Story of the stamps and postal history of Yugoslavia officially begin with the formation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes on December 1, 1918. Prior to this each of the constituent countries have had their postal history (see postage stamps and postal history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, european stamps and postal history of Croatia, and postage stamps and postal history of Serbia, etc.).
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia already stamps for the new regime in November before it was formally established. In the first case on Austrian stamps issued in 1910 for the catalog was printed, some Latin characters reading "Drzava SHS 1918 Bosna i Hercegovina," and others in the equivalent in Cyrillic. In Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary stamps printed with "solar home systems Hrvatska" went on sale on November 18. In Slovenia, and began the design work at this time, with the first stamps of the issue Verigar go on sale January 3, 1919. Croatia, Slovenia designs issued special postage stamps in 1919 as well, using different designs allegorical. Slovenia issued additional allegorical designs in 1919, together with the high values which depicts King Peter I.
The first stamps for use in all parts of the Kingdom, issued January 16, 1921. Lower values depicting Crown Prince Alexander, and higher values (1 dinars, up), Peter King. In January 1923, has been replaced by higher values of the image of King Alexander now. Variations on the design issues have emerged in the year 1924 (different picture) and 1926 (in the face right instead of left, typographed rather than engraved). In 1931, a new series was the first to be inscribed "Jugoslavia". The old series in 1926 has also been published with a new name, in 1933. Just a week after the assassination of Alexander in 1934, and issues of 1931 and was re-released with black borders, and in 1935, the first anniversary of his death marked the issue of five unique kind of these european stamps. In the meantime, definitives new portrayed the young King Peter II. In 1936, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla, was honored on his 80th birthday festival, and became the first non-royal character of Yugoslavia.
A new series final in 1939 showed an old Peter II, and it will be the last series issued by the Kingdom. Occupations during World War II, a variety of issues were in use. Slovenia was under Italian occupation, and German; Yugoslav stamps printed in Italian, while German Italian printing of stamps, and then in 1945 issued a series of stamps depicting the scene of 16 local and on "PROVINZ LAIBACH" and "LJUBLJANSKA POKRAJINA". Serbia was under German occupation, which the Yugoslav stamps printed with "SERBIEN", and stamps its own at a later time, while Croatia became a client state to issue its own postage stamps. Federal Republic of Germany began versions of special stamps in December 1944 with the overprinting of stamps Serbian, followed in early 1945 by a series depicting Josip Broz Tito. In October, have joined the stamps with different shooting of Tito with the view of party members, and the city of Jajce in the final series would continue to use the rest of the 1940s.
After the war, Allied occupation issued a series of 13 stamps catalog to Slovenian Istria and the coast (Area B), while Trieste became a free territory from issuing its own stamps, mostly from the runway, "VUJA (STT," and even division in 1954. Republic started the recurring issues of the catalog and stamps from 1947 on advertising. A final series of workers in 1950 and received in a variety of industries, followed by additional stamps in various denominations and colors late in 1955. Beginning in 1958, and depicts definitives industrial progress in various forms, with the return of many issues, most recently in 1966. In 1967, was the celebration of Tito's 75th birthday with a series of status, and the new stamps of this design appear until 1972.
The breakup of Yugoslavia did not have a significant impact on issues of these european stamps, although most were sold to collectors only; stop Scott Catalog pricing used stamps dating back to 1992, and then, a practice referred to lack of evidence on the use of the mail.