Monday, November 27, 2017

1945 SPLIT, Small Petar

"Small Petar" stationery overprinted with the 1945 Split local provisional overprint is among the rarest of postal objects of all 1945 provisional issues in the territory of former Yugoslavia. Only five of them are known, so Croatian philatelists call it Croatian "Blue Mauritius".

1945 Split local provisional issue, "Small Petar" stationery, sent from Split (21.VI.45) to Zagreb. Censor cancellation No. 3, Split. One of the five known "Small Petar" cards. Certificate Vilfan, Zrinjšćak.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

1945 ZAGREB, Mussolini street

Letter from Zagreb utility company to the agricultural cooperatives. Non-philatelic usage during the six day period of authorized use (from 25 to 30.VI.1945). 

Letter was sent to the address with the street name devoted to fascist Arnaldo Mussolini the brother of Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Interestingly, the partisans tolerated such street names for almost two months since Zagreb was liberated.

Later, Mussolini street was renamed to Braća Kavurić street, and in 2006 to Hebrangova street.

1945 Zagreb local provisional issue, letter with 80 kn / 2 kn, 27.VI.1945 Zagreb 1 cancellation.
Certificate Zrinjšćak.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

OI Dalmatia, Mixed franking

In the initial period of the Italian occupation of Dalmatia, some interesting mixed franking could be found...

Italian occupation od Dalmatia, letter send from Trogir (4.6.41) to Zagreb, franked with 3 din and 30 cent, cancelled with TRAÙ POSTE (DALMAZIA).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

1941 Banja Luka, A Mystery of the Position 10

You probably noticed that the "Croatian Philately" stopped publishing in 2016. After one year, a new magazine with a similar name ("Croatian Philatelist") is on the scene. In the first number you will find my short article:

Hrvatski Filatelist No. 1/2017
1941 Banja Luka Local Provisional Issue
A Mystery of the Position 10

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

OI Montenegro, Early mail

The attack on the Kingdom of Yugoslavia began on April 6, 1941. The southwestern part of Montenegro was occupied by the Italian 14th Corps of the 9th Army. The Messina Division took over the Bar (Antivari) on April 16, 1941.

Italian occupation of Montenegro, postcard franked with 80 cent. for air mail, sent from Bar (19.4.41) to Rome, cancelled with "UFFICIO POSTALE MILITARE ??". Note that the postcard was written on April 17, just a day after the Italians took over the Bar. This is an early mail from Italian occupation of Montenegro.

I need some help with identifying a military unit number on the cancellation "UFFICIO POSTALE MILITARE ??". I checked in "La Posta Militare Italiana 1939|1945", Giuseppe Marchese (edition 1991), but without luck. If you have a newest edition or maybe some other sources, please check if you can find out the military unit number. The visible part of the cancellation should be sufficient for the identification...

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