham, E. P.: see: Private die match proprietary stamps.
Dunhams Post Office: local post handstamp, New York, N.Y., 1850-52.
Dunkelgrau: (Ger.) dark/deep grey (color).
Dungarpur: India Feudatory State.
Dunhams Union-Square Post Office: U.S. local handstamp, New York,
Dunham, E.P.: matches, private die proprietary stamps.
Dunkelblau: (Ger.) dark blue (color).
Dunlop & Co.'s Express: package delivery service; used a corner
Dünn: (Ger.) thin.
DUPL: auction abbreviation for duplication.
Duplex cancel: a two-part cancel, one part containing the postmark,
and the other part with the cancellation, first recorded use was in the
London District Post, 1853 for stamping "too late" mail.
Duplex paper: two-ply paper; see: Safety paper.
Duplicates: extra copies of stamps that are already in the collection;
they should be examined carefully for varieties and variations of color, watermark and
Dupuy & Schueck: U.S. local post, New York, N.Y.,1846-48.
Durability: paper's ability to withstand wear and tear; storage
and other factors affect durability.
Durando's Express: local baggage express firm serviced New York
City, used a label, year unknown.
Durango: 1. local post, Spanish civil war, Republican, 1937. 2.
overprint used on stamps of Mexico for this district, 1856-1883.
Durazzo: (It.) overprint on stamps of Italy, Offices in
Turkey postage due, 1909-16, now Durres.
Durcal: local post, Spanish civil war, Nationalist, 1936-37.
Durch Eilboten: (Ger.) by means of Special Delivery.
Durch Finnische Feldpost: (Finn.) via Finnish fieldpost.
Durchschnitt: (Ger.) cut.
Durchstich: (Ger.) roulette.
Durfee's Express: local private firm; unknown area; used a label,
Durland Catalog: lists all known plate numbers on U.S. stamps.
Duryea's Express: local baggage firm serviced New York City and
Flushing, Long Island, used a label, year unknown.
Dutch Auction: the item being sold is called out a maximum starting price, and descends by increments until the winning buyer places his bid.
Dutch Flat Express: S. Allan Taylor local fantasy.
Duttia (Datia): India Feudatory State; 1893-21: first local post
stamps, 1921: separate stamps discontinued, now uses stamps of Republic
Duty die: back up die made from the master die, with no country
name, figures or other symbols of denomination.
Duty plate: plate used to print the value, or the name and value
on stamps; used in conjunction with the head or key plate.
Dvojité, Dvojity: (Czech.) double.
Dvojity Tisk: (Czech.) double print.
Dvoupáska: (Czech.) pair.
D.V.R.: Far Eastern Republic overprint on stamps of Russia.
D.W.I.: Danish West Indies.
DX Mail: division of New Zealand Document Exchange, a
private postal service that produces its own stamps for various mailing
D.Y.: (Turk.) Demir Yol Railroad.
Dyeaskagway: U.S. local post.
Dyp: (Nor.) deep (as referencing the color of a postage stamp).
Dyp blĺgrřnn: (Nor.) deep blue-green (color).
Dyp fiolett: (Nor.) deep violet (color).
Dyp crřnnligblĺ: (Nor.) deep greenish-blue (color).
Dyp gulgrřnn: (Nor.) deep yellow-green (color).
Dyp mřrkeblĺ: (Nor.) deep dark blue (color).
Dyp olivengrřnn: (Nor.) deep olive-green (color).
Dyp rosa: (Nor.) deep rose (color).
Dyptrykk: (Nor.) see Trykk - Dyp.
Dyr: (Dan., Swed) expensive.
DZ: Algeria, country code as used by UPU.
Dziedzice: city in former Austrian-occupied Poland, local post