Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Sun, February 12, 2012 03:09PM
One of my current projects is reproducing stamps for wartime Wehrmacht travel documents. This service stamp was used to certify two typed notations on the reverse of a Kriegsurlaubsschein. While one would expect a stamp of a military unit or Kommandantur, or perhaps a generic type Feldpost number stamp, this stamp reads simply "Dienststelle"- duty station. I am not sure why there is no other information on this stamp, perhaps it was for security reasons, but in any case this is certainly the most generic service seal I have ever seen, and could theoretically have been used for almost any purpose. If I had not seen this myself I would have never believed that it was real and used during the period. I have copied it exactly.
Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, November 14, 2011 07:16PM
I have finished some new and different rank stamps, precisely copied from original Nazi-era paperwork.
The "Rechnungsfuehrer" rank stamp is a typical stamp found in a Wehrmacht Soldbuch. The Rechnungsfuehrer was an administrative NCO who acted as a paymaster and could have signed to authorize many kinds of entries concerning issue and pay. The other two stamps are more unusual and were for special kinds of units. The "Major u. Kp.-Chef" stamp would be for a Major in charge of a Kompanie, this was an unusual situation and in this case was for a Genesendenkompanie (convalescent company). The "Hauptm. u. Dienstst. Leiter" could be used for virtually any kind of unit but was intended to be used for duty stations that did not have typical military organization structures, as in this case, for a Heeresentlassungstelle (Army discharge station).
Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, November 07, 2011 09:47PM
A number of people have asked me to make German Red Cross (DRK) stamps for reproducing Soldbuch entries related to wounds and hospitalizations. While I am happy to take on any rubber stamp project, the fact is that the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz was and is a civil organization and these stamps are, generally speaking, not really appropriate for the majority of Wehrmacht paperwork. This is particularly the case with wound and hospitalization entries in the Soldbuch. German soldiers, both those wounded in action and those hospitalized with other medical issues, were generally treated in military hospitals staffed with military personnel. The stamps that were used in these hospitals followed the typical format of of any Wehrmacht Dienststelle: they used line stamps and round Dienststempel stamps that bore the designation of the unit (in this case a hospital), either the full designation or in some cases the Feldpost number. Stamp Sheet #1 has a number of hospital stamps copied from original paperwork, including hospital designation stamps and rank stamps for military doctors and hospital staff. Here is a picture of some other hospital stamps I have copied, these for Kriegslazarett 1/251, pictured with a page from the original Soldbuch from which they were copied- a document from a soldier wounded by a bullet in 1943. I even carefully copied the variant eagle design used for this particular stamp. Small variations like this add realism to reproduction paperwork and help create the illusion of a document stamped at different places over a period of years.
Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Tue, September 06, 2011 10:16PM
I've finished a sheet of stamps for military mail, "Feldpost." The sheet includes civilian and military postal cancellations, a military censor stamp, unit stamps for mail and more. I will update the site with the complete information soon.
Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, May 16, 2011 09:38PM
Finally got a page up about the rubber stamp sheet I have been selling. I'm really pleased with all the positive feedback I have been getting from this project. I am hard at work on a second sheet of stamps now.