Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kaunas 1969


Postmark of the first cover

Postmark of the second cover

Section of Michel showing the souvenir sheet
What a beautiful piece!!
Another addition to my Soviet stamp collection today. Like I've mentioned many time in this blog before, in order to add Soviet stamps in my collection, it must have a Lithuanian topic on the stamp or having been cancelled in Lithuania. This souvenir sheet shown in the above image has been long time in my wish list but I wasn't able to get a copy cancelled in Lithuania. Not exactly how I wanted but I have finally managed to get at least 2 covers with a stamp cut out from the souvenir sheet in question. The 2 identical covers have been made by a philatelist on the occasion of the VII th philatelic exhibition held in Kaunas on 1969. Why did I buy 2 identical covers? Well... but why not...
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

Prienai 1994


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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Air post 1921

This is an air post set issued on November 6 1921. This set is actually the third of its kind after the first issue of July 26 1921 and then the second on October 5. According to Michel, the angel is holding a Junker F-13 which was actually used for the early Lithuanian air postal service. 100000 copies were printed each, I personally very much like the Lithuanian stamps of this period, especially how they used the colors. For some unknown reason, all 3 of the Baltic republics managed to issue many multi-colored stamps (most of them dual color) which were not so common comparing to other countries' issues in the 1920's. You can see that Poland only issued single colored stamps during the prewar period and so did the Scandinavian countries except for the early classic definitive issues.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vilnius 1939






I've been pretty busy lately and was unable to update this blog but I'm back!
Today I'm gonna post a registered mail used in 1939 during the last stage of the Polish occupation within Wilno (now Vilnius, Lithuania).  It has been sent from the post office Wilno 6 to Wilno 1. It has a nice arrival cancellation of Wilno 1 on the back. The sender's address is actually not in Wilno but in Widze (now Відзы/Vidzy, Belarus) which was also part of Wilno region at that time.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Kaunas 1936



These are 2 receipts of postal money order sent in 1936 from Kaunas to Surviliškis, a small town near Kaunas with a population of little over 300. I have decided to post those because the postmarks are very clear! The left one has been sent on March 6th from Kaunas centr. (centrinis paštas/central post office) to Surviliškis arriving on the next day, the right one on March 26th from Kaunas - Gelež. Stotis (geležinkelio stotis/railway station) to the exact same destination. The numbers with the inscriptions "Lt." (Litas) and "ct." (centas) on the top are the amounts (1 Litas = 100 centas) sent.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cancellations of the post-Soviet Republic - 01 FDC

Palanga 2001 - This is one of the 3 stamps of the  joint issue with Latvia and Estonia

Personally, I very much like the design of this postmark!

Panevėžys 2002 - Narrow gauge train

There is a train even in the postmark!

Panevėžys 2003 - 500 years anniversary of the city of Panevėžys

Coat of arms are one of my favorite topical subject, it reflects history

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Elektrėnai 1992


with the inscription: Литовская ГРЭС / Litovskaya GRES

Today I'm posting another Soviet cover, this time with a meter franking of Elektrėnai sent in 1992 to Vilnius. This meter stamp was used by the company Lietuvos VRE (valstybinė rajoninė elektrinė) used to be known as Литовская ГРЭС / Litovskaya GRES (Государственная Районная ЭлектроСтанция) during the Soviet time. The term ГРЭС/GRES is commonly used in Russian, it signifies thermal power station. The town of Электренай/Elektrėnai was newly created in 1961 between Vilnius and Kaunas as a site of a massive thermal power station as you can imagine from the it's name. You can even see it on the illustration on the cover itself. Over 90% of the population of the town was working somewhere related to the power station.
The cover was sent in 1992 which is after the restoration of independence of Lithuania in 1991 but the language of the meter stamp is still in Russian. This is because part of the key infrastructures was still under Russian control until 1993 when the Russian troops left the country.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Klaipėda 1957



This is a registered cover sent in 1957 during the Soviet rule from Клайпеда/Klaipėda to Ilford, Essex county, UK. There are few reasons why I have bought this cover, first, because of the price of 1.80 Euro and second was the Soviet commemorative stamp of the 1956 Antarctica expedition which is on my list of wanted Soviet stamps (I love the design!). Soviet stamps of the 1940's and 50's with Lithuanian cancels are pretty difficult to collect, most of the time you end up with either Moscow, Kiev, Odessa or Riga CTOs. The left end stamp is also nice, it is one of the sports series issued on 1948.