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Danish West Indies: Labels: Patriotic and Political Labels  
The DWI labels of which I am aware are all propaganda labels that either protest or support the sale of DWI to the U.S. The sale was proposed during WWI when the German government was also interested in DWI as a submarine base (which is what the U.S. ended up building there, along with other installations). Prior to the negotiations with the U.S., as the result of a vote by the Danish legislature, there was to be a plebicite in DWI; these seals were propaganda leading up to that vote. Some versions of the labels are scarce. Labels canceled with properly dated Danish cancel are very scarce, but examples canceled in DWI are rare if they exist (I do not recall seeing any). Labels are extremely scarce to rare used on cover; they must either be tied by the postmark or the cover must show some other convincing relationship to the label.
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The "STEM MOD SALG af DANSK VESTINDIEN" (vote against the sale of the Danish West Indies) version is the most often seen. I am aware of only one printing: Muted colors on yellowish uncoated paper, perforation 11.5. Examples with full gum and without defects are unusual.
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"STEM MOD SALG AF DANSK VESTINDIEN" (Vote against the sale...) Mint F-VF centered, without gum. Some staining, and minor other defects, from poor storage conditions (probably in the islands). This is fairly typical quality.
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8.00

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The "DANSK VESTINDIEN PROTEST MOD SALGET" (Danish West Indies Protest Against The Sale) version is seldom seen. This seal was issued by the Dansk Vestindisk Samfund, which seems to have been based in KÝbenhavn. I am aware of at least two printings: a) Brilliant colors colors with ultramarine text (though sometimes greenish blue, but that may be due to light exposure), on bright white chalk coated paper, perforation 11.5. b) Strong colors (but some not as bright as on the coated paper version) with dull greenish-blue text, on yellowish uncoated paper, perforation 11.5. Examples of either printing with full gum are extremely scarce; examples without defects are quite scarce.
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"DANSK VESTINDIEN PROTEST MOD SALGET" (Protest against the sale...) w/ GREENISH BLUE ON YELLOWISH UNCOATED PAPER. F-VF centered, on front of 5 Ýre Danish postal stationery envelope used 23 November 1916 within KÝbenhavn. Inconsequential (on cover) small defect in the bottom margin of the label. The label is not tied by a postmark, however, the reverse of the envelope bears the violet handstamp "DANSK VESTINDISK SAMFUND" of the organization that issued this label. Certainly this label did originate on this envelope. Extremely scarce color/paper version of this label; I have only seen one or two other examples of this version in any form. Any use of this genre of labels on cover is extremely scarce. I last sold this example 28 years ago in 1986.
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The "PANAMA CANAL ST. THOMAS HARBOUR" version is seldom seen, perhaps because it was possibly produced outside of Denmark (based on the British English text) and thus not found in as many DWI collections. The Danish flag indicates that this was made in the pre-sale era. However, it is not clear if this is a supportive or protest seal, though the presence of the U.S. flag tends to indicate support ( DWI Mails says "possibly promoting the sale"). I am aware of only one printing: Perforation 11.5. I am not sure if the paper was originally coated paper. I have only seen example that have been soaked, but I suspect they were on chalk coated paper. Examples with full gum are extremely scarce; examples without defects are scarce. Imperforate examples exist, but are extremely scarce or rare.
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"PANAMA CANAL / ST. THOMAS HARBOUR" believed to be in support of the sale. Mint VF, without gum, but otherwise excellent quality. Examples with gum are extremely scarce.
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30.00

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