GCCG was founded in 1968, and has been in continuous operation since 1973. We have more than 220 members, principally in the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom, with members in several other countries. We publish our journal, VORLÄUFER, in English.

There are two major study groups for the German Colonies – the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Sammler deutscher Kolonialpostwertzeichen (based in Germany) and the German Colonies Collectors Group (GCCG), based in the U.S. GCCG is a Study Group of the U.S.-based Germany Philatelic Society, and Affiliate No. 236 of the American Philatelic Society. GCCG is also an Associated Group of the U.K.'s Germany and Colonies Philatelic Society


our HISTORY and members

We meet a few times a year at APS StampShow and other venues. Please visit our Events page for details on our upcoming gatherings.


when we meet

The German colonies and post offices abroad provide a wonderfully rich and varied collecting AREA, WHICH CAN BE NARROWED OR BROADENED TO SUIT ANY COLLECTOR'S TASTE.