Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Germany: History of Helgoland

Four of the nine cards that arrived during my absence are from Germany.

One of them is the Chronicle card of Helgoland. Helgoland is a red sandstone island in the North Sea with an offshore bathing dune, which was a part of the island until the 18th century. The island has a size of 0.9km² and rises up to 58m above sea level. In prehistoric times the island was a Frisian cultic site. The island was part of Denmark between 1714 and 1807 and then belonged to England. In 1890 England traded Helgoland for privileges in Africa and Helgoland became a part of Germany. The island was completely destroyed during World War II, but it was reconstructed from 1952 onwards after Great Britain returned it to Germany. Today it is used as island for cures. It is a part of the German State of Schleswig-Holstein.
I got this card a few weeks ago in a cover.


Stamp:
Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)
with a special postmark about the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Helgoland to the German Empire


Thank You very much Michèle for sending me the card in an envelope!

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