Slovakia stamps

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Scott: #70-3P

Issued: 23.5.1942

National Philatelic Exhibition

Inside #70-3: Stamp Collecting


Scott: #188P

Issued: 1.8.1994

120th Anniversary UPU

Inside #188: Pseudo Stamp


Scott: #217P

Issued: 1.6.1995

Dunafila '95

Inside #217: Pseudo Stamps


Scott: #217aO

On March 30th 1895 Aurel and Klement Lehotzky founded a "stamp club" in the home in Kremnica of their grandfather, the Slovak patriot, historian and city archivist Pavol Križko. Later given the name Album, its aim was "to collect postage stamps and save them from oblivion".

The Album club, the first Slovak philatelic organisation, laid the foundations - at the turn of the century - of organised philately in Slovakia. The legacy of the Album league is one that still claims the respect of stamp collectors today.


Scott: #262P

Issued: 18.12.1996

Stamp Day

Scan not available Inside #262: Essay - Unissued 1938 Stamp

The painter and illustrator, National Artist Martin Benka (1888-1971) was one of the most important figures in the founding generation of modern Slovak art, a generation which presented the life and myth of the native land. Benka's work emphasised the link with traditions and folk culture. He possessed a distinct style and succeeded in creating an oeuvre that was essentially Slovak - an epic celebrating his native land, its nature and its people. His mode of expression was unique, with emphasis being placed on decoration drawn from the folk art, customs and music that were the source of his inspiration and exploration. He was one of the first artists to draw recognition for Slovak art abroad. Alongside his substantial achievement in painting, Benka also undertook work of an applied character. Between 1936 and 1940 he devoted much effort to designing for postage stamps, dominant motifs being the people and their environment, the birth of the "Slovak State", M. R. Štefánik and anniversaries of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic.



Scott: #346P

Issued: 18.12.1999

Stamp Day, Albin Brunovsky, stamp designer

#2700 Inside #346: Czechoslovakia #2700P

Design component: motif detail only in monotone

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #357P

Issued: 1.6.2000

150th Anniversary, First Stamp Used in Slovakia

#2 Inside #357: Austria #2O

It has been already 150 years since the first postage stamps, valid on the territory of Slovakia, have been printed. These were then the postage stamps of the Austrian Empire. Englad is the country, where the first postage stamp in the world has been published on 6* May 1840. In the next decade there came the postage stamps of other 9 postal services have been printed, among which, there were also the postage stamps of the Austrian Empire printed on the 1st June 1850. At that time Slovakia was one of the countries under the Habsburg rule and as part of Austria it had not its own postage stamps.

The motive of the first issue of the botage stamps valid on the Slovak territory was the Emperor's crown and on both of its sides there was the inscription "K. K. POST - STEMPEL". In the lower part of the stamps there is a label with the value data. The first printed issue contained 5 postage stamps with the nominal values 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9 KREUZER (local currency). The postage stamps do not bear the name of the country, their identification mark is the Habsburg Emperor's and King's crown.

After the Austrian-Hungarian split in 1867 the Hungarian postal service wanted to publish its own postage stamps, but it was then not technically ready for printing. Therefore the new issue of 1867 was printed by the Austrian authorities and the postage stamps were valid in both parts of the monarchy. The first stamps printed in Hungary were issued on the 1" May 1871.

The first Czecho-Slovak stamps were printed on the 18th December 1918, when the title "Slovakia" appeared for first time ever on the state duty stamp in the designation "Pošta Česko-Slovenská".

The first Slovak stamps were published on the 1st January 1993, which is the date of establishement of the Slovak republic.



Martin Hirschbühl Wrote: This article was part of our latest SBZ issue (Swiss stamp Journal). This Slovensko stamp was issued to celebrate the first Austrian stamp of 1850. It mentions the fact, that the shown 2 Kreuzer stamp of Austria is black, while the 3 Kr. Is red. You SOS experts surely have noticed that before. BUT The Postmark PRTESSBURG 29/2 was not possible in the issue year of 1850.

The next possible 29th February was in 1852. A classical “double fault”.


Scott: #419P

Issued: 18.2.2002

Stamp Day / Nitrafila

Inside #419: Slovakia #419O


Scott: #446P

Issued: 28.11.2003

Stamp Day 2003

Inside #446: Czechoslovakia #2517 s/s margin detail—re-coloredO

The stamp honors Slovak stamp designer, Jozef Balaz (1923-2006), whose self portrait is on the label


slovakia 2517 sheetlet-- without additional inscriptions

Inside #446: Czechoslovakia #2517 s/s margin detail—re-colored without UPU inscriptionsP (Czechoslovakia)

Lou wrote: I found that there are two different sheetlets noted for the issue, with big differences in cost. The first sheetlet has additional inscriptions in the top and bottom margins noting the UPU World Postal Congress in Hamburg, and sells for up to $ 30.00; the other sheetlet without the inscriptions just notes the UPU, and sells for $ 3-4.00. The same SOS design component is on both sheetlets, so there is no need to buy the more expensive one.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #491O

Issued: 25.11.2005

Stamp Day

Inside #491: Pseudo Stamp


All employees in the service of post offices wore a uniform. Higher officers and postmasters wore especially beautiful and richly decorated "gala" liveries made of high-quality cloth. The design of the uniforms for officers and other employees of post offices is described in detail in Decree of Vienna Court Chamber, dated 1815. According to this Decree a gold-plated cord was worn with the uniform.

The preserved uniform, as well as accessories, such as the prerequisite trumpet, and the models of means of transport used for postal services in the past are only several of the precious collections of the Post Museum. They provide reference to the history of post offices and post office services in Slovakia. The cord provides unique evidence of the significance of the uniform in rating the public and social status of a post officer.


Scott: #511P

Issued: 24.11.2006

Day of the Postage Stamp - Jozef Cincík


Inside #511: Slovakia #95O, #96P, #97P, #98O, #99P, #100O, #101O, #102O

Jozef Cincík – a visual artist, illustrator, graphic designer, art historian, stage designer, editor, and university professor - was born on March 8, 1909 at his parents’ adopted abode of Clopodia, Romania. After the family returned to Slovakia in 1914, he attended the elementary schools in Kláštor pod Znievom and Trnava, Lučenec grammar school, and Charles University in Prague where he graduated in law.

After 1932 he worked at the Matica slovenská as an officer and later as secretary of the Artistic Division, also managing the State Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments for Central Slovakia, and simultaneously studying philosophy and art history at Komensky University, Bratislava. Jozef Cincík illustrated books and publications, graphically edited Matica publications, elaborated designs of Slovak postal stamps, and participated in the design of Slovak banknotes. He was co-founder of the Slovak Chamber Theatre (Slovenské komorné divadlo) and contributed to the foundation of the Neografia printing works. He was an artistic advisor for the design of stages and costumes for Frič's movie ‘Jánošík’, as well as other plays staged by the Slovensky spevokol. Cincík also published expert studies and monographs in art history. In 1945 he immigrated to the USA where he gave lectures on archaeology and sacred art history. Subsequently he worked as an independent artist on church interiors and other sacral structures. Cincík died in Danville (USA) on January 28, 1992, and was buried at the National Cemetery in Martin (Slovakia).

Apart from Jozef Cincík's portrait, the stamp contains motifs based on his stamps Kniežatá (Princes, 1944) and on the FDC based on the stamp Poštový kongres (Post Congress, 1942).

The details come from the Slovak National Library (Martin) archive and book collection. Magdaléna Brincková.


Scott: #548O

Issued: 12.9.2008

KAREL PLICKA (1894-1987)

Issued jointly with Czech Republic

#707 Inside #548 (Right Label): Similar to Czechoslovakia #707O

Karol Plicka was the key Slovak cultural personality of the first half of the twentieth century. The founder of cinematography and a pioneer of photography, he was among the first Slovak photographers to base his work on a clearly formulated conception.

Born in 1894 to Czech parents in Vienna, he became a professional musician. In 1927 – 1931 he studied musical folkloristics and ethnology at the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava. Following the formation of the independent Czechoslovakia, he joined Matica Slovenská [the leading Slovak national and cultural institution – translator’s note] to collect and record the notes and lyrics of traditional Slovak folksongs in the period 1924 – 1939. Plicka was well aware of the complexity and inter-relational nature of folk art and expression. But he attempted to capture the environment residing at the root of Slovak folksong – either through drawing or, more often, photography. This concept led him to make his first collection of photographs of people, countryside, traditional architecture, interior elements, tools, work, observances, and customs of Slovak folk. Selected photographs from this collection were used in artistic postcards published by Matica Slovenská between 1924 –1926.

Plicka anticipated the imminent dissipation of the spiritual and aesthetical values of traditional folk culture. This prompted him to put immense and consistent effort into their recording, not only by writing and photographing, but also – in so far as the technology of his day allowed through gramophone recording and film-making. The result was his synthetic opus Zem spieva (The Earth Sings, 1932 – 1933), the first sound-film in the history of Slovakia and modern film poem that aspired to become an ‘ode to life in the Slovak countryside from spring thru winter’.

It seems that, at least initially, Plicka’s experience with the almost ‘pre-historic’ religiosity and poverty of Slovak people moved him to take a strictly and purely documentaristic approach to his work. However, it was later in the 1930s that the monumental nature of his photographs - somewhat similar to the paintings of Martin Benka - prevailed and Plicka managed to enhance his works further by a strong poetical setting. These are the photographs that were later used in the photo-book Slovensko (Slovakia, 1937) – the first ever Slovak photographic publication with numerous popular re-editions. In later years, Plicka published several other photographic projects and worked at the newly-founded Film School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He passed away in 1987 in Prague.


Scott: #573P

Issued: 29.4.2009

40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Union of Slovak Philatelists (ZSF)

Inside #573: Pseudo Stamp

Thanks to G.B.

Scott: #608P

Issued: 03.12.2010

Stamp Day

 Inside #608 (On label): Slovakia #270O

Lou Wrote: I looked for the artwork in the stamp on a Slovak stamp but it does not exist. The artwork is a monotone detail of a watercolor illustration Ondreicka created in 2000 for the book, “Tales From Slavic Myths”; shown are the pagan graces, Vesna (Spring) and Zhiva (Summer)—see scan of very weird painting.


[Stamp Day - Severín Zrubec, 1921–2011, type YG]

Scott: #????O

Issued: 05.12.2014

Stamp Day - Severín Zrubec, 1921–2011

Inside #????: Pseudo stamps

[Stamp Day - Jozef Vlček, 1902-1971, type AAZ]

Scott: #???P

Issued: 04.12.2017

Stamp Day

[Delivery Stamps, type X] [Delivery Stamps, type X1] Inside #??? (On label): Slovakia #EX1-2O

[Stamp Day, type ABZ]

Scott: #????O

Issued: 03.12.2018

Stamp Day

  Inside #????: Czechoslovakia Type A2P, 1919 (Pic of #36)

slovakia         5 17 19

Scott: #????P

Issued: 17.05.2019

the 50th Anniversary of the Slovak Philatelist Society

 Inside #????: Pseudo stamps

Inside #???? (On label):

sos slovakia 167  1993

Slovakia #167P


sos slovakia 711  2015

sos slovakia 609   2011

sos slovakia 747  2016

Slovakia #711P

Slovakia #609O

Slovakia #747P

sos slovakia 521  2007

sos slovakia 600  2010

sos slovakia 245  label from ss  1996

Slovakia #521P

Slovakia #600P

Slovakia #245P



sos slovakia 194  1994

sos slovakia 614b  2011

Slovakia #194P

Slovakia #614bP

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

slovakia-     vladimir machaj  12 4 20 (2)

Scott: #????P

Issued: 04.12.2020

Postage Stamp Day honoring Slovak stamp designer, Vladimir Machaj

 Inside #???? and on the label, design components of the central motifs

 of 4 of Machaj works with all inscriptions and values omitted

sos slovakia 496 design component of motif no inscriptions  2006 Inside #????: Slovakia #496P

sos slovakia 363b from ss  design component of motif no inscriptions  2000 Inside #????: Slovakia #363bP

sos slovakia 474 design component of motif no inscriptions  2005 Inside #????: Slovakia #474P

sos slovakia 434c from ss  design component of motif no inscriptions   2003jpg Inside #????: Slovakia #434cO

Lou wrote: Two Machaj designs for his 2003 WWF issue were included in the Central African Republic Fauna on Stamps-S Countries omnibus issued on June 22, 2020 which show the complete stamps.

car sos slovakia 434c   2003car sos slovakia 434a  2003

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Postage Stamp Day:  Mikuláš Klimčák (1921 – 2016)

Scott: #????O

Issued: 03.12.2021

Stamp Day

[Christmas 1997 - The Birth, type HG] Inside #???? (On label): Slovakia #288P

Scott: #????O

Issued: 5.12.2023

Stamp Day

 Inside #???? (On label): Slovakia #318O

About Postage Stamp Day - Jozef Balaz (1923–2006)

Jozef Baláž (1923 – 2006) was a painter, graphic artist, illustrator and the doyen and founder of Slovak postage stamp design. Baláž made his debut in postage stamp design in 1957. In addition to his free graphic and illustrative works, in the years that followed he was the enthusiastic creator of a long line of stamps that started with the three TANAP issues. Overall, Baláž created the graphic design for almost 150 stamps, initially Czechoslovak, and later Slovak, stamps.

He is the chief representative of the movement that was able to fully penetrate the mysteries of stamp graphics. Even as a part of Czechoslovak stamp design his use of firm dynamic line drawing, that was a central element of both his compositions and his expression, attracted attention. His tilt towards the use of free and illustrative graphics to provide the motif and expressive design for a stamp makes his stamp designs an expression of modern fine art. From the considerable body of Czevchoslovak stamps designed by Baláž, let us recall the issues: Slovak Paradise, Archaeological Findings, the 110th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union, along with several issues to celebrate the anniversaries of the Slovak National Uprising as well as a portrait of a smiling Gagarin and of Andrej Hlinka, which received a national prize. In addition to his drawing on the gutter of the printing sheet of the first Slovak stamp to be issued: the Slovak State Symbol, we should also mention his work in the design of Slovak stamps for the first years of various issues; for example, the 50th Anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising, the 5th Anniversary of the Constitution, the Černová issue, and multiple stamps that bear the portraits of historical figures and events.

His fictitious portraits of Great Moravian figures, for example, Pribina, Rastislav, Koceľ and Svätopluk are especially valuable. The French-Slovak issue: M. R. Štefánik from 2003 is also worthy of mention. His stamp, Ľudovít Štúr, designed as a double portrait including the personification of Štúr’s muse – the Slovak language, provides the most innovative solution from among his portrait stamps. Multiple issues were awarded prizes by numerous philatelic polls and assessments of professional juries. Certainly, the award received at the Grand Prix de lʼexposition WIPA1996 is an exceptionally valuable example. The Ľudovít Štúr issue received the first and most precious international award for Slovak stamp design. Apart from the creative input of Baláž, the stamp was also shaped by his participation in the proceedings of the consultative bodies of the issuer. He was the first chairman of the Postage Stamp Design Commission.

In 2001, Jozef Baláž was awarded the state decoration, the 2nd Class Order of Ľudovít Štúr, for his exceptional contribution to Slovak stamp design graphics. May the issue of this postage stamp be a suitable tribute to an artist who spent half a century shaping the design of postage stamps in a unique way. 

Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl

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[Stamp Day - Severín Zrubec, 1921–2011, type YG]

Scott: #???? 2014

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Scott: #???? 2018

Postage Stamp Day:  Mikuláš Klimčák (1921 – 2016)

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