Republik Österreich

As previously explained, the use of "Deutschösterreich" (German-Austria) on postage stamps was considered by the Allies as indicating the intention of a union with Germany, and hence infringing the Treaty of St Germain. Eventually acquiescing, on 21 October 1919 the Austrian National Assembly passed Law 1919 SGB 484, which begins rather grumpily "Deutschösterreich as constrained by the Treaty of St Germain is a democratic republic called Republik Österreich". In 1921 a competition was held for stamp designs to incorporate the word "Österreich"; the submitted designs typify the Modern or New Art of that period.