Austria stamps began to re-appear in May of 1945. One thing the new provisional government in the Soviet occupation area of Eastern Austria needed desperately was a working postal service. At the end of the war, the one thing in abundant supply in Austria was a very large inventory of unused Third Reich postage stamps, and the new government made full use of them in the ensuing months!
All the stamps on this page are denominated in Pfennig and Marks.
The nineteen vertically overprinted Austria stamps shown above were issued in May and June 1945, utilizing Adolph Hitler definitive postage stamps of the Third Reich.
This group of overprints is known as the Graz Issue. These stamps are a local issue for the Soviet army, used during their temporary occupation of the province of Styria.
Only one type of overprint was used for these lower denomination stamps, that being Type I - Österreich is in thicker letters and is 18 1/2 mm long.
The four vertically overprinted high-denomination stamps shown above were issued in June 1945.
There are two types of the overprint on these stamps. Type I - Österreich is in thicker letters and is 18 1/2 mm long. Type II - Österreich is in thinner letters and is 16 1/4 mm long. The Type II overprints are a bit more expensive than the Type I overprints.
The 1 Mk. and 2 Mk. denominations with the Type I overprint exist perforated 12 1/2 and perforated 14. The perforated 12 1/2 1 Mk. denomination is very rare.
The twenty-three new stamps shown above were issued between July and November 1945 for use in Vienna and the Soviet occupied provinces of Lower Austria, and Burgenland. The designs feature the Austrian Eagle, and the stamps are inscribed "REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH".
There are quite a number of different shades in these stamps, and there are also many collectable plate faults of interest to the specialist.
The surtaxed 1 Mk. + 10 Mk. denomination pictorial charity stamp shown above was issued on September 10, 1945. The surtax was for public welfare.
The design is an allegorical representation of "The Dawn of Peace", and it features a dove of peace at the top, and an Austrian, returning to his Alpine home.
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