Today in Postal History

Lithuania to Germany

April 2, 1922

Lithuania, formerly a province of Russia, was occupied by Germany in World War I.
It gained its independence in the war's aftermath.
The first Lithuanian stamps were issued in 1918.

This registered cover was sent from Vilkija about 30 km northwest of Kaunas.
There are two Vilkija CDS.

Registration was accomplished with a purple handstamp and a script serial number.
I think the script at the left of the address may have been a registry request.

The cover is franked with 3 and 5 auksinas coat of arms stamps issued in 1919.
The 3 auk. is light brown and red while the 5 auk. is blue green and red (Scott 59 and 60).

The destination was Halle on the Saale River about 30 km northwest of Leipzig.

The addressee was associated with the Pädagogischer Verlag - Teachers Publishing House.

The blue script 35 in the lower right was probably added in
Germany either as a registration number, count, or an address/box.
The E80 is probably a dealer's mark.


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