Monday, February 28, 2011

Palanga 1888

Поланген / Polangen (now Palanga, Lithuania)
Unfortunately due to pencil writing, the adress is not visible but the cancellation stayed almost intact! This is a poscard sent in 1888 from Поланген / Polangen (now Palanga, Lithuania) in Курлянд. Г./Kurland Guberniya. Polangen was one of the very few places in present Lithuania that used to belong to Kurland (now Kurzeme, Latvia).

Friday, February 25, 2011

Kaunas 1916

4 postcards sent from Kowno (now Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1916. The first 3 cards from the Feldpost station 209 and the last one from the Feldpost station of the 107th Infantry division. There is an inscription error on the Feldpost cancallation "107. Jnf.Div." instead of "Inf" for Infantry. The first 2 cards are pictures of Laisvės alėja with one of them having Soboras on the back, the last 2 is the present Vilniaus gatvė.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cancellations of Ostland

Ponewesch (now Panevėžys) - Dienstpost Ostland

Kazlų Rūda - Regular post office

Utena - Regular post office

Vilnius - Regular post office

Kauen (now Kaunas) - Commemorative cancellation of the day of stamp

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kintai 1939

A postally unused card from Kinten (now Kintai, Lithuania) cancelled in march 30th 1939. Kintai is a village in Šilutė district with a population of little over 800.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Panevėžys 1962

It is a cover commemorating the second filatelic exibition (IIji filatelijos paroda) in Panevėžys/Паневежис held in 1962, honoring Vostok 2.

This is a same cover with the very rare red overprint honoring Vostok 3 and 4. On the bottom left there is a number also overprinted, it is the issued year and the number of copies produced. Only 1500 copies!

Kaunas 1956

2 Covers sent from Kaunas to the USA in 1956 during the Soviet time. The first cover is an airmail, therefore franked 1 rouble 40 kopecks, but the 2nd one is a regular sea mail (nowdays not so regular) so it is franked with a 40 kopecks stamp.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kaunas 1932, 1934

2 covers sent from Kaunas central post office (postmark "Kaunas C." or "Kaunas centr.") with machine-cancellations. There is an inscription written: pirkime tik savo krašto gaminius, it means: Let's buy only our own country's products. The first cover is a normal international letter, therefore franked with a 60 centų(pluriel of "centas") stamp. The 2nd cover is a Spausdintas/Printed matter and correctly franked with a 10 centų stamp.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cancellations of Postgebiet Ob.Ost

"Postgebiet Ob.Ost" stands for Postgebiet Oberbefehlshaber Ost, which means: Postal district of the Supreme Commander in the East.

Wladislawow (now Kudirkos Naumiestis)

Wylkowyszki (now Vilkaviškis)

Schaulen (now Šiauliai)

Wilna (now Vilnius), rare Michel #12A

Olita (now Alytus), Michel #12B