Monday, March 02, 2009

A new register cover from Lithuania

I could not update my blog at the end of last week due to a technical problem with my internet connection (it seems to be better when you pay the bill of your internet provider ;-)))). Now the problem should be solved, so I will try to publish a new post.
From time to time I show you covers that I get, not through a circuit club as often, but from an Ebay seller who takes the time to put some nice stamps on the envelope he/she uses to send me my purchase. The cover I have selected for today is one of these, a registered cover from Lithuania, franked with an attractive number of stamps.

This cover is also another example of a French registering label stuck on top of the stamps! (I have shown a few already). I must admit that in this specific case there was not so much free space on the cover to put the label, but I still don’t understand why there is a need for two labels: one from the originating country and one from France.
It is a pity because the French label hides a relevant part of the stamps. Even worse, it can not be peeled off without damaging the stamps.

Very different types of stamps can be found on this cover. I have already mentioned the stamp picturing the armor in
a previous post.
The stamp located in the right top corner is a part of a set of three stamps, issued on the 24th of January 2004 and picturing famous people. The stamp pictures a portrait of Kazimieras Buga (1879-1924) who was a Lithuanian linguist and philologist. He was also a professor of linguistics who worked mainly on the Lithuanian language.
The stamp also pictures a map of Lithuania, in the background, and the signature of Kazimieras Buga in the right bottom corner.
The other stamps of the set pictures Jonas Aistis (1904-1973), one of the most important Lithuanian lyric poets and Adolfas Jucys (1904-1974) a mathematician and physician.

On the cover, just below this stamp, there is a stamp hidden by the label. It is a part of a set of two stamps, issued on the 9th of June 2001 and dedicated to bridges. Here is a picture of both stamps.
The 1 Lt stamp, which is on the cover, pictures the Palauja bridge across the river Vilnia in Vilnius. Built in 1882, it is a metal bridge with ornamented railings and stone embankment.
The other stamp of the set pictures the bridge-dam of Pakruojis manor that was built in 1821.

The small stamp located below is a part of a set of definitive stamps issued on the 5th of January 2008 and picturing wooden sacral architecture. The stamp pictures the the wooden church of Antazave, built in 1794. The church is in the baroque style, has a cross plan and two towers. The organ and the central altar are of special interest. The church contains wooden sculptures of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Nepomuk that are really nice. Here is a full picture of the stamp that is partially occulted on the cover.

Finally the last group of stamps, on the left side of the cover, contains various definitive stamps from the coat of arms series. The stamps of the cover have been issued in 1993 (for the stamp bearing a B as face value, even though the stamp is inscribed 1992), and 1994 for the others. It is interesting to see that Lithuania has issued various versions of the coat of arms series, with different background and various designs in a very short time frame. I wonder why the Lithuanian post did not keep one and single design.

The coat of arms of Lithuania consists of an armor-clad knight on horseback holding a sword and shield. It is also known as Vytis ("the Chaser"). The Article 15 of the Constitution of Lithuania, approved by national referendum in 1992, stipulates, "The Coat of Arms of the State shall be a white Vytis on a red field".

Another interesting cover to be added to my collection!

1 comment:

Prahanoaki said...

That makes it 2 of us because I'm also wondering why the French Post put 2 registration labels...