The two stamps below were
issued at the end of World War II by the revolutionary government of
Indonesia. They were printed by the Staatsdruckerei in Vienna. They
are not listed by the Scott catalog, but Michel does list them.
The first stamp was issued in 1948 or 1949. The design features a map of
Indonesia with ships representing blockade runners streaming toward
the Republic of Indonesia. The same stamp with an overprint was issued
The second stamp was issued
by the de facto government of the Republic of Indonesia in
For those who are
interested in these stamps, there is a catalog with pictures of all
"Vienna" issues at
West Irian (Irian Barat)
Irian Barat is the western
half of the island of New Guinea. The Dutch retained it when the rest
of Indonesia became independant in 1949. It was placed under United
Nations administration in 1962 and transferred to Indonesia in 1963.
The stamps were issued in 1963 in two values, Rupiahs 0,12 and 0,17,
showing the "Indonesian Flag from Sabang to Merauke."
Macao is across the bay
West of Hong Kong. It was colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th
century and reverted to China in 1999. The map on the stamps has an
old-stylle compass rose which might inidcate that is tis from an old
chart. On the 1 AVO stamp the latitude and longitude are indicated in
very light print, 22°10'N 113°35'E.