From the Fall of Fascism to the Armistice

The fall of Fascism (July 25, 1943), the appointment of Marshall Badoglio as chief of a new government, and up to the signing of the armistice (September 8, 1943), are events that didn't involve any new philatelic items.

Imperial Set examples

Stamps in use were the "Imperial" set issued on April 21, 1929, and the commemorative set for the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Gioachino Rossini, issued on November 23, 1942, both of which which were valid until December 31, 1943.

Rossini 25c  Rossini 30c  Rossini 50c  Rossini 1L

These additional stamps were valid: the air mail stamps issued in 1930-1932, the two express stamps issued in 1932-1933, the war propaganda set issued on August 14, 1942, and the last issues of the pneumatic post, authorized delivery, postal packages, and postage-due stamps.

War Propaganda set

The war and the political events which led to the division of Italy were also followed by the postal services. These events were represented by separate stamp issues and are witnesses to the drama of this period. The different uses of the twelve-value set issued for "war propaganda" were significant. This set, issued on August 14, 1942, by the Italian Social Republic Government, was first used with two different overprints: "G.N.R." and "R.S.I.". On March 15, 1944, it was declared no longer valid because it showed the King's effigy on the left side.

War Propaganda set

In the south (Reign of Victor Emmanuel III and Lieutenancy of Umberto di Savoia) these were not used because the vignettes on the right praised "a differently-fought war". When necessary, they were used cut vertically with the right side discarded, and were only rarely used whole.

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