Friday, January 28, 2011

Vilnius 1959

2 commemorative covers of the Centennial of the establishment of telegraph in Vilnius, cancelled with nice cancellations of 1959 depicting the Gediminas tower.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cancellations of Memelgebiet/Memel district - 06

Wischwill (now Viešvilė)

Kolletzischken/Kolleschen (now Kulėšai)

Dawillen (now Dovilai)

Railway post: Insterburg (Russia, Chernyakhovsk)-Memel (Klaipėda)

Railway post: Pogegen (Pagėgiai)-Schmalleningken (Smaleninkai)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cancellations of Memelgebiet/Memel district - 05

Prökuls (now Priekulė)

Kugeleit (now Kūgeliai)

Gaidellen (now Gaideliai)

Michelsakuten (now Sakūčiai)

Schustern (now Pagenaičiai)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kelmė 1915

Both cards sent from the feldpost station 170 in 1915 by the same sender and to the same destination. The upper picture was taken from the bell tower of the church, and in the lower picture, you can see the church itself. This church was build in 1416 by Vytautas the Great and named the church of Virgin Mary of the Assumption (Švč. Mergelės Marijos Ėmimo į dangų bažnyčia in Lithuanian). It was remodeled  numerous time, the present appearance is the result of the 1908 remodel.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cancellations of Memelgebiet/Memel district - 04 (on Deutsches Reich stamps)

Jugnaten (now Juknaičiai) 1900

Szameitkehmen (now Žemaitkiemis) 1872

Coadjuthen (now Katyčiai) 1920

Russ/Ruß (now Rusnė) 1920

Stonischken (now Stoniškiai) 1920

Cancellations of Memelgebiet/Memel district - 03

Pogegen (now Pagėgiai)

Baltupönen (now Baltupėnai)

Kampspowilken (now Kamščiai)

Motzischken (now Mociškiai)

Bismarck (now Žalgiriai)

Cancellations of Memelgebiet/Memel district - 02

Aglohnen (now Aglonėnai)

Wilkieten (now Vilkyčiai)

Schwarzort (now Juodkrantė)

Schmalleningken (now Smaleninkai)

Trakeningken (now Trakininkai)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cancellations of Memelgebiet/Memel district - 01

Jonaten (now Jonaičiai)

Jonikaten (now Jonikaičiai)

Laugszargen (now Lauksargiai)

Laugallen (now Laugaliai)

Uebermemel/Übermemel (now Panemunė)

Klaipėda-Šiauliai Railway post 1924

This is a railway post cancellation track number 5-6 between Memel (now Klaipėda, Lithuania) and Šiauliai. "Pašto vagonas" stands literally for "wagon post", which is the railway post. During the memelgebiet period, 2 different railway organisations have operated in Klaipėda, the southern line which is going to the direction of Heydekrug (now Šilutė, Lithuania)was administered by the german, used the german railway post postmark and the eastern line going to the direction of Šiauliai used the lithuanian railway post postmark.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kavarskas 1903

A cover sent in 1903 from Ковaрcк / Kovarsk (Now Kavarskas, Lithuania), Ков.(Ковно/Kovno Gubernia) to Ковно/Kovno (now Kaunas, Lithuania) which is the capital of the gubernia itself, as you can see on the arrival cancellation of Ковно (Kaunas) on the back. Kavarskas is a small town with a population of 678 (from the 2010 census).

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Šiauliai 1990

This is a registered cover sent from Šiauliai in 1990 to Prague/Praha, Czechoslovakia (Czechoslovakia cease to exist on 31st of december 1992). The stamps are the first series of the newly independent republic of Lithuania. In Šiauliai, Soviet stamps were still in use for awhile after independence but an inscription "Lietuvos Republikos PAŠTAS" was added instead. Other locations also put "Lietuvos Republikos PAŠTAS" with a variaty of their own postmarks or adding it in a machine cancellations. Provisional postmarks were often used to cancel stamps. In this case, it has been made out of old Soviet postmark by simply erasing everything except "Šiauliai" and the date.

This registered cover was sent in may 1990, before the issue of the first series in october, therefore using Soviet stamps.

A rare postal incription error written JMPRIMES instead of IMPRIMES ("printed matter" in french).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kamščiai 1939

A 3p Hindenburg stamp on a piece with a postmark of Kamščiai from 1939. Kamščiai is a tiny village with a population little over 60. Kampspowilken is the german name. The date of the cancellation is very interesting, since Memel territory (which Kampspowilken is part of) has been annexed to the Third Reich in late evening on the 22nd of march 1939, 23rd is exactly the first day of use of stamps as part of german territory.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Šiauliai 1941

These are the "Liberation" overprint stamps from 1941 with regular postmarks of the first republic, cancelled in Šiauliai.

They are 2 types of overprint, the right type was only used for 80k (soviet stamp Michel 748), the font of "NEPRIKLAUSOMA" is clearly different and size of the overprint is bigger than the others.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Švėkšna 1936

a parcel registry sent in 1936 from Švėkšna to Kaunas. Švėkšna is a small town in Šilutė district with a population of 2400.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vilnius 1960

2 maximum cards posted in Вильнюс/Vilnius in 1960 during the Soviet occupation.

This is a card with a one of the Soviet stamps of the traditional costume of each republic.

This is a card with a Soviet stamp of a work of Isakas Levitanas (Isaac Levitan/Исаак Левитан), a jewish painter born in Kybartai, Lithuania.