Start of the sale:
- Condition: unused FDC´s
- Year: 2017-10-04
The upper stamp portrays M.R. Štefánik who returned back to Russia in early 1917, T.G. Masaryk who built strong foreign units during 1917, and member and commander of the Czechoslovak Legions in Russia Jan Syrový who fought in the Battle of Zborov. The lower stamp portrays Alois Jirásek and Jaroslav Kvapil who initiated the Manifesto of Czech Writers published on 17 May 1917. The manifesto, signed by 222 Czech writers and scientists, was the first public declaration asking members of the Imperial Council to stop acting in favour of the monarchy against the will of the Czech people.
The path to statehood in 1917 during the First World War is the theme of the fourth miniature sheet in the series dedicated to the years of 1914-1948. The views of the post-war arrangement and admission of the leading role of the foreign resistance movement led by T.G. Masaryk started to become distinct against a background of the giant war conflict. The sheet with a ribbon frame contains a selection of events that laid the foundation for the post-war constitutional arrangement.