Monday, September 9, 2013

Utena 1913

This is an Imperial Russian postal stationery sent in 1913 from Уцяны/Utsyany (now Utena, Lithuania), Ков (Kovna/Kaunas Gubernia) to Варшава/Varshava (Warszawa/Warsaw, Poland). The sender is obviously Jewish, you see on the back the Hebrew text which I have absolutely no idea what is it written about unfortunately. Utena was historically known for it's Jewish population, according to the 1875 Russian census, 75% of the population of the city was Jewish. It has a nice arrival cancel of Варшава/Warszawa.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Kaunas 1941

The cover itself is not in perfect condition but I have decided to post it because the postmarks are clear and stamps are undamaged. This is a registered cover sent on 31.3.1941 from Каунас/Kaunas to Ленинград/Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg, Russia) during the first annexation to the Soviet Union. The cover arrived on 3.4 and delivered on 4.4 according to the arrival postmark on the back. Lithuanian has been annexed by the Soviet Union on 1940 and Nazi Germany took Kaunas on 25.6.1941, not even 3 months after this cover has been used.