Aspioti-Elka are Greek security printers who first began operating in 1911. The company produced the Iris and Hermes series, recess printed from dies engraved by Thomas Macdonald in London. Their subsidiary in Corfu released general issues of Epirus in 1914, depicting soldier and flag designs. Most of the Greek stamps produced since 1933 have been printed by Aspioti-Elka and all but one of the Cyprus issues released from 1962 onwards have been lithographed by them in Athens.
These provisional overprints were overprinted in black or red on the 1900 Crete issue, which celebrated Prince George becoming the Governor of the island. They were on very fine paper. Perf 14.
This overprint celebrated the Centenary of the Buenos Aires Conference of 1813. Litho.
There are many stamps issued during World War I, which reflect the momentous events of those years.
The island of Guam, formerly administered as part of the Spanish Philippine Islands, was occupied by American troops in 1899 during the Spanish-American War.
Nejd was a former sultanate in Central Arabia, which first issued its own stamps in 1925. Nejd's capital city Riyadh, later the capital of Saudi Arabia , was captured from the Turks in 1901 by the Prince Ibn Saud, who was to be responsible for founding a new Central Arabian kingdom. From his home in Nejd, Ibn Saud succeeded in expelling Turks from Central Arabia in 1904, and by 1914 had established himself as Amir of Nejd.
These Air stamps were surcharged and overprinted to celebrate the Rome-Buenos Aires Flight of 1934. The stamp was originally issued in 1930 and designed by N. Brunetti. Perf 14.
This article was written by Bertram W. H. Poole and first published in "Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News" Feb 25, 1911 Volume XXV, Number 8, Whole Issue Number 1052.
Hungary became a republic in November 1918 and contemporary stamps of the Harvesters, Parliament, King Karl and Queen Zita types were overprinted Köztársaság (Republic) diagonally. The basic 50ft.
The V.R.I. (Victoria Regina Imperatrix) overprints were applied to a few stamps of the South African Republic (Transvaal) in 1900, during the Boer War of 1899-1902. They were used for only two weeks during the British occupation of Wolmaransstad. When the Boers retreated they took with them the post office's entire stock of stamps, and the only ones the British could obtain were those belonging to the firm of Thomas Leask and Co. These were requisitioned at face value, and the company overprinted them two at a time with movable rubber type set in a hansstamp.
Today known as North and central Vietnam , Annam and tonquin came jointly under the protection of the French in 1885, when French stamps with a special overprint were introduced Two years later annam and Tonquin became part of the Union Indochinoise. In January 1888 French colonial key types of the 'Commerce' design, overprinted A & T, were issued in Annam and tonquin.
The indian sub-continent was partitioned in August 1947, the predominantly Moslem areas becoming the dominion of Pakistan. Contemporary Indian stamps were overprinted 'Pakistan' pending the production of distinctive stamps. The majority of the overprints were carried out at the Indian Security Printing Press, Nasik, but provisional overprints were also applied by local postmasters.
This image shows aFrench Colonies key type stamp of Levant overprinted T.E.O. (Territoires Ennemis Occupés) for use during the French military occupation of Syria between 1918 and 1922. Following the defeat of the Turks in September 1918, Syria came under French military occupation, being divided between a coastal area with a capital at Beirut, which subsequently became Lebanon, and the interior under the control of the Arabs with a capital at Damascus. Stamps of France were used between 1919 and 1922 overprinted T.E.O. (Territoires Ennemis Occupés) or O.M.F.
On 1st January 2007 Bulgaria became a member of the European Union. The road to full membership has been far from easy. The country's economy could have been in a better shape and corruption at all levels in society is still a major problem. Hopefully, being a member of the EU will lead to progress and development in the country. 1879 5c stamp, 1879 1fr stamp and an 1881 3s stamp After World War II Bulgaria became one of states of the socialist bloc under the leadership of the Soviet Union.
On January 1, 1893, values from 1 centesimo to 5 lire of the 1863-1891 Italian definitive series were released with the overprint COLONIA ERITREA. The lower values were overprinted in upper and lower case letters in a straight line, while the values above 5c were overprinted in capitals in a semi-circle. The lowest three denominations have been recorded with inverted overprints. Similar overprints were applied to the stamps of Italy's 1893-1897 definitive series and these were introduced at various dates between 1895 and 1899.