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Czechoslovakia Stamps

Charity Stamps of 1919-1938

The first surtaxed Czechoslovakia stamps appeared during late 1919.  These pictorial definitive or commemorative postage stamps had a "value added tax" or "surtax" added to them, which was often used to collect money for national organizations, public events, or public charities.


The six surtaxed pictorial Czechoslovakia stamps shown above (Sc. #B124-B129) were issued in late 1919 to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of Czechoslovakian Independence

The two designs feature:

  • Bohemian lion breaking its chains.
  • Mother and child.

The surtax collected on these stamps was for aid to the orphans of Czechoslovakian Legionnaires.


The three definitive Czechoslovakia stamps of 1919-1920 shown above (Sc. #B130-B132) were issued in 1920 to honor the Red Cross

Each of these definitive stamps of 1919-1920 was overprinted with the Red Cross emblem and the surtax amount, as seen above.

The surtax collected on the sale of these stamps was donated to the Red Cross.


The four surtaxed Czechoslovakia stamps shown above (Sc. #B133-B136) were issued in 1923 to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Czechoslovakian Republic

The common design of these four stamps features a contemporary portrait of President Thomas Masaryk.

The stamps were sold for double the face value, with the excess amount being donated to the Red Cross and other charitable organizations.


The three charity stamps of 1923 shown above (Sc. #B137-B139) were overprinted in 1925 to honor the International Olympic Congress.

The stamps feature the overprint "CONGRES OLYMP INTERNAT / PRAHA 1925".

The stamps were sold for double the face value, with the excess amount being donated to a fund for post office employees and to the Olympic Games Committee.


The four charity stamps of 1923 shown above (Sc. #B140-B143) were overprinted in 1926 to celebrate the 8th Sokol Congress, held in Prague.

The stamps feature the overprint "VIII SLET VSESOKOLSKY / PRAHA 1926".

The stamps were sold for double the face value, with the excess amount being donated to the Sokol Congress.


The three surtaxed pictorial stamps shown above (Sc. #B144-B146) were issued in 1936

The common design features portions of the "Midwife Presenting Newborn Child to its Father", after a painting by Josef Manes (1820-1871).

The surtax collected on the sale of these stamps was donated to charity.


The three surtaxed pictorial stamps shown above (Sc. #B147-B149) were issued in 1937

The common design features portions of "Lullaby", a sculpture by Stanislav Sucharda (1866-1916).

The surtax collected on the sale of these stamps was donated to charity.


The surtaxed pictorial stamps and souvenir sheet shown above (Sc. #B150-B152) were issued in 1938 to celebrate the life of former President Thomas Masaryk (1850-1937)

The common designs feature President Masaryk holding a child.

The surtax collected on the sale of these stamps was donated to charity.


The surtaxed Allegory of the Republic type souvenir sheet shown above (Sc. #B153) was issued in 1938 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Republic of Czechoslovakia

The common design features the Allegory of the Republic, holding a branch and a dove.

The 8 K. surtax collected on the sale of these souvenir sheets was donated to a fund for national relief for refugees.




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