Austria - Österreich - Eisenbahner-Witwen u. Waisen Etiketten - Cinderella Stamps

Sample of the issues
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Please note that we did not originally intend to retain this listing on our website for very long. It was originally intended as a short-term, quickly-compiled reference. Over the years we have added a few items to the article but the format of the article does not lend itself well to this. The result is a patchwork, untidy page but we have opted to retain it, rather than delete it, since it may be helpful to anyone collecting in this field. .

We had through our hands an extensive collection of around 200 Railway Workers' Widows & Orphans charity stamps from turn-of-the-century Austria. As none of these stamps seem to be commonplace, we decided to provide a list of those we handled, purely for information. The stamps exist Perf 9½ and / or Perf 11½, with the same design and colour sometimes being found in both perfs; this is particularly true of the ultramarine and fairly frequently true of the deep purple.

In our listing below, the stamps we have seen were Perf 9½ unless otherwise stated. In the table, we have used the short forms P9 and P11 to indicate the perforations. The colours given in the table heading below needed to be shortened and are simplified. Actual colours :

** Rose-Red, Ultramarine and Deep Purple are broadly accurate.
** Chestnut covers a range from pale terracotta to brown. In some cases, we have seen the two extremes of this range for the same station and these cases are mentioned in footnotes. For collectors seeking more information, we have favoured illustrating the brown stamps in the scans at the foot of the page as a further aid.
** Green is actually a dull grey-green
** Grey covers shades from almost black to a brownish-grey

The scans at the foot of the page illustrate every station design that we have handled or, occasionally, where we have come across a scan. The quality of printing of these stamps is generally not very good and it is sometimes difficult to make out detail of the designs, but ALL the designs are of railway stations, either interior or, more frequently, exterior, the latter showing trams from time to time. They are by no means all Austrian stations, with much of the European mainland represented, plus some USA and one from India. We believe the source material for the stamps came predominantly (perhaps entirely) from contemporary postcards.

We suspect there will be several more stations and no doubt more colour types for the designs we have listed, but perhaps no completely new colours. Current town names (and their countries) are often given by us below, although at the time many of the stations were, of course, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Station Notes Rose-Red Ultramarine Deep Purple Chestnut GreenGrey
Agram Zagreb, Croatia Yes Yes, P11 Yes Yes
Assling near Munich Yes Yes, P.11 Yes Yes Yes
Bad Ischl Austria Yes Yes P11 Yes P11 Yes P11 Yes
Baltimore U.S.A. Yes Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes Yes
Berlin Hochbhf Nollendorfplatz Yes Yes
Bombay India Yes Yes, P11 Yes Yes
Brünn Brno, Czech Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brüssel Nord Nordbanhnhof Yes Yes,P11 Yes P11 Yes,P11 Yes
Budapest Ostbahnhof Yes Yes Yes P9 & P11 Yes Yes
Chicago USA-vertical format Yes.P11 Yes Yes
Czernowitz Chernivtsi,Ukraine Yes Yes P11
Danzig Zentralbahnhof Yes P11 Yes P11
Dresden Hauptbahnhof Yes Yes Yes P11 Yes Yes
Eger Hungary Yes Yes, P9 & P11 Yes P11 Yes
Eigerwand Jungfraubahn Yes Yes Yes
Franzensfeste (Italian Tyrol) Yes Yes Yes
(Bad) Gastein Austria Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes P11 Yes Yes Yes
Görz (Italy) Gorizia Centrale Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes,P9 & P11 Yes Yes
Hamburg Yes Yes,P11 Yes,P11 Yes Yes Yes
Hannover Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes Yes,P11 Yes
Innsbruck Yes,P11 Yes Yes,P11 Yes
Klagenfurt Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes Yes,P11 Yes Yes
Köln a.Rhein Cologne Yes Yes P11 Yes
Komotau Hbf Chomutov, Czech Yes Yes Yes P11 Yes Yes
Krakau Krakow, Poland Yes Yes P11 Yes,P11 Yes Yes
Lemberg, Poland = Lviv / Lvov Yes Yes P11 Yes,P11 Yes Yes
Luzern (CH) Lucerne Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes,P11 Yes
Mainz Hauptbahnhof Yes P11 Yes, P.11 Yes Yes
Marienbad (CZ) Mariánské Lázne Yes Yes
München Hbf Munich Yes Yes,P11 Yes
Oberbozen (Italian Tyrol) Yes Yes,P11 Yes P11 Yes Yes
Paris Gare de Lyon Yes Yes,P11 Yes P11 Yes,P11 Yes
Philadelphia USA-vertical format Yes Yes.P11 Yes Yes,P11 Yes
Philippopel Plovdiv,Bulgaria Yes Yes Yes
Pilsen Czech Rep. Yes Yes,P11 Yes Yes
Prag Franz-Josef Prague, Czech Rep. Yes P11 Yes Yes Yes
Reichenberg Liberec(CZ)probably Yes, P.11 Yes
Rotterdam Yes,P11 Yes,P9 & P11 Yes
Salzburg Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes See Note 1 Yes
St.Petersburg Yes,P9 & P11 Yss P11 Yes,P11 Yes Yes
St. Pölten Austria Yes Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes
Spittal-M. . . . . . Millstättersee Yes Yes,P11 Yes P11 see Note 2 Yes Yes
Teplitz ATE Stn Teplice (CZ) Yes Yes
Triest(e) Yes Yes,P11 Yes P11 see Note 3 Yes Yes
Troppau Opava (CZ) Yes Yes,P9 & P11 Yes Yes,P11 Yes
Wien Nordbahnhof Vienna Nord. Yes Yes Yes,P11 Yes Yes
Wien Staatsbhf later Ostbahnhof Yes Yes,P11 Yes P11 Yes Yes Yes
Wien Südbahnhof Yes Yes P11 Yes Yes
Wiesbaden Hbf Germany Yes Yes.P11 Yes P11 Yes Yes
Zürich Switzerland Yes P11
Stamp Colour Notes Rose-Red Ultramarine Deep Purple Chestnut GreenGrey

Note 1 : Salzburg : We have seen two stamps, both Perf 11½, one a pale terracotta, one a full brown colour, almost the two extremes of the colour range in what we have described as 'brown'.
Note 2 : Spittal-Millstättersee : We have seen two stamps, both Perf 11½, one a pale terracotta, one a full brown colour, almost the two extremes of the colour range in what we have described as 'brown'.
Note 3 : Triest(e) Staatsbahnhof: We have seen two stamps, both Perf 11½, one a pale terracotta, one a full brown colour, almost the two extremes of the colour range in what we have described as 'brown'.
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For sufficient detail to be shown, we have amended the display size of the scans below. We apologize for the consequent inconvenient page width.
Sample of the issues

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Sample of the issues .

Initially, we were not planning on extending or maintaining this article, but have chosen to do so for a while. Additional scans, below, are new stations added to the list over time and as they came in; they are not in alphabetical order.

Sample of the issues

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Sample of the issues

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Eisenbahner Witwen Mainz Hauptbahnhof Eisenbahner Witwen Mainz Hauptbahnhof

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Eisenbahner Witwen Bahnhof Zürich

For the updating of this article, we should like to thank Adolf Kuchynka from the Czech Republic for kindly providing us with evidence of the existence of one or two new designs and several additonal colours for a number of these stamps.

This list was last updated on May 30th, 2020. .

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