The first Lublin Issues

Fischer 17-19 | Michel 17-19 | Scott 27-29 | Year of issue 1918 | Pre-war Poland

After World War I, Poland became a free country again. Poland recovered its independence and was called the Second Republic. The first stamp issues were Austro-Hungarian and German stamps overprinted "Poczta Polska" (Polish Postage). Overprinted stamps were issued in Warsaw, Lublin, Kraków, Poznań and Gniezno. Overprints were temporarily used until Poland was able to produce stamps of its own.
In Southern Poland, issues from Lublin and Kraków were used. Before being overprinted, these stamps were Austro-Hungarian military field post stamps. Some stamps are signed on the reverse side.
The stamps are issued in Korona/Halerzy denomination, derived from the Austrian Kronen/Heller.

Fischer 17 Karl I Fischer 18 Zita of Bourbon-Parma Fischer 19 Karl I
17
Karl I
18
Zita
of Bourbon-Parma
19
Karl I
overprinted with the Polish eagle

Glossary

The eagle is the coat of arms of Poland.
Karl I was the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian double monarchy. He was married with Zita of Bourbon-Parma.
The Karl's Fund is a charity surcharge for Austria.
Lublin is a city in Poland from which these stamps were issued.

Translations

K(aiserliche) und K(önigliche) Feldpost = Emperial and Royal field post.
Karlfonds = Karl's Fund.

Relevant pages

The original Austro-Hungarian military field post stamps
The Lublin issues Part 2 (Fischer 20-29)

Resources

Stamps and the postal history of Austria
The Austro-Hungarian army 1914-18 for collectors of its postal items by John Dixon-Nuttall
History of Poland (1918-1939)
Second Republic of Poland
Austria Hungary
Warsaw
Lublin
Kraków
Poznań
Gniezno
Austro-Hungarian Krone
Heller
K.u.k. Monarchy
Karl of Austria
Zita of Bourbon-Parma
Coat of arms of Poland

Cancellations


Cancellations of Fischer 17-19

Reverse overprints

Fischer 17 Reverse overprint
Fischer 18 Reverse overprint
Fischer 19 Reverse overprint

17No

18No

19No