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Synopsis – Carpatho-Ukraine 1944-1945

Jay Carrigan

Purpose of Exhibit

To show the many provisional issues of Carpatho-Ukraine from late 1944 to the end of 1945.  These issues are not listed in Scott, but there have been preliminary discussions with the editor concerning the possible eventual inclusion of at least some of these issues.  This is a traditional exhibit, covering the issues listed in Michel under Karpaten-Ukraine.

Exhibit History

This is the first time that this exhibit has been shown.  In the mid 1980's I showed a much smaller exhibit of this subject.

Challenge Factor

This collection will never be complete.  The exhibit attempts to show all stamp issues as well as most major varieties.  However, in spite of having collected this area for almost 40 years, there are still many holes, especially in the overprinted issues. 

Authenticity

All overprinted stamps have been expertized.  Many of the other items in the exhibit have also been expertized.

Material Highlights

Since this is not a popular collecting area, a stamp with an issue of 500 copies is considered common.  The rarities in this area are the stamps of which 20 or fewer copies exist.  This exhibit contains over 70 examples of these, including two stamps where only 2 copies are known, and five others with only 3 copies known.

References

  1. von Steiden, Georg – "Spezialkatalog Karpaten-Ukraine / Спеціальний каталог Закарпатська Україна", Munich (2000) [German / Ukrainian]
  2. Carrigan, Jay and Kuzych, Ingert – "Handbook of Carpatho-Ukraine Philately", Springfield , VA (2005) [English] 

These two references are the latest publications on this subject and are by far the most comprehensive.  Other references are listed on the Internet at http://www.jaypex.com/C-U/CUlit.html.

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