Monday, March 26, 2018

1945 LJUBLJANA, V.K.P.Lj.I

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.
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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.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

1943 ŠIBENIK, eBay forgeries

Forgeries of Šibenik postage stamps are being sold again on eBay these days. In the description of lots, the seller mentions that the overprint is most likely not authentic, but the problem is that this description is in French :( Anyway, the forgeries are very poor, so they probably can not confuse anyone...

1943 Šibenik local provisional issue,  forgeries. 

Interestingly, the same seller also sells fakes of the German occupation of Zara.

1943 Zara local provisional issue,  forgeries.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

1945 MARIBOR, Forerunner from Celje

After the liberation of Slovenia, the military authorities terminated civil postal service for 25 days (from May 12th to Jun 6th). No civilian shipment was permitted. Both outgoing and incoming mail was retained at post offices until Jun 6th.

Forerunner of the 1945 Maribor provisional issue, a letter sent from Sevnica ob Savi (7.VI.1945) to Belgrade. Cancelled with a provisional rubber date stamp and circular censors cancellation "Cenzura Celje". This is the earliest item sent after the reopening of postal service known to me.