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Arms, Flags and Types of Nations


Arms, Flags and Folk Costume trade card Greece

Series information :

  • Issued by : Many different companies in different formats in different countries
  • Date of issue : pre 1914
  • Number of stamps/cards : 50
  • Image variants : Not known, but many sizes and texts on reverse

Contents

Introduction

This series was issued in the early 20th century, probably between 1900-1914. The exact date, origin and author are not known. When a date of a certain series is known, it is mentioned below for that specific series. I have no information on the artist who made the different drawings.

The images of these series have been used in a number of different formats, from small stamps to nearly postcard size. The series have been used by a large number of companies in at least Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is very likely that the overview shown below is far from complete.

Not all companies seem to have issued all images, but I have no complete overview per company, neither for the series.

The printers for the German series mentioned are Dresdner Kunstanstalt AG, Sigmund Spear Kunstanstalt Dresden, Liebes & Teichtner (Leipzig), Wiener and Co (Leipzig), or Druckerei Hoeniger (Breslau), for the Dutch sometimes as Gebr. Cats, Amsterdam. One Belgian series mentions E. Deiters in Brussels. The English cards bear no reference to a printer/publisher. Most series do not mention a printer/publisher.

I also have a series of blanks, i.e. no advertising texts (yet) but only the name of the country in German. These cards were printed by JW Spear & Söhne, Nürnberg, Germany:

Arms, Flags and Folk Costume trade card

Many of the German cards show a serial number, the British may be numbered in sequence. The only Spanish series I know, uses the German numbers.

Images issued

The images were issued in several countries and at least 7 different numbering systems and sequences are known. The following images are known to have been issued.

English German Dutch
Abbesinia Abessinien Abessinië
Austrian Hungarian Empire Österreich-Ungarn Hongarije
Belgium Belgien België
Bolivia Bolivia Bolivia
Brasil Brasilien Brazilië
Bulgaria Bulgarien Bulgarije
Burma Birma Birma
Canda Kanada Canada
Chile Chile Chili
China China China
Cochinchina Cochinchina Cochinchina
Columbia Kolumbien Colombia
Congo Congo-Staat Congostaat
Dalmatia Dalmatien Dalmatië
Denmark Dänemark Denemarken
Egypt Egypte Egypte
France Frankreich Frankrijk
Germany Deutschland Duitschland
Great Britain Gross Britannien Groot Britannië
Greece Griechenland Griekenland
Italy Italien Italië
Japan Japan Japan
Mexico Mexico Mexico
Monaco Monaco Monaco
Montenegro Montenegro Montenegro
Morocco Marokko Marokko
Netherlands Niederlande Nederland
New South Wales Neusüdwales Nieuw Zuid Wales
New Zealand Neuseeland Nieuw Zeeland
Norway Norwegen Noorwegen
Persia Persien Perzië
Peru Peru Peru
Portugal Portugal Portugal
Romania Rumänien Roemenië
Russia Russland Rusland
Samoa Samoa Samoa
San Salvador San Salvador San Salvador
San(to) Domingo San Domingo San Domingo
Scotland Schottland Schotland
Serbia Serbien Servië
Siam Siam Siam
Spain Spanien Spanje
Sweden Schweden Zweden
Switzerland Schweiz Zwitserland
Tonga Tonga Tonga
Tripolis Tripolis Tripolis
Tunis Tunis Tunis
Turkey Türkei Turkije
United States Vereinigte Staaten von Nordamerika Vereenigde Staten van Noord Amerika
Venezuela Venezuela Venezuela

Companies

In the table below the companies that are known to have issued these series are listed.

Austrian-Hungarian Empire

Hartwig & Vogel (cocoa, marzipan, waffles..)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm
At least sevendifferent backs and front texts in black and brown

Belgium

Grand Bazar (department stores)

numbered on front
7.1 x 4.1 cm, texts in French

Ideal (pudding powder) and Levatine (yeast)

numbered on front
7.1 x 4.1 cm, texts in Dutch/English (front) and Dutch and French (reverse)

Victoria (chocolate)

numbered on front
4,0 x 6,4 cm

Germany

van Baerle & Sponnagel (soaps and bleaching soda, Berlin and Spandau)

Numbered on front
issued in 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm
Reverse has advertising and description of the country

Berliner Cichorien Fabrik / Voigt Kaffee (coffee surrogates)

Size : 6,9 x 10,5 cm
Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
Same text on reverse

Hermann Bertele (paints)

Size : 6,9 x 10,5 cm
Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
different backs

Bethge & Jordan (Chocolate and coffee surrogate, Magdeburg)

Size : 6,9 x 10,5 cm
Not numbered
Per card different texts on reverse

Brandt (Coffee additives, Magdeburg and Hamburg)

As stamps : Size : 4.5 x 7 cm
Not numbered
No texts on reverse

As cards: Size : 6,9x10.5 cm
numbered on front

Brauschweiger Aktien-Cichorien-Fabrik (coffee surrogates)

Not numbered
issued in 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Series 1 :

Series 2 :

Franz Boehme (malt coffee)

Not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Brunonia (sewing machines)

Numbered on front
issued in 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Diamantine (shoecream)

Numbered on front
issued in 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm
At least three different types of text on front.
reverse with country information

Dietmar & Heller (Hassia soap)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm


H. Disqué & Co (coffee)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Moritz Engert (pharmacy)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Heinrich Esders (children's clothing)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Franck (coffee additions)

not numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Type 1:

Type 2:

Type 3:

L. Frühling (furniture shop)

Numbered on front
issued in 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Ferd. Fuesers (coffee)

Numbered on front
issued in 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

The backs show a general text and/or a quote. At least 4 quotes are known and signed by 1: Freifrau von M. 2: v. M. 3: Frau Major E. and 4 : Frau Rittergutbestizer H.
The same front has been issued with different backs. Text on front is Fuesers' Kaffee or Fueses' Flaggen- u. Wappenkunde

Gewaltig (coffee)

not numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

C. Groterjan (beers)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Karl Gröscher (bakery ?)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Max Grützner (pharmacy)

Not numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Hachez & Co Bremen, chocolates

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Hauswaldt (coffee additions/coffee surrogates)

Numbered on front
issued in 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Series 1:

Series 2:

Series 3:

M.L. Heinig (sea fish)

Not numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Jürgens Kaffee (coffee)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Elias Kahn Söhne Shuhwarenhaus (Shoe shop, München)

Size : 6,9 x 10,5 cm
issued in 8 series of 6
Numbered on front

R. Krille - Saxonia (pharmacy)

Not numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Emil Lindig (groceries)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Reinhard Martin (shoes)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm


Gustav Matzke (dairy)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Emil Meissner (coffee specialities, Leipzig)

numbered on front
issued as 6 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Mohren Drogerie (pharmacy)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Carl Adolf Müller / Schwalben Kaffee (coffee)

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Mokka café, Dresden

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Natrogat (coffee flavours and surrogates)

Small series : numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
9,3 x 4,7 cm

Large series : numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Country description on the back

Nielsen (starch)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Oscar Pflüger (grocery shop)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Pfund brothers (dairy)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Quaglio (broth)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

F.F. Resag (coffee surrogates)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Riquet (chocolate and tea )

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Country information on the backs and different information on front

Carl Ronning (coffee)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Saba (soap)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Scheuers (coffee flavours and surrogates)

Numbered on front
7 x 4,6 cm
No text on reverse

A. Max Schieferdecker (butter)

Not numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Ernst Schöning (coffee, tea...)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Theodor Schröter (grocery shop)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Heinrich Schuck (soap)

Not numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Schütte & Warnken (coffee, Bremen)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Schleithner's 'Beatrice-Liquor'

Numbered on front
7 x 4,6 cm

Seelig (coffee flavours and surrogates)

Numbered on front
7 x 4,6 cm At least 2 different backs

Eduard Stichel (soaps)

Numbered on front
7 x 4,6 cm

J.P. Stoppel (coffee surrogates)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm
This series has two different backs, but I am not sure whether all images have been issued with both backs.

Caesar Teichmann, Windmühlen Kaffee (coffee)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Leopold Thorner (shoes)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Karl Tröger (general store)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

J. Voigt (hats)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Georg Vollmer (grocers)

Numbered on front
7 x 4,6 cm
No text on reverse


Waschmeister (washing powder)

Issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Weibezahn (oat-cocoa)

Issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Weinhold's (balsam)

Numbered on fron
Issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

J.G. Weiss (coffee surrogates)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm


A. Zuntz sel Wwe (coffee)

Numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Unknown - Flaggenspiel (game)

Numbered on front
7 x 4,6 cm

Italy

Ufficio di Controllo e Verifica (control office)

Numbered on front in German
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm


the Netherlands

Alex Meijer (coffee, tea)

Not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Avis (sanding powder)

Not numbered
4,2 x 7,0 cm

W v.d.Bend (breakfast cakes)

Not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

H.de Bruijn (cakes and pastries)

Numbered on front
4 x 6.5 cm

Dobbelmann (soaps, Nijmegen)

not numbered
7 x 4,1 cm

Francken (chocolate)

not numbered
7 x 4,1 cm

D. Heijn (grocery store)

numbered
7 x 4,1 cm, no text on reverse, country names in German (!)

De Hommel coffee (former C.J. Hooijer), Arnhem

numbered on front
issued as 8 series of 6
6,9 x 10,5 cm
Probably for the Belgian market, as they are bilingual on the back and with French country names

Honig (maizena and pudding powder)

not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

De Jong (coffee, tea, Breda)

not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

J.G. Karstel (groceries "De Mercuur")

not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Keg (tea)

Series 1 :Numbered on front, text in German
7 x 4,6 cm
no text on reverse

Series 2: Numbered on front
From the album Keg's Thee-album Internationaal
9,2 x 5 cm

W. Lapair (beers, wines and spirits)

not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

F. Lieftinck (tobacco)

not numbered
7 x 4 cm

Moderne (chocolates)

Numbered on front, text in German
7 x 4,6 cm
no text on reverse

Unitas (chocolate)

series of 48, numbered on back
7 x 4 cm


Verkouw & Stokhuyzen (grocers)

not numbered
7 x 4 cm


J.W. Zimmer (beer, wines and spirits : De drie Fleschjes")

not numbered
6,9 x 10,5 cm

Spain

Juan Camps (chocolates)

Numbered on front
4 x 6.5 cm

United Kingdom

Black & White Whisky

Numbered on front
4 x 6.5 cm

Cope's (cigarettes)

Numbered on front
issued in 1904
6,5 x 4 cm

United States

International Coffee Company (coffee)

numbered
4.8 x 9,5 cm

Unknown country of origin

Chocolaterie Française

The cards advertise for the Chocolaterie Française (meaning French chocolate company) in French, but with no geographical indication. The country names in front are in German.

non numbered
4.8 x 9,5 cm