Monday, January 26, 2015

Saugai 1931



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

Švenčionys 1938



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

Skrandžiai 1931



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

Kuliai 1914




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

Recent Acquisitions

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

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.