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After the unification, Bavaria and Württemberg retained their postal authority to continue producing stamps until March 31, 1920.
The most common stamps of the Reichspost were the Germania stamps.
Also Thurn und Taxis, while not a state, had the authority to issue stamps and transport mail and released stamps (1852).
The northern German states joined in the North German Confederation in 1868 and united their postal services in the "North German Postal District" (Norddeutscher Postbezirk).
Such stamps are known as "Vorläufer" (forerunner) stamps.
In the next step regular stamps were used with overprints indicating the name of the territory.
The main common stamp series then was the "famous German people" series, followed by the Hindenburg stamps.After Germany lost control of its colonies in the course of World War I, overprinted yacht stamps were temporarily used by the new colonial rulers.Imperial Germany maintained post offices in certain towns in Morocco, Turkey, and China.These areas briefly issued stamps: Allenstein and Marienwerder, Schleswig, and Upper Silesia.