Friday, April 29, 2016

Klaipėda-Šiauliai Railway post 1930

Postmark of the T.P.O. (Pašto vagonas) line Klaipėda - Šiauliai

This is a cover sent in 1930 by the railway post (Pašto vagonas) line Klaipėda - Šiauliai to Berlin, Germany. Unfortunately I don't know where is it sent from because the sender have not written any return address. 30 centas was the postal rate for the domestic letter but this rate also applied to Germany, Latvia and Estonia. To other countries, is was 60 centas.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Riga-Kybartai Railway post 1928 - Postcard of Dainų šventė in Kaunas 1924

Dainų šventė in Kaunas 1924 (high resolution)

T.P.O. (Pašto vagonas) Ryga - Kybartai 1928

This is postcard send in 1928 by the railway post Ryga (Lithuanian spelling for Riga, the Latvian capital city) - Kybartai from Kėdainiai to France. It is a real picture postcard and shows the Lithuanian traditional song festival called Dainų šventė. The one on the picture is the first one held in Kaunas in 1924, the Lithuanian version of Wikipedia for the entry "Dainų šventė" shows a picture of the same event taken from a slightly different angle.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cancellations of Lit.SSR - 10

Gudžiūnai, Kauno apskritis (Kaunas County)
population: 491 (2011 census)

Gudžiūnai 1969

Lapiai, Klaipėdos apskritis (Klaipėda County)
population: 397 (2005 census)

Lapiai 1969

Lyduokiai, Vilniaus apskritis (Vilnius County)
population 142 (2011 census)

Lyduokiai 1973

Rozalimas, Šiaulių apskritis (Šiauliai County)
population: 928 (2001 census)

Rozalimas 1969

Stalgėnai, Telšių apskritis (Telšiai County)
population 465 (2001 census)

Stalgėnai 1969

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Vilnius 1941

January 1941 Vilnius during Soviet occupation

August 1941 Vilnius during German occupation

Along with the Paberžė cancelled stamps I have posted last time, I have got these Vilnius ones as well so I thought I might as well post them. The top one was cancelled on January 1941, still under Soviet control, and the one on the bottom was cancelled in Vilnius as well on August 1941 when the German occupation has already started there. Definitive stamps can sometime be really interesting to collect!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paberžė 1941

Here are some stamps with a 1941 Vilnius overprint with a cancel of Paberžė dated July 24 1941 which was already under German occupation. Paberžė is a small town in Vilnius county, with a population of 900 according to the 2011 census,  located just 35km north of Vilnius itself. Mint 1941 Vilnius overprinted stamps are not rare stamps but somehow used examples are more difficult to catch which contradicts their relatively low catalog value. These overprints were supposed to be valid in Vilnius region, but I haven't read or heard any book nor article defining its precise boundary of validity. Well, so far, in Paberžė, it was valid, we know that now lol. I'm almost positive that these Paberžė cancels are CTO because I have seen similar Paberžė canceled  items (with much more higher CV than mines though...) on Ebay and Delcampe with a proper certificate of authenticity (mines are signed Bender on the back by the way).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Vilnius 1926

This is a postcard sent in 1926 from Wilno (now Vilnius, Lithuania) to Dordrecht, Netherlands. The picture shows the church of the Holy Trinity of the Basilian Monastery taken by the photographer Jan Bułhak. The card has not been franked for the regular postcard postal tariff but as "Druki", meaning "printed matter" in Polish.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Šaukėnai 1931

This is a registered mail sent in 1931 from Šaukėnai to the district court in Šiauliai (Šiaulių apygardos teismas). It looks like there were some kind of legal documents. Šaukėnai is a small town in Šiauliai County with a population of little over 700. Nice arrival cancel of Šiauliai on the back!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cancellations of Memelgebiet/Memel district - 12

Jagstellen (now Jakšteliai)

Groß Schilleningken (now Šilininkai)

Mädewald (now Usėnai)

Ramutten (now Ramučiai)

Szameitkehmen (now Žemaitkiemis)