100 Year Old Anniversary Stamps
1918 – 2018
In 1918, Austria was one of the first countries to issue Air Mail stamps. SG 296-8A are the stamps printed on greyish paper: they also exist on white paper. SG 299-317 was issued at the end of 1918 after the defeat of Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War One. After the War, the Austria-Hungary Empire was broken up and Austria was a much smaller country. These stamps were the first issued for the smaller Austria. Some people wanted to merge Austria into Germany hence the overprint Deutschossterreich. New definitive sets were issued some months ago.
After the first World War, the Austria-Hungary Empire was broken up. So at the end of 1918, stamps were issued (SG 282-94) overprinted Koztarsasag which means Republic. The next two years were hard going for Hungary and many more sets were issued after each change of power.
In January 1918, the first World War was still raging. The Belgians issued a set of stamps to obtain funds for the Red Cross as they were very much needed. These are SG 222-235. The stamps were overprinted, although different colours were used for the high values compared to the definitives that were in use at the time.
In 1918, the Danes were obviously short of the 27 ore value. They resorted to overprinting the Newspaper stamps that had been issued with two different watermarks (in 1907 and 1914-5). Four of the values with the Crown watermark are very scarce (only 11,000-13,500 printed) especially in fine used condition.
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