Saločiai (Salaty) is a township 20 km west of Biržai, close to the border with Latvia. In World War One, during the battle of Kupiškis, Saločiai was passed through by units of German 8. Kavallerie-Division on August 4, 1915.
During the German withdrawal from Russia at the end of 1918, the Red Army came to Saločiai area in January 1919 but were pushed out by Lithuanian paramilitaries, “Joniškėlio partizanai”, on May 23. In the second half of 1919, Saločiai area was subjected to varying degrees of interference by the “bermontininkai” and their sometimes desperate foraging habits. After a hard fight, Saločiai was finally secured by Lithuanian troops on November 14, 1919.
A Lithuanian post office was opened around October 19, 1919 under the direction of Alfredas Mitransas who for about two months had been postmaster at Pakruojis.
For stamps, Saločiai was supplied with Fourth Berlin Issue, followed by the Sėjėjas Issue etc.
In the absence of a formal postmarker, cancelling was done by means of a standard cachet intended for registering. It is possible that this somewhat late method had been preceded by some form of manuscript cancelling, but no other provisional markings have been reported.
A regular calendar-type postmarker was supplied in early 1922
Known provisional markings:
Cancelling by means of a registration cachet:
No date singles, Berlin IV 10, 10, 10 [colln. Bubnys]
No date reg. cover No. 306 to Germany, Berlin IV 10, 30, 60, 60 [colln. Doniela]