Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Klaipėda 1941

This is a stampless Nazi Germany Military field post (Feldpost) sent in 1941 from Memel (now Klaipėda, Lithuania) to Gotenhafen (now Gdynia, Poland). It is very interesting that both Memel and Gotenhafen are an important port city which Germans at the time considered as lost German territories. Gdynia (Gotenhafen) was a port built by the Poles right next to Danzig to replace it as they were unable to gain Danzig back after the WWI. Nowdays together with Danzig (Gdańsk) and Zoppot (Sopot), is it refered as the Tri-city (Trójmiasto in Polish).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Švenčionys 1934

Those 2 cards are business order confirmations sent in 1934 from Święciany (now Švenčionys, Lithuania) to Lessines, Belgium. N. Tarasseisky & Sohene was an exporter of vegetable products based in Švenčionys. As I have already mentioned in a previous post about Święciany, the postmark includs "Wileńskie" which means that it is part of the Wilno (now Vilnius) region. They are 2 types of postmarks, the upper one is the older type which is believed to be used untill 1935 and the lower type has been used from 1934 until the end of the Polish occupation in 1939.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Skuodas 1995

This is a porto free Military field post sent in 1995 from Skuodas to Kaunas. The triangular cachet of the Krašto apsaugos ministerija/Ministry of national defence is probably influenced by the Soviet field post cachet which had the same triangular shape.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cancellations of the First Republic - 01

Looking at this blog, it is true that it looks like I only do collect covers and postcards but stamps have always been the core of my collection. Today, I'm posting my latest stamp acquisitions.

 Michel 287 issued in 1928 for the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of independence.  Canceled in Rusnė in 1928, a small town formerly part of Memelgebiet.

Michel 285 which is from the same series as the previous stamp. Canceled in Krakės in 1928, a small town in Kėdainiai district.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Trakai 1929

This is a postcard sent in 1929 from Troki (now Trakai, Lithuania) to Paris, France. The picture shows the ruin of Trakai castle which is presently reconstructed. The postcard is printed in Wilno (Vilnius, Lithuania) by F. Musko.