Ivan Leiš, Žralok a frankotyp (Shark and Francotype)
A look at 20th and 30th years of the 20th century when a meter stamp was born in Czechoslovakia
(Philatelic literature of facts)
CONTENTS (in English)
Introductory explanation, acknowledgements
Beginnings of collecting and fight for meter stamps
Organising committee invites collectors
Jaroslav Lešetický – double anniversary of one of Czech philately and specialized branches forefathers
How lists and catalogues were born
Esteemed Mr Architect!
Sehr geehrter Herr Architekt!
Much success for your enterpreneur´s activity
Newly discovered correspondence of Arch. Albert Jonáš with K. F. Pešák
Greetings from devoted K. F. Pešák
Berlaušek, I give meter stamps collecting up
Damned replacement meter stamp machines respectively we cannot be at your service with an offer
Like a guardian angel of your collection will I not fold my wings
From a manuscript to printed copies
Jonáš´ collectionAlbert Jonáš – a brief chronicle of his life´ s moments
Supplement of illustrations to the chronicle
A word in the end
Sources, fountainheads, literature
About the author
Annotations and Imprint
ENGLISH SUMMARY (resumé v angličtině)
Meter stamps franking correspondence in Czechoslovakia was approved by respective postal authorities on 9th September, 1926 on a trial basis. Later on in November – it was decided to introduce the modern mechanical way of franking into mailing on a permanent basis. During described times collectors called meter stamps „francotypes“according to the name of the German manufacturers of these modern mechanical alternatives means of franking beside postal stamps (the company name was FRANCOTYP).
The leading theme of the book is to open the world of the meter stamps collecting in Czechoslovakia in the first years of its existence (1926 – 1934) to those who are interested in this specialized branch of philately and postal history in general. The chief personality of successful implementation of the branch into Czechoslovak philately and lives of many collectors both in this country and also in Europe that time was Albert Jonáš (who called himself a shark paraphrasing the old biblical story with a whale), a well-known and successful architect, painter, graphic and industrial architect, but also designer of stamps in Czechoslovakia, Albania and Serbia. He was a chief architect of several exhibitions. He helped preparing and publishing various publicity materials and publications. He was a well-known and remarkable collector of meter stamps (his meter stamps collection is a part of Postal museum in Praha) who decided to assist a great number of collectors in collecting these artefacts by creating a catalogue in a form of chronological and specialised studies. His studies were well received in public and collectors open these books to get valuable details till these days.
The book covers the period of years when the meter stamp branch was born. It describes relation of Albert Jonáš with other remarkable personalities of this collecting-Jaroslav Lešetický, K. F. Pešák and T. F. Winkler and shows correspondence with them, but also with other Czechoslovak and foreign collectors. Correspondence with the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs is also mentioned. The facts are brought by quoting authentic documents – mostly letters from these personalities to Albert Jonáš, but also by showing philatelic artefacts of the branch. The author gathered and picked up the facts from other documents e.g. letters sent by Věra Chudáčková (to Mr Albert Jonáš), an employee of Messsr. B . Jarolímek, Praha, the general agent of Messrs. Francotyp Berlin, a manufacturer of the Anker and Bafra meter stamp machines and A. B. C models imported to Czechoslovakia. The other meter stamp collectors are mentioned in the book.
The Jonáš´s colllection and his published studies (catalogues) is deeply analysed and showed in reality „how it was done“. The book is full of illustrations and photos. The reader ofthe book will also find main and brief moments in life of Albert Jonáš – mostly in his philatelic ,but also in his professional days. In general, it is a look into the first years of the life of the philatelic and postal historical collecting branch and for many also collecting mania.
This book pays homage to meter stamp collecting and to one of the main supporters of meter stamps in Czechoslovakia - Albert Jonáš, Esq.
RAD 2019 Original text as of 2017 ILE
One of the first meter stamps in Czechoslovakia (the above entire was sent off on the second day of metering the mail in Prague - the left picture). Very rare entire.
On the second picture there are a few pictures of Mr Albert Jonáš, the great meter stamps collector and strng support of their collecting.