LITHUANIA : SOVIET PERIOD
The letter is sent in 1965 from Nemenchine in Lithuania to КОМИ АССР [KOMI ASSR] . This Sovjet Republic was a place of people deportations in Stalin times and multiple-prison area later.
Original print size of this image: 15,629 x 11,209 cm (is something more as the postal item)
This picture and all pictures below on this page, if not mentioned otherwise: scanned about 300 dpi. Then set right and cut out - noted the actual print size-, resized 25 % of this image and saved as jpg.
The cover with landscape of Birstona, is issued by the LTSR.
These covers -without imprinted stamp, so not postal stationeries-are issued by the Lithuanian Department of Communications 1950-1990.
The postmarks, resized 50 %.
On this letter we see the triangular Soviet fieldpost-postmark.
In the base is placed the word БЕСПЛАТНО = free, thus postage free.
In the left leg of the triangle the first word is ПИСЬМО, that means 'letter' or 'the writing', and then ВОЕНОСЛУЖАШ , not exact but looks as ВОЕННОСЛУ...., military. The right leg starts with СРОЧНОЙ, urgent, СЛУЖБЫ, services.
НЕМЕНЧИНЕ [NEMENCHINE], in Lithuanian Nemenčinė, is located about 20 kilometres north-east of Vilnius. The picture of the cover is a landscape near Birštonas, a city about 30 km south of Kaunas, on the right bank of the river Nemunas
Inside the letter -picture here, risized 50% - we find the no. 894: we find this number also back in the description in the catalog of Kostas Aleksynas. This cover is issued by the LTSR in 1965 and the catalog-number is no.283.
The catalog of these covers, issued by the LTSR:
- Mininiu voku katalogas 1950 - 1990 (Katalog für künstlerisch gestaltete Briefumschläge) / Kostas Aleksynas. - Vilnius, 1991
In this catalog every cover has a serial number and the latest in 1990 is number 1375.
Another cover -with a view on Palanga- sent also from Nemenchine.
Original print size of this image: 15,553 x 10,930 cm (is something more as the postal item)
The postmark, resized 50 %.
This cover is tp the same address in КОМИ АССР [KOMI ASSR] . This area -located north-west of the Ural mountains - became on December 5, 1936,the 'Komi Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic', the Komi ASSR.
In the Stalin-era many people are sent as prisoners to do forced labor. The main 'corrective labor camps' were under administration of the government agency ГУЛаг [GULag]. This name GULag is an acronym for 'Glavnoye upravleniye ispravityelno-trudovykh lagerey i koloniy', in English 'Chief adminstration of Corrective Labor Camps and Colonies', of the NKVD. GULag is officially founded on April 25, 1930, and dissolved January 13, 1960.
On the backside the triangular postmark: free postage, fieldpost.
In the address is also mentioned Г. ИНТА [G. INTA], Г. is short for ГОРОД [GORAD], town.
Inta in the north-east of the republic Komi, is founded in 1942. It was a 'corrective labour camp': also the city Inta is build - as many cities, railways and roads in Komi Republic - by forced labor.
Another cover: same sender and address.
The postmark, resized 50 %.
Original print size of this image: 15,477 x 11,286 cm (is something more as the postal item)
On the cover is placed a picture of a monument in Šiauliai, the unofficial capital of northern Lithuania.
The triangular postmark, resized 50 %.
The indication Užs. = užsakymo Nummer, order-number 1065. In the catalog of Kostas Aleksynas this number is also mentioned in the details of cover with catalonumber 229:
Šiauliai. L (LR) Paminklas 1863 m. sukilėliams. >4 * Užs. 1064.
The cover is part of a set of covers -dated 1964- and under the are given detail of this set: the printer and more.
Sukilėliams means 'rebels': it is a monument for commemorating the 1863 uprasing.
This cover -with a view on Kaunas- is sent from Vilnius.
Original print size of this image: 15,756 x 11,184 cm (is something more as the postal item)
The bridge on the picture is the Vytautas the Great Bridge, also known as Aleksotas Bridge before 1930 and from 1940 until 23 February 2008, crosses the Nemunas River to connect Aleksotas and Old Town in Kaunas, Lithuania.
During World War II the bridge was blasted away. Due to the strategic relevance of the city Kaunas, the bridge was rebuilt in 1948.
Inside the letter we find the no. 124: we find this number also back in the description in the catalog of Kostas Aleksynas. This cover is issued by the LTSR in 1965 and the catalog-number is no.238.
Finishing with a fieldpost cover to Kaunas in Lithuania.
Original print size of this image: 16,298 x 11,421 cm (is something more as the postal item)
On the backside is placed the triangular postmark.
The letter was sent from the Soviet Army (divisie # 74326), placed in Vyshini Volochek, Kalininski oblast (district).