Thursday, December 1, 2016

Czech Republic 2016 - The 1916 Fight for Czech Statehood

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 12 October 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 50 mm
THEME: 1916 Fight for Czech Statehood

The upper definitive stamp in the background commemorates Czech historical persons, such as St. Wenceslas, Přemysl II Ottokar, and the major anniversary of Charles IV’s birth in 1316.  

The lower definitive stamp depicts widows and single mothers in the symbolic shadow of the Austrian imperial eagle.

The lower left-hand coupon contains portraits of persons who influenced the political development, such as M.R. Štefánik, T.G. Masaryk and Edvard Beneš. The lower right-hand coupon contains portraits of certain representatives of the involved countries, such as King Wilhelm II of Prussia, Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg, Tsar Nicolas II. The left-hand coupon displays events amidst the started war game, with Emperor Franz Joseph I dying on the 21st of November. The right-hand coupon portrays Charles I who became the new emperor on 21 November 1916 after the death of his great uncle Franz Joseph I. The upper coupons shows the flags of the involved countries, gaily fluttering above the images of destruction.

The path to statehood during the world war in 1916 is the theme of the third souvenir sheet in the series dedicated, after a century, to the years of 1914-1918. Opinions on postwar development began to crystallise on the background of the great war. The sheet is framed with a ribbon containing a selection of references to the events that laid the foundation of the postwar state arrangement.


Stamp images and description thanks to Česká pošta