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The Republic of Croatia declared its independence from former Yugoslavia on 25 June 1991.

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Learn about “The history and thematics of Croatian postage stamps”


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Scott: #172 with labelP

Issued: 9.9.1993

Stamp Day

1918 Inside #172: Croatia-Slavonia Chainbreaker EssayO

Reproduction of the pattern by R. Sabljak and R. Valić, dedicated to the Croatian commemorative stamp "29 October 1918" - the drawing of the slave is by Rudolf Sabljak and the frame with national ornaments is by Rudolf Valić.

Thanks to Dragan Buškulić


Scott: #306P

Issued: 9.9.1996

5th Anniversary, Croatian Postage Stamps

Inside #306: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #306 with labelO

September 9 is celebrated in Croatia as the Stamp Day, because the first postage stamp of the Republic of Croatia, the blue 1.00 dinar air mail stamp, was issued on that day in 1991.


Scott: #336O

Issued: 9.9.1997

Stamp Day

Inside #336: Pseudo Stamps

Scott: #438aP

Issued: 9.9.2000

Stamp Day

#5 for #B339 Inside #438a: Austria #5P

The first postage stamp on the territory of Croatia

In the first half of the 19th century the written word was given a very great importance in Croatia. It was spread by political and literary magazines and journals, leaflets, brochures, manifestos. In the revolutionary year 1848, the importance of communication for the functioning of the government and administration made Banus Josip Jelačić, the governor of Croatia, establish the first national post office administration with its headquarters in Zagreb, and in this way he has made a step forward regarding the development of the official Austrian post office reform.

Following the revolutionary year 1848, the postal reform took place in the Austrian Monarchy, with Croatia as one of its integral parts at that time.

The Croatian general public was well prepared for the future reform by many reports and articles in the newspapers. Bogoslav Šulek, the editor of "Slavensko slovo", took a very favourable attitude to the reform that, by a reduced postage, would make it easier to spread newspapers and news in general throughout the country. The postage stamp in his articles is first mentioned under the names "bula" or "štempel" (the words refer to an official document, charter, or the Germanism for the word seal or stamp). This stamp could be bought in the post office and stuck onto the letter. In 1850 the stamps appeared under other names, like "biljeg" or "listovni biljeg" (revenue stamp or letter duty stamp).

The first Austrian postage stamps were issued on June 1, 1850, and so Austria became the 19th country in the world to have introduced the new way of paying postage.

These postage stamps were printed in the State printing-office in Vienna, using the steel engraving by Hermann Tautenhayn. The strict conservative style of the first stamps, with their ceremonial medallion-shaped form remained in usage until the year 1900. The stamps were printed without perforated edges and with no glue on the reverse side, so they had to be spread with glue. They were issued in five colours corresponding to the five nominal values: 1 crown - yellow, 2 crowns - black, 3 crowns - bright-red, 6 crowns - dark red, 9 crowns - deep blue. These stamps were in use from June 1, 1850 until June 1, 1867, on the whole territory of the Austrian Monarchy and, consequently, on the Croatian territory too.

Judging by the numerous Croatian names on the handstamps used to cancel the stamps, we can see what regions of Croatia were covered by the net of postal traffic, making it possible for the population to use modern means of communication with the world.


Scott: #462 with LabelO

Issued: 9.9.2001

10 Years of Stamps of the Republic of Croatia

Inside #462: Pseudo Stamp

As #462 imprinted postal cardP

Thanks to Dragan Buškulić

Scott: #466P

Issued: 9.10.2001

Dialogue among Civilizations

Inside #466: Pseudo Stamp on Envelope

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert


Scott: #533P

Issued: 9.9.2003

Stamp Day, 50th anniversary Postal Museum

Inside #533: Croatia - To be identify

Inside #533: Croatia (?) - To be identify

As #533 imprinted postal cardP

(Thanks to Dragan Buškulić)

The Museum of Post and Telecommunications was founded on April 9, 1953, following long-term attempts of the cultural public to collect and save the rich post and telecommunication heritage of Croatia.

The interest into the research of postal services history, with special reference to Croatia, was raised as early as the second half of the 19th century. The specialized professional post-oriented schools had a subject introduced: “The history of the development of postal and telegraph services”, and some professional literature, written by Croatian authors, was issued covering the areas of postal services.

Written instructions directed at the collection of post & telecommunication material were published in 1916 in the official bulletin of the royal Hungarian postal and telegraph orders. But these instructions referred to the collection of the postal & telecommunication material for the already founded postal museums of Austria-Hungary within which Croatia was situated at that time.

The first published proposal that refers to the necessity of founding a postal museum in Croatia was sent to the country’s Directorate of the Post in 1942. According to the preserved sources, the Directorate of the Post, Telegraph and Telephone undertook the procedure for the founding of the museum. What followed was mainly the collecting of primarily philatelic material that would be “given into custody to the postal, telegraphic and telephone museum” - as recorded in the official news of that time. The collected material was lost in the winds of the Second World War and everything had to start from scratch in 1953.

In the course of the recent 50 years, as the result of devoted activities of some ten Museum employees, the material of the uniquely rich Museum holdings has been collected, categorized according to the basic activities within three departments: the Post Department, Telecommunications Department, Philatelic Department, as well as the collections Archives, Photograph Library, Map and Gallery collection, Homeland War Collection and a rich Library with some 15,000 volumes.

The Museum holdings that is placed in the Post Department contains documents that prove the development of postal services in the Croatian region, starting in the 1st century A.D., when the Romans organized the country’s traffic service, the well known cursus publicus, whose task it was to speedily transfer official correspondence and organize transport of officials. The medieval couriers in the service of kings, feudal lords, church dignitaries, cities or universities, carried written correspondence, and in 1529 the first transfer of post was organized in Croatia, by establishing postal courier service on the relation between Zagreb and Vienna.

The Telecommunication Department contains material that presents the development of telecommunications in Croatia, from building up the first telegraph line in 1850, the first telephone connection in 1881, leading up to the telecommunication services of the present time.

The Philatelic Department with its specific material stores documentary evidence of the striving of Croatia for regaining independence. The Department keeps, among others, also the first Croatian postage stamps from the year 1918, when, after the break-up of Austria-Hungary, Croatia became temporarily independent and printed its first postage stamps; the next time Croatian postage stamps were printed was in the period between 1941 and 1945. Finally, Croatian postage stamps started being printed in 1991, when Croatia became an independent country. The Department keeps all the Croatian postage stamps along with the documentation accompanying each individual issue, and together with these it stores postage stamps of member countries of the UPU.

The entire holdings of this Museum were awarded the status of a monument of culture in terms of Article 2 of the Act on Protection of Monuments of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, on account of the decree issued by the Regional Institute for the Protection of Monuments of Culture in Zagreb on February 27, 1991.

Along with the systematic collection of material, in the course of the 50 years of the activity of the Museum the chief emphasis was put on the professional research of the history of post, telecommunications and philately. The research and scientific findings have been published in numerous articles, treatises, studies, proceedings, and books. The results of the researches are also numerous museum exhibitions organized on the Museum premises, in post halls and other venues all over Croatia, and abroad.

The Museum of Post and Telecommunications, with its headquarters in Zagreb, in Jurišićeva str.13, has been named differently in the course of its 50-year long existence: Postal-Philatelic Museum, PTT museum, HPT museum, HT museum. It is the only specialized cultural and professional institution in Croatia housing material on the history of post and telecommunications that can present the historical development and significance of organized communication through the historical development of mankind.

The third millennium, with one of its fundamental characteristics - communication among the people, offers exceptional opportunities to this particular Museum, as it is, on account of its holdings, a veritable museum of communications.


I’m trying to get some answers regarding this stamp.

Last time I sent this mail was 21/01/11. Let's all hope for an answer…..

I wanted to know what are the stamps that show inside stamp no. 483 - POSTAGE STAMP DAY '50 YEARS OF THE PTT MUSEUM'2003.
a) I can see that the one in the upper Right side describe the P.O. or the MUSEUM building but i couldn't identify the stamp.
B) I couldn't identify the stamp on the envelope - Is it a stamp or just symbolic?

Many thanx in advance for your help.

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Scott: #???O

Issued: 09.09.2016

25th Anniversary, Croatian Stamps

Inside #???: Pseudo Stamps

Thanks to Dragan Buškulić

[Stamp Day - The 100th Anniversary of the First Croatian Commemorative Postage Stamp, type ]

Scott: #???O

Issued: 06.09.2018

100th Anniversary of 1st Croatian Commemorative Stamp

1918 Inside #???: Croatia-Slavonia Chainbreaker EssayO

Thanks to Dragan Buškulić

Hrvatska pošta - Webshop - POSTCARD CRO PHIL. OLYMPIC SOCIETY 2018

Scott: #???

As #??? imprinted postal cardP

Issued: ??.??.2018

25th Anniversary of Croatian Society of Olympic Philately

Inside #???: Pseudo Stamps

In margin


Croatia #RA55eO

[Olympic Winter Games - Albertville, type CV]

Croatia #105O

Thanks to Dragan Buškulić

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