Monday, January 26, 2015
Today I'm posting another ex-Memelland cover. This one has been sent in 1931 from Saugai (former Saugen, Memelgebiet) to Frankfurt a.M, Germany. Saugai appears to be called Saugos in modern Lithuania. The name changed several times in the course of history, we see in old German documents the name Matz Mautrim or Matzmantrum (Mazmantrum) through out the 17th century and then suddenly turns out to Schugen from the 18th, but it's probably because it was always called Sauga by the local people.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
|Arrival cancel of Wilno on the back|
This is a registered cover sent in 1938 from Święciany (now Švenčionys, Lithuania) to Wilno (now Vilnius) during the Polish occupation period. It has been addressed to urzędu wojewódzkiego (Voivodeship admistration office) which in this case, it is the Wilno voivodeship (Województwo Wileńskie in Polish). Wydział Społeczno Polityczny is the department of social policy. The sender's address is not in Święciany but in Ustroń, a village in Żukojnie municipality which is part of Powiat Święciański (Švenčionys county) but this part the former county is now in Belarus.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
A happy new year to all visitors!
I'm starting this year's first post with a cover sent from Skrandžiai (former Matzwöhlen, Memelgebiet) in 1931 to Frankfurt a. M., Germany. Skrandžiai sounds to me kinda strange because "Skrandis" means stomach in english, haha... Anyway, Not only Matzwöhlen is one of the "hard to get" Memel postmark but from my experience, I get the feeling that Skrandžiai during the first Lithuanian republic is even harder to get (or am I wrong?). The village does not seem to exist anymore, if my information is correct, there is a huge pond at the site where the Skrandžiai used to exist just few kilometers outside Klaipėda's modern city limit. I don't know if the site is still called Skrandžiai nowdays but it looks like it is part of the administration of the village of Budelkiemis.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Today I'm posting a postcard sent in 1914 from Кули / Kuli (now Kuliai, Lithuania). Kuli also appears in its Polish name "Kule" in many of the records during the Imperial Russian time as well. The illustration of the card itself has nothing to do with Lithuania (a bridge in a park in Yelagin Island in St. Petersburg) but it has been written and sent from a certain Grigory Kissel in Kuliai to Lüneburg, Germany. The alphabet "Ков" right after the name of the town in the postmark is an abbreviation of Ковенская Губерния / Kovenskaya Guberniya meaning Kovna (Kowno in Polish) Gubernia which Kuliai was part of at that time. It is interesting that there is some kind of business seal of G. Kissel on the back. The used stamp is another new addition of Russian stamp in my collection, one of the series commemorating the 300 years of the Romanov Dynasty issued in 1913, 2 Kopecks with a portrait of Tsar Alexander II.
Wishing you a happy New Year!
Monday, December 1, 2014
Lately I haven't been able to have enough time to neither acquire new covers nor time for posting threads... However, here are some stamps I have found recently in various sources.
|Memel Local issue|
Postmark Memel 25.03.1939
|Not new to this blog but another copy of Fuhrer's 50th anniversary|
with an illustration of the Municipal theater in Memel
|Central Lithuania (I personally prefer to translate it "Middle Lithuania")|
Postmark Troki (now Trakai, Lithuania) 7.1922
|Вилыкомıр/Vilkomir (now Ukmergė, Lithuania) 15.IV.190?|
Saturday, October 11, 2014
|Postmark of the first cover|
|Postmark of the second cover|
|Section of Michel showing the souvenir sheet|
What a beautiful piece!!
The stamp itself has been issued for the philatelic exhibition held in Moscow on 1957 showing the Lenin library where the exhibition has been held. The one I have posted corresponds to Michel number 1979 which has a better color than the 1978 one. Coincidentally, Michel 1979 corresponds also to number 1979 in Scott as well.
|Is that all??|
I must say it is very poorly informed comparing to Michel, not surprisingly...
Monday, October 6, 2014
This is a small souvenir sheet commemorating the 100th postage stamp of Lithuania, cancelled in June 16 1994 in Prienai main post office. It is a small town just 40 km south of Kaunas, according to Wikipedia, first mentioned in historical record as early as 1502. The face value of the sheet is 10 Litas but it was sold at the price of 12 Litas which you can see on the right upper corner of the sheet. The design of the stamp has also been used for the first set postage stamps after the restoration of the independence of Lithuania in 1990.