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    = Understood to be a current stamp printer.

 First postage stamp issued: 1850 (For AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE).

Chwala, Vienna.
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1932 for Liechtenstein.


Druckerei Elbemuhl, Vienna.
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1930 for Iceland and 1933 for Liechtenstein.



Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH, Vienna.
English language translation of name: Austrian State Printing Office.
Abbreviation known by: OSD, OeSD.
Founded: 1804 as the "University of the Graphic Arts".
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1850.
Main printing process(es): Litho, gravure, recess.
Business Summary: Commercial printing. The product range includes bank notes and security products, such as postage stamps

At the time of its founding in 1804, it boasted 5,000 alphabets and could print in almost any language - living or dead. Besides printing the nation's stamps, they have also printed etchings, maps, paintings, forms and stationery.

The period during World War II and after presented many problems for the OSD. Not least due to lack of food and heating, street fighting and materials, but everyone worked towards the normalising of life once more.

The OSD is known throughout the world for its excellent stamp production. In the course of time, about 60 postal administrations have commissioned the OSD to produce stamps for them. Therefore it is perhaps not surprising that the series "1000 years of Austria" won the first prize of the 8th Government Postage Stamp Printers Conference (in Rome) in 2000 and, at the same time, the award "Stamp of the Century".

OSD is currently (2004) a Certified High Security Printer with the scope of producing stamps, passports, ID documents, driving licences,lottery tickets and other secure printed matters for governmental and non-governmental organisations


Paulussen and Company, Vienna.
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1920 for Liechtenstein.


A. Reisser, Vienna.
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1919 for Yugoslavia.


Bruder Rosenbaum, Vienna.
English language translation of name: Rosenbaum Brothers.
Founded: 1874.
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1930 for Liechtenstein.

Main printing process(es): Litho

Rosenbaum printed books such as "Internationale Kunstausstellung Rome 1911. Oesterreichischer Pavillon nach planen von Architekt Professor Josef Hoffmann" in 1911 and posters for the Austrian Federal Government in the 1950s.

They sold out to Carl Ueberreuter Druckerei in 1980 with all expertise and equipment transferred to the new owner's site.


Carl Ueberreuter Druckerei GmbH, Korneuburg, Vienna.
Founded: 1548.
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1981 for Austria and Bangladesh.
Main printing process(es): Litho   

It was in 1805 that the name Ueberreuter was adopted, following the Salzer family purchase of the company in 1866. Despite when it was formed, it was not until 1981 that the first postage stamps were printed by this firm, following the acquisition of Bruder Rosenbaum in 1980. The company also produces books, magazines, continuous stationery and security items such as tram tickets, share certificates, etc.

When the company was approached by the compiler of this work in 1997, the reply indicated that they did not and never had printed stamps! It is true to say that the production of stamps by Ueberreuter could not have been undertaken for much more than a decade or so. An article in The Stamp Magazine stated that the exchange rate and transportation difficulties from Vienna would make stamp printing difficult for them to compete with other stamp printing companies. It would appear that this belief was proved correct.


Wiener Kundstdruck, Vienna.
First stamp(s) traced by compiler: 1929 for Liechtenstein.