Otakar Jaroš

One of the first full sets of stamps from what was then Czechoslovakia that I recall obtaining was the 1945 issue portraying various personnel who had served during World War II. The first thing that interested me was that these were real, named, people. These weren’t the usual stamp subjects of generals, admirals and other commanders as their ranks ranged from a private in the … Continue reading Otakar Jaroš

Slovakia #29 (1939)

Slovakia #29 (1939)

Slovakia (Slovensko), officially the Slovak Republic (Slovenská Republika), is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, and Hungary to the south. Slovakia’s territory spans about 19,000 square miles (49,000 square kilometers) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5 million and comprises mostly ethnic Slovaks. The capital … Continue reading Slovakia #29 (1939)

Czech Republic CP#0829 {26 Nov 2014)

Czech Republic: Jára Cimrman, Inventor of Round Stamps (2014)

The Czech Republic (Česká republika), also known as Czechia (Česko), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 30,450 square miles (78,866 square kilometers), has 10.5 million inhabitants with the capital and largest city at Prague, with over 1.2 million … Continue reading Czech Republic: Jára Cimrman, Inventor of Round Stamps (2014)

Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)

Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)

Czechoslovakia (Československo) was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1,  1993. The area was long a part of the Austro Hungarian Empire until the Empire collapsed at the end of World War I. The new state was founded by … Continue reading Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)

Bohemia and Moravia #53C (1941)

Bohemia and Moravia #53C (1941)

The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren in German, or Protektorát Čechy a Morava in Czech) was a majority ethnic-Czech protectorate of Nazi Germany established following the German occupation of Czechoslovakia by annexing Sudetenland territory of Czech Lands as a Reichsgau. Following the establishment of the independent Slovak Republic on March 14, 1939, and the German occupation of the Czech rump state the next … Continue reading Bohemia and Moravia #53C (1941)