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SOKOL POSTCARDS

1908

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Postcard of the Liberec Sokols days in Turnov, 28-28 June 1908.

Local Slet in Prostejov, August 15-16, 1908

In 1908, the Austrian rulers of Czechoslovakia issued a new stamp to honor the jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef. Czech Sokol patriots in the town of Smichov created a "stamp collar" label to protest their oppression. Sold in three denominations - 3, 5, and 10 heller - it was accepted for a time, but soon outlawed. Below is a B&W image of the label, and another image of a later reproduction of the label as it would have looked with the Jubilee stamp affixed.

The inscription around the border of the label translates "For the gymnasium of Sokol II Tyrs in Smichov".

Stamp collars were popular at the time in Europe, especially in France (where they were called "porte timbres"), usually for patriotic or charitable messages. One received them in return for a donation to the cause, then used them either alone, or with a postage stamp added. The center, where the stamp was to go, was sometimes totally blank, but usually bore a simple message either supporting the organization selling them, or explaining their use. The border contained a message to surround the postage stamp and promote the cause.

In the US, stamp collars were printed on envelopes, usually as advertising, hence were called "Advertising Collars."

Click here to see more examples of European stamp collars and porte timbres.

Another web page about Czech stamp collars - Podlepka : what is it ?



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