Austria: Personalized stamps (3)

Just like several countries Austria also have stamps with a perosnalized touch. As far as I can see, there are two big differences with what other countries do.

To start with the most important difference: where in other countries the personalized part is printed on a field added to the franking stamp, there the Austrian stamps have a franking value ! 

The second difference is probably a result of that franking value: lately in Austria is published a catalogue with all in 2003, 2004 and 2005 issued personalized stamps. The number of stamps is 2600 ! The catalogue is for sale via  . The price is nearly 50 €.

There is one stamp known, which is interesting for the bee collector. The stamp is from Ortsgruppe III from "Landesverband für Bienenzucht" at Vienna (region group III from the national Organisation for beekeeping) on occasion of 85 years Ortsgruppe.

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On the stamp are pictured a beehive, St. Ambrosius and some beekeeping products. The designer is Johann Hladik

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee"  1/2007 
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