Monday, June 23, 2008

Slovakian stamps

Among the various postal administrations that were represented at the Salon du Timbre 2008 held last week in Paris, I visited the booth of Slovakian post. I found there an impressive number of beautiful stamps and I even spent some money to buy a few things.
Here are some examples of the stamps I bought.

The first one is a tribute to the Salon itself. This is a personalized stamp, the type of 2008 picturing a dahlia, with a se-tenant personalized label picturing the logo of the Salon.

I also bought this impressive souvenir sheet containing one stamp (click on the picture to have a better view).

It was issued on the 27th of June 2007. The stamp depicts Bratislava Castle from the “Vienna Illustrated Chronicles” dating back to the 14th century. This is the oldest known representation of the castle. The “Vienna Illuminated Chronicle”, is a medieval illustrated chronicle from the Kingdom of Hungary from the 14th century (NB : at this time Slovakia was a part of the Kingdom of Hungary) containing 147 illustrations. The illuminated decoration of the manuscript was executed before 1360.
The scene pictured on the stamp is a representation of a battle against the German Emperor Henry III in 1052.
The oldest mention of the name Bratislava dates back to 907 : this is the 1100th anniversary that is celebrated by this stamp issue.
The castle of Bratislava has been built in the 10th century but it has been destroyed and reconstructed several times. The background of the souvenir sheet pictures the castle as it was at different periods (note that the date of each view is indicated on the sheet).
A silver replica of this souvenir sheet has also been issued (the picture is coming from
Slovakian Philatelic service website).

Here is another sheet that I bought at the same time. It contains four stamps issued on the 18th of December 2000 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Postal Law, a set of acts that highly helped the organisation of the postal service in the area.
The stamps picture a portrait of Maria Theresa (1717-1780) who was Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Empress. She introduced several changes in the field of postal transportation thanks to a set of reforms.
If I’m not wrong, this is, again, Bratislava castle that we can see on the right bottom corner of the stamp.

There were a lot of other nice stamps on the booth, but my finances being limited I could not buy more of them. But it really gave me the idea to learn more about the philately of this country, that seems to issue a rather reasonable number of stamps per year, with a high percentage of engraved issues.


MBstamps said...

Hi Eric,
Its great to hear that there was some Philatelic Fair at your place and you got a chance to visit various booths fro many countries, Was there any Competitive Exhibition?

Well, I had long included your link in my blog, but do not see any reciprocal in yours, must have forgotten in your hecticness.


Eric said...

Hi Mansoor

You are right I forgot to add your blog in my list of links ! This is done now. Sorry for the delay.

Miloje Chastven said...

Slovakia have an great - really great gravure and design of stamp, it is an legacy from Czechoslovakia, and I'm happy to know that they still keep engraving stamp.

From begining of independence, they start with some "modern" way handling stamp printing, and transfered process to some contractors and few printing plant abroad country - and that resulted in decline of collectors and great critics on web and directly to the post of Slovakia - they simply start to produce more by offset print - reason was to save money, but after few Years, they again partially come back to gravure.

I have really great experience to work with postal authority there (I'm an broker/dealer here in Middle East, for stamp of Slovakia) - and to be fair, authority there hear what client say.

Existed many issue that are really great!

If You need any issue, or scan from this country, just contact me.

best regards
Chastven Miloje