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Austria Stamps

Commemoratives of 1949-1950

The Austria stamps issued during 1949 and 1950 were primarily commemorative postage stamps and pictorial charity stamps.


The four surtaxed pictorial Austria stamps shown above were issued on April 13, 1949, and they depict Happy Childhood Events.

The surtax benefited child welfare.

The designs feature Austrian children celebrating Easter, St. Nicholas Day, their Birthday, and Christmas Day.


The 1 S. denomination commemorative stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on May 14, 1949 to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) activity in Austria.

The design features an Austrian schoolboy, the UNICEF emblem, a dove of peace, and the United Nations emblem.

The 20 G. denomination commemorative stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on June 25, 1949 to publicize the Austrian Esperanto Congress in Graz, Styria.


The 1 S. denomination Composers Series stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on June 3, 1949 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Johann Strauss the Younger (1825-1899).

The 30 G. denomination Composers Series stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on September 24, 1949 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Johann Strauss the Elder (1804-1849).


The four surtaxed pictorial Austria stamps shown above were issued on August 17, 1949 to honor Austrian Prisoners of War and to provide Welfare for their Homecoming.

The designs feature historic Hapsburg and Austrian Coats of Arms from 1230, 1450, 1600, and 1945.


The three Austria stamps shown above were issued on October 8, 1949 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

The three designs feature a letter, roses, and post horn, a jubilee plaque, and the facing portrait of "Austria", with wings and a monogram.


The 1 S. denomination Composers Series stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on December 31, 1949 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Karl Millöcker (1842-1899).

The 60 G. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on January 25, 1950 to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Birth of Moritz Daffinger (1790-1849).


The 60 G. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on February 20, 1950 to commemorate the 140th Anniversary of the Death of Andreas Hofer (1767-1810), the noteworthy Tyrolean freedom-fighter during the War of the Fifth Coalition.

The 1 S. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on May 20, 1950 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Austria Postage Stamps.


The 60 G. denomination stamp shown above, at the left, was issued on October 2, 1950 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Josef Madersperger (1768-1860), the inventor of the sewing machine.

The 30 G. denomination stamp shown above, at the right, was issued on December 5, 1950 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Alexander Girardi (1850-1918), the noteworthy Austrian operatic singer and actor.


The three surtaxed pictorial Austria stamps shown above were issued on October 10, 1950 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Carinthian Plebiscite.

The three designs feature the arms of Austria and Carinthia, a Carinthian waving an Austrian flag, and a voting box and ballot.




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The 30 G. denomination stamp shown above was issued on August 6, 1949 to commemorate the 1,000th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Gebhard (949-995), the Patron Saint of Vorarlberg.


The 40 G. denomination Composers Series stamp shown above was issued on September 3, 1949 to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896).


The 60 G. + 15 G. denomination stamp shown above was issued on December 3, 1949 for Stamp Day.

The surtax benefited the 1949 Stamp Day celebrations.


The 60 G. + 15 G. denomination stamp shown above was issued on December 2, 1950 for Stamp Day.

The surtax benefited the 1950 Stamp Day celebrations.