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Issues of polish stamps IV/2000
 
   

The Martial Law and the Post

   

No. of stamps: 1 with an addition
Face value: PLN 0.80
Printing technology: offset
Paper: fluorescent
Sales sheet: 12 stamps and 12 additions
Size of the stamp: 31,25 x 39,5 mm
Issue: 400.000 pcs
Designer: Maciej Buszewicz
Date of circulation: December 13th, 2000
   
The Polish Post will introduce a stamp commemorating the activity of the underground post during the Martial Law on December 13th, 2000.

The introduction of the Martial Law and the period of the delegalization of NSZZ "Solidarno¶ć" caused much opposition among the society. One of them included the issuance of "stamps" and "stamp-like labels". Some of these publications can be found in the original correspondence, which passed the mail. They are usually single "stamps" placed in-between official stamps.

The biggest interest among philatelists is aroused up to now by the stamp entitled "the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Polish Worker's Party, issued on January 5th, 1982, which entered the mail market in 1983 as a diversion publication, with the imprint: "December 13th, 1981, WRON war against the Nation December 13th, 1982."

On the day of introducing the stamps into the market, there will be sold a first day envelopes (FDC) with a special date seal in the Post Office Warsaw 1.

       
 
   

100 years of Zachęta in Warsaw

   

No. of stamps: 1
Face value: PLN 0.70
Printing technology: offset
Paper: fluorescent
Sales sheet: 20 stamps
Size of the stamp: 31,25 x 39,5 mm
Issue: 400.000 pcs
Designer: Andrzej Gosik
Date of circulation: December 4th, 2000
   
This year is the 100th anniversary of the existence of the building of Towarzystwo Zachęta Sztuk Pięknych. It is the first building in Warsaw erected to expose artistic works there. The Zachęta building was constructed thanks to funds and initiative of Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych, an organization of artists and lovers of art, founded in 1860. The institution, founded by Wojciech Gerson, was engaged in the collection and popularization fo the national art. The collection was started by the picture of Józef Simmler "Death of Barbara Radziwiłłówna". Exhibits came mainly from donations and last wills. They comprised over one thousand exhibits at the end of the century. The construction of its own building became a necessity. In 1896, the Society announced a competition for the design of the building. Stefan Szyller's suggestion won. The construction was launched in September 1898. The front building was officially opened on December 15th, 1900.

The best period in the history of Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych started together with the erection of the building. There were presented masterpieces of numerous Polish and foreign artists, including: Wojciech Gerson, Jan Matejko, Józef Chełmoński, Józef Brandt, Stanisław Wyspiański, Józef Mehoffer, Jan Stanisławski, Paul Cezanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Francis Bacon.

The Ministry of Culture and Art founded the Central Office of Artistic Exhibitions in the building of Zachęta in 1949. It existed until 1989. At present, Zachęta is one of the biggest and one of the most prestigious galleries of the contemporary art in Poland.

On the day of introducing the stamps into the market, there will be sold a first day envelope (FDC) with a special date seal in the Post Office Warsaw 1.

       
 
   

Christmas

   


No. of stamps: 4
Face value: PLN: 0.70, 0.80, 1.10, 1.55
Printing technology: offset
Paper: fluorescent
Sales sheet: 16 stamps
Size: 40,5 x 40,5 mm
Issue: Issue:
  PLN 0,70: 13,600,000 pcs
  PLN 0,80: 10,700,000 pcs
  PLN 1,10: 3,000,000 pcs
  PLN 1,55: 2,600,00 pcs
Designer: Maciej Jędrysik
Date of circulation: November 27th, 2000
   
Thinking about the approaching Christmas, the Polish Post has prepared new postal stamps, just like it does every year. This year's issue "Christmas" has a special character, because it falls during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

Christmas is the time, when apart from the joy for the birth of the Savor, we give one another presents, decorate our houses according to the customs, meet family members and close persons at the tables.

The presented series of stamps has been realized in the convention of the Medieval stained-glass window. They represent important events from the life of Christ:

  • PLN 0.70 - Christmas
  • PLN 0.80 - Galilean Cana
  • PLN 1.10 - Eucharist
  • PLN 1.55 - Ascension

On the day of introducing the stamps into the market, there will be sold first day envelopes (FDC) with a special date seal in the Post Office Warsaw 1.

       
 
   

60th anniversary of the Katyń Crime

   

No. of stamps: 2
Face value: PLN 1.55
Printing technology: offset
Paper: fluorescent
Sales sheet: 20 stamps
Size of the stamp: 31,25 x 43 mm
Issue:
  PLN 0.70 - 3,800,000 pcs.
  PLN 0.80 - 4,000,000 pcs.
Designer: Janusz Wysocki
Date of circulation: November 15th, 2000
   
The Polish Post will introduce two stamps into the market devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Katyń Crime on November 11th, 2000. We use the term to denote one of the most tragic crimes in the history. The murder of almost all Polish officers imprisoned as a result of the Soviet aggression on September 17th, 1939.

The crime was committed by NKWD soldiers on the basis of a decree on the liquidation of war prisoners signed by Stalin on March 5th, 1940.

For almost 50 years, authorities of the Soviet Union had not wanted to acknowledge the fact of committing the crime named after the first discovered cemetery Katyń, while the authorities of the People's Republic of Poland participated in the lie. Thus, the truth about the tragic events was not rendered in the official history interpretations. However, the memory about the crime preserved. Three Polish war cemeteries in the East: Charkov, Katyń, Miednoye, the place of a murder of the prisoners, constitute a fulfillment of the duty towards the victims and their families.

Individual stamps represent:

  • PLN 0.70 - the image of a priest against the background of the cross in Katyń
  • PLN 0.80 - the image of Pope John Paul II kneeling in front of the monument "To the Killed and Murdered in the East" in Muranów in Warsaw.

On the day of introducing the stamp into the market, there will be sold a first day envelope (FDC) with a special date seal in the Post Office Warsaw 1.

       
 
   

Polish Kings and Princes

   


No. of stamps: 4
Face value: PLN: 0.70, 0.80, 1.10, 1.55
Printing technology: steel engraving - concave printing
Paper: fluorescent
Sales sheet: 35 stamps
Size: 40.5 x 54 mm
Issue: a' 400,000 pcs. of each stamp
Designer: Stefan Małecki
Date of circulation: : October 23rd, 2000
   
Ending the cycle of postal stamps representing Polish Kings and Princes, started in 1986, according to drawings of Jan Matejko, housed in the collections of the National museum in Wrocław, the Polish Post will introduce another four postal stamps into the circulation on October 23rd, 2000. They represent respectively:
  • PLN 0.70 - August II Mocny (the Strong) (1670-1733), Sas king from the Wettin dynasty, reigning in the period 1697-1706 and after 1709.
  • PLN 0.80 - Stanisław Leszczyński (1677-1766), elected King of Poland twice in 1704-1709 and 1733-36, father of may, wife of King of France, Luis XV.
  • PLN 1.10 - August III (1696-1763), Sas king, son of August II the Strong. King of Poland in the years 1733-1763.
  • PLN 1.55 - Stanisław August Poniatowski (1732-98), King of Poland in the years 1764-1795.

On the day of introducing the stamps into the market, there will be sold first day envelopes (FDC) with a special date seal in the Post Office Wrocław 1.

       
 
   

50 years of the Polish Philatelic Union

   

No. of stamps: 1 in the form of a block
Face value: PLN 1.55
Printing technology: offset
Paper: fluorescent
Size of the stamp: 39,5 x 31,25 mm
Size of the block: 75 x 60 mm
Issue: 350.000 pcs
Designer: Robert Konrad
Date of circulation: October 12th, 2000
   
There is ca. 100 mln philatelists in the world. The philatelics developed soon after the publication of the first postal stamp in 1840 in England. Georges Herpin, French collector, was its precursor. He was the first person to suggest the word "philatelie" to determine the collection of postal stamps. The first known association of philatelists was founded in Belgium at the beginning of 1850s. The first Polish philatelic organization called Polski Klub Filatelistyczny started its activities on January 6th, 1893, in Kraków.

The year 2000 was a special year for the biggest association of Polish philatelists, Polski Zwi±zek Filatelistów. 50 years ago, i.e. on June 21st, 1950, there was founded an association unifying enthusiasts of the philatelics, acting in various clubs and societies so far, at the initiative of philatelic centers in Kraków, Warsaw, and Wrocław.

The goal of PZF includes a unification of philatelists from Poland to facilitate them a professional collection of postal stamps, a popularization of philatelics in Poland, propagating Polish postal stamps in Poland and abroad, an assistance in obtaining specialist knowledge for members of the Union, as well as a protection against forgeries. Several new philatelic clubs and societies started their activities after 1990. However, the number of their members is rather small.

The Polish Post will commemorate the 50th anniversary by introducing a postal stamp in the form of a block into the trade on October 12th, 2000.

On the day of introducing the stamp into the market, there will be sold a first day envelope (FDC) with a special date seal in the Post Office Warsaw 1.

       
 
   

Wold Post Day - Post in the eyes of children

   


No. of stamps: 4
Face value: PLN: 0.70, 0.80, 1.10, 1.55
Printing technology: offset
Paper: fluorescent
Sales sheet: 20 stamps
Size:
  Value: PLN 0.70: 31,25 x 39,5 mm
  Value: PLN 0.80, 1.10, 1.55: 39,5 x 31,25 mm
Issue: Issue:
  PLN 0,70: 2,800,000 pcs
  PLN 0,80: 2,900,000 pcs
  PLN 1,10: 1,500,000 pcs
  PLN 1,55: 1,400,000 pcs
Designer: Jacek Konarzewski
Date of circulation: October 9th, 2000
   
The Polish Post will introduce four postal stamps into the market within this year's issue of "World Post Day". They represent works sent to the plastic competition entitled "Post in Your Eyes" organized in October 1998 by the Regional Post Office in Katowice. The competition was aimed for children from primary schools.

The sent competition works represent the world of an unlimited imagination of children and they render postal services in an interesting way. Awarded works are represented in the stamps:

  • PLN 0.70 - Tomasz Wistuba
  • PLN 0.80 - Katarzyna Chrzanowska
  • PLN 1.10 - Joanna Żbik
  • PLN 1.55 - Katarzyna Łonak

On the day of introducing the stamps into the market, there will be sold first day envelopes (FDC) with a special date seal in the Post Office Wrocław 1.

       
   

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