This definitive series was issued on October 1st 1950 and was composed of 19 values, each one dedicated to a different job and to a different Italian Region. The region can be recognised thanks to an architectural or environmental detail in the background of the painting. At that time Italy was divided into 19 regions, and not 20 like it is today: the territory of “Abruzzi and Molise” was a single region, which was split in 1963.
50 cents blueish violet – The forge, Aosta Valley; in backgroud: Fort Bard
1 lira grey – The workshop, Piedmont; in background: Sacra di San Michele (Saint Michael’s Abbey)
2 lire sepia– The building site, Lombardy; in background: Milan cathedral and Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio
100 lire brownish red – The corn, Friuli Venezia Giulia; only representation without open-air details, the scene represents a typical fireplace
About the 100 lire stamp, it is important to remember that, at the end of World War II, the city of Trieste was an independent town in the framework of the Free Territory of Trieste. A representation of Trieste in this Italian series, as if it were belonging to Italy, would have upset the Italian and foreign politicians and parties supporting the existence of the Free Territory; on the other hand, the representation of another place in the region would have led to think that Italy was giving up the possession of Trieste.
200 lire olive brown – The timber, Trentino and South-Tyrol; Vajolet Tovers in the dolomites in the background
Some values were re-issued between 1955 and 1957 with the new stars watermark, tipe I.
15 lire stamp was also issued in March 1956 with stars watermark type II.
50 cents blueish violet,
1 lira grey,
2 lire sepia,
15 lire blackish blue,
30 lire lilac
50 lire violet,
65 lire dark myrtle green.