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16th January 1921

Europe 44, 44a

First, by way of explanation:

Combining the Scott [1] and Gibbons [2] narratives, Under the Pact of Corfu (1917), representatives of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro resolved to form a single nation to be ruled by the Serbian dynasty. When the Austo-Hungarian Empire broke up in October 1918, its former southern Slav provinces combined and formed a national council which asked to join the others. In December 1918 Prince Regent Alexander proclaimed the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
From 1918 to 1920, separate issues were made for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia [Serbia too, but both catalogues list this separately.] Gibbons numbers these sequentially, Scott does so discretely.
The first general issue for Yugoslavia was made in 1921.

Issues for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Issues for Croatia
Issues for Slovenia
Yugoslavia 1918 Sc-1L1 SG1 Yugoslavia 1918 Sc-2L1 SG53 Yugoslavia 1919 Sc-3L1 SG97

referred to as Croatia-Slavonia in Scott. Scott also lists semi-postal stamps for the Carinthia Plebiscite, Sc4LB1-4LB6.

Issues for Bosnia and Herzegovina were overprints of B&H stamps.
Issues for Croatia-Slavonia began with overprints of Hungarian stamps.
Issues for Slovenia were printed for that purpose.

  Yugoslavia 1921 Sc1 SG164
King Alexander when Prince
Sc10 SG172
King Peter I

perf 12, no wmk, engraved
Printed by the American Bank Note Co.

Description Design Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#  
2 paras sepia 1 1 164      
5p - 75p values 1 2-9 165-172      
1 dinar orange 2 10 173      
2d - 10d values 2 11-14 174-177      

Gibbons notes that imperforate remainders of this issue were distributed during 1975.

Changes of Administration

Federal People's Republic
Federated Republic
1929 Sc-B17 SG243 1945 Sc202 SG525 1992 Sc2154 SG2785

In 1929, the country's name was changed to Yugoslavia. (1929 Sc-B17 SG243, semi-postal).

After WW2 (see below for occupation issues) Martial Tito seized power. Stamps were issued in the regions (B&H, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) in addition to general issues (SG482+).
The Federal People's Republic was declared on 29th November 1945 and the Federated Republic in May 1992.

Government in Exile
1943 Sc-1K1 SG468

Occupation Issues

Gibbons states that Yugoslavia was invaded by German, Italian, Hungarian and Bulgarion troops in 1941. It describes the division of the country between Germany, Italy, Hungary, Albania and Bulgaria and using the stamps of those countries thereafter. The remainder oy the country was divided into three states:
Croatia, later taken over by Italy. Gibbons lists the stamps under Croatia.
Montenegro, again, taken over by Italy and listed by Gibbons under Montenegro.
Serbia, in reality remained under German rule, stamps listed under Serbia.

Gibbons lists issues of the Yugoslav govt. in exile in London, "for the use of the Yugoslav Merchant Navy working with the allies". Scott calls this an Office Abroad.

Sources: ScC, ScS [1], SGP3 [2].

Images from David Olson, ebay, Delcampe.

FI ref: 520, 755 Page credit: NB

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