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Europe/Other : Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

 

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Calstamp

24 Jan 2023
11:23:26am
One of my new favorite online philatelic resources is World Stamps Project.

WSP recently added a further eight Hradcany (pronounced hrad-chan-ee) illustrations and descriptions, and now includes details re 50-plus plating varieties specific to the 20h value.

The WSP sites includes variety details regarding the full Hradcany series, produced 1918 - 20.

The demise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire resulted in the declaration of an independent Czechoslovakia on Oct 28, 1918.

Renown graphic designer Alfons Mucha was enlisted to design the first Czech stamps, and selected St. Vitus Cathedral at Hradcany Castle as his subject. The first issues were released on Dec 18, 1918, marking the birth of Czech philately.

According to WSP, "The production was marked by post-war chaos. The printing office was not prepared for the printing of stamps, there was a shortage of needed materials, machines for letterpress were obsolete, all this resulting in a number of defects and deviations."

The Hradcany issues present a great opportunity for the "variety hunter". Numerous perforation, shade, and printing varieties. And the material is readily available and reasonably priced.
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24 Jan 2023
07:38:37pm

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This was a Linns "tip of the week" many years ago. A friend of London Bus in Israel used to collect them and i would send them to him. I still have a bunch but i would need quite a few plastic stockpages to put them in order. I am partial to the imperfs.Image Not Found

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Calstamp

25 Jan 2023
09:48:31am
re: Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

Thx for sharing the "Tips" article.

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25 Jan 2023
11:00:09am

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No problem, after i saw your post i spent the evening separating the A1 and the A2 s thats the easy part.

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Calstamp

25 Jan 2023
12:56:40pm
re: Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

If you wish, will send you listings from SG catalogue. Which are more detailed than Scott.

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25 Jan 2023
03:56:02pm

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Thanks, but i am not ready for that much detail yet !

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Calstamp

24 Jan 2023
11:23:26am

One of my new favorite online philatelic resources is World Stamps Project.

WSP recently added a further eight Hradcany (pronounced hrad-chan-ee) illustrations and descriptions, and now includes details re 50-plus plating varieties specific to the 20h value.

The WSP sites includes variety details regarding the full Hradcany series, produced 1918 - 20.

The demise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire resulted in the declaration of an independent Czechoslovakia on Oct 28, 1918.

Renown graphic designer Alfons Mucha was enlisted to design the first Czech stamps, and selected St. Vitus Cathedral at Hradcany Castle as his subject. The first issues were released on Dec 18, 1918, marking the birth of Czech philately.

According to WSP, "The production was marked by post-war chaos. The printing office was not prepared for the printing of stamps, there was a shortage of needed materials, machines for letterpress were obsolete, all this resulting in a number of defects and deviations."

The Hradcany issues present a great opportunity for the "variety hunter". Numerous perforation, shade, and printing varieties. And the material is readily available and reasonably priced.

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24 Jan 2023
07:38:37pm

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re: Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

This was a Linns "tip of the week" many years ago. A friend of London Bus in Israel used to collect them and i would send them to him. I still have a bunch but i would need quite a few plastic stockpages to put them in order. I am partial to the imperfs.Image Not Found

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Calstamp

25 Jan 2023
09:48:31am

re: Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

Thx for sharing the "Tips" article.

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philb

25 Jan 2023
11:00:09am

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re: Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

No problem, after i saw your post i spent the evening separating the A1 and the A2 s thats the easy part.

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"And every hair is measured like every grain of sand"
Calstamp

25 Jan 2023
12:56:40pm

re: Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

If you wish, will send you listings from SG catalogue. Which are more detailed than Scott.

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25 Jan 2023
03:56:02pm

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re: Czechoslovakia: Hradcany Castle 1918 -20 issues

Thanks, but i am not ready for that much detail yet !

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