Friday, December 31, 2010
A propaganda value imprinted postcard with a previously posted commemorative cancellation of the 50th birthday of A.Hitler in 1939, cancelled in Memel, today's Klaipėda, Lithuania.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
|Оникшты / Onikshty (now Anykščiai, Lithuania)|
Monday, December 27, 2010
A propaganda postcard posted in 1915 from an unknown feldpost station. The card shows the capitulation of Wilna (now Vilnius, Lithuania) by the germans in september 1915 but the date states as august 1915 unlike the actual fact.
A cover sent in 1930 from Antalieptė (called Antolepty in polish), a village with a population little over 300 in Zarasai district. There is a private propaganda stamp "Vaduokime Pavergta VILNIU", meaning: Let's liberate occupied Vilnius.
Friday, December 24, 2010
|Куршаны / Kurshany (now Kuršėnai, Lithuania)|
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A cover sent in 1939 from Heydekrug (now Šilutė, Lithuania) to Rotterdam, Holland. The propaganda mark "Das Memelland ist frei" (Memelland is free) has probably been stamped by the post office without sender's choice. The Rotterdam arrival cancellation is on the back of the cover.
Monday, December 20, 2010
This a cover from Wilno (now Vilnius, Lithuania) to Riga. From the arrival cancellation on the back, it is a cover from 1922. The envelope states "Zarząd Gazowni Wilno", this was the gas company of Vilnius.
Another cover from Vilnius to Manheim, Niemcy (polish name for Germany), sent in 1923.
Both covers are from the Polish Marka period before the introduction of the currency "Złoty" in 1924.
Friday, December 17, 2010
|Кибарты / Kibarty (now Kybartai, Lithuania)|
Thursday, December 16, 2010
A feldpost card sent in 1917 from Nowo Wileisk (now Naujoji Vilnia, Lithuania). It is not shown on the cancellation but the card is adressed to the feldpost station 213.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Those are early First Republic stamps cancelled with a provisional postmark of Lūšė, Lithuania (also called Palūšė), a small village with a railway station in Mažeikiai district. Not much is known but according to lithuanianphilately.com, those provisional postmark were used sometime between 1919 and 1922. It is interesting that it has a small "dot" at the end on each postmarks. Here is a link of the article posted on lithuanianphilately.com: link
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This is a postal money order form in mint condition issued in 1920 for the Memelgebiet. 50p value is already imprinted in the card with the Memel overprint. One of the "low catalogue value but hard to find" item!
Monday, December 13, 2010
You have probably seen a fair amount of polish stamps cancelled "Wilno 1" or "Wilno 2". Those were the two busiest post offices in Wilno (Now Vilnius, Lithuania) due to their central locations. Today I have uploaded a stamp cancelled "Wilno 11" which was a post office in Zwierzyniec (now Žvėrynas, a part of Vilnius) at that time. Žvėrynas has been incorporated into Vilnius in 1901.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
|Ляцково / Lyatzkowo (now Leckava, Lithuania), Лайжево / Layzhevo (now Laižuva, Lithuania)|
Friday, December 10, 2010
A feldpost card of Bahnhof Wilna (Stotis Vilnius) sent in 1916 from the feldpost station 166 stationed in Vilnius.
Another feldpost card sent in 1915 from the 80th reserve division of the 266th infantry regiment of the 10th corp. The picture is also the station of Vilnius but viewed from the present Naujininkai side.
|Ковна / Kovna (now Kaunas, Lithuania)|
|Тауроген / Taurogen (now Tauragė, Lithuania)|
Thursday, December 9, 2010
An American Express transaction card sent in 1925 from Nowa Wilejka (now Naujoji Vilnia, Lithuania) to New York, US. To tell you the truth, for me the fact that American Express was doing business all around the world already at that time, is more impressing than this card itself. The card is in polish as you can see from the back, which suprises me because im pretty sure the present American express would not prepare such card in other languages.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
2 feldpost cards of Wilkowischki (Now Vilkaviškis, Lithuania), both sent in 1916 from the feldpost station 209. Both pictures are taking the old town square and taken by the same photographer A. Kühlewind (or Kühlewindt), but the first one from the publisher Kahan&Co and the second one from Gebrüder Hochland.