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More information about the local stamps of Poland can be found at: http://home.golden.net/~medals/locals.html

1918 Unissued local stamps of Warsaw were used as postage stamps in 1918:

Bialystock

 

4 stamps were issued for Bialystock in 1916.

 

Sosnowice


(Images obtained thanks to Krzysztof Ciesiul, reduced sizes)


(Reduced sizes)

  3 k blue
  3 k red with green bar
  10 k brown
  10 k blue with red bar

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values****** 
Sosnowice large triangle, inscription 'STADT MIASTO SOSNOWICE'

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
(-) red**** 

Two local postcards were also issued in Sosnowice

 

Przedborz

An Austrian field post office existed in Przedborz during world war I. A local post was set up by the military authorities to bring civilian mail to Konsk. Mail was franked with Austrian field post stamps, and the local stamps were applied as proof of payment for the local delivery.

1918 Inscription 'MIASTO PRZEDBORZ STADT PRZEDBORZ 1917'

Genuine

  2 g red
  4 g blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values** 

Forgeries exist, examples:

 

Various designs, townhall, bridge, marketplace and town arms

Image obtained thanks to Krzysztof Ciesiul

Value in groszy
  2 g green and light green
  2 g green
  4 g violet and red
  4 g red
  6 g blue and green
  6 g violet
  10 g red and lilac
  10 g blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values** 
Value in halerzy

  5 h red
  10 h green
  15 h blue
  20 h violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values** 

 

Checiny

Inscription 'POCZTA MIEJSKA M CHECINY HAL' 


(Reduced size)

Other values exists, in total 8 different stamps were issued, for example: 2 h brown and yellow, 3 h red and yellow, 4 h green and yellow, 5 h black and yellow, 5 h orange and grey.

 

Zarkach

Inscription 'Poczta miejska w Zarkach'

  3 h blue
  5 h red
  6 h lilac
  10 h green
  12 h olive
  24 h orange

Surcharged (always on two stamps at the same time)


(Reduced sizes)

  '6 halerzy' on 3 h blue
  '10 halerzy' on 5 h red (see picture of 5 h)
  '24 halerzy' on 12 h olive

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values**** 

Warning: Many forgeries exist! It seems that only 5000 of these stamps were issued (most of the above stamps are probably forgeries!). In the genuine stamps the 'r' and the 'k' in 'Zarkach' should not touch each other. The genuine stamps should be perforated 11 1/2. The genuine stamps don't exist imperforated!

 

Luboml

non issued locals

  5 p green
  10 p red
  20 p grey
  25 p blue
  50 p green

These stamps were prepared, but were never used.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values*- 

 

Warsaw

Local issues, inscription 'K.O.M.W. 1915'

  5 g green and yellow
  5 g blue and green
  10 g black and brown
  10 g red and brown
  

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 g green and yellow***RR 
5 g blue and green***** 
10 g black and brown ***RR 
10 g red and browncc 
Surcharged


(reduced sizes)

  '* 2 gr. *' on 10 gr red and brown
  '* 6 gr. *' on 5 gr green and brown
  '2 2' on 10 gr red and brown
  '6 6' on 5 gr green and brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'* 2 gr. *' on 10 gcc 
'* 6 gr. *' on 5 gcc 
'2 2' on 10 gcc 
6 on 5 gc to Rc to RMany types

Several other (rare) surcharges exist (see example below). If anybody posesses pictures, please contact me!

 

Cancellations


(K.O.m.st.W. POCZTA MIEJSKA)

Take also a look at the typical cancel with the arms inside
(Bisected for printed matters)


(Fiscal stamp? reduced size)

Zawierce

(1915)

Image obtained thanks to Krzysztof Ciesiul

  10 p grey and green (landscape with rising sun)
  20 p grey and brown (School building)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 pRR 
20 pRRRR 

There seems to be 3 varieties of both these stamps. In between stamps the word 'Zawierce' is printed in violet fancy letters. I've seen a cancel consisting of a violet 'ZAWIERCE' in a straight line with no containing box.

The following stamp does not have the violet 'Zawierce' overprint between two stamps, it could be a forgery:


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