Saturday, March 8, 2014
This is a beautiful embossed new year greeting postcard used on 1st of January 1906 within the city of Memel (now Klaipėda, Lithuania). The minimum 3 Pfennig franking is surprisingly not so easy to find according to my experience.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
2000 issue with the coat of arms of Raseiniai, Tauragė and Utena
2001 issue with Lazdijai, Biržai and Veliuona
2002 issue with Anykščiai, Prienai and Birštonas
The coat of arms of Anykščiai features Šv. Jonas Nepomukas (St. John of Nepomuk), the patron saint of bridges. He was Czech (Sv. Jan Nepomucký) and was the symbol of the Catholic Counter Reformation in the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This is a postcard of Sandkrug (now Smiltynė), a part of Memel (now Klaipėda), sent from Memel central post office in 1920 to Tilsit (now Советск/Sovetsk, Russia) in East Prussia. The card is correctly franked with 30 Pfennig according to the postal rate at time.
Monday, March 3, 2014
This is a Polish postal stationery sent in 1937 from Wilno (now Vilnius. Lithuania) to Brussels, Belgium, somehow spelled "Brussel" which is the Dutch spelling. It has a nice machine cancel with a slogan "zwalczymy ciemnote" (let's fight ignorance) which is probably trying to encourage people to go to school or to get an education. The value imprinted is 30 Gr. with the illustration of magnificent castle of Mir, now in Belarus.
Monday, January 20, 2014
This is a Postgebiet ob. Ost overprinted postal stationery sent in 1918 from Wladislawow (now Kudirkos Naumiestis, Lithuania) to the Kriegsgefangenenlager Stammlager (P.O.W. camp) in Preußisch Holland (now Pasłęk, Poland). The sender's name is a certain Anton Kunzaitis and it is addressed to Konstantin Kunzaitis (or Kuncaitis?), probably held as a prisoner in Preußisch Holland. The card has a postmark of Wladislawow but the sender's address is in Gielgudischki (now Gelgaudiškis, Lithuania) which probably derives from the Polish name Giełgudyszki, located just 1km south west of the famous Panemunė Castle (Not Panemunė, the former Memelgebiet town!) and according to the card, it used to be part of the postal district of Kreis Wladislawow, postamt Szaki (now Šakiai, Lithuania).
By the way, the famous English actor John Gielgud's descendants are from a Polish noble family of Lithuanian origin who owned Giełgudyszki.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Happy New Year to all visitors!! I would like to start my first post this year with item. It is a German military field post (Feldpost) card sent in 1917 from Kugeleit (now Kūgeliai, Lithuania). This card looks like a postal stationery which the letter part that can be dettached but since the regular field post are sent free, there is no value imprinted so technically speaking, it is not a postal stationery. But then if it is free, can it be a postal stationery? I don't know... According to Wikipedia, Kūgeliai's most recent population is 1! Is it possible? Anyway, I have found some nice pictures of the present Kūgeliai railway station on Miestai.net, here is the link.
Friday, December 27, 2013
A very nice looking FDC and the stamp issued by Poland in 2005 as one of the series of the capital cities of the European Union member states. The design of the FDC cover is especially nice! Curiously, a stamp depicting the Wilno/Vilnius cathedral with similar angle has also been issued by Poland during the prewar occupation period as well.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Here is a prewar Polish stamp with a postmark of Ejszyszki (now Eišiškės, Lithuania, also known as Ejszyszok in Jewish) cancelled in 1932, during the Polish occupation. Located in the south east of Lithuania, just 500 meters from the present border of Belarus, Eišiškės have experienced a pretty complex history especially between 1919 and 1945, which makes the town's postal history very interesting.