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During the Third Reich German citizens could purchase a Schmuckblattelegramm or decorative telegram at post offices, telephone offices and telegraph offices in Nazi Germany for special occasions such as a wedding, anniversary, birth or death.   Each is a huge folder measuring about 11-3/4 x 16 inches printed on heavy, high-quality cardstock (they fold to 8-1/4 x 11-3/4 inches so they can be delivered in an envelope).

The best artists in Germany were commissioned to create powerful, popular images that were good enough to send when one wanted something beyond a regular telegram. The cost was only 75 Reichspfennigs (30 US cents) more than a regular telegram!

Deutsche Reichspost 3. Reich Schmuckblattelegramm
1936 Schmuckblattelegramm Olympiade XI
Note the address of the father - Hitlerplatz 10 (or Hitler Square 10) - see red arrows on the image on the right.

Used original condition, exactly as shown.
This original 1936 Olympia decorative telegram (#2) is offered for
sale for $145.00 delivered by Media Mail in the continental USA.
 
   • IF you prefer faster and safer Priority Mail shipping with USPS Tracking add $6.95.
   • IF you wish to purchase highly recommended, but optional insurance, add $3.50.
   • We will be happy to ship abroad at additional cost.  Please inquire.
This is one of the rarest Deutsche Reichspost decorative telegrams produced during the Third Reich. Erasmusdruck in Berlin printed this beautiful Olympia-Schmuckblatt-Telegramm for the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

OLYMPIA-SCHMUCKBLATT-TELEGRAMM #1
Example #1 shown above and right was ever used and is blank inside.  The red stains shown right are on the backside and inside, but not on the front side.  Condition exactly as shown.
OLYMPIA-SCHMUCKBLATT-TELEGRAMM #2
Shown left is the second example of the special 1936 Olympic Games edition of a Deutsche Reichspost Schmuckblattelegramm.  It was sent on 19 August 1936 by a father to his stamp collecting son to wish him a happy birthday.
Deutsche Reichspost advertising

Have a look at other Deutsche Reichspost decorative telegrams and a commemorative Olympic postage stamp sheet for sale on USMBOOKS.com.

This original unused 1936 Olympia decorative telegram (#1) is offered for
sale for $175.00 delivered by Media Mail in the continental USA.
 
   • IF you prefer faster and safer Priority Mail shipping with USPS Tracking add $6.95.
   • IF you wish to purchase highly recommended, but optional insurance, add $3.50.
   • We will be happy to ship abroad at additional cost.  Please inquire.

1936 DECORATIVE TELEGRAM OLYMPIC GAMES  x 2

TWO ORIGINAL 1936
OLYMPIA-SCHMUCKBLATT-TELEGRAMM

PRODUCED BY THE DEUTSCHE REICHSPOST

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