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Saarland - Saar Protectorate

Issues of 1952



In 1952, Saarland would participate in the XV Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland as an independent nation for the first and only time. Their Olympic committee sent 36 athletes to Helsinki, who took part in 32 events and 9 sports. Unfortunately, they did not medal in any of the events.

To mark this historic occasion of immense national pride, a set of two surcharged postage stamps, shown above at the left and right, was issued on March 29. The designs feature a torch bearer and a globe with an olive branch.

The 1952 Stamp Day commemorative shown above center was issued on March 30, coinciding with the International Thematic Stamp Collecting Exhibition (IMOSA), held in Saarbrücken. The design features a mounted mail carrier delivering mail to a woman and child. These stamps were also issued in miniature sheets of 10.


The postage stamp shown above left was issued on April 26 to publicize the 1952 International Saar Fair held in Saarbrücken. The stamp shows a World globe, along with the emblem of the 1952 fair.

The postage stamp shown above right was issued on May 2 to publicize Red Cross Week. The design features refugees, with a large cross above.


Beginning in 1952 and continuing through 1955, Saarland began issuing a new set of beautifully engraved definitive postage stamps. The new definitive stamps feature the theme of "scenes from Saarland".

The designs and types of the new definitive issues are as follows:

  • 1 Fr. - Mine shafts.
  • 2 Fr. - Ludwig's Gymnasium.
  • 3 Fr. - Bridge building.
  • 5 Fr. - General Post Office in Saarbrücken. No inscription above SAAR.
  • 5 Fr. - General Post Office in Saarbrücken. With inscription "Hauptpostamt Saarbrücken" above SAAR.
  • 6 Fr. - Transporter bridge at Mettlach.
  • 10 Fr. - Ludwig's Gymnasium.
  • 12 Fr. - General Post Office in Saarbrücken.
  • 15 Fr. - Mine shafts. (black brown) No inscription below bottom frame line.
  • 15 Fr. - Mine shafts. (black brown) With inscription "Industrie-Landschaft" below bottom frame line.
  • 15 Fr. - Mine shafts. (deep carmine) With inscription "Industrie-Landschaft" below bottom frame line.
  • 18 Fr. - Bridge building.
  • 30 Fr. - Saar University Library.
  • 500 Fr. - Reconstruction of Ludwig's Church in Saarbrücken.


The annual Volkshilfe charity stamps for child welfare, shown above, were issued on November 3, 1952.

The three stamps feature details from classical paintings that reflect the theme of "charity". The designs are as follows: "Count Stroganoff as a Child" by Greuze (1725-1805), "The Holy Shepherd" by Murillo (1617-1682), and "Portrait of a Boy" by Kraus (1737-1806).




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