Siline 1919 cancelling by hand

postal history


Šilinė is a locality south east of Tauragė, better known as a wide-spread Šilinės miškas (Forest of Šilinė). A Lithuanian postal facility with access to telegraph was established in probably the Ranger’s office. Apart from an unclear reference to a place called Borkai, no further details are available. A mandate to set up a postal facility there was issued by

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stamp collecting

LT-1920 National assembly special color blocks

Rare stamps and covers (March 2014)

Lithuania 1920 National Assembly Special Issue A very scarce used set of National Assembly Special Issue, set of five blocks of four. This issue was limited to 2,000 sets only. Some defective stamps found in checking this issue were removed and destroyed, which further reduced the total amount (e.g. quantity of 50 sk. stamp is

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Mi 404 forgery

Fakes and Forgeries Database

Every week we compile list of philatelic fakes and forgeries found on eBay and other online auctions. Please help us to maintain this database by sending us links to websites and online auctions that sell such stamps and covers. Fake stamps are sometimes knowingly purchased so that experienced collectors can study the stamps and learn

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Memel 1915 naval air mail Libau-Memel

Rare stamps and covers (February 2014)

Central Lithuania 1920 forwarded mail Wilno (Vilnius) to Berlin registered cover, forwarded to Wiesabaden, all receiving postmarks. eBay listing – Ended: Feb 23, 2014. Sold: $450 (16 bids)   Central Lithuania 1921 Pastavis A postcard sent from Postawy (Pastavis) to Wilno (Vilnius). eBay listing – Ended: Feb 23, 2014. Sold: $345 (19 bids)   Lithuania

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website news

New Dr. Geyfman certificate

New stamp authentication and certification service

Dr. Vitaly Geyfman now offers stamp authentication and certification service for collectors of Lithuanian stamps. More details about the expertising service to be published in the next LPS journal issue (242). His new certificate of authenticity issued on Nov 22, 2013 for a complete set of the Darius-Girenas Transatlantic Flight Overprinted issue (1933) has been

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LPS Journal

APS 2013 Gold award for LPS Journal

LPS Journal receives a Gold Award

The Lithuania Philatelic Society Journal has received a Gold Award in the 2013 APS Philatelic Society Journals, Periodicals Competition. Literature exhibits were scored according to the following criteria and weights: Treatment of contents 40% Originality, Significance and Depth of research 40% Technical matters 15% (Presentation, Clarity of Illustration, Layout) Production 5%   Entries were judged

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local issues

Raseiniai 1919 - local Issue used on mail

Raseiniai 1919 – Local Issue 15 k on mail

For description and analysis of the Raseiniai 15 k Local Issue, including the two printings and use of different postmarks, see article by Audrius Brazdeikis on this website under Local Issues – “Raseiniai 1919 Local Issue Printings“. For an article on Raseiniai 1919 see Vytautas Doniela, this website under “Raseiniai 1919“. Register of Local Issue

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provisional postmarks

Vilnius 1919 one-liner "Wilna" on stamps of First Vilnius Issue

Vilnius – the one-liner “Wilna”

In World War One, Vilnius was taken by the German Tenth Army, led by Gen. Hermann von Eichhorn, on August 18, 1915. A civilian post office WILNA, within the system of Postgebiet Ob.-Ost was opened on January 16, 1916 and was closed down on December 26, 1918. During the German retreat from the East, the

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