Friday, December 31, 2010

Vilnius 1961

A propaganda maximum card cancelled in Vilnius in 1961. "Šlovė Didžiajam Spaliui" on the card means: Glory of the great october.

Klaipėda 1939

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

Anykščiai 1907

Оникшты / Onikshty (now Anykščiai, Lithuania)
This is telegraph service receipt issued in 1907 by the post office in Оникшты / Onikshty (now Anykščiai, Lithuania), Ковенск. г./Kovenskaya Guberniya (Kovna/Kaunas Gubernia).

Monday, December 27, 2010

Vilnius 1915

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.

Antalieptė 1930

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

Kuršėnai 1888

Куршаны / Kurshany (now Kuršėnai, Lithuania)
A cover sent in 1888 from Куршаны / Kurshany (now Kuršėnai, Lithuania), Ковенск. г./Kovenskaya Guberniya (Kovna Gubernia) to Latvia during the Imperial Russian rule.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Panevėžys 1923

This is a picture postcard of a view of Kėdainiai sent in 1923 from Panevėžys to Budapest, Hungary.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Šilutė 1939

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

Vilnius 1922, 1923

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

Kybartai 1905

Кибарты / Kibarty (now Kybartai, Lithuania)
This is a postcard sent in 1905 from Кибарты / Kibarty (now Kybartai, Lithuania), Сувалк. г.(Suvalki Gubernia) as you can see on the cancellation. The inscription of the postcard says: Wirballen (german name for Virbalis) - Вержболово / Verzhbolovo (russian name for Virbalis, probably originating from the polish name Wierzbołów). This is because the Germans concidered Kybartai as a part of Virbalis because of the railway station , but in fact, Kybartai was listed as a separate village under the Imperial Russian authority and had its own cancellation. The russian orthodox church on the picture was in the present Kybartai.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kaunas 1958

2 official envelope of 1957 Vilnius festival with the commemorative cancellation of the 2nd Kaunas philatelic exibition held in 1958. The art work of the Festival is just outstanding!

Naujoji Vilnia 1917

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

Lūšė 1919 - 1922

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, 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 link

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Klaipėda 1920

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

Marijampolė 1943

A postcard sent in 1943 from Mariampol (now Marijampolė, Lithuania) in occupied Ostland. 3 p franking is for the printed matter.

Žvėrynas (Vilnius) 1930's

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

Leckava 1913

Ляцково / Lyatzkowo (now Leckava, Lithuania), Лайжево / Layzhevo (now Laižuva, Lithuania)
It is postcard with the reply part still attached, used in 1913 from Ляцково / Lyatzkowo (now Leckava, Lithuania) to Лайжево / Layzhevo (now Laižuva, Lithuania). Both are small village in the present Mažeikiai district, and had large percentage of Jewish population. From the 2001 census, Leckava had a population of 235 and Laižuva 560. According to IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project homepage, in the year 1900, Leckava had 830 of jewish population and Laižuva 434. Both villages still have a well preserved jewish cemetery. The inscription of "Ков" in both cancellations is the abreviation of Ковна/Kovna Gubernia.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Vilnius - Stotis 1915, 1916

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.

Kaunas 1912

Ковна / Kovna (now Kaunas, Lithuania)
Тауроген / Taurogen (now Tauragė, Lithuania)
It's a card sent in 1912 from Ковна / Kovna (now Kaunas, Lithuania) to Тауроген / Taurogen (now Tauragė, Lithuania) in Kovna Gubernia at that time. The card took 2 days to reach Tauragė as you can see on the arrival cancellation.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Naujoji Vilnia 1925

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

Vilkaviškis 1916

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.