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Austrian Empire

Issues of 1905-1906
Without Varnish Bars


During 1904, the Austrian Empire abandoned the practice of using paper with diagonal varnish bars for printing their postage stamps. They resumed printing Austrian stamps on white granite paper in 1905.


Beginning in February 1905, the Empire began printing the stamps of the 1904 designs on paper without the diagonal varnish bars. They are all shown above. The printing and perforation characteristics of these stamps are identical to those of the 1904 issue with varnish bars.

To avoid the usual confusion in the identification of these issues, I shall reiterate the corner numeral characteristics here:

All the corner numerals on the 1 Heller through the 6 Heller denomination postage stamps are PRINTED IN THE STAMP COLOR ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.

All the corner numerals on the 10 Heller through the 30 Heller denomination postage stamps are PRINTED IN BLACK ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.

All the corner numerals on the 35 Heller through the 72 Heller denomination postage stamps are WHITE ON A COLORED BACKGROUND.


In 1906 and 1907, further changes were made to the contemporary definitive postage stamp designs. The 5 Heller was now printed in light green, instead of the former blue green, a new 12 Heller denomination was added, and the types of the 10 H., 20 H., 25 H. and 30 H. denominations were modified.

All the corner numerals of the 10 Heller through the 30 Heller denomination postage stamps are now PRINTED IN THE STAMP COLOR ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.

This marks the end of the small format portrait definitive stamps. These types would be replaced in 1908 by the larger format Diamond Jubilee commemoratives of Kaiser Franz Josef and by subsequent larger format Austrian definitive postage stamp issues.




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