Forestry related items
In this section of the website you will find items related to forestry. Items that are as important then the uniforms and visors regulated by the government. Personally i love the history behind the items, also the fact that there is more behind the items that the normal collector would know.
This 1st edition book for children called Förster Stern mit Treff und Männe was original printed in 1915 by J. Neumann in Neudamm. This company printed all forestry and hunting related books and magazines, for example, the dress regulations, Deutsche Jagd magazine,... The story of the book is about a forester called Stern who went on adventure with his two beloved dogs, Treff and Männe. Inside of the book there is a writing in old German, dated 1930 that i have yet to decipher. The book is in used condition after all the years going trough the hands of children.
Sign from a forest in Saxony
Every Forstamt in Saxony had those signs placed at the "border" of forests or at the start of the trails through it. The sign is an advice or restriction not to light fire or to smoke on the foresttrails and in the forest. The little "sächs. Forstamt" at the end make it possible to date the sign pre 1936, but they remained in service througout the TR period and even afterwards. Those signs were once painted either in green with white or white with black writing. Several variants existed - you still found the modern versions today, especially when it is extremely dry.
Membership card RDB form a Revierförster
The Reichsbund der Deutschen Beamten (RDB), meaning "Reich Federation of German Civil Servants", also known as NS-Beamtenbund (National Socialist Civil Servants Federation), was the trade union for German State Officials during the Third Reich. The RDB was established as an organization affiliated to the Nazi party in October 1933. Its leader was Herman Neef. Neef had been previously leading the RDB's predecessor organisation, Deutscher Beamtenbund German Civil Service Federation, which had been founded in December 1918.
Although it was not compulsory for RDB members to be Nazi party members, most of them chose to be. In addition to the training and development of its members, the RDB ensured that German Civil Servants toed the line of the Nazi Party.
Following Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II, the American Military Government issued a special law outlawing the Nazi party and all of its branches. Known as "Law number five", this denazification decree disbanded the National Socialist Civil Servants Federation, like all other organizations linked to the Nazi Party. In the postwar years, it was reestablished as the German Civil Service Federation in the Federal Republic of Germany.
This membership card belonged to Walter Otto, rang Revierförster. Also on the picture is a pin with the logo of the RDB.
Reclamemarcke from the Schützen und Heimatfest, Viersen 1939
This extra large (approx 3x3") reclamemarke is from the schützen und heimatfest organized by the Deutsche Jägerschaft in Viersen, summer of 1939. The label is of the actual large publicity poster hung in shop windows and town centers. Used primarily, but not limited to, mail, letters, product packaging... The photo next to it is from a day badge from this event. (unfortunately not from my collection)
2 promotion certificates
These are two huge (A3 format) promotion certificates from Forester Heinz Banniza. He promoted from forstlehrling to Revierförster-anwärter and from Revierförster-anwärter to a.p.- Revierförster. These are signed by the Landforstmeister from Kassel, i have yet to determine who that was.
This death card is from revierförster Hans Haller, he became a oberleutnant and died sadly enough at the very end of the war, april 1945.
This awesome and rare booklet for a hunter. This book, printed by J. Neumann from Neudamm (they printed all hunter and Forestry related books), for the first half year of 1937. Next to a calendar, a guide with animals to hunt and not to hunt, period advertising, a measure tape and so much more. Even the original pencil with the name of the printing office on it!
Hunting exam book
A hunting exam book, 636 exam questions and awnsers, written by Revierförster H. Krebs. Printed by the same company who printed the magazine, Der Deutsche Jagd. Printed in 1941.
I found this plaque for sale online when i was browsing the internet. The plaque is about 17x8cm and is made out a heavy metal. It says: Josef Walter, Revierförster out of Maxdorf (a small village in Germany with a forest at his borders). He probably was a community förster who controlled that forest.
It's hard to date this plaque, but i would say 1930-1940 time period.
This is an example of an arbeitsbuch (workersbook) of a person who worked for the foresters in the forstamt Hammereisenbach.
Wald und forst
These magazine/newspapers, Wald und forst, are from 1939. All you need to know about the forest and forestry, something a forester would read!
Papers from a unknown magazine/newspaper
This papers are from a unknown magazine/newspaper. if you will look closely you will see death notices, adds for jobs and uniforms, adds from company's who sold forestry stuff, ... This documents contains a lot of information!
Certificates of Erich Meng
Four certificates from revierförster Erich Meng who worked in Lower Saxony. The first certificate dates from 1 october 1935 and promotes him from hilfförster to förster. The second certificate dates from 14 april 1936 and promotes him from förster to revierförster. The third certificate dates from 1 februari 1957 and honors him for his 40 years service. The last certificate dates from 10 january 1961 and thanks him for his service and confirms his retirement.
Forstfest Kamenz 1934
The forest festival of Kamenz still exist today. The earliest written records so far date from the second half of the 17th century. Sources only report on the course of the festival, in particular the move into the forest, from the end of the 18th century. Since the forest festival was only interrupted by the two world wars in the 20th century in the last 250 years, the festival order remained anchored in the collective memory. Changes only occurred due to structural changes (e.g. the new building of the citizens' school) or for political reasons in the 20th century (National Socialism, GDR era). But many of the elements have been preserved and thus form an identity-creating tradition among the Kamenzer citizens.
This badge is from the 1934 edition of the festival. It has a small pin and is made out of cardboard. The postcard is also in my collection and shows the Schulplatz in Kamenz. If you read the text, you will see that they are sending the card from the forest festival. The date on the stamp confirms it. The last photo is the cover of the program from the festival, unfortunately not in my collection. If you want more info about the festival, visit their website here.
Found this books for sale in Germany, the son of the original buyer was selling them because his parents passed away. They are bands of the magazine Deutsche Jagd, a hunting magazine published in cooperation with the Deutsche Jägershaft. These bands where sold at the end of each printing period. The first band (vol.3) is from 1935, the last one (vol.13-14) is the first of 1940.
Great to read and the best source of scarce period information!