Download a sample issue of VORLÄUFER.

We publish our journal in English about four times per year.

The more than 170 issues of VORLÄUFER to date comprise more than 4,300 pages. Each issue combines original research, expository and feature articles, selected translations from less-accessible journals, reprints and regular features. These may include “Auctions Under the Glass” (selected auction lots and realizations, including unusual items), “The Philatelic Library” (reports on books and articles of interest to the German colonies collector), “Exhibits and Exhibitions” (reports of German colonies exhibits in exhibitions), “German Colonial History”, “The Road Less Taken” (reports on cards and covers to, through and from unusual destinations), and “Surf’s Up” (German Colonies on the internet).


We also periodically publish a cumulative index. We are currently seeking a volunteer to assist with the next index (2011-2017) (please reach out via the Contact Us page). Three indices of VORLÄUFER have been published to date. Download each of them below by clicking on the respective links.

VORLÄUFER Index for issues 1-60B (1973-1984)
VORLÄUFER Index for issues 61-137 (1985-2004)
VORLÄUFER Index for issues 138-162 (2005-2011)

Back issues of VORLÄUFER, supplements, and the Friedemann translation sections are available. We are in the process of updating our Back Issue Order Form. Stay tuned. If you have a near-term need, please send a request to our
Contact Us page.


To buy a sample hard copy of VORLÄUFER, please email or send a note to the address on our Contact Us page. Please include US$5 for shipping and handling. 

VORLÄUFER has consistently earned Gold or Vermeil awards in national and international philatelic literature competitions including
CHICAGOPEX 2013.

If you would like to apply for membership in the German Colonies Collectors Group (GCCG), which includes one year subscription to the GCCG’s quarterly publication VORLÄUFER, please see our
Membership page for details.

If you might be interested in advertising in VORLÄUFER, please send a message via the
Contact Us page. We will be glad to discuss rates.

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