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Ukrainian Lviv 1923-1939

Roman Sobus, UPNS#1182

The defeat of the Soviet Army and the signing of the Treaty of Riga in 1921 and ratification by the League of Nations in 1923, brought large tracts of Soviet territory under Polish control. A substantial portion of what was considered Volhyn Province and Western Ukraine, including the city of Lviv became located well within the Polish National borders. It would remain so until the outbreak of the Second World War in September, 1939. Over the following five years, Lviv would change hands three more times.


The small selection of philatelic material in the following pages is a sampling of Ukrainian themed and Ukrainian language mail either originating in, or being sent to Lviv. Some of the commercial mail from the various Ukrainian language publications have not been exhibited before, and are being shown here for the first time. Of special note is that the level of distribution, often spanning many years, was not limited to the local market, but circulated throughout Poland and many countries abroad, including some in the western hemisphere.


These items are a small part of a much larger philatelic exhibit, showing the multicultural flavor of the city of Lviv. The purpose of this small grouping is to inspire other collectors to explore the philatelic history of their homelands during the years of the Second Polish Republic. I welcome your comments and suggestions.

This is a Philatelic exhibit. The name Lwow is used throughout to describe postal markings and not to promote any political or ideological position.

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