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new Lithuania stamp issues
#863 by Audrius
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:52 pm
Name: “FAMOUS PEOPLE OF LITHUANIA”
Issue date: 2013 03 07
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639 1.35 Lt – the poet Antanas Strazdas (1763-1833)
640 1.35 Lt – the writer Pranas Mašiotas (1863-1940)

Design: A. Ratkevičienė. Offset. Art paper. Stamp size: 30 x 36 mm.
Edition: 80,000 each stamps. Printed by “Garsų pasaulis“ printing house in Lithuania (Vilnius).

Antanas Strazdas was a Lithuanian priest and poet. He studied in Kuršas, later in Krėslava Theological College. From Krėslava he moved to Varniai. After a nine month stay in Varniai, he was ordained as a priest. During his life-time, only one set of poetry “Giesmės svietiškos ir šventos“ (The Psalms Ordinary and Sacred) were published (in 1814). The set consists of 9 poems and 2 psalms. A lot of unpublished poems have spread in the public and become folk songs. One of A. Strazdas‘ psalms “Pulkim ant kelių“ (Down on your Knees) is still being sung in Lithuanian churches.

Pranas Mašiotas was the children‘s writer, pedagogue, publicists, and culture figure. He started cooperating with the “Aušra“ newspaper in 1888, and kept working as a publicist until the end of his life. Since 1892, his articles were published in “Varpas“, “Vilniaus žinios” (the years 1905-1906), “Rygos garsas” (1909-1915), “Švietimo garsas” (1920-1924), “Šviesa”, “Vienybė Lietuvninkų”, “Lietuvių laikraštis”, “Lietuva”, children‘s periodicals. In his articles he discussed different topics, but the themes on education, culture, children‘s literature prevailed.

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