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Windmill Stamp from Germany

Siege of Neuss

The stamp proclaims the 500 year celebration of the siege of Neuss in 1474. The conical cap of the tower windmill resembles that of windmiills found in the Midi of southern France and is interesting for its use on a stamp issued by the Federal Republic of Germany. Note too that the stock or main spar of each blade splits the lattice work into two equal parts. This is also common among windmills of southern Europe and less so those of northern Europe. There are tents of the besiegers in the foreground and men with bows and arrows in the middle ground. Among the tents in the foreground is a flag with the doubleheaded German eagle. The stamp was issued in 1975.

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