Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1943 Letter from/to the concentration camp

Despite the fact that I do not collect concentration camps (yet?), I was attracted by a very interesting letter sent from the concentration camp Arbe to the concentration camp Asolo. I do not know whether this is rare or not, but I have not seen anything like this until now...

1943 WWII Civilian internees, letter sent from the concentration camp Arbe, Fiume (21.9.43) to the concentration camp Asolo, Treviso (29.9.43), censored by Italian and German censors. 

This is a very interesting letter also from the perspective of the period since it was sent after the capitulation of Italy. Concentration camp Arbe was disbanded on 11.9.1943, but it is known that all internees were not freed at that time. In particular, the Jews who were later deported by German forces to the Auschwitz. In addition, I do not know if the date "21 SET 1943" was stamped when the letter was sent or when it was somewhere in the transit. I have to check this...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

1943/44 ŠIBENIK, An extraordinary letter

Collectors of the first and second Šibenik issue highly appreciate Novak's correspondence. These are purely non philatelic items of which the vast majority are stationery. Letters are very rare, so you can imagine how happy I was when I found this great Novak's letter...

1943/44 Šibenik local provisional issue, second weight registered letter, franked with 17,5 kn (0,50 kn underfranked as the tariff was: 7 kn for the second weight letter, 9 kn for registration and 2 kn for war tax), sent from Šibenik (11.IV.44) to Slavonska Požega (9.V.44), via Drniš (17.IV.44). From the Novak's correspondence.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

1941 MEĐIMURJE, Dr. Wolf's letter

It is always nice to find another rare item...

1941 Međimurje, unofficial local provisional issue, Dr. Wolf 's letter, sent from Varaždin (15.IV.41) to Zagreb. 0,50 din stamp with a large vertical shift of the overprint. Only a few of these letters were preserved.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

1941 MEĐIMURJE, Rotated overprint

Rotated overprints with angles of 30 degrees or more are very rare...

1941 Međimurje, unofficial local provisional issue, 0.25 din se-tenant pair with both types of coat-of-arms, positions 1 and 2 from the second printing. Strongly rotated overprint. Certificate Zrinjšćak.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

100th anniversary

Today is the 100th anniversary of the issue of the first Slovenian stamp...

The chain breaker, issued on January 3, 1919.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1943 IMOTSKI, Unique letter for abroad

In February 1943, the town of Imotski was occupied by the Partisans. After their withdrawal the post office remained without canceller, so they were forced to use a temporary provisional rubber stamp "POŠTA - IMOTSKI" for a couple of months.

1943 Imotski, registered letter sent from Imotski (handwritten 31.3.43) to Roma (13.4.43), correctly franked with 13kn (4kn for mail to Italy and 9kn for the registration), porto used as franko, cancelled with temporary provisional rubber stamp "POŠTA - IMOTSKI". This is the earliest known date and the only known letter for abroad.

Monday, December 31, 2018

My blog visitors

I just checked some stats of my blog visitors and locations from which they are from...

Map coverage.

Top 10 countries.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

1945 ZAGREB, Promotional sticker

I have not seen something like this before ...

Forerunner of the 1945 Zagreb provisional issue, letter sent from Nova Gradiška (30.V.45) to Zagreb, free of charge as for the military person, canceled as registered, censored by the military censor in Nova Gradiška. Very interesting promotional sticker: "Sve snage za obnovu saobraćaja" - "All forces for the reconstruction of traffic".

Back side with a rare Nova Gradiška National Liberation Committee cancellation.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

1945 MOSTAR, Foreign object on the plate

Mostar issue is known for multiple printing errors, especially broken stars, pins around the stars, missing letters, large shifts, etc. So far, I have seen hundreds of these stamps but I have never seen an error as shown below...

1945 Mostar local provisional issue, No. 20, 20/20 Kn, coincidental error, line below the star and rectangle on the right of the Federativna. Probably unique error, most likely due to a foreign object on the printing plate. Ex Tiberio.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Zagreb auction

I spent my Saturday in Zagreb...

@ Barac & Pervan Auction

Monday, November 26, 2018

1945 SPLIT, Improper handling

In 1945 communist commissioners were present at each post office and regime had strict control of all postal operations. Nevertheless, some postal items passed through the postal system with improper handling...

1945 Split local provisional issue, stationery of type 2/IIa, from well known Novak correspondence, sent from Šibenik (14.VI.45 as from message) to Nova Gradiška (4.VII.45). Censor cancellation Nova Gradiška. Improper handling as it was not canceled and censured in Šibenik but at the destination in Nova Gradiška.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

1945 LJUBLJANA, Early cheque order

Immediately after the liberation of Ljubljana a postal traffic for private shipments and cheque orders was suspended. It was reopened on 30.05.45 for cheque orders and on 08.06.45 for the shipments. Because there were no overprinted stamps until the 08.06. cheque orders paid out between 30.05. and 08.06. were franked with the old occupation stamps.

1945 Ljubljana, local provisional issue, money transfer order, issued in Ljubljana (7.V.45), received in Rovte (4.VI.45), paid out (8.VI.45) and franked with 50 cents (8.VI.45) using German occupation "Landscapes" stamp.

Cheque order cachet, issued 7.5.45.

Bilingual cancellation GEREUTH / ROVTE from 4.VI.45....

... and the same cancellation four days later, now with the removed German inscription.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

1941 BANJA LUKA, Non philatelic letter

So far, I have seen only one non philatelic letter...

1941 Banja Luka, local provisional issue, letter correctly franked with 2 din, sent from Banja Luka (21.IV.41) to Teslić (13.V.41). This is the only letter free of philatelic
influence known to me.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

1945 SPLIT, Excellent & unique item

This is one of the most interesting postal items of that time...

1945 Split local provisional issue, stationery of type St.1, correctly franked with 20kn for abroad, sent from Šibenik (22.VI.45) to Josefov, Czechoslovakia, censor cancellation No. 6, Šibenik. The stationery traveled via Bari (Italy), where it was censored by the Alliance censorship No. 0105. Since postal traffic with Czechoslovakia was suspended (handwritten "SERVICE SUSPENDED" and marked with "AL MITTENTE") the stationery was returned by airmail to Belgrade, where it was censored for the third time (by the Yugoslav military censorshipand finally dispatched to Czechoslovakia. Certificate Vilfan.

Monday, October 22, 2018

1945 DFJ - Vuk stationery used outside of Serbia

This overprinted stationary was intended for use in the territory of Serbia, which at that time included also the Danube Banovina with Baranja and Srem. Until now, I was not aware of the use of this stationery outside that area...

1944 DFJ provisional issue, Vuk 2+3 din stationery, sent from Petrijevci (18.V.45) to Stari Bečej, censored by the censor of the III battalion of the III Army. This is the only Vuk stationery sent from the territory on the right side of the river Drava known to me.

Mute cancellation with handwritten date and a provisional rubber canceller of Petrijevci.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Alpe Jadran Fila 2018 - Varaždin

I attended the 23rd international exhibition Alpe Jadran Fila 2018 in Varaždin.

The main exhibition hall just before opening.

My exhibit: The First Croatian WWII Local Issue
Međimurje, 1941

Judges at work.

At palmares.

Another gold medal for my exhibit :)

Friday, October 12, 2018

1941 NDH, "Jubilarka" stationery

I have never seen or heard before - a trial print of "jubilarka" stationery... 

1941 Independent State of Croatia, Armed Forces Special Issue, known as "jubilarka", trial print on young King Peter II stationery. From A.F.Kugel collection.


A.F.Kugel: ... a test printing was also made in black on a few 1 dinar postal cards in the young King Peter II design. However, in the end, they were not authorized to be issued.

P.J.Hughes (NDH expert):  ... I remember overlaying a genuine black overprint with this stationery and they match perfectly, so I am of the opinion that it is likely genuine. This may be the only card like this, or there may be one or two others; but I have not seen any others.  ...  The overprint may be from a separate cliche as it has none of the flaws that can be found on the overprinted stamps. It is consistent with the "proof" black overprints that are on the market in blocks on kunstdruck paper, or on the 4 Din stamp. A few of these have the flaws, but there are only a few flaws as the plate used for the proofs was very new and did not have time to develop the flaws that show up later on the regular printing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

1945 CETINJE, Double overprint

Double overprint exists only on 20 Lira / 2 Lire value and up to a max of 20 stamps (only one sheet of 5x4 was double overprinted). Of course, the most interesting is a unique stamp at position 2 with typical error D instead of A.

1945 Cetinje local provisional issue, 20/2 Lit, block of four with double overprint. Positions 1-2/6-7. Stamp at position 2 with typical error D instead of A (Демократскд instead of Демократска). Unique item! Certificate Veličković.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

1941 Banja Luka, Article

I forgot to mention: Acta 2017 was published this spring. As usual, great articles...

Croatian philatelic almanac
Independent State of Croatia
Banja Luka Local Issue 1941

To order please contact me at alesmarinsek67@gmail.com

Saturday, September 15, 2018

1944 DB Laibach, Rare use of revenue stamp

It is always nice to find a special item...

1944 German occupation of Laibach, letter franked with 50 cent. revenue stamp used as postal stamp, send from Ljubljana (11.5.44) to Suzzara, Italy (15.5.44). Rare use of revenue stamp.

50 cent. Italian revenue stamp, overprinted with "PROVINCIA / DI LUBIANA".

Thursday, August 30, 2018

1945 SPLIT, Stationery to abroad

Split stationery sent to abroad are very very rare.

1945 Split local provisional issue, stationery type St.2 III, franked with 20kn for abroad, sent from Split (5.V.45) to Bari Italia, censored in Split (CENZURA Br. 3) and in Bari (MILITARY CENSORSHIP CIVIL MAILS 0105). Trans Adriatic mail.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Censorship of mail from abroad

Although censorship of private mail was officially ended on 2.7.1945, shipments from abroad or to abroad were censored still long afterwards.

Letter, sent by air from Osek u Duchcova, Czechoslovakia (3.X.1945) to Domžale (18.X.1945), censored by the military censor in Belgrade. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

World Stamp Exhibition in Prague

I spent a nice extended weekend in Prague. Nice weather, city sights and of course World Stamp Exhibition with more than 3000 frames, including my single frame exhibit "The First Croatian WWII Local Issue - Međimurje, 1941" for which I have received 88 points and a Large Vermeil. This is a great success, especially for a specialized exhibit that is not classic material.

World Stamp Exhibition.

My exhibit.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

1945 TRIESTE, Interesting picture postcard

Three things are interesting with following picture postcard: first, it was used within a short period of free-of-charge postage, second, it was written in Trieste, but sent from Rijeka and third, it has a mark with the name of the censor...

1945 Trieste, unfranked picture postcard, written in Trieste, but sent the same day (8.VI.45) from Rijeka to Brežice ob Savi, censured in Rijeka and at arrival or somewhere in transition. 

There are two censor marks on the postcard: upper is "★ / CENZURISANO" which was applied in Rijeka, lower is "KOMANDANT - MAJOR / Leskovec Karel" which was most likely added at arrival or somewhere in transition.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Philatelic exhibition in Klagenfurt

For the last couple of months, I have a lot of work in the company, so there was not much time for philately. As you can see, this is also reflected on my blog posts. Well, today I finally managed to find some time to hang out and talk about philately. I went to the philatelic exhibition in Klagenfurt where I met Mr. Hermann Dietz, a great collector of  Montenegro, Croatia, Partisan posts and Concentration camps. As always, I was impressed with his knowledge and his readiness to share it...

Mr. Hermann Dietz in front of his exhibit.

Friday, April 13, 2018

1945 SPLIT, ST1 three lines instead of four

From time to time you can find an item with perhaps a unique error...

1945 Split local provisional issue, unused stationery of type St. 1. Overprint error: three lines instead of four. Only this item is recorded. Certificate Vilfan.

Monday, March 26, 2018


Over a year ago I wrote about a letter that was sent the day before the liberation of Ljubljana, on 8th of May 1945 and censured with rare V.K.P.Lj.I. censuring mark (see here). Now, I found another similar item... 

Printed matter, correctly franked with 25 cent., sent loco (8.V.45 - the last day of German occupation!) by the Association of Industrialists and Craftsmen to one of its members. Censored and delivered by the new government somewhere between the 9th of May and before the suspension of postal traffic that happened on 12th of May.

Interesting content! Obviously it was clear that the Germans will withdraw and that a lot of resources will be needed for the renovation of the country.
(Click on image to enlarge)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Collecta 2018

Today I spent a few hours at Collecta fair in Ljubljana. Unfortunately, I did not find anything special for my collection, but on the other hand, I met many philatelic colleges. So, all in all, a nice day...

At Collecta fair in Ljubljana.

Monday, March 5, 2018

1945 ZAGREB - Fake or mistake?

At first glance it was an interesting item, but a detailed check showed that it is a fake - the date on the canceller is not possible. It is before the partisans came to Zagreb and much before this issue was released. The reason for forging is obvious: traveled stationery are much more valuable than non traveled ones.

UPDATE: OK, I could agree with those who allow the possibility that the wrong date is a mistake of a postal employee. 

Fake or mistake? DFJ Zagreb stationery on eBay.

Why 27.IV.45 cannot be genuine? Because partisans liberated Zagreb on 9.V.45 and 
DFJ Zagreb local provisional issue was released on 25.VI.45.