RUDNIK nad SANEM 1944
On the 26th July 1944 Rudnik nad Sanem was liberated from German occupation and on the 31st July 1944 the local Post Office was re-opened in the town by, the postmaster, Wojciech Kosierb.
Instructions had been issued to all Post Offices (under Soviet control) on the 1st August 1944 that all post was to be prepaid in cash and no German occupation stamps were to be used. This instruction, however, for some unknown reason, did not reach the Post Office in Rudnik.
On or about the 7th August 1944 the entire remaining stock of German occupation stamps in Rudnik Post Office was overprinted, in black, using 4 different handstamps. A local philatelist was instrumental in persuading the postmaster to do this. Stamps to the total value of 4,029.29zl were overprinted – this figure comes from the very detailed record kept by the postmaster. Additional stamps, supplied by the philatelist, were also overprinted (but no record of the quantities or values was ever made of these).
The four types of overprint were
The quantities recorded as being overprinted are as follows
(these were the Post Office stock and do not include the private stock which was also overprinted at that time)
Type I overprints
Type II overprints
Type III overprints
overprints were made
agreement from the postal authorities and the authorities were not
On the 14 September 1944 a sub regional postal inspector from Rzeszow
made a visit to the post office in Rudnik and discovered
that this had been done. He took away the remaining overprinted stamps,
to the value of 214zl, and sent them to the regional office in
This inspector discovered that the Post Office in Rudnik had not
any instructions, had no contact with any other Post Office and was not
even aware that a new Polish Post Office authority had been
All the monies from the sale of the stamps had been properly accounted
for and had been used for proper Post Office purposes. No action was
against the postmaster.
Instructions were issued that none of these stamps could be used for postal purposes and that the public was to be informed of this by means of displaying a notice in the Post Office. This notice also stated that anyone in possession of these stamps could, if they wished to do so, return them to the Post Office for a full refund. The Post Office records do not record if anyone did return any of these stamps.
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