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Austria Stamps

Issues of 1935-1937

For Austria stamps, the period from 1935 to 1937 began with the release of a brand new series of definitive air mail postage stamps.  Beyond that the rest of this period was devoted entirely to commemorative and special event issues.  The most important of these issues is an anniversary commemorative honoring the memory of Chancellor Englebert Dollfuss, which has now become another of the cherished rarities of modern Austrian philately.


The fifteen landscape definitive air mail stamps shown above were all issued on  August 16, 1935.  These new air mail Austria stamps are all engraved and perforated 12 1/2.

The designs of these air mail stamps feature aircraft flying above various landscapes, per the following descriptions.

  • 05 G. - Güssing, Burgenland.
  • 10 G. - Maria-Wörth, Carinthia.
  • 15 G. - Dürnstein, Lower Austria.
  • 25 G. - Salzburg.
  • 30 G. - Upper Dachstein and Schladminger Glacier, Upper Austria.
  • 40 G. - Lake Wetter in Otztal, Tyrol.
  • 50 G. - Stuben on Arlberg Ski Resort, Vorarlberg.
  • 60 G. - St. Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna.
  • 80 G. - Mennonite Church, Vienna.
  • 01 S. - Cruise Ship on the Danube River.
  • 02 S. - Tauern Railway Viaduct.
  • 03 S. - Automobile on Gross Glockner (12,370 ft.).
  • 05 S. - Aerial Tram on Zugspitze (9,718 ft.).
  • 10 S. - Yachts on the Altersee, Upper Austria.


The four surtaxed and overprinted Austria stamps shown above were issued on November 11, 1935 to raise money for Winter Relief.


The six pictorial charity stamps shown above were issued on December 1, 1935, and they feature noteworthy Austrian military leaders.  These Austria stamps were sold at double face value, with the proceeds benefiting various public charities.

Their designs are as follows:

  • 12 G. - Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736).
  • 24 G. - Field Marshal Laudon (1717-1790).
  • 30 G. - Archduke Charles of Austria (1771-1847).
  • 40 G. - Field Marshal Radetzky (1766-1858).
  • 60 G. - Vice Admiral Tegetthoff (1827-1871).
  • 64 G. - Field Marshal Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852-1925).


The surtaxed pictorial Austria stamps shown above were issued on January 20, 1936 to publicize the Meeting of the International Ski Federation in Innsbruck.

The stamps were sold for double face value, with the surtax benefiting various charities.

The four designs feature a slalom turn, a ski jumper taking off, another slalom turn, and a view of Innsbruck.


The four surtaxed pictorial Austria stamps shown above were issued on November 2, 1936 to raise money for Winter Relief.

Their designs are as follows:

  • 05 G. + 02 G. - St. Martin of Tours (0316-0397).
  • 12 G. + 03 G. - Medical Clinic.
  • 24 G. + 06 G. - St. Elisabeth of Hungary (1207-1231).
  • 01 S. + 01 S. - Alms for the Poor.


The six pictorial charity stamps shown above were issued on December 6, 1936, and they feature noteworthy Austrian inventors.  These Austria stamps were sold at double face value, with the proceeds benefiting various public charities.

Their designs are as follows:

  • 12 G. - Joseph Ressel (1793-1857), inventor of the ship propeller.
  • 24 G. - Karl Ritter von Ghega (1802-1860), designer of the Semmering Railway.
  • 30 G. - Joseph Werndl (1831-1889), armaments designer.
  • 40 G. - Baron Carl Auser von Welsbach (1858-1929), scientist and commercial entrepreneur.
  • 60 G. - Robert von Lieben (1873-1917), inventor of the electron intensifier tube, used in X-ray technology.
  • 64 G. - Viktor Kaplan (1876-1934), inventor of the Kaplan turbine.


The three pictorial stamps shown above were issued on June 9, 1937 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of  Danube River Steamship navigation and of the maiden voyage of the S.S. Maria-Anna.

The three stamp designs feature the S.S. Maria-Anna (1837), the S.S. Jupiter (1857), and the S.S. Austria (1857).

The four surtaxed pictorial stamps shown above were issued on October 18, 1937 to raise money for Winter Relief.

Their designs are as follows:

  • 05 G. + 02 G. - Nurse and infant.
  • 12 G. + 03 G. - Mother and child.
  • 24 G. + 06 G. - Nursing the aged.
  • 01 S. + 01 S. - Sister of Mercy with patient.


The three pictorial stamps shown above were issued on November 22, 1937 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Austrian railroads.

The three stamp designs feature a locomotive of 1837, a modern steam locomotive, and a modern electric train.


The nine pictorial charity stamps shown above were issued on December 5, 1937, and they feature noteworthy Austrian physicians.  These Austria stamps were sold at double face value, with the proceeds benefiting various public charities.

Their designs are as follows:

  • 05 G. - Baron Gerhard van Swieten (1700-1772), the personal physician of Empress Maria Theresa.
  • 08 G. - Leopold Auenbrugger (1722-1809), the inventor of percussion as a diagnostic technique.
  • 12 G. - Baron Carl von Rokitanksy (1804-1878), specialist in pathological anatomy.
  • 20 G. - Joseph Skoda (1805-1881), founder of the Modern Medical School of Vienna.
  • 24 G. - Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra (1816-1880), founder of the New Vienna School of Dermatology.
  • 30 G. - Carl Ferdinand von Arlt (1812-1887), opthamologist.
  • 40 G. - Joseph Hyrtl (1810-1894), anatomist.
  • 60 G. - Theodor Billroth (1829-1894), founding father of modern abdominal surgery.
  • 64 G. - Theodor Meynert (1833-1892), pioneer in neuropathology.


The final two postage stamps of the First Republic of Austria, shown above, were issued on December 12, 1937 for use on greeting cards.

The designs feature a vase of roses and the signs of the zodiac.


In April 1938, the Republic of Austria was annexed by Germany, and it then became the state of Ostmark within Greater Germany.  From that time, until the collapse of the Third Reich in early 1945, German postage stamps were used there.




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The 24 G. denomination stamp shown above was issued on May 1, 1935 to celebrate Mother's Day.

The design features a mother and child, from a painting by Josef Danhauser (1805-1845).


The large-sized 10 Schilling denomination stamp shown above was issued on July 25, 1936 to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the Death of Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss (1892-1934).


The 24 G. denomination stamp shown above was issued on May 5, 1936 to celebrate Mother's Day.

The design features the Madonna and Child, from the 1512 painting by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).


The 24 G. denomination stamp shown above was issued on May 5, 1937 to celebrate Mother's Day.

The design features a child embracing his mother.