Joint Issue Slovenia - Poland: Emil Korytko
Date of issue: 06.03.2023
Author: Marko Prah
Motive: Skupna izdaja Slovenija - Poljska: Emil Korytko
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheets of 16 stamps
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: 35.50 x 48.28 mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
Joint Issue SLovenia – Poland
Emil Korytko (born 7 September 1813 in Zhezhava, Austrian Galicia (today Zelenyi Hai, Ukraine), died 31 January 1839 in Ljubljana)
Emil Korytko was a Polish political activist who was arrested by the Austrian authorities in 1834 on charges of subversive activities and banished to Ljubljana. He became an important ethnographer of the Romantic period, a collector of folk traditions, a poet and a translator.
In Ljubljana he cultivated friendships with many of the Slovene intellectuals of the day, including influential figures such as Blaž Crobath, Matija Čop and France Prešeren. His collection of Slovene (Carniolan) folk songs was published in five volumes (1839–1844) after his death. In 1838 he published, in the newspaper Illyrisches Blatt, the first questionnaire regarding the collection of material on folk traditions in Carniola, which was simultaneously a call to collect material pertaining to other Slav peoples. He was also interested in the ideas of the Illyrian movement. His enthusiasm as a collector was enormous. In addition to songs, tales and riddles, he collected material on material culture, in particular attire and distinctive regional costumes. Images of some of these costumes were provided by the painter Franz Kurz von Goldenstein and have survived to the present day. Some years ago they were presented on postage stamps issued by Pošta Slovenije.
Korytko’s plan to publish a book about Carniola in Polish never reached fruition. Emil Korytko is buried in the former Ljubljana cemetery that is today the Navje Memorial Park.