During the hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic it became increasingly difficult for the Imperial Printing Office in Berlin to produce new postage stamps to keep up with the frequent rate changes.
Consequently, out of necessity, locally produced fee paid stamps (aka local issues) were officially approved and were therefore valid for postage.
However, some dealers also seized the opportunity and produced their own labels.
Both Béla and Eugen Sekula collaborated with these dealers in creating philatelic collectibles by acting as recipients of the travelled covers.
The fee paid
labels used on this cover are products of the print shop owner and philatelist Ulrich Runge in Halle.
Although their use was forbidden immediately, some letters slipped through, even by registered mail and also to foreign countries.
Registered mail sent on September 19, 1923, from Halle, Germany, to Lucerne, Switzerland. Arrived on September 22, 1923.
See also the same and other inflation covers to Béla Sekula