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National Philatelic Exhibition
Inside #70-3: Stamp Collecting
120th Anniversary UPU
Inside #188: Pseudo Stamp
Inside #217: Pseudo Stamps
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
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 "
Stamp Day, Albin Brunovsky, stamp designer
Design component: motif detail only in monotone
Scott: #346aO Booklet
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
150th Anniversary, First Stamp Used in
It has been
already 150 years since the first postage stamps, valid on the
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.
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
Czecho-Slovak stamps were printed on the 18th December 1918, when
the title "
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/
Stamp Day / Nitrafila
Stamp Day 2003
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
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.
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
Day of the Postage Stamp - Jozef Cincík
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
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
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/
KAREL PLICKA (1894-1987)
Issued jointly with Czech Republic
Inside #548 (Right Label): Similar to
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
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
It seems that,
at least initially, Plicka’s 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 (
40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Union of Slovak Philatelists (ZSF)
Inside #573: Pseudo Stamp
Thanks to G.B.
Inside #608 (On label):
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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