Slovakia stamps

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Scott: #70-3O

Issued: 23.5.1942

National Philatelic Exhibition

Inside #70-3: Stamp Collecting


Scott: #188O

Issued: 1.8.1994

120th Anniversary UPU

Inside #188: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #217O

Issued: 1.6.1995

Dunafila '95

Inside #217: Pseudo Stamps

Scott: #217aO

On March 30th 1895 Aurel and Klement Lehotzky founded a "stamp club" in the home in Kremnica of their grandfather, the Slovak patriot, historian and city archivist Pavol Križko. Later given the name Album, its aim was "to collect postage stamps and save them from oblivion".

The Album club, the first Slovak philatelic organisation, laid the foundations - at the turn of the century - of organised philately in Slovakia. The legacy of the Album league is one that still claims the respect of stamp collectors today. http://www.pofis.sk/


Scott: #262O

Issued: 18.12.1996

Stamp Day

Inside #262: Essay - Unissued 1938 Stamp

The painter and illustrator, National Artist Martin Benka (1888-1971) was one of the most important figures in the founding generation of modern Slovak art, a generation which presented the life and myth of the native land. Benka's work emphasised the link with traditions and folk culture. He possessed a distinct style and succeeded in creating an oeuvre that was essentially Slovak - an epic celebrating his native land, its nature and its people. His mode of expression was unique, with emphasis being placed on decoration drawn from the folk art, customs and music that were the source of his inspiration and exploration. He was one of the first artists to draw recognition for Slovak art abroad. Alongside his substantial achievement in painting, Benka also undertook work of an applied character. Between 1936 and 1940 he devoted much effort to designing for postage stamps, dominant motifs being the people and their environment, the birth of the "Slovak State", M. R. Štefánik and anniversaries of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic.

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Scott: #346O

Issued: 18.12.1999

Stamp Day, Albin Brunovsky, stamp designer

Inside #346: Czechoslovakia #2700O

Design component: motif detail only in monotone

Scott: #346aO Booklet

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #357P

Issued: 1.6.2000

150th Anniversary, First Stamp Used in Slovakia

Inside #357: Austria #2O

It has been already 150 years since the first postage stamps, valid on the territory of Slovakia, have been printed. These were then the postage stamps of the Austrian Empire. Englad is the country, where the first postage stamp in the world has been published on 6* May 1840. In the next decade there came the postage stamps of other 9 postal services have been printed, among which, there were also the postage stamps of the Austrian Empire printed on the 1st June 1850. At that time Slovakia was one of the countries under the Habsburg rule and as part of Austria it had not its own postage stamps.

The motive of the first issue of the botage stamps valid on the Slovak territory was the Emperor's crown and on both of its sides there was the inscription "K. K. POST - STEMPEL". In the lower part of the stamps there is a label with the value data. The first printed issue contained 5 postage stamps with the nominal values 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9 KREUZER (local currency). The postage stamps do not bear the name of the country, their identification mark is the Habsburg Emperor's and King's crown.

After the Austrian-Hungarian split in 1867 the Hungarian postal service wanted to publish its own postage stamps, but it was then not technically ready for printing. Therefore the new issue of 1867 was printed by the Austrian authorities and the postage stamps were valid in both parts of the monarchy. The first stamps printed in Hungary were issued on the 1" May 1871.

The first Czecho-Slovak stamps were printed on the 18th December 1918, when the title "Slovakia" appeared for first time ever on the state duty stamp in the designation "Pošta Česko-Slovenská".

The first Slovak stamps were published on the 1st January 1993, which is the date of establishement of the Slovak republic. http://www.pofis.sk/

 


Scott: #419O

Issued: 18.2.2002

Stamp Day / Nitrafila

Inside #419: Slovakia #419O


Scott: #446O

Issued: 28.11.2003

Stamp Day 2003

Inside #446: Czechoslovakia #2517 s/s margin detailre-colored

The stamp honors Slovak stamp designer, Jozef Balaz (1923-2006), whose self portrait is on the label http://www.unostamps.nl/person_balaz.htm

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #491O

Issued: 25.11.2005

Stamp Day

Inside #491: Pseudo Stamp

All employees in the service of post offices wore a uniform. Higher officers and postmasters wore especially beautiful and richly decorated "gala" liveries made of high-quality cloth. The design of the uniforms for officers and other employees of post offices is described in detail in Decree of Vienna Court Chamber, dated 1815. According to this Decree a gold-plated cord was worn with the uniform.

The preserved uniform, as well as accessories, such as the prerequisite trumpet, and the models of means of transport used for postal services in the past are only several of the precious collections of the Post Museum. They provide reference to the history of post offices and post office services in Slovakia. The cord provides unique evidence of the significance of the uniform in rating the public and social status of a post officer. http://www.pofis.sk/


Scott: #511O

Issued: 24.11.2006

Day of the Postage Stamp - Jozef Cincík

Inside #511: Slovakia ???-? (Stamp Essays)

Jozef Cincík a visual artist, illustrator, graphic designer, art historian, stage designer, editor, and university professor - was born on March 8, 1909 at his parents adopted abode of Clopodia, Romania. After the family returned to Slovakia in 1914, he attended the elementary schools in Kláštor pod Znievom and Trnava, Lučenec grammar school, and Charles University in Prague where he graduated in law.

After 1932 he worked at the Matica slovenská as an officer and later as secretary of the Artistic Division, also managing the State Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments for Central Slovakia, and simultaneously studying philosophy and art history at Komensky University, Bratislava. Jozef Cincík illustrated books and publications, graphically edited Matica publications, elaborated designs of Slovak postal stamps, and participated in the design of Slovak banknotes. He was co-founder of the Slovak Chamber Theatre (Slovenské komorné divadlo) and contributed to the foundation of the Neografia printing works. He was an artistic advisor for the design of stages and costumes for Frič's movie Jánošík, as well as other plays staged by the Slovensky spevokol. Cincík also published expert studies and monographs in art history. In 1945 he immigrated to the USA where he gave lectures on archaeology and sacred art history. Subsequently he worked as an independent artist on church interiors and other sacral structures. Cincík died in Danville (USA) on January 28, 1992, and was buried at the National Cemetery in Martin (Slovakia).

Apart from Jozef Cincík's portrait, the stamp contains motifs based on his stamps Kniežatá (Princes, 1944) and on the FDC based on the stamp Poštový kongres (Post Congress, 1942).

The details come from the Slovak National Library (Martin) archive and book collection. Magdaléna Brincková. http://www.pofis.sk/


Scott: #548O

Issued: 12.9.2008

KAREL PLICKA (1894-1987)

Issued jointly with Czech Republic

Inside #548 (Right Label): Similar to Czechoslovakia #707O

Karol Plicka was the key Slovak cultural personality of the first half of the twentieth century. The founder of cinematography and a pioneer of photography, he was among the first Slovak photographers to base his work on a clearly formulated conception.

Born in 1894 to Czech parents in Vienna, he became a professional musician. In 1927 1931 he studied musical folkloristics and ethnology at the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava. Following the formation of the independent Czechoslovakia, he joined Matica Slovenská [the leading Slovak national and cultural institution translators note] to collect and record the notes and lyrics of traditional Slovak folksongs in the period 1924 1939. Plicka was well aware of the complexity and inter-relational nature of folk art and expression. But he attempted to capture the environment residing at the root of Slovak folksong either through drawing or, more often, photography. This concept led him to make his first collection of photographs of people, countryside, traditional architecture, interior elements, tools, work, observances, and customs of Slovak folk. Selected photographs from this collection were used in artistic postcards published by Matica Slovenská between 1924 1926.

Plicka anticipated the imminent dissipation of the spiritual and aesthetical values of traditional folk culture. This prompted him to put immense and consistent effort into their recording, not only by writing and photographing, but also in so far as the technology of his day allowed through gramophone recording and film-making. The result was his synthetic opus Zem spieva (The Earth Sings, 1932 1933), the first sound-film in the history of Slovakia and modern film poem that aspired to become an ode to life in the Slovak countryside from spring thru winter.

It seems that, at least initially, Plickas experience with the almost pre-historic religiosity and poverty of Slovak people moved him to take a strictly and purely documentaristic approach to his work. However, it was later in the 1930s that the monumental nature of his photographs - somewhat similar to the paintings of Martin Benka - prevailed and Plicka managed to enhance his works further by a strong poetical setting. These are the photographs that were later used in the photo-book Slovensko (Slovakia, 1937) the first ever Slovak photographic publication with numerous popular re-editions. In later years, Plicka published several other photographic projects and worked at the newly-founded Film School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He passed away in 1987 in Prague.


Scott: #573O

Issued: 29.4.2009

40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Union of Slovak Philatelists (ZSF)

Inside #573: Pseudo Stamp

Thanks to G.B.


Scott: #608O

Issued: 03.12.2010

Stamp Day

Inside #608 (On label): Slovakia #270O

Lou Wrote: I looked for the artwork in the stamp on a Slovak stamp but it does not exist. The artwork is a monotone detail of a watercolor illustration Ondreicka created in 2000 for the book, Tales From Slavic Myths; shown are the pagan graces, Vesna (Spring) and Zhiva (Summer)see scan of very weird painting.


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