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Czechoslovakia's First Stamps

 
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Posted 10/09/2010   6:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add BeeSee to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I snagged the first dozen or so stamps issued by Czechoslovakia on eBay, in a collection of 26 complete used sets for $4.26.

Here are the first 7 stamps issued by Czechoslovakia, simple but beautiful:




The stamps feature Hradcany castle, Prague. The castle is said to be the biggest castle in the world at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide. Its history stretches back to the 9th century. St Vitus Cathedral is located in the castle area.

The first Hradcany castle stamps, 5 h light green and 10 h red, were issued on December 18th 1918. This day became a memorial day of the Czechoslovakian philately.

Production of the first Czechoslovakian stamps were characterized of post-war chaos. The Czech Graphic Union Printing House wasn't prepared for such a task, the letterpress machine was out-of-date. This created many printing errors, variations, a paradise for Hradcany castle specialists.

Thanks to Peter's Czechoslovakia page for most of the information.
http://www.phstamps.com/

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Edited by BeeSee - 10/09/2010 6:24 pm

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Posted 10/10/2010   04:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi BeeSee, I save those castles as they come along..they show up very frequently om remainder collections and worldwide assortments..have a few plstic stock cards of them in minimum order !!
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Posted 10/10/2010   04:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampgal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those are really lovely - and remind me that I haven't "sorted" Czechoslovakia yet - I might have some and I don't know it!
Fingers crossed...
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Posted 10/10/2010   05:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add peterethio to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice stamps BC. They come with lovely overprints too



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Posted 10/10/2010   12:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Londonbus1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I like theses stamps too.
Such variety and colour.

I have 3 albums of Czech stuff somewhere. Must shake off the dust.
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Posted 10/10/2010   2:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BeeSee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I really like those overprints, Peter - I will have to get some of those.
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BeeSee in BC
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Posted 10/10/2010   6:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Donna Merkle to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The older stamps of any country always fascinates me. The link to the Czech stamps was interesting. Like I need another site to bookmark, but bookmark I did.

Donna
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