Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
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||This memorial column, erected in the early years of the 18th century, is the
most outstanding example of a type of monument specific to central Europe. In
the characteristic regional style known as Olomouc Baroque and rising to a
height of 35 m, it is decorated with many fine religious sculptures, the work of
the distinguished Moravian artist Ondrej Zahner.
My German collecting friend, Gerhard Batz, has kindly contributed the two below stamps and the fragment with this information, with regard to be shown on this page:
In 1938 the 1st Czechoslovak Republic issued one of both of these stamps within a series with motives from the country. It was engraved by Karl Seizinger, a German who worked in Prague for the Czechoslovak postal authorities already since the 1920's.
||Gerhard Batz informs about this issue that Karl Seizinger
used to sign his stamps by hiding a big "S" or his initials
"KS" in the picture of the stamp (it's a funny game to search
for those initials). Also on the Olomouc stamp a big "S" can be
seen if you look closer at it.
Close up of the same stamp, showing the placement of the "S".
When Hitler occupied the Czech lands in 1939, Seizinger emigrated to Belgrade. But the German postal authorities of the Protectorate Böhmen und Mähren (Bohemia and Moravia) continued to use his (existing) engravings for stamps of the Protectorate such as the Olomouc stamp, too. But now they not only changed the country designation and the currency, but also deleted Seizinger's signing.
Therefore the engraving of the picture is exactly the same like the Czechoslovak one, but Seizinger's big "S" now is missing.
There are more examples of Seizinger stamps where the Nazis deleted his initials. Read more about this topic on Gerhard Batz's Karl Seizinger-section of his excellent website about Czechoslovak engraved Arts on Stamps, containing more than 30 single pages on Karl Seizinger's works.
Sources and links:
Other World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section of the Czech Republic, for further information on the individual properties.
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Revised 18 aug 2007