Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Panevėžys 1941

These are the locally issued stamps of Panevėžys. 6 denominations in total: 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 60 kopeks all overprinted on Soviet stamps. The date shown is when Panevėžys has been "liberated" by the Germans which was previously occupied by the Soviet authority. 1 type of overprint with 4 colors in total, Michel no4, 6, 8 have 3 different colors: red, black and purple. I have uploaded all variations of overprints. The first picture is Michel no6 with 3 colors. No picture but no7 have 2 color variations: green and purple, and the others has only one type and color either black or green. The second picture is Michel no 9 with green overprint.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vilnius 1938

A postcard during the Polish occupation sent to Cieszyn, Silesia/Śląsk in Poland. Wilno is the Polish name for Vilnius. There is a machine cancellation with an advertisement of the post encouraging companies to advertise on their cancellations. the picture on the card is the Aušros Vartai/Ostra Brama.

Kruonis 1927

A postcard sent from Kruonis, a village 25km east of Kaunas, in 1927. The card is adressed in Esperanto to Luže u Vysokého Mýta, Czechoslovakia. The picture on the card is actually not Kruonis but the village of Salos in Rokiškis district, Lithuania.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kaunas 1942-1944

The first cover was sent in 1944 from the Dienstpost Osland in Kauen, now Kaunas, by a commercial kitchen wear dealer in Laisvės Allee/Laisvės alėja to the Trade fair in Prague, at the time in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The cover has been censored and re-sealed.

This cover has been sent in 1943 by the Lithuanian branch of the German Retail Cooperative in Kaunas to Kotva, also a retail company still nowdays existing in Zlin, Czech Republic. Mähren is the german name for Moravia which Zlin is part of.

Sent in 1942 by the regular post office in Kaunas. The cancellation states "Kaunas" in lithuanian and not Kauen unlike the Dienstpost. The stamp is also not overprinted "Ostland" which was also commonly used.

A cover from Kaunas branch of the German National Credit Fund. Sent in 1942.

A cover sent by the Press Distribution company in Duonelaitis Strasse/Donelaičio gatvė from the post office Kauen 1.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vilnius - Žaliasis tiltas 1916

The first postcard was posted in 1916 during ww1 German occupation by the Rekruten Depot (Field recuit depot) of 10th Army, from the Feldpost (Fieldpost) station number 166 which was stationed almost through out the war in Wilna, now Vilnius. The field recuit depot was replacement center where newly sent soldiers had the final training before being placed at the front or, for the front soldier to learn about new equipements or weaponries.
The picture is the Žaliasis tiltas (Grüne Brücke in German or Most Zielony in Polish, literally meaning "Green Bridge") in Vilnius, a steel brigde painted in green where it's name was taken from. The bridge in the picture on destroyed by the Germans in 1944, the present one is a rebuilt version of 1952.

A card of the same brigde, this time sent from the 20th Reserve Corps. Unfortunately not really clear but you can see the Twin headed Eagle, the coat of arms of the Romanov family who were ruling Russia at the time when the bridge has been constructed.

Šilutė 1939

It's a (surprisingly) postally used propaganda postcard from Heydekrug, now Šilutė. It has been used locally within Heydekrug, overfranked. There are still the official lithuanian cancellations with the name "Šilutė" and the provisional "Heydekrug" cancellation along with the propaganda "Das Memelland ist Frei" (The Memel is free).

Vilnius 1911

Villecomtal-sur-Arros, Department of Gers, France

A cover sent in 1911 from Вильна/Vilna, now Vilnius, to Villecomtal-sur-Arros, a village in the department of Gers in France, not far from the Spanish border. The letter inside is interesting, depicting the sender, a young french man who has spent sometime in Vilnius at that time. He writes about the rich Russian family where he stayed and few French officers which he became friends with during his stay in Vilnius. On the back there is an arrival cancellation of Villecomtal-sur-Arros dated 2/5 1911 which shows us that it took near 22 days to reach there.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kaunas 1916

All 3 Feldpost postcards of Kowno, now Kaunas, posted in 1916 during the WW1 German occupation.

The first card is posted by the Pferde Lazarett (Field veterinary hospital) of the 4th Cavalry Division stationed in Kowno at that time.

The last 2 cards are both posted by the 374th Infantry Regiment from the Feldpostexpedition of the 16th Landwehr Division. Those are pictures of the Horse tramway in Eichhorn Str, now Vilniaus Gt.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Biržai 1923

A real picture postcard sent from Biržai in 1923 to Dresden, Germany. The sender mentions the location where the picture was taken: "Ruinen alten Schlossen in Biržai" (ruin of the old castle in Biržai), still standing today and beautifully restored. The card was made by a photo studio in Biržai, P.Ločeris. The inscription "Vokietija" near the stamps means "Germany" in lithuanian.
Acquired in 2003 in Dresden, Germany.

Klaipėda 1939, 1940

Today i'm posting 3 postally unused postcards with Memel commemorative cancellations. They are not necessarily cancelled in Memel, some of those cancellations were available for philatelists in Berlin and other selected places.
The first 2 were acquired on Ebay Germany in 2003 and the last one in Kaunas in 2005.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kupiškis 1917

A postcard of Kupischki, now Kupiškis, Lithuania. It is actually very difficult to say from which Feldpost station it has been sent. There is a postmark without a date of Bahnhof Prekuln which is the present day Priekule railway station in Latvia, just 15km from the present Lithuanian border. This mark tells us that it went throught Priekule station, not necessarily "from" Priekule. Not to be confused with Priekulė in Lithuania which the german name is Prökuls. The sender has put the date: october 10th 1917 but the location is unreadable.
Acquired in 2010 in Berlin.

Kaunas 1937, 1939

Today i have selected 2 registered covers from the banking sector sent from Kaunas central post office at Laisvės Alėja during the First Republic.

The first one is registered cover sent in 1939 from the Lietuvos komercijos Bankas / Lithuanian Commercial Bank to the Czech National Bank in Prague. It uses a meter stamp with the inscription of the bank. Interesting part is that there is a cancellation on the meter stamp.
Acquired in 2003 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The second one is a registered airmail / Oro paštu(declination of "Oro paštas" when using "by") sent in 1937 by the Centralinis Žydų Bankas / Central Jewish Bank to Lloyds Bank in London.
Acquired in 2005 in Prague, Czech Republic.