"SLOVENSKY STAT" Overprint on Andrej Hlinka Definitive
In March 1939 the Czechoslovakian province of Slovakia declared its independence. It signed a treaty making it a German protectorate for twenty-five years. The overprinted stamps depicted above had been printed for use in the autonomous province of Slovakia before it had declared its independence (hence the inscription "CESKO-SLOVENSKO" at the top of the design).
Featuring a portrait of Andrej Hlinka, the stamps were overprinted for use in the independent Slovak republic and issued in April of 1939. A Catholic Slovakian nationalist and member of the Czechoslovakian parliament, Hlinka had died on August 16, 1938. Shortly thereafter, the German occupation of significant areas of Czechoslovakia and the resignation of the Benes government, enabled Slovakia, on October 6, 1938, to declare the autonomy that Hlinka had unsuccessful in achieving within a Czechoslovakian federation. Its first stamps were overprinted issues of Czechoslovakia 1928-1939.
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