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Promoted item: POLAND - 2014 - Fi 4516 - CANONIZATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II - sheet of 6 stamps

POLAND - 2014 - Fi 4516 - CANONIZATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II - sheet of 6 stamps

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About Poland Stamp

After being subdued by the occupying powers of Germany, Austria, and Russia for decades, Poland finally proclaimed its independence late in the year 1918. The country previously had been divided into three sections. The Russians controlled Central and Eastern Poland. The Austrians controlled the South of the country, and the Germans controlled the Western and Northern areas.The new independent Polish government wanted to prove to its populace that it could effectively rule. In 1918, Austrian stamps were, by and large, the postal currency of the land. Poland established its own Ministry of Post on November 18, 1918, and this institution immediately directed citizens to stop using Austrian stamps as soon as possible and switch over to the soon-to-be-introduced Poland stamp.In the beginning of January, 1919, the Polish Director of Post mandated that Polish citizens had less than a week to use up their Austrians stamps. After that, they would have to get these pieces overprinted by a Poland stamp with the words ''Poczta Polska.'' Of course, the Polish Postal Ministry wasn't particularly organized or aggressive about this campaign, so Austrian stamps (without overprints) continued to be employed for years.Part of the problem in distributing the new Poland stamp overprint was that citizens had to wait in long lines to get them. In addition, even though Poles were tired of their Austrian occupiers, they were timid to invest too much faith in the lasting power of the new government. That said, the Polish Post persevered in its campaign. By late 1919, it finished creating two new denominations of stamps, which quickly went into common circulation.