Thank you all for the replies!
I like to sort stamps by date, rather than by type, and to divide them by "State entity", so classifying them correctly is a must for me.
For example, the first stamps I collected were the stamps of the Republic of Italy. After WWII, Italy went from being a Kingdom to being a Republic, which was declared on June 18, 1946. However, also stamps issued in 1945 have traditionally been considered Republican issues and this has always bothered me a bit.
Anyway, while we are on this subject, I'd like to ask your opinion on the following issue.
I collect stamps from the first Republic of Austria (1918-1938). Up until now, I have been dividing them into issues of German-Austria (1918-19) and issues of the Republic of Austria proper (1919-38).
I seem to understand, though (although it is controversial), that when it became a one-party Republic and its name was changed to Federal State of Austria (1934-38), this should be considered its own State entity.
Is there any expert on that area/timeframe that could shed some light on this?
The First Issues Collectors Club has many collectors that collect change of government issues. Check us out www.firstissues.org
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Thank you, NumOnes. I checked out the website and it indeed looks quite interesting and informative!