Austrian stamps for 2021 – another impressive list

Austrian stamps for 2021 – another impressive list

Time to look at Austrian stamps for 2021. I like this time of year; many post offices announce coming year’s stamp.

I’m experimenting with creating lists of upcoming releases that can be updated with photos and details throughout the year. I haven’t settled on a format, hence the varying styles in the previous articles on coming Canadian, USA and Australian stamps.  I’m leaning towards the layout on this article because it’s clean and easy to update. Sometime in January, I’ll create a new index titled – Year Issues – 2021 and link to all the various pages.  Not sure how many I’ll manage to setup, it’s not easy finding the info and translating some of the details. It can be a bit of a slog.

Today’s offering, as you can see by the title is Austria 2021. When possible, I’ll include extra information about the stamps and captures of the day of issue cancels. Although the topics and titles have been released, many of the designs have not been. Bookmark the page if you are interested in Austrian stamps and come back each month to see updated details.

Please note I’m depending on Google Translate so some of the English translations may not be 100% correct. If you find an error in my translations, please post a comment and I’ll correct it. Your help would be appreciated in ensuring accuracy.

Austrian stamps for 2021 Jan  

8 stamps will be released by Österreichischen Post covering topics ranging from architects, cars, trains, and art.

Stamp with Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in front of a Frankfurt Kitchen

Frankfurt Kitchen designer Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky


First Day cancel for Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in front of a Frankfurt Kitchen

Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in front of a Frankfurt Kitchen First Day Cancel

Einbauküche –Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky | Equipped kitchen – Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky
1897-2000 architect / Frankfurt Kitchen

1 stamp, FDC, special cancel

Designer: David Gruber

This stamp celebrates the life of Schütte-Lihotzky, the first woman to work successfully as an architect in Austria. Her ground-breaking Frankfurt kitchen designed rationalised kitchens to make them more efficient.

All of us benefiting from a modern, well designed kitchen should thank Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Schütte-Lihotzky was the architect behind what became known as the Frankfurt Kitchen, the forerunner to modern kitchen designs. She was an extraordinary person that would take far too long to write about in this short space. You can read more about here Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky – Wikipedia

Release date: Jan 20, 2021.

Austrian stamp showing a 1930s Pullman car

Gräf & Stift Pullman car


Special cancel for the PUllman car stamp

Pullman Graf & Stift SP 8 Pullman

1 stamp, FDC, special cancel

Designer: David Gruber.

This little stamp will appeal to collectors of automobiles, especially classic, prewar ones. Also designed by David Gruber, the 1930 Pullman car stamp will be issued the same day as the Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky stamp. The First Day cancel will be worth getting on its own.

Release date: Jan 20, 2021

vending machine stamps showing summer flowers - purple flowers

Vending machine stamps


Summer 2021  
2 Vending machine stamps

Release date: Jan 8, 2021

2021 Feb stamps

Souvenir sheet of 4 sstamps showing Sights in Austria"

Sights in Austria

Sights in Austria

  • Seeschloss Ort – Upper Austria
  • Cathedral of Gurk – Carinthia, Schloss
  • Freundsberg – Tirol 
  • Strudlhofstiege – Vienna

4 stamps, one souvenir sheet

Release date: Feb 1, 2021


WESTbahn | railways Release date Feb. 11, 2021

WESTbahn | railways Release date Feb. 11, 2021


First Day Cancel for WESTbahn railways

Special Cancel for

WESTbahn | railways

1 stamp, FDC, special cancel

Designers: Peter Sinawehl and Kirsten Lubach

Release date: Feb. 11, 2021


Austrian stamp of Gennari painting


First day cancel for Benedetto Gennari

Benedetto Gennari

Benedetto Gennari, (October 19, 1633 – December 9, 1715), Italian painter

Theseus mit den Töchtern des Minos | Theseus with the two daughters of Minos, painted 1702. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Designer: Kirsten Lubach

Release date: Feb. 11, 2021


Stamp showing a yellow parrot fish

From the Fish series


Fish – Parrotfish

1 stamp

Release date: Feb 1, 2021

Funny Birds stamp

Funny Birds


Funny Birds 


Release date: Feb 1, 2021

March Stamps 2021


Spring flowers – Kamelie | Camelias

Release date: Mar 5, 2021


Freimarken 1899 / Postage stamps from 1899

Release date: Mar 5, 2021


Adriana Czernin – Ohne Titel, 2004 | Artist Czernin – untitled work

Release date: Mar 5, 2021


Millstätter Fastentuch

Adam und EvaMillstätter Fastentuch,
Adam und Eva |  Millstätter fasting cloth Adam and Eve

Release date: Mar 5, 2021

Austria April 2021 releases


 50 Jahre STAUD´S Wien |50 Years of STAUD’s Vienna  



Murbodner Tracht – Not sure but a search pointed to a hardy cow



Klarinette |clarinets

Austria May 2021 releases


Europa – wolf | Europa wildlife – wolf


Austrian Artist

Josef Pillhofer – Badende, 1981 | Josef Pillhofer – Bathing, 1981

  Gigant 600 | Giant 600
  250 Jahre Wiener Börse | 250 Years of the Vienna stock exchange

Österreichische Bundesgärten | Austrian Federal gardens

Austria June 2021 releases

  Fischerkirche Rust | Fischer Church in Rust, Austria


  Austrian artist
Lisl Ponger – Gone Native, 2000
  BL Dispensermarken Mutation  | translates into gibberish

Austria July 2021 releases

  Klimawandel: Österreich – Grönland | Climate Change: Austria – Greenland
  Granatkapelle – Garnet Chapel
  Austrian painter – Martin Schnur – Ast, 2020
  Glackens-Marke | Congratulation’s stamp

Austria August 2021 releases

  Trauer-Marke | Grief stamp
  Endangered cattle from the Tyrol (Austria) area/ Jochberger Hummel | Jochberger “bumble bee”
  Steinpilz | Mushrooms
  Historische Postfahrzeuge | Historic postal vehicles

Austria September 2021 releases

  Europ. Jahr der Schiene | Europe – year of track
  Sport & Boden – Ringen | wrestling
  Sport & Boden – Judo
  Sport & Boden – Gymnastik | gymnastics

Austria October 2021 releases

  BLZ 100 Jahre VÖPh | 100 years of Austrian Philatelist Associations
  Tag der Briefmarke 2021 | Stamp day 2021
  100 Jahre Burgenland | 100 years of Burgenland
  Technische Innovation | Technical innovation
  Thermenregion aus der Serie „Weinregion Österreich“ | Thermal region from the
“Austria Wine Region” series
  100 Jahre Wr. Messe | 100 years of trade fair
  Freimarken 1899-1918 | Free markets 1899-1918
  Jahre diplomatische Beziehungen ÖsterreichChina | 50 years diplomatic Relations Austria

Austria November 2021 releases

  Weihnachten – Vintage Schaukelpferd | Christmas – Vintage rocking horse
  Weihnachten – 100. Geburtstag Bischof Stecher | Christmas – 100th birthday Bishop engraver
  Weihnachten Päckchenmarke | Christmas package brand
  PostWeihnachten – Der hl. Josef am Josefsalter im Dom (1969)croDer hl. Josef am Josefsalter im Dom (1969) KHM Motivssing 2021 | Christmas – St. Josef at the Josefsalter in the cathedral (1969)
  Weihnachten – KHM Motiv | Christmas KHM motif
  Postcrossing 2021 | Post crossing 2021


No issues were announced for December 2021. I’ll keep an eye open for them.  Don’t forget to check out the list of previous articles Big Index Of Philately Articles | Bitter Grounds Magazine and the expanding list of Post Offices Around World | Bitter Grounds Magazine, this is a work in progress but will eventually turn into a handy reference guide.


A rock hunting I will go this summer

A rock hunting I will go this summer

Photo of boulders dug out of a construction site in Toronto but too big for rock hunting souvenirs

I’m going to go rock hunting this summer. “What’s that?” I hear you asking, “rock hunting? That sounds random”.  My brain is sometimes like a flea on a mitt – hopping from one interest to another. So many fascinating things to explore and so little time on this world to do it. One can never have too many hobbies.

Lately I’ve been lurking around rock hound sites, admiring the diversity in … well, the rock world. ‘Rock world’ – not sure if that is a thing, but we’ll stick with it. I’ve been picking up random pebbles and stones for a long time, wondering what they are.  “Oh here’s a grey one. And here’s another grey one. This one has a pink seam. OHH this one is black. No, wait, it’s just muddy”.

I’ve been staggered by how varied rocks are and now I’m eager to learn a bit more about what’s here in Toronto. The ravine system is a short stroll from my place so that should be a good starting point. I can wander for miles poking around the mud and rocks, looking for anything interesting. As a bonus, I can take my camera along and get some decent photos of the ravine. I’ll have to get a pair of gloves though, because I really hate getting my hands dirty.

Another choice spot might be along Lake Ontario with it’s rocky shores. It might spit up a fossil or two, as well which would be cool. I remember days spent looking for trilobites while growing up.  We called then ‘stone bugs’ because we didn’t’ have a clue what they were. I’ve often wished I’d saved some of the better ones, but we chucked them back out into the water when we finished oohing over them.

If all else fails, I can go to the ROM – their rocks and minerals are all carefully labeled so ID-ing them will be easy.

I’ve been using Mining Matters rock identification guide to spot some of the more common rocks around here.  Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario has a good YouTube video titled Rock and Mineral Identification that is fun to watch.

Oh what a beauty – Chalon head vignette for auction

Oh what a beauty – Chalon head vignette for auction

Collectors of early Canadian (and British colonies) will recognise the phrase “Chalon head”. There is only one – the famous Queen Victoria Chalon depicting a very young QV. Vance Auctions has an intriguing ephemera offering in next week’s sale (Jan 30, 2019) :

Queen Victoria Chalon head vignette (engraving)

Queen Victoria Chalon head vignette (engraving)

7909 – Engraved b/w 19th Century vignette depicting the QUEEN VICTORIA CHALON HEAD oval portrait sunk directly on to card (60 x 78mm). VF, Scarce. Would make a perfect opening page item for an early Canada collection. Ex Highland ….Est 500.00+ from the Vance catalogue

It’s about 2.3” x 3” in size (for those who don’t speak metric) so, yea, it’d make a great faceplate for any Chalon collection.  Usually, we see the image in a squished down format (Chalons aren’t terribly large) so it’s nice to see it in a (slightly) larger format.

The oval portrait appears on a number of early stamps from Canada, New Zealand, Tasmania, Bahamas, Queensland, Natal and Grenada, comprising some of the most collectable stamps I know of. I’ve met people who go gaga over them and dedicate a hefty portion of their collections to Chalons.  They are alluring little beauties to chase.  Although I’m more a Small Queens fan, I do appreciate the odd time a Chalon passes my desk, even if it’s a Jubilee edition.

Scan of an 1887 Queen Victoria Jubilee 1/2c stamp

1887 Queen Victoria Jubilee 1/2c stamp

I’ve had a few low quality Chalons in my collection, but have to confess to swapping them years ago for some early airmail stamps. Push comes to shove, I’ll sacrifice my Queen for airmails. So about the only ones I have are the few Jubilees, which really aren’t Chalons in the strictest sense in my opinion.

The Chalon image is from an Alfred Edward Chalon painting, c 1837, of Queen Victoria in full robes shortly after she came to the throne.  I tried to find out where the original painting hangs, but pretty much every article I read looped to Chalon stamps. It’ll take a trip to the library to find out, so next time I’m at the reference library, I’ll pop into the art section and see if I can find an answer. If you know, drop a note in the comments section.

Portrait of young Queen Victoria, painted by Chalon

Queen Victoria, portrait by Alfred Edward Chalon c 1837 | [Public domain]

An engraving of Victoria’s head from this portrait, by Samuel Cousins, was distributed to the public as souvenirs on coronation day.  It was later the basis for the famous Chalon stamps.

So, back to the topic, the engraving, if your interested, wander over to Vance and check it out.  It’s auction item #7909, listed under ephemera.  Don’t forget to search for Chalons stamps as well. There are a couple of bargains, including a New Zealand lot (#7381).

If you’re looking for a bit of fun, check out the mystery novel The Chalon Heads by Barry Maitland. I read it a few years ago and found it thoroughly enjoyable. I mean, how many murder mysteries are centred around stamp collecting? This one has it all – murder, forgery, Scotland Yard, stamp collecting, Chalon heads, what more do you want?  Check out Good Reads.

A short bio on Alfred Chalon: Archives Canada

For information on engraver Samuel Cousins:
A kickass article on New Zealand Chalons can be found at Ashford Stamps Limited:


Aero Club of Canada stamp & more

Aero Club of Canada stamp & more

I’m back lurking around Vance Auction’s October listings, this time looking at the airmails. Oh, and be still my beating heart! The first offerings in Canadian semi-postals knocked my socks off. Now is the time to dig up some extra cash and go wild. What has my pulse racing? Check them out:

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I’m always blown away by them when I see them.  They are on my fantasy “one day I’ll own them” list. The first is an Aug 1918 CLP2 tete beche pair. Vance describes them as VF, OG and well centred. Estimate on this is $1,500 (lot #6759). I went to a stamp show (quite a few years ago) and one of the sellers had a couple singles on display. That was the only time I’ve been able to get so close I could see all the detail. Great propaganda pieces.

Scan of CLP 2 tete beche pair Aero Club of Canada

Moving on through the list – 3 CPL3 AUG 25, 1919 Aeroclub Canada stamps, including a used with a good cachet estimated $900.

Scan of CLP3 semi official airmail with crisp cancel

The cachet is strong and doesn’t look like it’s suffered any fading over time – ‘AERIAL MAIL AUG 25, 1919 TORONTO CANADA’.  All three are worth checking out if you’re a semi-official collector. Check out lots 6760 to 6762.

Rounding out the list are two beautiful deep red Estevan – Winnipeg FF semis from Oct 1 1924.

Scan of Canada airmail with CLP5 semi official stamp

If you have an eye for cachets, CLP5 and CLP5i are the ones to look at. Both have a little biplane stamped under the By Air Mail | First Flight, but CLP5i version is picture perfect and still strong 94 year later. Estimates $250 and $275.

Vance Auctions #333 Oct 11 catalogue is online now –  While over there don’t forget to check out their blog. They recently posted an interesting bit on the lathe work on Canadian Admirals.

Psst – have a spare 8 grand for a slightly damaged postal cover?

Psst – have a spare 8 grand for a slightly damaged postal cover?

Here’s something you don’t see every day:

Photo of a badly burned salvaged cover from the Hindenburg Zeppelin disaster - cover courtesy Vance Auctions

A badly burned salvaged cover from the Hindenburg Zeppelin disaster

Have you figured out what it is? Here’s a hint: Think Zeppelin mail.  This chance to own a piece of history is coming up at the next Vance sale Aug 22, 2018. (Auction item 687)

C54, Tied on part of a charred cover from the 6 May, 1937 HINDENBURG ZEPPELIN DISASTER. Addr to C. Ford in San Francisco with centrally struck red Zeppelin flight cachet. Wrapped in the original cellophane by the Post Office and with P.O. Department Officially Sealed label on reverse. Has 1993 Germany Philatelic Society Certificate and 1993 Dr J. Simon Certificate. A VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF A HINDENBURG CRASH COVER FROM THE MOST FAMOUS AIR DISASTER IN HISTORY

The cover, from one of the most famous air disasters in history, was one of only 372 salvaged from the 17,000 letters the Hindenburg carried on it’s last flight. Out of those 372, 176 suffered no damaged because they were being held in protective pouches. The rest (this one included) were pieced together afterwards by diligent US postal officials, sealed and  sent on to their destination.  This one has an authentication certificate, which is mandatory given the high number of forgeries about.  It’s unusual to see one come for auction and it’ll be interesting to see what the final price is.

If you look closely, you can just make out an address and post mark. The original US post Officially Sealed stamp is in place along with the salvage wrapping. It originally carried the C54 Swastika, Sun, Globe and Eagle German airmail stamp – 100pf, like the one below, but I couldn’t spot it. I think it’ll take a careful examination to see the remnants.

Scan of 1934 German airmail stamp

1934 German airmail stamp

Note: the number of covers that survived varies between 358 to 372.  Zeppelin authority Dieter Leder from the Zeppelin Study Group pegs the number at 372, which is the one I use in the article.

Hindenburg Crash Mail – 
Burned mail from Hindenburg crash to be auctioned (link no longer available. Looking for another one)
Zeppelin Post Journal is the one of the best magazines on the market for Zeppelin related information –