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Posted 04/23/2019   09:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
lithograving - Having immensely enjoyed your splendid scans at high resolution of great stamp art from Austria to France I knew that some of the best examples of Czechoslovakian specimens that bring back memories to me as real revelations to the lovers of the beautiful in the art of stamp design, engraving, and printing and which I have never seen in your quality on various forums would never be wasted on you.

Thank you very much indeed!
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Posted 04/23/2019   8:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lithograving to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you Florian for your kind words.
Czech multicolour engraved stamp production was and still is unique.
The engravers are of the highest quality.

Here are some more from Florian.

Designer & Engraver : Jiri Svengsbir

Printing process : multicolour engraving from flat plates

Butterflies and Moths 1966

Scott 1391 – 1396







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Posted 04/23/2019   8:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lithograving to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Czechoslovakia 1983

5th Anniversary of Czechoslovakia -USSR
Intercosmos Cooperative Space Program


Designer : Vladimir Kovarik

Engraver : Miloš Ondracek

Scott 2455



Scott 2455a

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Posted 05/13/2019   05:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just a minor correction concerning http://goscf.com/t/61374&whichpage=6#591408 : The 1966 Butterflies & Moths set was designed by Jiri Svengsbir, who also engraved the 30 h, 1 Kčs, 1.20 Kčs, and 2 Kčs values. The 60 h and 80 h ones were, however, engraved by Josef Hercik, who remained anonymous. That was why Jiří Švengsbír's name was not followed by the Del. Sc. abbreviation. Sharing engraving work on extensive projects by a single renowned designer used to be common practice for engravers.

The fact that the 60 h and 80 h values were engraved by Josef Herčík was announced in the Czechoslovak Posts gazette as quoted on p.17/24 of http://knihovna.filaso.cz/filatelie_1966_10.pdf .

The then new issues commentator Helena Klečková referring to the fact said in the last but one paragraph of her commentary on p. 8/24 of http://knihovna.filaso.cz/filatelie_1966_10.pdf :

Emise s obrazy motýlů je tištěna čtyřbarevným ocelotiskem z plochy.
The Butterflies and Moths issue was printed by four-colour recess print from flat plates.
Autor Jiří Švengsbír zpracoval rytecky čtyři známky a navrhl a vyryl tři obálky prvního dne.
Its designer Jiří Švengsbír engraved four of the stamps and designed and engraved the three FDCs.
Dvě známky - hodnoty 60 h a 80 h - vyryl Josef Herčík.
Two of the stamps (the 60 h and 80 h values) were engraved by Josef Herčík.

See also https://www.filaso.cz/katalog-znamk.../1966-motyli and remember to click on the FDC icons.

A similar case happened to the 1970 House Signs set (Sc. # 6098 - 1703), which was designed by Jiri Svengsbir, who engraved only those values bearing Del. Sc. after his name, that is the 40 h, 1 Kčs, and 1.80 Kčs ones even though https://www.filaso.cz/katalog-znamk...ni-a-portaly fails to make a note of the fact.

http://knihovna.filaso.cz/filatelie_1970_18.pdf reporting the communication of Czech Post, however, said that the stamp designs were by Jiri Svengsbir but their engravings were executed by the designer in collaboration with the engravers Josef Hercik (IMO 60 h), Bedrich Housa (IMO 1.60 Kčs), and Milos Ondracek (IMO 1.40 Kčs) respectively.
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Posted 05/13/2019   3:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lithograving to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Florian, thank you for the additional details about
the 1966 Butterflies & Moths set.

Also your information regarding who really engraved 3 out
the six 1970 House Signs set is totally new to me.

Designer : Jiri Svengsbir

Engravers : Jiri Svengsbir (40 h,1K,1.80K) Josef Hercik (60h), Milos Ondracek (1.40K), Bedrich Housa (1.60K)

Printing process : Combination 1 colour (black)engraved & multicolour
photogravure.

Scott 1698 - 1703






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Posted 05/14/2019   06:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
lithograving - Thank you very much for the great scans above. Much appreciated.

Actually, there is at least one more set of stamps designed by Jiri Svengsbir among his favourite Pragensia motifs starting with the PRAGA 1950 issue (see https://www.filaso.cz/katalog-znamk...0-z-historie ), this time dedicated to Prague bridges (see https://www.filaso.cz/katalog-znamk...razske-mosty ), issued in 1978, where one of the stamps, the 5.40 Kčs value, was not engraved by Svengsbir himself, but by Josef Hercik as duly noted in the communication of Czech Post published on p. 27/36 of http://knihovna.filaso.cz/filatelie_1978_13.pdf but not elsewhere.

For Jiri Svengsbir's other graphic designs apart from stamps see e.g. https://sassmann.webnode.cz/jiri-a-svengsbir/ .

Here you can also find some other graphic artists working on postage stamps besides bookplates, woodcuts, etc. , such as Jaroslav Lukavský, designer and engraver of http://goscf.com/t/61374&whichpage=5#590577 , http://goscf.com/t/61374&whichpage=5#590578 , http://goscf.com/t/61374&whichpage=3#570924 (see https://sassmann.webnode.cz/exlibri...ky-jaroslav/ ) or the painter, illustrator, graphic designer of http://goscf.com/t/61374&whichpage=2#560200 , http://goscf.com/t/61374&whichpage=2#560074 , http://goscf.com/t/61374&whichpage=4#573581 Josef Liesler (see https://sassmann.webnode.cz/exlibri...esler-josef/ ).
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Czechoslovakia 1974

Hydrological Decade (UNESCO), 1965-1974

Designer : Josef Liesler

Engravers : Josef Hercik (60h, 1,60K) Ladislav Jirka (1K) Jan Mracek(1,20K)
Jindra Schmidt (2K)

Printing process : multicolour engraving from flat plates

Scott 1931 - 1935

Water, the Source of Energy




Importance of water to agriculture




Study of Oceans




Hydrological Decade





Struggle for clean water





All values were issued in sheets of 4 as per example below.

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